After thoughts about… Memento

May Contain Spoilers

Wow!!! Just wow!!! Thinking about it, Memento is one of the most intelligent and unique films. The way it uses it’s story is so fully formed and there is a nice sense of full circle.


However when it ended “Wow” wasn’t my first reaction. It was more along the lines “Has it finished yet?” and was because I got bored. Yes it was brilliant and I don’t think there are many films like it, but I didn’t care. And I think I got bored for the same reason I think it so original: the story structure.

I think the story technique running through Memento creates a predictability about it. There was no doubt of how it was going to end.

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If you study how Memento uses non-linear structure compared to Once Upon a Time, I think you’ll see two different stages of development…

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Even nuns get violent in meetings—here’s how to keep the peace with your colleagues


As many of us have completed our first full week of work in 2014, I’ve been thinking about what it will take to bring about the peace so deeply hoped for in the messages on the holiday cards now strewn across my mantel. While it may not be the entire solution, I’d like to propose a start: eliminating violence from our meetings.

Thirty years ago, I became a Catholic sister as one way to live out my desire to make the world a peaceful place. Almost immediately, I ran into heartbreak. At age 30, I thought I had at last found “my tribe”—people with whom I could work to establish justice and nonviolence, writ large. That was until I started attending meetings.

In meeting after meeting, I would watch, awe-struck, as some sisters’ attitudes, language, and behaviors were some of the most hurtful, disruptive, and destructive I had experienced to…

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My Favorite Heels: Jessica Simpson

Nickel City Pretty

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I love shoes…and I will admit it, I have WAY too many pairs.  I wish I could say that I love all of them equally, but I have grown to have an absolute favorite brand.

Jessica Simpson’s brand of heels are AMAZING.  Seriously, I don’t think I will ever buy anything else.  Not only are they so cute, they are actually really comfortable.  Comfortable enough for me to be able to wear them through an entire wedding, INCLUDING a few rounds of dancing!  I’m normally the girl who ditches the heels right after dinner and changes into flip-flops.

You can find Jessica Simpson shoes in a lot of stores, but I have purchased most of mine at Macy’s.  Even better when they run sales and coupons!

Here are my favorite pairs of Jessica Simpson heels that I currently own.

These first two are the same model and I love them so much…

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Even Lindsay Lohan is Better Than Me

Stunted Adults

I’ve had many a low point in my life, but 2014 may have just kicked off with the lowest yet.

On January 2, 2014, I learned that Lindsay Lohan is better than I am.

That’s right.

I can’t even bring myself up to Lindsay’s level of competence.


I had no idea things had gotten so bad.

It all began the prior Sunday.  As I’ve let slip, I’m training for a marathon.  After a week of holiday gluttony (champagne, cheese, cake, lather, rinse, repeat), I had to pay the piper and slog through a 15 mile run.  I was unusually thirsty during that run, but I just chalked it up to too much boozing.

I guzzled liters of water and Gatorade, but I just could not quench my thirst.  Over the next few days I continued to deteriorate.  No matter how much water and how relatively little champagne I…

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Quartz Daily Brief—Europe edition—Suntory buys Beam, Google’s Nest egg, shark prevention, redhead sex appeal


What to watch for today

Egypt heads back to the polls for a two-day referendum on a new constitution. A large turnout and a yes vote would bolster the military regime which ousted democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in July.

Cracking the banks’ books. JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo report fourth-quarter results, as the US earnings season gets going in earnest.

Euro zone industrial update. New data should shed some light on whether Europe will be able to stay out of recession, after a worrying drop last month.

How merry was Christmas, really? US retail sales figures for December will reveal whether Americans were feeling naughty or nice.

While you were sleeping

FBI suspects mortgage front-running. The bureau think traders are manipulating derivatives markets used by US mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, Reuters reports. Separately, the US charged three former Rabobank traders with…

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More Misogigamankai at Kanda Shrine

Tokyobling's Blog

More photos from the Endurance/purification ceremony at Tokyo’s Kanda Shrine (Kanda Myojin) the other day. Although I am usually all for immersing myself in my adopted culture this is one habit that I will refrain from. Most of the participants where shaking as they stood waiting for their turn and even the leader of the group, who spent over half an hour standing in the ice water while keeping an eye on the bathers must have been suffering greatly. The funniest incident of the day was at the end, after the one hour long ordeal when the obligatory group photos was to be taken. Everyone lined up smartly, with the new 20 year olds at the front, and as usual the news media photographers where fiddling with their equipment. It didn’t take many seconds for one of the girls to shout “just get on with it!” to the photographers. Much…

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