Great Minds at Work

I seldom blog about the Day Job, but I hope you'll be tickled by some recent whiteboard brainstorming performed by my coworkers and myself. A departmental reorganization required us to come up with a new group name:

[brainstorming new group name]

Click for a big version, if you dare. It's pretty easy to detect some of our algorithms. (Photo credit: Manny MacMillan.)

Last Modified 2012-09-26 1:05 PM EDT

The King's Speech

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<voice imitation="emily_litella"> What is all this fuss I hear about the King's peach? How did they make a movie about that? Was it a really good peach? Why couldn't the King share his peach with commoners? That's outrageous! Did the King have any other fruit to himself? Wait, what? … Oh, that's quite different! </voice>

As I type, The King's Speech is #109 on IMDB's top 250 movies of all time. I don't know about that, but it did win four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, and was nominated for eight others. So you probably don't need me piling on, but: yeah, it's pretty good.

I usually do a brief plot synopsis in these movie posts, but I don't think I need to bother in this case. Instead, I'd just like to point out that it's pretty darned odd for the perennial popularity of movies revolving around the British royal family. Especially in America; do we really have a hankering to know about the travails of an insanely wealthy and probably too-powerful family, only in that position due to accidents of heredity and sordid politics?

I can't explain it. Yet, I watched too, and enjoyed myself. Now I'm persuading myself into feeling guilty about it. To make up, I'll steadfastly ignore the upcoming wedding, OK?

Last Modified 2012-09-26 1:20 PM EDT