Wednesday, January 26, 2011

State of the Union: President Obama

Tonight we heard President Barack Obama talk about the state of the union.  In the world of politics, Obama is the straightest shooter I've come across.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Warmer Tone

I've been told I need a warmer tone when communicating. While my opinions may largely be accurate, my method of conveying them sounds condescending.

I'm not sure where to take this other than attempting and failing and learning. Unfortunately, failing may involve hurting feelings along the way.  And with those hurt feelings I only learn to keep my mouth shut rather than being able to take away some positive feedback.

How am I supposed to change?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Friends in Chicago

I have no friends currently living in Chicago (apart from my wife, of course).  From the perspective of time it's freeing: no appointments or obligations.  But then there's nobody to call up and hang out with.  Or share exciting news.  Or just to grab a beer and talk about nothing.

Movie Discussion: The Social Network

I watched The Social Network last night.  Since its release, my boss hounded me daily to watch the movie.  Rather than blow $20 to watch the movie with my wife, I waited and bought it for $13 on Amazon.

This feels like an intellectual movie that lacks intellect.  The connection with characters lasts as long as a scene at any particular point in time.  Not that I mind that style of production: it just fails with me in this context.  The skipping timeline is an impressive feat given the 2-hour length of the movie.

Am I supposed to connect with Mark Zuckerberg?  His character goes from a pretentious know-it-all to a pretentious know-it-all.  The twins?  Their characters go from smart jocks to smart jocks.  Eduardo Saverin? His character actually develops!  But the story isn't about him, all we get is that he is totally screwed out of a bunch of money.

Perhaps I'm being to critical?  Perhaps I had a misconception?  I think my friend, Chad, puts it best: "it's like a listing of facts; and the facts are actually wrong, a lot of times."  What did you think?