Wednesday, December 31, 2008

"My Name Is Earl" Season 2

Season 2

Season 2, Episode 1: Very Bad Things

Original Air Date—21 September 2006
Earl helps Joy try to get rid of a stolen delivery truck, which becomes harder when they discover that someone is still in the back of the truck.

Season 2, Episode 2: Jump for Joy

Original Air Date—29 September 2006
Earl and Randy ask Catalina to return to her old job at the strip club, but they don't tell her that they need her to do it so that the club's owner will pay for Joy's bail.

Season 2, Episode 3: Sticks & Stones

Original Air Date—21 September 2006
Earl makes up for teasing a mustached girl in school, and it forces him to confront his fear of taking his shirt off in public.

Season 2, Episode 4: Larceny of a Kitty Cat

Original Air Date—12 October 2006
Randy has a crush on the the next woman on Earl's list, so he pretends to be a cat lover. But based on Randy's past experiences as a poser, Earl knows that this one will end badly.

Season 2, Episode 5: Van Hickey

Original Air Date—19 October 2006
Earl has to get his old band back together to take care of an elderly man on his list. But it only brings out a nasty secret which ultimately forces Earl to marry Ralph's mom.

Season 2, Episode 6: Made a Lady Think I Was God

Original Air Date—2 November 2006
Earl wants to make amends to an angry, bitter trailer park manager for playing a trick on her. But the trick caused her to change her life for the better, and the apology makes her even angrier than she ever was.

Season 2, Episode 7: Mailbox

Original Air Date—9 November 2006
Earl promises to help a man from the trailer park win the girl of his dreams, but he falls for her instead. And Joy gets mad at Darnell when she learns that he's in the Witness Protection Program.

Season 2, Episode 8: Robbed a Stoner Blind

Original Air Date—16 November 2006
Earl makes up for stealing an air conditioner from a stoner and winds up living on a commune for a week. The experience makes him environmentally conscious, which only frustrates him even more.

Season 2, Episode 9: Born a Gamblin Man

Original Air Date—30 November 2006
Earl tries to make Kenny more masculine at his request, but he just winds up getting them addicted to gambling. His addiction causes Catalina to be deported, right before Randy was going to declare his love for her.

Season 2, Episode 10: South of the Border: Part Uno

Original Air Date—7 December 2006
Earl and Randy go to Mexico to bring Catalina back and hopefully give Randy a chance to win her heart, but Earl's fear of flying causes unforeseen problems.

Season 2, Episode 11: South of the Border: Part Dos

Original Air Date—7 December 2006
Earl inadvertently agrees to marry Catalina so that she can return to the U.S., which breaks Randy's heart.

Season 2, Episode 12: Our 'Cops' Is On!

Original Air Date—4 January 2007
The gang fondly watches an episode of "Cops" in which they were featured.

Season 2, Episode 13: Buried Treasure

Original Air Date—11 January 2007
Earl tries to return a set of precious silverware he stole from the public library. But when he discovers that it's gone, Randy, Joy and Crabman each reveal their own secrets about the whereabouts.

Season 2, Episode 14: Kept a Guy Locked in a Truck

Original Air Date—18 January 2007
A guilty conscience forces Earl to have a funeral for the guy he and Joy found in the truck Joy stole. Unfortunately, however, he can't seem to find anyone who knew him.

Season 2, Episode 15: Foreign Exchange Student

Original Air Date—1 February 2007
While Earl tries to help a former French foreign exchange student on his list, Randy finally declares his true love for Catalina. Catalina says she loves him too, but she really doesn't--she just doesn't want to hurt his feelings.

Season 2, Episode 16: Blow

Original Air Date—8 February 2007
Earl tries to correct a past wrong he did to Joy's half-sister, who is trying to become a professional wrestler and can't overcome her life-long hatred of Joy.

Season 2, Episode 17: The Birthday Party

Original Air Date—15 February 2007
Earl tries to celebrate his good deeds at his birthday party, but his friends' reactions only makes him realize that he still has a long way to go to on his list.

Season 2, Episode 18: Guess Who's Coming Out of Joy

Original Air Date—22 February 2007
We flashback to around the time when Earl Jr. was born, and as we do this, we witness Earl's first reactions to his second-born illegitimate child.

Season 2, Episode 19: Harassed a Reporter

Original Air Date—12 April 2007
Earl and Randy work to cross #29 off of the "Harrassed a Reporter" list; meanwhile, Randy embraces the true power of karma and the media as a way to get out of his brother's shadow.

Season 2, Episode 20: Two Balls, Two Strikes

Original Air Date—19 April 2007
Richard Chubby dies, bringing Little Chubby to town to take over the family business. Meanwhile, when Earl tries to cross an item off his list, he learns the true meaning of sacrifice.

