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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mockingjay Part 1. (Possible spoilers)

Having read the book, I wasn't sure that there was enough material for two movies. And I had heard that the movie was lacking in action.

Wrong on both counts.

The film starts with Katniss hiding somewhere in the depths of District 13, trying to deal with the emotional trauma and psychological aftermath of the Quarter Quell. It takes her to the destroyed landscape of District 12, and ultimately to her decision to become the Mockingjay, the symbol of the rebellion. The battle lines are clearly drawn after a visit to a hospital in District 8, tensions building for the final confrontation, coming in the second movie.

There are a few minor changes to the plot, including a confrontation Katniss has with President Snow. Nothing that changes the substance of the story.

I think the biggest problem with the movie...the first two movies put Katniss and Petah in an arena, where they had to survive not only against the other Tributes, but also against everything the Capital threw at them. There's no "arena" in Mockingjay Part 1, no climatic struggle as Katniss and Petah defeat each opponent to survive.

The movie ends with a cliffhanger, more or less where I expected it to, and there's an interesting piece of animation after all the credits have rolled.

Certainly not the best in the series, Mockingjay Part 1 sets us up for what is to come. I am looking forward to seeing Part 2 next summer.


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Five Guys

I've been enjoying Five Guys for awhile, but not at this location until last week.  

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Came around dinner hour, and it seemed kind of empty, even for a weeknight, despite the hustle and bustle in the shopping center parking lot.  But by the time I finished my meal and left, the crowd had picked up.


What I like about Five Guys is that they cook your burger to order.  This means you have to wait a bit, but you can enjoy noshing on the free peanuts.  (Yes, they do post allergy warnings at the door).



I ordered a "little" bacon cheeseburger -- that means one patty instead of two - with a small order of fries and a drink.  As always they filled up the fries cup to overflowing,  then added even more fries to the bag.    Burger was hot and juicy, fries were crispy outside, soft inside and had real potato taste.  Definitely enough food to satisfy.  And I do like the freestyle Coke machine.


Kudos to the staff here, they take an extra step to make the customer happy.  I was offered extra fries.  Another customer was unhappy with her burger, and they remade it. 



Friday, November 21, 2014

Julep redux

So yesterday I finally got the rest of my November box.
I give the company 3 out of 4 stars for customer service.  They sent the item but forgot to email me to let me know it shipped.   Better that way than the reverse -- remember IPSY?
So -- mascara.  Basic black, nice brush, adds nice texture to my lashes.  A keeper.






Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wantable accessories box - done

Well, it happened again.

The veneer has started to wear off yet another Wantable accessory. The silver toned ring that came in the April box is showing signs of wear. The base metal color is leaking through.

You can see a bit of it in the photo. It's worse in person.




















You know what they say, three's the charm?

The earrings, the stretch ring, and now this ring. Speaks volumes about the quality f the product.

Overall I liked buying from this company. Customer service was excellent. And I got to try things I'd probably never consider for myself.

Many of the items delighted me, a few disappointed me.

But it's time to move on.

I'm keeping the Wantable makeup subscription, though. So far it's been great.


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

well, so much for that idea

I wanted to avoid drama for New Year's Eve.

Wishful thinking.

The plan is for the usual cast of characters to celebrate at Drew's house.  Drew will order food and buy beverages, and we will all share in the costs.  He's planning to order way more food than we can reasonably eat in an evening, so he'll be sending everyone home with leftovers.

Let the complaining begin!!!

Sigh.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Songbird salutes the 70's -- computer technology

As I was driving past my old high school this evening, it occurred to me that there was more computing power on the front seat of my car, in the form of my smart phone and tablet, than there was in that entire building circa 1978.

Do you remember what computers were like back then?  The "computer room" was full of strange and mysterious equipment.  Keypunch operators fed punch cards into the machine.  Ultimately the computer would print out report cards or school schedules. or whatever was required. 

I took a computer programming class my senior year.  We prepared flow charts and wrote instructions in "Basic". We sat at a terminal and typed instructions onto a roll of paper, then waited for the computer to respond.  It was considered remarkable when the computer was able to "draw" a picture using dots and dashes to form an image.

My smartphone, a device I can hold in one hand, can:  make a phone call or a video call, tell me who is calling, serve as an answering machine if I don't answer the call, send and receive text messages and emails, store all my contacts, act as my datebook/calendar, allow me to read books, magazines and newspapers, listen to radio stations or my own music, let me watch movies and TV shows and other videos, play games, monitor my diet, exercise and health statistics, serve as a calculator, draft documents, map out a route and give me a traffic report, remind me where  I parked the car, fetch a train schedule and tell me if my flight is on time, act as an alarm clock, give me a weather report, let me shop for almost anything, take a picture or shoot a video...and I'm sure there are many things I can do that I haven't even thought of.

Amazing.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ch-ch-ch-changes

So I started a new job at the end of June. I am a "consultant" now. Project is for a client located in lower Manhattan. Initially the team reported to the client's office.

But now I will be working from a remote location. I'll be in my company's office. Ten minutes from home.

Huge difference in the commute. Major difference in he office atmosphere, a small suburban setting. I'll miss the excitement of being downtown.

Once a week, though, I need face time with the client.

Best. Of both worlds.


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