Halloween by Rob ZombieWhen I first heard that someone was going to make a remake of the classic Halloween, I was skeptical and I always feel that way when someone wants to tinker with a classic. But when I heard that someone was Rob Zombie of the kickass The Devils Rejects fame, there were reasons to be hopeful. I mean this is Zombie we are talking about, making some awesome horror movies, the kind we have not seen in a while.

Initial reviews from critics say that this is the second greatest Halloween/Horror genre movie ever made where Rob Zombie restores the grandeur of a horror movie. I mean with a tag line of Evil has a Destiny, how can one go wrong with Halloween the movie.

The plot outline (from IMDB) of Halloween the movie is that after being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, is mistakenly released from the mental institution (where he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie. Anyone who crosses his path is in mortal danger. Zombie doesn’t explain Myer’s evil so much as show it brewing which makes for this classical confused character who can’t explain the evil within and results in some truly terrifying scenes for us.

In this movie, you end up actually caring for the characters in the movie hoping something bad does not happen to them. I mean we all saw the SAW movies, the HOSTELs but how many times did you care about that character. Yup, never. You end up being really moved by Sheri Moon’s character and other characters where it feels like a Greek tragedy where characters commit horrible acts not driven by their weakness but by their nature.

But this movie is definitely outstanding and should be the best horror movie to come out in the last five years, a must watch when it releases in August and when the DVD for this movie comes out it shall take its place beside the original Halloween movie.

And now a new trailer is available online. There are not many horror remakes that have me excited, but I have faith that Zombie has done it right. By the time that the music hits at the conclusion of the trailer, my heart is beating at a rapid pace. Check out the new trailer …

This is freaking funny. This reporter kinda reflects the current media today. With 24 hour news channels, many news outlets look to sensationalize stories. I know I have been through one of these where a small 50miles/hr winds got the attention and hype of a hurricane.

In this video, a reporter is trying to exaggerate the flood water levels in a city. So she is reporting in a canoe and these local residents … well I won’t spoil it for you

Watch the video of this reporter caught lying

The men’s basketball rules committee approved a measure Thursday that would move the 3-point line back one foot in 2008 — from 19 feet, 9 inches to 20 feet, 9 inches. If approved by the playing rules oversight committee on May 25, it would mark the first major alteration to the 3-point shot since its adoption in 1986-87.

Chairman Larry Keating said the committee considered two proposals. The other would have moved the line to 20 feet, 6 inches, the same distance as international 3-pointers. Both are shorter than the NBA line, which is 23 feet, 9 inches at the top of the key and 22 feet at its shortest point in the baseline corners.

“We made it a point to come up with a distance that was correct for us and that didn’t necessarily mimic the international line,” Keating said.

Women’s rules committee chairwoman Ronda Seagraves said the 3-point line will remain unchanged in women’s basketball.

The reason for delaying the change until November 2008 is money. Keating said it was unfair to charge schools a surprise expenditure when most of the budgets for next year have already been approved.

PC Mag teamed up with the Princeton Review to find the most connected, plugged-in and the most high tech campuses in the United States.

Although certain aspects of the college experience will probably never change—slob roommates, all-night cram sessions, painful Jägermeister-induced lessons—the 21st century campus is a very different place. Students can stay connected wirelessly anywhere on campus, post ride requests and bikes for sale on the virtual bulletin board, listen to lectures via podcast, and store their psych papers in their own online storage repository. What was ridiculed in Revenge of the Nerds is now the definition of cool.

Obviously, not all campuses are made equal. There are certain schools that strive to provide the best technology for students. So, here is the list of the best schools which offer their students a high-tech environment to prepare for the real world. If you wanted to see how the survey was done, check out Top Wired Colleges: Methodology. Also, here is a list of all the 240 schools that completed the survey.

So, if you are scouting colleges for yourself or your children, check out this list below

Student Soldiers : Most students don’t think of ROTC as a campus job that pays for college and guarantees employment after graduation. It does, with a few heavy strings attached.

John G almost didn’t go to college. Growing up in El Paso, Texas, he knew it was a luxury his family couldn’t afford.

“No one in my family had ever done it, and I pretty much figured I wouldn’t be the first.”

ROTC logoBut John is now a junior at the University of Texas. What’s more, when he graduates next year he will be guaranteed a career with better vacation, health and retirement benefits than virtually any of his peers.

He’s going into the Army.

“They’ve paid for my education, they pay for my housing, they’re giving me a job. It’s a pretty great deal,” he said.

Like thousands of students at colleges across the country, John is in the Reserve Officer’s Training Corp. In return for five hours a week while he’s in school, and eight years of full service after he graduates, Uncle Sam is giving him a full, four year ride. On top of that, once a week he gets to go to class dressed up in camouflage.

“Yeah,” he admits, “the camo is pretty cool.” The Army, Navy and Air Force all operate ROTC programs. Their purpose is to transform ordinary college students into confident, prepared officers.

And if you don’t mind the commitment, ROTC scholarships are remarkably easy to get. While they vary slightly from school to school, basic requirements include a mere 2.0 GPA, SAT scores above 950 and U.S. citizenship with no outstanding criminal record. In most cases a cadet must also be younger than thirty at the time they are commissioned.

Even with today’s scaled-back military, “there’s a lot of money to be had,” said Gold Bar Recruiter Lieutenant Mattocks of the University of Texas. “Every year we have scholarships left over.”

These leftovers aren’t small scholarships, either. They include up to $72,000 for housing and tuition over four years, in addition to an annual $450 for books and a $150 monthly stipend.

Usually the post-graduate commitment is two years for every one year of scholarship. However, the average officer serves only three or four years of their commitment on active duty. The remainder can be served in the reserves.

The money doesn’t stop coming when you graduate, either. After a short period of active duty and for a longer commitment Uncle Sam will pay for up to eighty percent of graduate work.

A Marine ROTCThe first two years of ROTC are spent developing general skills, such as how to read a map, operate a radio and perform first aid. Physical fitness is also emphasized. The third and fourth years are focused on more specific abilities that an officer must possess.

For those who would like to dip their feet in without taking the plunge, ROTC can also be taken as a normal elective class for up to two years without any obligation.

“For students who do not want to go into the military, it gives them an extra curricular activity that looks good on their resume,” said Mattocks. “They can develop practical leadership and management skills, and then have an opportunity to exercise those skills.”