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Ranking Phases 1-3 of the MCU

After watching the kickoff of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe cash cow, I resurrected a list of mine I was playing with on how the first 22 movies fall out. It’s not easy. I don’t know how a sports writer can rank 32 teams. Usually the top few are either obvious or bubble up, and the same with the bottom few bubbling down. But the middle 20+? I suppose they do it the way I did…start plugging in a somewhat rational order and then bounce each off of the higher and lower adjacent movies. Most of them have huge script problems…okay, almost all. Yes, these are comic book movies and I need to alter my expectations. And yes, the second time through they tend to fare a little better with me… I can’t help that my mind recoils at the materializing of suits and masks out of nothing. Or ordinary human bodies taking killing punishment and getting up for more. Or…ordinary humans processing unrealistic amounts of data and reacting with unrealistic, if sometimes augmented, reflexes.

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…of the Year 2013

Now that 2014 is here, I’m going to try to exorcise 2013 from my memory as much as possible. Our tragedy took over our lives after July 31st, but several friends have faced life threats that have put things in perspective.

Too many bad things, so I’m going to take a page from Time magazine and the editors’ Person of the Year chosen for the impact/influence good or bad.

Scroll down for my choices for Person, Engineering & Physics & Chemistry & Biology Achievements, Operating System, Most Disturbing & Funniest websites, Misinformer & Political A**, Movie, Book review and last but not least…

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“A Quality Instinct” in practice

Extraneous observation to share before I get in to the topic of the day: Having interviewed several times in the last six years, I have determined that going through the process with a current employer for a new position is harder than going in cold to a prospective employer. The challenge of trying to dispel some existing impressions while reinforcing others…? Tough. But that’s a story for another day…

Anyway, after reading and writing about The Quality Instinct last week, I tried to use Max Anderson’s five features when looking at a few exhibits last Sunday. Dylan and Drew had a class at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA)and I went off on my own to test my new knowledge on Loren Mozley and Greek and Roman artifacts. After their class, Andrea, the boys and I all toured three current exhibitions: Chagall: Beyond Color, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece: Masterworks from the British Museum, and Cindy Sherman.

Of course, Andrea and I had differing opinions. And this piece today is about my opinion…

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