Season 2, Episode 21: G.E.D.

Original Air Date—26 April 2007
Earl gets a taste of what it's like to teach juvenile delinquents when he asks his old high school teachers to help him get his G.E.D..

Season 2, Episode 22: Get a Real Job

Original Air Date—3 May 2007
Earl and Randy get jobs in the shipping department at an appliance store. But Earl really wants to work in the front as a salesman, which gets him in hot water with both his fellow shipping workers and the salesmen.

Season 2, Episode 23: The Trial

Original Air Date—10 May 2007
Earl is a character witness for Joy's trial, but he soon learns that the only way Joy will get out of a conviction and her third strike is to falsely confess to the crime himself.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

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"My Name Is Earl" (2005)

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot

Original Air Date—20 September 2005
Earl wins the lottery, but loses the ticket. He discovers that it could be because he has bad karma. So he makes a list and begins fixing the bad things he has done. And once he begins working on his list, the ticket finds its way back to him.
Next US airings:
Mon. Jan. 510:00 PMTBS

Season 1, Episode 2: Quit Smoking

Original Air Date—27 September 2005
Earl decides that the next thing he needs to make right is to quit smoking. However, Randy and Catalina are of the opinion that Earl needs to face his fear of Donny Jones, even if it kills him. Coincidentally, Joy is planning to kill Earl in order to inherit his money.
Next US airings:
Mon. Jan. 510:30 PMTBS

Season 1, Episode 3: Randy's Touchdown

Original Air Date—4 October 2005

Season 1, Episode 4: Faked My Own Death

Original Air Date—11 October 2005

Season 1, Episode 5: Teacher Earl

Original Air Date—18 October 2005

Season 1, Episode 6: Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine

Original Air Date—1 November 2005

Season 1, Episode 7: Stole Beer from a Golfer

Original Air Date—8 November 2005
Earl's efforts to undo all of the damage he did to one man's life upsets Randy, who desperately wants to go to the county fair.

Season 1, Episode 8: Joy's Wedding

Original Air Date—15 November 2005
Earl talks Joy into letting him set up a new wedding with Darnell after ruining their last one, but he only makes things worse by sleeping with her before the wedding.

Season 1, Episode 9: Cost Dad the Election

Original Air Date—22 November 2005
Earl convinces his dad to run for mayor again and tries to help, so that he can make up for ruining his last election.

Season 1, Episode 10: White Lie Christmas

Original Air Date—6 December 2005
Joy convinces Earl to pretend that they're still married while her parents visit for Christmas. But Earl discovers that Joy's mom is hiding an even bigger lie.

Season 1, Episode 11: Barn Burner

Original Air Date—5 January 2006
Earl has to make up for burning down a barn at a boys' camp when he was a kid. But he later finds out that he's not the one who burned the barn down.

Season 1, Episode 12: O Karma, Where Art Thou?

Original Air Date—12 January 2006
Earl works as a fast food clerk for a week for a man he stole a wallet from. While he's there, he discovers that his new boss seems to be immune from bad karma--he's a total jerk but lives a charmed life.

Season 1, Episode 13: Stole P's HD Cart

Original Air Date—19 January 2006

Season 1, Episode 14: Monkeys in Space

Original Air Date—26 January 2006
While Randy goes in search of a job, Earl tries to give an old friend a perfect day before he is sent to prison.

Season 1, Episode 15: Something to Live For

Original Air Date—2 February 2006

Season 1, Episode 16: The Professor

Original Air Date—9 February 2006
Earl neglects the list while he hangs out with a sexy psychology professor who is fascinated with concept of karma. But as a result of blowing off his list, karma catches back up with him.

Season 1, Episode 17: Didn't Pay Taxes

Original Air Date—2 March 2006
Earl tries to make up for not paying taxes his whole life. Unfortunately, the Government is not interested in his money, so he has to figure out another way to pay the money back.

Season 1, Episode 18: Dad's Car

Original Air Date—16 March 2006
Earl tries to make up for losing his dad's Mustang in a drag race when he was a kid.

Season 1, Episode 19: Y2K

Original Air Date—23 March 2006
When Earl tries to return a take-a-number machine to a department store, it triggers back memories of when the gang moved into the department store on 1/1/2000--thinking that they were the only people alive in town after Y2K.

Season 1, Episode 20: Boogeyman

Original Air Date—30 March 2006

Season 1, Episode 21: The Bounty Hunter

Original Air Date—6 April 2006
The girl Earl dumped for Joy years earlier becomes a bounty hunter and tries to track Joy down. Earl feels responsible for the mess, until Joy tells him how they really hooked up.

Season 1, Episode 22: Stole a Badge

Original Air Date—27 April 2006
Earl must return a police badge he once found and used for his own benefit, to the officer who lost it.

