PSA: Inconceivable!

ThinkGeek is having a movie night at their Fairfax, VA, headquarters on Thursday, January 31st. The offer will be extended to 50 persons randomly chosen from the pool of people who have submitted their request by Monday, January 21st, at 6PM.

Oh yeah. They’ll be showing The Princess Bride. And feeding you pizza. And maybe giving away goodies.

PSA: More free music.

They Might Be Giants has another free song for you. Download “I’m Your Boyfriend Now” here.

PSA: Free TMBG song.

They Might Be Giants is sharing a free song in honor of the elections taking place in the US today. Download Vote or Don’t now! (Direct link to MP3.) You can also check out the video.

Sometimes, I adore the InterWeb.

Having finished watching Heroes, I have started my next series. I realized that I’ve never seen past Season 5 of The West Wing (and anyone who insists on spoilering anything will be summarily executed), so I’ve started over from the beginning.

I was watching S2:E17 (17 People), and I noticed the distinctive book that Charlie is reading while waiting for the meeting between Toby, Leo, and Bartlett to end. I was curious as to what it is. I open a browser window and start searching for “what book is charlie rea” at which point the Google predictive search kicks in to give me “what book is charlie reading in 17 people”. From there, a single click to this page, wherein I find my answer:

  • Charlie is reading – The Cornel West Reader (ISBN#:0465091091)

Sometimes, I loves me some InterWeb.

Well, that’s one bit of masochism that’s finally over.

I just finished watching the last episode of the fourth season of Heroes. Like many things before it, there should have been only one.

This is me, shaking my fist…

A while back, Amazon had all the Harry Potter movies on sale for 3.99 each (streaming delivery). That is to say, all the Harry Potter movies except Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. For some reason, that wasn’t part of the sale. Strange, but whatever. I picked up the rest of them, and had them all lurking on the TiVo until I finished reading all the books. Having done that a while ago, I finally got around to working my way through the movies. Well, I have just finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and so now I’m ready for the elusive HP7.1.

Except I can’t find it to rent anywhere. Not on Amazon, or Netflix (streaming), or RedBox, or iTunes. It seems I am required to acquire physical media in order to continue my visual journey. As someone who has actively been working not to add more items to the house, this annoys me.

Does anyone know what the deal is with this particular movie, and why it can’t be had via rental, when part 2 doesn’t seem to be a problem? The only thing that springs to mind is some piece of music got slipped in that wasn’t supposed to, and there’s now a kerfluffle about copyright and use rights.

Favorite Facebook thread ever…

Yesterday, I stole a game from my friend Lee, and posted it to my own Facebook wall, hoping it might get a few responses. We’re now at over 70 responses, and they’re still coming in.

The rules are simple:

Take a movie title, and change something about it: remove a letter, add a letter, change a letter–whatever. Then tell us what the new movie is about.

You can see what’s been suggested so far via the link above, though you’ll probably have to be my Facebook friend in order to see the thread. You should totally join us, either on Facebook, or my blog, or LiveJournal. It’s fun!

I would also like a pony.

Wow. Many moons ago, I asked for the ability to have my audiobooks (generally provided by to magically sync up with my ‘printed’ (generally Kindle) books. While some people agreed that it’d be kind of neat, most didn’t see the use case, because you lose the story-teller side of the narration. However, I find that there are some books where the narrator, while pleasant and certainly easy to listen to, doesn’t actually bring that much extra to the tale, and I’ve been hoping for a  way to continue with the story even after (say) going to bed – without inflicting the audiobook on my partner.


Sale: 50% off all ebooks at [exp 09/03/2012]

For those of you who like Apress‘s books, they’re currently having a sale on their entire ebook catalog. The sale runs through 2012.09.03. To take advantage of the deal, use promo code LDW12 at checkout.

(And yes, bma, I’m working on that default logo thing.)

Sale Alert: SteamDrunks for Free [Kindle]

Oh, this looks entertaining. SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks is currently available for free on Amazon. As always, I’m unsure as to how long this price will be valid, so please look carefully before purchasing. (And, again as always, you can read Kindle ebooks on any number of devices, including your  Windows / OSX systems, or iOS and Android phones / tables / gadgets.)

From the description:

SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks gently escorts you through the treacherous waters of 19th century mixology.

You’ll find authentic Victorian punch recipes that could be confused for farmer’s cheese, tea recipes which will knock you out rather than wake you up, and downright chewable eggy cream curdles.

If nothing else, it looks like it will be an entertaining read.

Another find from Pixel of Ink.