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Once again, I just have to say this is a genius idea. All: COMMENTARY COMMENTARY FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS - IT'S A COMMENTARY EVERYONE LOVES THESE "MAKING-OF"S THE STORY BEHIND THE SCENES THE WAY THAT WE GOT THATDr. Horrible: Commentary! The Musical

There are a lot of challenges that instructional designers and trainers face in developing and delivering courses in a corporate environment. For instance, usually there is barely time to getChallenge students?! Are you crazy?!

Thanksgiving is a US holiday where we purposely focus on being thankful for our lives, and the people and things in them. Families get together and enjoy each others company,Thanksgiving - Epic version

I'm currently watching the recorded version of Oprah's first session of her "class" on A New Earth, which is about "new spirituality". For the purposes of this post, however, theOprah's Online Training - experience review

Doctor Who — Theories, Facts, Speculations - Slice of SciFi Over at Slice Of Scifi, they've got a post (linked above) that lays out a lot of evidence gathered throughout theDoctor Who - The return of Gallifrey?

Learning 2006-2005 Information - Free PodCasts Video - CNN Pipeline I don't have a subscription to CNN Pipeline, but from what I'm seeing here it appears to be really interesting technologyCNN Pipeline: A learning perspective, & Blogs in learning

This is one of a series of articles I wrote for The Coalition of Awesomeness blog some time ago. The blog has since gone to an unfortunate (but very awesome)The gift of music

Okay, I've been remiss in getting the Doctor Who news out lately. 'Cause I know you all depend on me alone to let you know what's going on with thatDoctor Who/Torchwood news

Creating Passionate Users: Re-igniting passion We can't expect passionate users, if we ourselves can't hold (or rediscover) the passion we felt for the work we chose. That is an excellent point. WhenRe-igniting passion

F-Shaped Pattern For Reading Web Content (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox) This is the same eye tracking idea I talked about in a previous post. The focus this time, though, is reading patterns. ScanEye-movement tracking & Web Content

On further reflection there is one more thing I want to say about The Prince Of Egypt. The second trailer (included on the DVD) paints the film as a "triumphFollow-up review: The Prince of Egypt trailer

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Last Outpost - TV Squad [tag]Wil Wheaton[/tag] has taken to doing reviews of old [tag]Star Trek: The Next Generation[/tag] episodes. He's only done a fewWil Wheaton reviews the show that made everyone hate him

To review: I’m talking about an article on ZDNet that tries to make the case for streaming first-run movies to a home theater. In the first part, I laid out the argument theyMovie Theater vs. Home Theater (part 3)

In the 7 day challenge, today’s topic is: Embed a legal youtube clip that I either found today or created myself. Then tell everyone about the clip and related information. I consideredTelling Time - 7 day challenge

Yesterday I read an article in the ZDNet Tech Broiler attempting to make the case for the studios to release first-run movies direct to streaming options (specifically Netflix and iTunes).Movie Theater vs. Home Theater (part 1)

Review: Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland wasn’t boisterous, or exhuberantly full of wonder. It was, if anything, understated and simple in its execution. Despite the drama of a crumbling marriage, oppression, depression, and death, there were no histrionics, no yelling, no overwrought grief – these things were just facts of life to be dealt with. This was a movie where the actors checked their egos at the door and let the story be the star. And I think that is exactly why it worked so well.

Without sacrificing the reality of the situation, this movie managed to take you into one man’s imagination and remind you of the simple truth of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. As Dustin Hoffman put it in one of the included documentaries,

“Don’t grow up; never grow up. Be an adult, be mature, but don’t be a grown up.”

The story of Peter Pan itself focuses much more on the “Don’t grow up” part of that sentiment. Finding Neverland strikes a perfect balance of both sides of that coin. Johnny Depp does a superb job of playing an adult in turn-of-the-century English society, complete with the seriousness and reality that the role demands, and the importance of imagination in that man’s life. He was in no way childish, but rather infused the wisdom of playfulness into an adult world.

And he did a pretty convincing Scottish accent, too (not that I’m any expert). :)

This was a very mature movie. It’s a shame there aren’t many more like it.

[tags]Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie, Neverland, movies, maturity, imagination, playfulness, Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffman[/tags]

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