Season 1, Episode 23: BB

Original Air Date—4 May 2006

Season 1, Episode 24: Number One

Original Air Date—11 May 2006
Earl finds out that a guy he stole money from was going to use the money to buy the winning lottery ticket. So he returns to money to him, which makes Randy very angry.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Top 10 Most Awesome Approaches to Photography

Point, shoot and … what? From amazing architecture to abandoned places, sometimes the subject is at the center of compelling photography - but at other times the types and approaches take the proverbial cake. These fascinating photography techniques take the art of image-making into entire new dimensions.

Some photographers seem to freeze, slow, or speed up time. Others rotate our views in dizzying directions elevate our views to dazzling heights. Featuring eye-popping works from 3D, panoramic and high-speed to infrared, HDR and tilt-shift photographers, here is a visual guide to ten of the world’s most awesome ways to take a photograph.

1) Epic Panoramic and 3D Photography

Who says photography is limited to what a standard frame or even a panoramic one can see? Some photographers shoot entirely in the round, creating amazing full-circle spiralling panoramas or even fully-mobile three-dimensional shots that can only be viewed via computer.

2) Spectacular High-Speed Photography

While most images capture moments in time that any ordinary human could see some high-speed shots provide us with photographic glimpses of faster-than-sight phenomena invisible to the naked eye, from bullets piercing bottles to aesthetically splendidly water splashes.

3) Fantastic Time-Lapse Photography

At the opposite extreme from high-speed photography lies the vast world of motion-blur imagery. From a single time-lapse shot it can be possible to see many moments collapsed into one and create permanent montage artworks from ephemeral events.

4) Inspiring Infrared and HDR Photography

Employed to the extreme and they can seem like gimmicks but taken to just the right degree and color-altering approaches like infrared and HDR can take ordinary scenes and make them extraordinary, enhancing contrast and rendering some aspects of an image more real than reality.

5) Nuanced Night Photography

Night photography can bring out the best in photographers, playing on subtlties of shadow, shade and contrast not visible during the daytime. These photographers range in their approaches but universally add something new to the art of creating nighttime images.

6) Mold-Breaking Black-and-White Photography

Black and white is, of course, where photography began - but is not at all where it has ended up. However, some contemporary photographers have reclaimed this original art and applied new techniques to the old approaches begun by the original masters of photography.

7) Masterful Monochromatic Color Photography

: Monochrome and duotone photography are not, however, limited to black and white. Many photographic artist make marvelous compositions from a single color, shade or tone beyond greyscale. These works can be potently expressive despite their singular colors.

8) Mesmerizing Reflection-and-Mirror Photography

Mirrors are found in many places in nature and architecture - from smooth running streams to finely polished floors. Many photographers continue to experiment with the myriad possibilities of reflection that present themselves in our everyday experience.

9) Head-Twisting Tilt-Shift Photography

Scale are perspective are pervasive issues in the realm of photography - mastering them is one thing, but twisting them to a whole different purpose can be quite another. Tilt-shift photography tweaks our ideas of relative and real sizes and unique and creative ways.

10) Pinhole and Photogram Photography

Who says you need a camera to take pictures? Long before cameras as we know them existed, innovative artists and scientists used these techniques to create images - creative contemporary photographers have returned to them as well.

BONUS: 20 Funky Frozen-in-Time Photographs

While they stage their work very carefully - to the point of it being as much about performance as freeze-frame photography - Denis Darzacq and Liwei have made an incredible art out of perfectly timed and angled photographs.

BONUS: 14 Hilariously Twisted Monument Photos

As with Darzacq and Liwei, Michael Hughes has made a mission of somewhat less-than-serious but strangely compelling photography. He travels the world and replaces real-life monuments and wonders with his own miniatures in self-made images.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Open++ is a Windows context menu tweaker's dream

I've seen plenty of context menu enhancement apps before. Most of the free ones, however, offer a standard set of actions and only allow a few minor tweaks.

Open++ is another story. Virtually any command or file your computer knows how to execute can be set up as a right-click action using its customize window. Arguments are also supported, and can either be pre-configured or requested via a prompt. You can even pick an icon to display next to your entries.

Roll Open++ with NirCMD, for example, and you can embed functions like volume control, display resolution switching, and shutdown options. Create a few simple "move to" commands with Open++ to simplify hard drive organizing chores. If you're willing to invest some time and get creative, there's really no limit to what Open++ can do with your context menu.

The author's download page was inaccessible when I tried, but you can find the file on both Softpedia and Tucows. It's freeware for Windows only, but didn't work with Vista x64.

[ via Freeware Genius ]

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

DriverBackup! 2


Fast and user-friendly free tool for drivers's backup, restoration and removal with command line options, automatic restoration from CD\DVD and path formatting. DriverBackup! includes also an interactive command line builder.