How this trend in video game films could actually improve future video gmes and future films based on them

Lets face it, the film industry is sort of hurting right now. They’re desperately searching for anything with a preestablished audience to turn into a crap film that millions of people are going to see regardless of it’s quality. They’re doing it with novels, older movies, comic books, and even video games. Now history has taught us that video games make really bad films (i.e. the Street Fighters, Mortal Kombats, Super Mario Brothers, Double Dragon, Resident Evil, Doom, etc). Recently, however, we’ve begun to hear of some video game to film adaptations that actually stand a chance of being decent (if not brilliant) films. If these films continue to crop up and do well at the box office, we could actually see an improvement in the quality of video games in general as companies shoot for film adaptations...

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Yes, those arrows painted in the parking lots DO actually mean something

You know, I thought it was common knowledge, but I was completely wrong. Apparently a good portion of the driving public needs me to drop a little bit of knowledge on them. So here it is: Do you know what traffic lights, road signs, painted lanes, center dividers, shoulder barriers, and other common driving indicators have in common? They were all put there by the people who built the roads, freeways, and parking structures to help indicate to drivers where they were actually supposed to be driving their vehicles. I know it sounds obvious, but as the experience in my local Trader Joe's parking lot has shown me, it's not really common knowledge...

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On the holiday and giving thanks

When it comes down to it, I've never really been a huge fan of the holidays. First, they're really just an excuse to take time off of work to spend time with those you've failed to make time for during the off season. Second, the monotonous daily grind of life doesn't recognize them (i.e. the stresses of the world don't stop so you can stuff your belly with turkey). And Third, any an all significance inherent in each holiday has all but died off over the years...

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The tragic loss of domains to expiration

If you've ever purchased (rented) a domain, you know that pretty much any name you'd want is usually already taken. Which is why when you find one that you like, whether or not you have any use for it yet, you tend to want to hold on to it. Unfortunately, while domains are pretty cheap, the more domains you have the more expensive having them gets. Which is why sometimes, you're forced to just let them expire. Now I'm nothing close to a domain squatter, but at one point in time I had built up a small cache of domains to deploy at my will. Some of them were for failed projects, some for possible future projects, and some I just thought were clever and hoped I'd one day have a use for. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of 'conveniently' consolidating all their renewal dates at the suggestion of the company I buy them from. As it turns out, this is one of the least convenient things I could have done. If you pay for all your domains at once, it can be very expensive...

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On relationships, failure rates, and asking the right question

Last night I attended the wedding of some old high school friends (grats! Ben & Kim). Interestingly enough, it was the second wedding I've attended this month that joined together a couple that had been a couple for over eight years (grats! also to James & Nancy). When I woke up this morning I began reflecting over the wedding, the duration of the couple's relationship, and my own past relationships. After a while, I stumbled on to an obvious, yet really interesting, fact that I hadn't really thought of before. If you've ever had a relationship in your life AND you're currently single, you effectively have a 100% failure rate for relationships...

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Why no advancements in alarm clocks?

Go ahead and take a quick look at your alarm clock. If you're not  home right now, close your eyes and visualize it for a moment. Don't worry, I'll wait. Now that you've got it, try to remember the alarm clock you owned before that one. Now the one before that. If you think about it, the alarm clock hasn't really changed much over the past several years. With all the technological progress we see every day, why have there been no significant advancements in alarm clocks...

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No turn on red, except sometimes

I'm not sure if everyone in the less traffic-heavy parts of the country have them too, but here in Southern California we have these intersections where you can't make a right turn at a red light. It's not every intersection, it's just these specific ones. And I do get it. I understand that there are certain intersections which, due to heavy traffic during specific parts of the day, might not be the safest places to pull into traffic. The problem is that I've begun to notice these "no turn on red" signs showing up everywhere with little caveats attached to them, designating when you have to actually pay attention to them. This really annoys me...

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The benefits of being an early riser

For years I've considered myself a creature of the night. I would regularly go so sleep after 2:00am and I'd always set my alarm for the last possible second I could safely wake up without completely destroying my schedule for the following day. This seemed like the perfect plan because I could enjoy whatever I wanted till as late as I wanted and just get up at the last second and rush to work (or whatever I had going on). Over the last several months, however, I've completely overhauled my sleep schedule to switch from a night owl to an early riser. So far, I'm absolutely loving it. Before I move on, let me first clarify what I consider "early riser". To me, the term is completely relative to the time at which you're required to wake up. For instance, I'm currently waking up at 5:20am every morning. I know there are several of you our there who have to be up earlier than that, so you don't consider it that early. But here's the important part: 5:20am is 2 hours and 40 minutes before I'm supposed to be at the office. It is the mere fact that I'm not required to wake up at this hour that makes it "early"...

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Chivalry, female independence, and checkout girls

With the exception of lunches at the office, I do all of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. I generally shop their once a week and buy exactly 1 week's worth of groceries. I have this perfect system where in I will only ever grab a hand basket and once I've filled the basket I know I've got enough. Unfortunately, the one basket being filled so full turns out to be pretty heavy. Additionally, the checkout lines at the Trader Joe's I go to don't have the little conveyer belts or really any sort of table top to place your goods before the checker begins to rung you up. Instead there is a cart path behind the register and I tiny hook off the side that allows you to hang a hand basket. So here is my question, what is the most appropriate way to facilitate getting my hand basket on the hook when I'm dealing with a female checker? To most of you (who am I kidding, to all of you), this is probably a stupid question. It's probably something that only I, being the over-analytical guy that I am, would even worry about. The truth is, that I don't really "worry about it", but it is something I ponder every time I walk into Trader Joe's (which is at least once a week). Anyways, the way I see it I really only have three choices of how to handle the situation:

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One little regret

Just about everyone has experienced something in their life that they regret. Whether it's the way they acted in that relationship, their decision to go that that party, their unwillingness to talk to that girl, or any number of things, there is always some huge event to look back on and wish you could take back. Strangely, I am somewhat immune to the"larger event regrets". It's not that I've never experienced regrettable situations (quite the opposite, actually), it's just that the universe and I have a little understanding that I am define by all these events and changing any one of them would drastically change the person that I am now. For me it's the little, inconsequential things that I regret the most. This morning, for whatever reason, I woke up in an extremely reflexive mood. As I showered and thought back on past experiences, I was transported back to the summer between Junior and Senior year of High School. For some reason my memory fixated on something I wrote in another guy's yearbook*. I had just endured a summer long trip and grown really close to a group of people I hadn't even met a week prior to the trip...

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