First of all, it’s Friday, which means that the second excerpt of The King of Oblivion is up, for which I offer my sincerest apologies.
Health-wise, I’m happy to report I’ve lost 1.5 pounds this week. Yay.
This evening I watched two horror movies. The first was The Exorcism of Emily Rose, a more or less forgetful film with decent special effects and acting on Jennifer Carpenter’s part, but not much else to recommend it. It was predictable and too full of gotcha-type scares for my taste.
I also watched Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane, which I won in a contest on Pretty-Scary.net a few months back. This film is pretty much what you’d expect: an outbreak of zombies on a commercial flight. This film barely tries to give any sort of realistic explanation for the outbreak of the zombies; it’s a sort of "mosquito virus", or some mutant strain of malaria, or something done by some evil corporation run by some mad scientists. But other than that, this film was surprisingly fun. I won’t say it was good, but it was certainly a fun horror/comedy that got a few laughs out of me, though certainly no chills. The acting was halfway decent, and the script wasn’t all that bad either, once the zombies showed up. It reminded me of one of those old Airport movies, but with zombies, with a touch of Abraham/Zucker insanity. It was not the best horror/comedy film I’ve ever seen — that honor definitely goes to Shaun of the Dead — but Flight of the Living Dead certainly is worth a viewing or two.
Work-wise, we had a division-wide meeting on Wednesday in Davis, wherein we determined that our organization is going to be a "strengths-based’ organization. Everyone in the organization took a "Strengths Quest" quiz developed by the Gallup Organization to determine what our "signature themes" were. We each ended up with five; mine were "Input", "Intellection", "Harmony", "Relator", and "Includer". I found it interesting that two of these are intellectual themes, and the rest are social. Under the fold, I’m including the brief summary of these themes so you can decide whether they really apply to me or not. This isn’t the silliest management theme I’ve encountered (I still crack up over "Areas of Opportunity").
Our organization has had a good year, and my department in particular is doing quite well. There’s enough work coming down the pipe to keep me busy for months. I have no worries at all of being laid off or anything like that. Each unit gave a visual presentation to discuss their progress and upcoming projects. I had no idea that our unit was going to be giving a "Wizard of Oz" themed presentation; and after seeing my boss dressed up as Glinda, I may never be able to take him seriously again.
And that’s it for now. Be sure to visit Underpopetown and say hi to the neighbors.
Beneath the fold, my "signature themes", and their brief explanations.
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