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I am the Director of Digital Humanities at Brigham Young University. My research interests include web application development, American Literature, XML publishing, and streaming media. I am an avid baseball fan... my sons and I are always hoping the Chicago Cubs will give us something to cheer about.


Aug
28
comment Why does the Inn Keeper feel wronged?
After Valjean left with Cosette, Thenardier felt like he still could have gotten more, and so that gradually turned into a "he cheated me" sentiment. The lyrics he sings (I assume we're talking about the musical movie?) are this: "Ten years ago He came and paid for Cosette I let her go for a song It's time we settled the debt This'll cost him dear"
Aug
16
comment Did Mike's granddaughter get Mike's money?
@TylerShads this is the key; Jesse offering money to Kaylee doesn't mean for sure that he knew she didn't have anything, but this line from Walt confirms it.
Aug
15
comment What grade was the best batch of meth?
I'd argue this isn't trivia at all; the answer below demonstrates why the purity is crucial at certain moments; additionally, the premiere of the 2nd half of the final season demonstrates that the purity of the product will continue to be a plot point, as Lydia is upset that, with Walt retired, the purity of the product dropped to 68%, and Walt seems very disturbed by this.
Jul
30
comment Whiplash short movie from Sundance 2013
You should be able to accept your own answer as correct, so that it helps others coming to the site.
Jul
15
comment Movie Seventh Son any tie to Orson Scott Card book?
It's a great question. Of course, titles themselves are not copyrightable, but if the content is similar then that could be. Having worked at a publisher for a while, and negotiating some film rights, my guess is that the filmmakers would have erred on the side of caution and secured the rights to Card's books as well, just so they couldn't be sued after the fact.
Jul
10
comment Secret Service codenames for West Wing characters
yes ... didn't see that on your list until your comment. Who would have thought that Sorkin wouldn't have been attentive to accuracy in detail. :)
Jul
9
comment Secret Service codenames for West Wing characters
A bit of trivia to accompany this good answer -- Bill Clinton's secret service name was also 'Eagle,' reinforcing the connection that Aaron Sorkin was trying to foster between Bartlett and Clinton. Additionally, the White House communications agency always assigns secret service codenames to family members that begin with the same letter as the codename for the president ... so, for example, Hillary Clinton was 'Evergreen' and Chelsea was 'Energy.' So in The West Wing, Stockard Channing's and Elizabeth Moss's characters would have also had codenames starting with 'e.'
Jul
9
comment How did the Court prosecute Col. Jessup in A Few Good Men
When did a court find Jessup guilty? He was arrested at the end of the movie, but I don't remember any reference to him actually being tried. See my answer for more details. Confession and arrest is not the same as conviction.
May
2
comment What's the name of the TV series with an Army guy who can control electronic devices signals with his mind?
The power is referred to as 'technopathy,' a subset of technological manipulation. I don't remember a show where a fellow in the Army does it, but if it exists it would be listed here: powerlisting.wikia.com/wiki/Technology_Manipulation -- one of the best examples of this power showing up on a TV show is the character Micah in Heroes
May
2
comment Why was “The Social Network” made so quickly after Facebook took off?
That's interesting ... I didn't know that. Thanks for pointing that out.
Apr
23
comment What music were in “The Americans” ep. 1 and 4?
Quick question ... I often see music identification questions closed for the reason that they are off-topic; however, the official FAQ for movies and TV SE do not state that such questions qualify as off-topic. If questions like this are going to continue to be closed, shouldn't the FAQ be edited to reflect the off-topic nature?
Apr
5
comment Disney TV series about a kid who's math teacher lives next door
I'd vote for Boy Meets World as well ... it wasn't produced by Disney (although its sequel is), but it was a precursor to the style of show that you see on the Disney Channel now (some have argued that the Disney Channel has taken the place of the 90s TGIF). What's more, baseball was an integral part of the first season -- half the episodes had references, and several were completely centered on the Phillies. See here for more details: withleather.uproxx.com/2012/11/…
Jan
6
comment Tv show about another dimension/magic land through a magic mirror
Spellbinder is certainly a good guess ... I remember it being on the Disney Channel in the late 90s...
Dec
7
comment Man learns hypnosis and mind-reading; helps police during interrogations
A Disney classic ... the sequel is great, too (The Monkey's Uncle).
Oct
25
comment What is the IQ of Raj?
As far as I know, this has never been revealed either on the show or in any sort of interview with show runners/writers.
Oct
23
comment Why did Javert not check for the tattoo in Les Miserables?
In the book, Jean Valjean had no tattoo at all; rather, in the courtroom he demonstrated who he was by identifying obscure tattoos on the bodies of other prisoners (who were there to testify against the false Valjean and whom the real Valjean had known in prison). In various movie versions (and the musical) this was altered so that Valjean himself had a tattoo of his prisoner number (of course, though, this would never happen in France at the time; rather, they likely would have just been given the fleur de lis tattoo to mark them as a generic criminal)
Oct
22
comment Why does Buster not join in the family chicken dance?
@ChristianRau -- huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/23/…
Oct
22
comment Why does Buster not join in the family chicken dance?
@Arabella That's right ... I wasn't thinking of that fact that Lindsay was adopted. I guess that means genetics aren't the determining factor at all, here.
Oct
16
comment Thriller about a group of kidnappers wearing Santa Claus masks and taking a group of kidnapees into a cave?
I think this is probably it ... the kidnapees were members of a school class in a small Australia town. They called the kidnapper with the Santa Mask "Father Christmas."
Oct
10
comment An Animated Short Film About Horses Living In Heaven
It was all Google; I'd never seen it before last night. I started off searching on the upright horse image, as it seemed the most distinctive and the most likely to show up. But when that came up empty, I tried to think like a 6 year old and realized that it might not be actual horses, but animated characters that just looked horse-like. Also, I focused on the floating island, as that's another distinctive image that would likely be mentioned somewhere. My search string, then, was "animated short horse people floating island" -- the second result was Skywhales (the first was your question).