Friday, December 11, 2015

One More Week!

I've been catching a lot of grief for not having pre-purchasing my tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Click on the picture below to read the humorous comment the theatre posted after you purchase tickets.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Star Wars: The Dark Side of the Mind

Like many Star Wars fans, I can't get enough to read about the Star Wars "Universe". "Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind" struck two interests of mine, so buying this was a given. Let me say from the start, this book will not appeal to every Star Wars fan.

I usually tear through books, but this one was not an easy read as I had thought. Even though I had interests in both topics, this book reminded me of many of the books I had to read when I was a Psych major. (I did change my major a couple of times.)

Perhaps my two favorite chapters were 'A Symphony of Psychology', by Jim Davies and Joe Kraemer, and 'Shooting, Striking, Returning: The Universe in Our Heads' by Donald F. Glut and Travis Langley were probably my two favorite chapters. The former inspired me to reread that chapter while listening to the music cited. The latter dealt not only with the novelization of 'The Empire Strikes Back', but something deeper that every Star Wars fan (and fans of other franchises) dealt with the unique perspective every fan experiences.

I couldn't give this book a five-star rating. As I said it wasn't an easy read, but it didn't help that this book was rife with typos and facts that would make Star Wars fans cringe.

At first I noticed some facts that were inaccurate, like Obi-Wan's duel with Anakin took place on Coruscant instead of Mustafar, or calling Obi-Wan 'Ben' in the prequels (That fact can be debated). But as I kept reading, I noticed more and more typos and font irregularities. These should have been caught in the proofreading stage, because some are very evident.

I want a Yoda Swatch!
This reminds of compound words like 'insofar' or 'notwithstanding. It's like what the Germans do with their words: they Lego words. For example, lebensabschnittgefährter (partner), Löschwassereinspeisung (fire hydrant) or Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung (speed limit).
What this tells me is they rushed to get this book out quickly before 'The Force Awakens' hits the theatres so they can capitalize on the desire for more products.

Everything considered, I would recommend this book more to readers who are interested in psychology who happen to be Star Wars fans instead of the other way around.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

No Tricks. Just Treats!

It's not even Christmas (yet) and I'm receiving goodies!

My business partners and friends at our ad agency sent me this sweet Roots hoodie. I for sure will be using it.

I also received some treats from my friend from a couple of her trips. Now I'm hungry and want to go to WDW!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Taking Its Toll

I crossed the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday, November 8, 2015 and just got charged for the toll. They sure know how to make money off tourists! (But it's worth it, right?)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Happy 87th Birthday to two of my favorite Mice!

That is all.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Is Ornament Day A New National Holiday?

My friend, Don, and I have been a bit obsession with this Disney Sketchbook Ornament series that's been going on for a couple of years now. One of us has less self-control than the other (Guess who?)

Just as in past years, this year has some cool and memorable characters. Disney doesn't release the ornaments on the same day each month, so you constantly have to look. Trust us. We've missed out on a few ornaments we really wanted. (Yes, we know about eBay.)

I've been checking most of November, and finally today, I struck gold with Cheshire Cat! Don was thinking about getting this ornament for his daughter. For me, Cheshire Cat has always been a favorite character. Many of my friends say that I remind them of this playful cat, usually because of the smile. I'm sure the round belly and snarkiness he exhibits add to the resemblance. I'll own it. I can't stand on my own head, however.

Click here to view this year's Sketchbook Ornament Collection.

While I was shopping for Cheshire Cat, I found this really cool Mickey and Minnie Park series of ornaments! I would love to get them all, but I 'started' with my favorite. Who knows? I may add a few more. They really are cute!
Click here to visit to browse through more ornaments...or get these Mickey and Minnie Park Series ornaments!

So as if these two ornaments weren't enough for me, I was so lucky to have a coworker give me this ornament! It's from EPCOT's 2015 Food & Wine Festival. If you don't know, I'm a huge fan of Figment (Who isn't?!?). So this ornament will hold a special spot on the tree this year. Heck, all of these ornaments will!

Click here to view more of the 2015 Food & Wine Festival merchandise.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015