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Sunday Serenade: First Of May

I’m a little bit late with this one. Sue me.

Jonathan Coulton is a great indie singer/songwriter. He’s mostly known among the geeknoceti for songs such as re: Your Brains and Codemonkey.

With spring well upon us and the warmer weather finally setting up camp for the long visit that is summer in the south, I thought it was time to help celebrate a little bit of that.

With that, let’s all settle back and listen to Coulton’s First of May, a decidedly not-safe-for-work song that celebrates the coming of spring. If you know what I mean?

Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind bat, eh?

Enjoy.


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Buy A Ticket At Walmart, See Man Of Steel Before Nationwide Opening! Aw, Yeah!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Warner Bros. Which means I’m getting a little bit of cash to tell you something I would have done anyway. Mostly I would have written about this to try and prod Zippy the College Boy Returned Home For Summer and Hyper Lad into getting this sort of thing for me as a Father’s Day present.

Remember when I talked about how I’d love some sort of bespoke, handmade present, something that showed the young dudes put a little thought and effort into getting the present? Yeah? Forget it.

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And, if you’re smart, it’s what you’re going to want as well.

So here’s the skinny.

Walmart is offering you — yes, you — a chance to see the new Superman movie, Man of Steelbefore it opens nationwide at what looks to be every theater in existence. Yeah, before that massive opening, you’re going to get a chance to get a head start, be treated like the star you are.

If you go buy your ticket at the electronics department of any local Walmart store, you can go to a specially designated movie theater (you’re on your own here, but it shouldn’t be that hard to find out. Probably on the ticket. But, come on? Really? I’m not going to do everything for you dudes.) and see the movie at 7 pm on June 13.

That’s the Thursday before Father’s day, and definitely the first showing of any kind anywhere in the United States. This is a big deal. It’s the first time this has ever been done, offering tickets to the general public so we can go see a movie before it opens.

Man-of-Steel-Horizontal-Billboard-Image-610x296Normally, this sort of thing only is offered to very select businesses. For instance, I once got tickets to see Spy Kids 3D early. I regretted going, mind, but I did get the tickets for free from Rebel Base, a premier comic book shop here in Charlotte, NC.

This time, though, it’s not a question of who you know, but of whether or not you can get someone to go to Walmart and pony up the ticket price. And that shouldn’t be too hard, especially considering you’re probably the one paying the little dudes whatever money they get as an allowance.

I’m telling you dudes, I couldn’t be more excited. Superman is one of those characters who, when done right, can raise goosebumps of awesome all over your arms. Sure he’s got all those powers, but I think his most important one is the ability to inspire us to greatness. We all want to be Superman, even the Iron Giant.Man-of-Steel-One-Sheet-Image-610x732

Despite my initial misgivings (I mean, it’s Zack Snyder directing so I figure fully a third of its length is going to be in slow motion), I’m really getting excited about this one. It looks like we’re finally going to get the Superman movie we’ve so desperately wanted for so long. It looks like Superman is actually going to punch someone. We’ve waited a long time for that one. And inspiration. Inspiration and punching. Combined.

Here. Check this out. It’s the trailer for the movie. If this doesn’t get you up off the couch, yelling in a little dude’s ear about getting you a ticket from the electronics department at Walmart, then, dude, you are dead.

Purchase tickets to the exclusive pre-screening of Man of Steel [PG-13], to be shown on June 13th, 2013 at 7 PM, by going to your local Walmart! Tickets can be purchased in the Electronics Department and include an exclusive digital comic book written by David S. Goyer, author of Man of Steel, as well as an exclusive opportunity to pre-order an HD digital download or Blu-Ray copy of the film.

  • Go to your local Walmart
  • Visit the electronics department
  • Purchase your EXCLUSIVE Man of Steel prescreening tickets (available in 2D or 3D)
  • Take your family to the theater location noted on your ticket and watch the EXCLUSIVE 7 p.m. premiere of Man of Steel on June 13th!

Learn more here!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Warner Bros.

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A Universe Of Worlds, Each Separate And Alone

To look at a child with severe autism from the outside, is to see a child fully immersed in a world that can be shared by no one else. It is a world of one, a universe of one. No matter how many people surround and love the child, there can be no response.

Across a gulf of infinite space, the child’s mind drifts alone, unconnected, unreachable.

Or is it?

According to Dr. Robert Melillo, founder of the  Brain Balance Achievement Centers, an internationally recognized expert on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and author of the recent book,  Autism: The Scientific Truth About Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders–and What Parents Can Do Now, it is completely possible to cross that gulf and bring connections to that child’s isolated mind.

“There’s nothing preventing change. There’s nothing damaging his brain (if he has an ASD). So, why can’t he get better?”

I sat down with Dr. Melillo recently and asked him about this. Well, I sat down at my desk and he was at his desk and we were both talking on the phone. But we were sitting down. It counts.

Before we get any further, let’s define a few things. It’ll make for a slightly easier discussion later on. Autism isn’t a binary disorder. That is, it’s not a question of you either have it or you don’t. Unlike pregnancy, you can have a little bit of autism. That’s the reason for the Autism Spectrum Disorder bit up above.

Think of it as a sliding scale. On one end, you’ve got your completely neurotypical individual who performs within the norms on all tests. On the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got a person with very severe autism, a person who might exhibit symptoms like complete withdrawal, rocking back and forth, head banging on walls, everything most laymen think about when they consider autism.

Those are the outliers, though, dudes. Most of the people on the spectrum (which is what it’s called these days) are somewhere in the middle. Think of it as a classic bell-shaped curve with neurotypical on one end and completely withdrawn autism on the other.  Included on the spectrum are disorders such as Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Specific Learning Disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome and others.

So, you see, saying someone has autism just doesn’t work. For a diagnosis to do any good, you’ve got to do a lot more testing and find out where on the spectrum that patient is, what kind of symptoms present and the rest. It is, as you might guess, a delicate task that involves a lot of work. And, to make it even more difficult, we don’t know what causes ASDs. We think there’s a genetic disposition and, probably, environmental triggers, but we don’t know.

Despite the difficulty in correctly placing people with ASD on the spectrum, we’ve seen an amazingly steep growth curve in the number of diagnosed cases in just the last decade.

“People think that autism’s cause is purely genetic,” Melillo said, asking how, if the cause is genetic are we suddenly experiencing such an upsurge in cases? “There is no such thing as a genetic epidemic. But look at the prevalence of autism. We’ve gone from one in 10,000 to one in 50, as of last week.”

Now, when something like this shows up in such huge numbers, my first thought is that it’s not an actual increase in cases, but, rather, doctors simply are doing a better job of recognizing and diagnosing the disorder. Melillo, though, said that just doesn’t cover what he’s been seeing.

Melillo said that is one of the reasons he wrote his first book. “People are completely unaware that you can prevent it.”

We’ll talk more about that one tomorrow.

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