July 2009


One of my customers used to be in the adult film industry apparently. He’s considering a return to the smutty screen and asked me all about the Phoenix scene. I guess I sound like I am in-the-know where strippers and porn stars are concerned. I confess I know people who are in-the-know, so I may be guilty by association. After a brief discussion, during which I tried to make my answers as vague as possible so as not to sexually harass my co-workers, “R” asked if I ever considered a career in porn. I don’t know if I should be concerned that he thought I was 16 judging by my voice, or not.

There aren’t many movies I’ve reviewed twice. I’ve seen HBP twice now and I still love it. Maybe I’ll see it again. I still think it might be the best of the movies. Of course nothing will beat Sorcerer’s Stone for the wonder of it all. Yes, there are some departures from the book, but I think they make complete sense given the time contraints. It enabled the writer and director to keep the flavor of the story when they had to cut certain scenes for time. The changes were quite clever, I thought.

Spoilers after the cut.

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I’ve been delighted the past three weeks to get to know my new teammates through happy hour. It’s too busy to really get to talk at work. I felt pretty isolated at first, until I realized that it was just that everyone is so busy. Now, thanks to happy hour, I don’t feel like the stinky kid anymore.

Tonight, as it was my supervisor’s last happy hour as our supervisor, I decided to stay longer than I have been. It’s a good thing I did. I discovered that there are a few True Blood fans on my team, and even better a Unicorn! Woohoo!

Thanks again, Old Man Bobby, for being cool with me cancelling our plans at the last minute so I could stick around for “team building”.

The most ingenious use of the bleep ever. Brilliant! Thanks again J for showing me this.

I saw HBP yesterday afternoon. I’m seeing it again tomorrow. Yep, folks, I actually liked it. I really haven’t thought of a complaint yet, which is astounding quite frankly. Man, let me tell you, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson have really grown as actors. I am glad that the powers that be toned down the surrealism I read about in one article. There was just enough darkness in the reality scenes and just enough surrealism in the Pensieve scenes. By the way, Well Done on those Pensieve scenes.

The screenplay is really well written. They make some pretty major changes to certain scenes while remaining absolutely true to the storyline. The changes they made make complete sense considering the time constraints of a film and the size of the book. I think you’ll be pleased with the detail that went into the movie. All the snogging? It’s there. All the darkness? Trust me, you won’t be missing that either. They did a really great job of showing how hormones will out, even in the face of the return of He Who Must Not Be Named. Really well done, that, and with wonderful emotion from the actors.

I sense a gush coming on, so I’ll close before I say too much. Let me just say that if this is what they can do with one film, I can’t wait to see the detail that goes into the two-part Deathly Hallows.

My favorite game store in the whole world has been nominated for America’s Favorite Game Store at Goodman Games. Please click here and then click on the image that looks like the one below to cast your vote for Game Depot (Tempe, AZ).

This is good news. Isn’t that feeling of accomplishment wonderful? I hope to feel some of that in regard to my own book soon.

 

Guarded Optimism

  • Jun. 22nd, 2009 at 11:55 PM
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I almost hate to say anything here, for fear of jinxing it… but for what it’s worth, the last six weeks or so have been the most productive period I’ve had on A DANCE WITH DRAGONS in… well… a year at least, maybe several. In the last three days I’ve completed three new chapters. Not from scratch, mind you, these were all chapters that had been partially written, and in some cases rewritten, for months if not years. But they’re finally done, and I’ve just reread them, and I’m almost convinced that they’re Not Crap.

We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.

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Dear Nathan,

I’m sorry to hear you didn’t get the part. That would have rocked. Don’t worry about me though. I’ll be happy to see Ryan Reynolds play Green Lantern, especially since it means it won’t be interfering with you playing Castle.

♥Christa

 

(Thanks, Hollywoodstreams, for the video.)

Between getting firing, job hunting, getting hired, training, adjusting to my new job, and the general tunnel vision I’ve had for New Moon, July somehow snuck up on me. My friend asked last week if Harry Potter comes out this week or next. I must have looked at him so strangely. I thought, “He’s crazy! It doesn’t come out until…Merlin’s Pants! It’s July 1st!” I saw the latest trailer in the theater. I still have such high hopes. It really looks like it will be spectacular.

Have you heard of this? As it turns out I’ve had a number of work boyfriends, and I find that it helps me go to work with a more positive attitude. What do you think about this whole thing? Have you had any experience with it yourself, good or bad? Discuss.

 

Platonic work flirting: Good for business?

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  • Professor: Having a “work spouse” can be a good thing
  • Says it’s an esteem booster, makes them happy to come to work
  • Questions to ask to make sure flirting doesn’t cross the line

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(LifeWire) — They ate lunch together almost every day. They commiserated over professional and personal woes, and when projects ran long at the San Francisco architecture firm where they were both summer interns, they checked building plans together until they were sprung from the office at 10 p.m.

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Take care that a flirtation with a co-worker doesn’t cross the line.

“She was fun to hang out with, and sometimes she would do things that some might consider flirty, like run a hand through my hair to mess it up,” says Hayes Shair, now 25. “Sometimes I’d sort of flirt back.”

But Shair was dating his college sweetheart at the time. This woman was more like his “work girlfriend” — a coworker with whom one flirts platonically during office hours but without any romantic intentions.

It’s hardly a unique situation. The career information Web site Vault.com reports that in a 2007 office-romance survey of 575 employees, 23 percent said they had a “work husband” or a “work wife.”

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