Friday, May 20, 2005 - Review: The 'Star Wars' experience - May 20, 2005 - Review: The 'Star Wars' experience - May 20, 2005

Editor's note: The following story may contain spoilers about "Star Wars: Episode III." If you'd rather not know anything, stop reading now.

(CNN) -- Screenwriter William Goldman once said the cardinal rule of Hollywood is "Nobody knows anything." Usually, Goldman is right -- even in a time of granular marketing and sequels to sequels, it's still hard to predict what will work and what will fail.

The Sith Review

OK, the girls and I just returned from seeing Sithy, and I must agree with the reviews posted on this blog... it simply is the best one of all six.

We laughed. We cried. We screamed. We cried some more. And that about sums it up. A huge thumbs up to The Man of the Hour, Mr. Lucas. This definitely was the jewel in the Star Wars crown.

The part that was most disturbing was the brilliance of the Emperor... it is so clear in this movie that he has been after Anakin all along. Who knows... maybe we'll find out he was somehow responsible for the virgin conception of Anakin in the first place, but either way, he has his man now. The way Padme dies is just so Romeo and Juliet, and the whole "Jedi do not have attachments" ... well, you definitely understand why... the whole attachment leads to jealousy... jealousy leads to fear of loss... fear leads to, well, you know how it goes.

The coolest thing was that there were so many nods to the 1977 film and the original trilogy... you could see all the elements come together, and for the true die hard fans, it was quite masterful. I found myself towards the end going "oh no, that's terrible" to "wow - that's so cool!" and back again. Just a great piece of storytellin' if I do say so myself.

If you haven't bought your tickets online or already been to see it, shut down your computer now and camp out at the closest theater showing the great epic. If you're not afraid now - just wait... you will be. You will be...

Sithy Review: Kevin Smith - WARNING: Spoilers

The View Askewniverse - Kevin Smith geeks out on 'Sith' "SITH" SPOILERS

You've been warned...

- "Revenge of the Sith" is, quite simply, fucking awesome. This is the "Star Wars" prequel the haters have been bitching for since "Menace" came out, and if they don't cop to that when they finally see it, they're lying. As dark as "Empire" was, this movie goes a thousand times darker - from the triggering of Order 66 (which has all the Shock Troopers turning on the Jedi Knights they've been fighting beside throughout the Clone Wars and gunning them down), to the jaw-dropping Anakin/Obi Wan fight on Mustafar (where - after cutting his legs and arm off, Ben leaves Skywalker burning alive on the shores of a lava river, with Anakin spitting venomous sentiments at his departing mentor), this flick is so satisfyingly tragic, you'll think you're watching "Othello" or "Hamlet".

Sithy Review: Gary Cogill | News for Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas | Gary Cogill's Movie Reviews Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith is George Lucas' best Star Wars film in years - certainly light sabers ahead of the last two.

This one is all about the dark side as Anakin Skywalker, played by Hayden Christensen, is seduced by evil, chooses power over family and becomes Darth Vader.

The more you know about the 1977 original, the more you will embrace Episode III. This is a sophisticated cinematic connector, revealing not only Anakin's fall but his relationship with Padme, the birth of Luke and Leia, the light saber fight between Anakin and Obi Wan and a technically dazzling Star Wars universe.

Securing 'strange' Wi-Fi devices

IT Observer - Securing 'strange' Wi-Fi devices Wireless security software company Columbitech announced at the recent Interop trade show in Las Vegas a potential plug for the gap.

Hackers love Paris Hilton's phone

Quad-City Times Newspaper Online - the Quad-Cities Home Page

Two words: CREDANT Technologies

Dallas IABC

Dallas IABC: "Hey new DIABC Members! It's time to meet your fellow IABCers and find out what IABC is all about. Enjoy free appetizers and great drink specials at Mondo's. There will be prizes and an icebreaker game to get to know who's who in IABC!
All IABC members are welcome - come toast the new members!
(Cost is $5 for non-IABC members) "

Went to this last night and met some interesting folks around town. There actually was a blog celebrity there - the Wi-Fi Guy. He actually might join this blog, so we can duke it out about wireless Internet access for all the world to see... kind of like a "Smackdown" for nerds. Anyway, it's a cool group - a bit more broadly focused than just PR. We met a kid there who made the mistake of asking... "So what is a blog?" To which I got to pontificate for the next 20 minutes about the blogosphere and why it matters to PR folks like us. I also met the head of Mary Kay's International Marketing Group, Melinda. She was a great lady and was from a town I know well - La Porte, Texas. Met Don Clampitt from Clampitt Paper - quite the class act, and several other people who were just a delight. Thanks to Owens for watching the little princesses, so I could go to the cocktail hour. I had a vodka tonic in her honor and turned into a pumpkin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Center for Women and Information Technology

Center for Women and Information Technology: Mission: "The Center for Women and Information Technology (CWIT), established at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in July 1998, is dedicated to providing global leadership in achieving women's full participation in all aspects of information technology (IT). Women's participation in IT will strengthen the workforce, raise the standard of living for many women, and help to assure that information technology addresses women's needs and expands the possibilities for their lives."

Women In Technology

Women In Technology: "Women in Technology (WIT) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to offering women in all levels of the technology industry a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities. One of the organization�s main goals is to create a forum where women in technology can be recognized and promoted as role models.

Now nearly 1000 members strong, WIT provides programs designed to enable you to expand your network, grow your business, or find your next career opportunity. You benefit from networking, connecting, learning and interacting with women at all levels in their careers, in all areas of technology, in government and industry. "


WITI - Welcome to WITI: "Founded in 1989, WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity. "

Institute for Women and Technology

anita borg institute - about us: "The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology is a nationally recognized organization that provides platforms allowing women's voices, ideas and spirits to influence technology. The participants in the Anita Borg Institute's programs are an unusual mix of academics and industry, and include many of the technology thought leaders of today. Its impact is significant on the lives and careers of women who both work in the technology field and are affected by technology."

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Are there any studies or organizations?

Showing the amount or percentages of Women in Technology or specifically for Women in Technology or the Hi-Tech Industries?? Are there any organizations for Women in Public Relations that specialize in Technology?

Gettin' Sithy...

OK, I have a confession to make... last night I went to a store called "Hot Topic" and bought a Revenge of the Sith t-shirt to wear to the movie tomorrow. Who would have thought a thirty-something adult with two small children would (1) ever be caught dead in a store like that and (2) actually purchase some piece of Star Wars garment with the intention of actually wearing it.

But I did it... and I will wear it proudly tomorrow as me and the girls in the office make our trek to the theater for the final SW. I'm counting the hours... let's hope it is worth all the built up anticipation over the last 28 years.

Please don't send any reviews or thoughts... I want to take it in and know I will love it.

Wireless Security Update - May 19, 2005

The news... or so it is called.

Towards proactive security

Access all areas

Thieves raid Lampard's £8m Chelsea home as player and fiancée sleep (famous soccer player, stole laptop, ipod, etc.)

Former Clarksville police chief on trial (stole laptops from evidence room)

Trend Micro to provide integrated protection for mobile devices running on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 (FYI - competitor)

US federal agencies leave wireless networks open