Author Archives: Jonolobster



EXHIBIT A: Proof that I’ve been a geek for a while.

2012 Oscar Gut Predictions

Every year, I like to make Oscar predictions, usually based on my gut feeling about what I think will do well. Like most people, I never see all the Best Picture nominees. In fact, this year I haven’t seen any of them, so it’s very much a “man in the street” reaction. I usually watch the Golden Globes and I pay attention to film reviews, but other than that, I follow my gut.

Oscar nominations were announced this week – by the incredibly sexy Jennifer Lawrence, no less – and I posted by gut predictions on Twitter. I figured I’d repost them here, too, along with a little explanation.

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Replacing Your OS: Ubuntu Linux for the Casual User

I started this entry a while ago, but since it’s been a few months since I’ve posted here – I’ve been very active over on Google+ – I figured it was time to finish it and pull the trigger. I’ve been using Ubuntu for the better part of a year, and here’s why I think it’s awesome:

I’ve always been vaguely aware that Linux existed. In terms of operating systems, I knew that there was Windows and Mac OS,  and then, somewhere out there, there was Linux. It might have had something to do with a penguin, I wasn’t really sure.

Before you make any snark comments, no, I’m not an idiot. I consider myself to be fairly computer-savvy and I believe I have a good working knowledge of how and why computers do what they do. It’s just that I never really considered Linux its own right. I’d always been content with Windows – for the most part – and never really felt the need to try anything else. Until recently.

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David Weber Announces Honor Harrington Movie Deal

Yesterday, author David Weber posted an essay on his website,, announcing that a movie option deal had been made with a Hollywood studio to adapt his popular Honor Harrington series for the big screen. Weber stated that the movie, to be based on the first book in the series, On Basilisk Station, would the first of possible series films that would follow the storyline of the books.

Although Weber did not disclose names, dates, or financial details, his announcement was very detailed and enthusiastic. Weber stated that the producer and the studio are the same entity, and he described the movie studio  as “a cutting edge CGI/3-D studio… headed by people who have actually read the books, who like the characters, who know the characters, and who have [illustrated] their understanding of Honor’s character and the reason they’re excited about the project.” More importantly, Weber stated, the studio is “interested in the Honorverse and in the characters who live in it, and they clearly don’t see it as the opportunity to make one movie and then get out.”

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8-Bit Office Art

A Facebook friend posted this picture of his co-worker’s office decoration: an 8-bit version of Luigi made entirely of Post-it Notes.

I think this is a great use of office space and of the ubiquitous Post-it Notes in particular. A quick web search yielded some other great examples of Post-it Note art, and I was wondering if any of you out there had created similar installations. Have any of you used Post-it Notes to liven up your workplace?

Fall TV: What Looks Good

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I love the fall. Cool, crisp air, fresh apple cider, my birthday (October 28th), and my favorite holidays (Halloween and Thanksgiving) all make this a great time of year. But the best part about the fall? NEW TV SHOWS!

This fall features a great mix of new shows and returning favorites. It seemed like last fall, all the good shows were on Mondays and Thursdays, with very little in between. This fall, it looks like there’s something good on every night, including Fridays (which seems to be the red-headed step-child night of network TV programming).

After the jump, I run down the week in network TV for fall 2011.

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Jonolobster’s First Rap

I’m on vacation for two weeks, but rather than write a post about why I’m not posting, I figured I’d give my readers a little treat. After the jump, read the lyrics to the first rap song I ever wrote.

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Get Cracking

Ever since watching Indiana Jones, Zorro, Catwoman, and others crack a bullwhip on film, I’ve wanted to try my hand at it. An episode of the podcast Galactic Watercooler sent me over the edge last year. In episode #208, the crew interviews David Morgan and his son Will, two of the world’s most famous whipmakers. You might be familiar with David’s work, as he made the whips for the Indiana Jones movies. The crew also learns to crack a whip, under the tutelage of co-host Sean’s father, Bwana. After listening to that ‘cast, whip cracking never seemed so possible.

A week ago, I received my first bullwhip. It was a gift from my father-in-law, someone who shares my interest in things that make loud noises. Ostensibly, it was an anniversary gift, but I think he was just looking for an excuse to give it to me. Of course, I immediately started using it.

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Podcast Power

I’ve mentioned the Galactic Watercooler podcast quite a few times because it’s had a major impact on my development as a geek, but it’s not the only podcast I listen to. I got an iPod as a college graduation present in 2006, and since then I’ve listened to hundreds of podcasts. Some, like GWC, I continue to listen to every week. Others have come and gone out of my podcast rotation. More recently, a couple of my friends have started their own shows, which have earned top spots in my listen queue. Here’s a run-down of Jonolobster’s “Required Listening” podcasts:

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