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Archaic Smile

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    Took the MBTI assessment and went through the seminar back in '96 for an employer.
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  1. I don't really think it has anything to do with age. There are a few people (of varying ages) where I work who will give you a blank stare if you just say hello to them. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to try to strike up a conversation, so I don't bother. Whatever the reason some people just don't want to be friendly. Even when it requires little effort or commitment on their part.
  2. You made the right decision. I haven't read them, but I had a feeling that the film was a pale translation of the books. It really needed a director with an unflinching dystopian vision and the ability to retell a good story without insulting the intelligence of their audience.
  3. The Giver Without a doubt the dumbest movie I've seen this year. What the hell was Meryl Streep thinking?
  4. Dune as directed by David Lynch; I had high hopes, but ultimately it fell flat. And the Star Wars prequels made me very bitter. I'm hoping Abrams can do better with his take on the franchise.
  5. Favorite quote today: "A love of all things saccharine often seems present where there is a lack of real warmth or charity." J.K. Rowling
  6. How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor For someone like me who was around before A New Hope was released - I was 12 in '77 - this book has been a fun, compelling and eye-opening stroll down memory lane.
  7. I hate weak handshakes. If you can't do it right don't offer your hand.
  8. You really made me giggle. I do this, too. At a store I'll also park quite a distance from front the entrance so I don't have to deal with too many pedestrians and people circling the lot looking for a prime spot.
  9. The Unbelievers This should have been interesting, and it was occasionally, but overall the director did a shit job. In place of substantive debate, we get an atheist travelogue with celebrity sound bites.
  10. You summed it up perfectly. I would have avoided it altogether had it not been for the cast. The film's pacing is slow, but never dull due to the compelling and intelligently crafted characters, excellent cinematography and soundtrack. It's not your typical vampire flick - thank goodness for that.
  11. Whatever you think about it, it's one of the most successful fundraising campaigns to date. Last time I heard they raised over $50 million. However, once the novelty has worn off the real challenge is figuring out how to get these same people to give again.
  12. Don't know if it's normal or not, but I've done the same. I tend not to hold on to things or people from my past that I no longer have a connection with.
  13. I really do need to mentally file that quote away for future use.

  14. I am 48 and don't regret not having kids. It's probably one of the few decisions I've made in my life in which I was absolutely certain. Having said that, I like kids and can appreciate anyone who is willing and can successfully take on the responsibility of being a parent. I have 23 nieces and nephews and I've seen from cradle to college what an immense job it can be. You're doing the right thing by asking questions and giving some serious thought to your options in life, Winklepicker. Not meaning to sound like and old fart, but when I was your age the expectation for young men and women to get married, "settle down" and become parents was still very prevalent and socially preferred. Then again I grew up in the Midwest where matrimony and parenthood were, and still are to some degree, competitive sports. I didn't have many alternative examples; but through serious introspection, weighting the pros and cons, and learning to accept that some people would judge me as being selfish, anti-family or just plain odd, I decided that having children was simply not for me.
  15. Particle Fever All the blackboards and whiteboards full of the most intimidating equations I've ever seen rekindled my math anxiety, but other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary.