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  • The Green Knight: The Force Awakens: the Good, the Bad, and the Amazing
    I can recall ever being totally inspired by a female hero Every time I watch the movie I get starry eyed OMG I wanna be like that feelings in ways that have traditionally been reserved for very masculine heroes I wonder what the implications are when an entire generation of boys grows up having had not just male idols but females as well Workplace equality Men more capable of doing things that have typically been considered feminine in the workplace things which research shows are incredibly valuable for leadership and teamwork Women able to be leaders in organizations without adopting masculine traits and being derogatorily labeled for it I don t know but I have a hunch that if popular media continue to level the playing field between male and female heroes it could be tranformative to our collective psychology Rey s character wouldn t be nearly so compelling without fantastic acting and Daisy Ridley absolutely crushes it Writing and direction must get credit too She s not the only one though In the best scene of the movie Maybe one of the best scenes of all time she and Adam Driver deliver absolutely virtuosic performances During the interrogation scene let s be clear that he is straight up raping her It may be rape of the mind rather than the body but if anything that feels even more heinous to me You know I can take whatever I want He is exerting total domination and power over her as she lies helplessly restrained And then she resists You can see the determination written all over her face You can then see her confidence grow and his shake as she fights and ultimately overpowers him There is almost no dialog special effects or even blocking it is an entire journey of psychological epiphany and empowerment told exclusively through the faces of two actors locked in an epic performance It s glorious and I can t remember the last time I was able to say that about a scene in a movie blockbuster So there you have it my take on Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens It wasn t perfect but it was very very good and some of it was straight up amazing What did you think Please preface your comments with SPOILER tags if they contain them Posted by Bryan Hassin at 09 58 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Star Wars 5 comments Nick Farmer said Agreed on all counts To me the major fail of the movie is the death of Han Solo which seemed strangely devoid of gravitas I think because not enough had been done to establish his relationship with his son to that point Honestly I think I would have reacted differently if it had been Leia that was killed Because the back story was absent the first scene where father and son are together lacked emotional grounding It was good but could have been

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  • The Green Knight: The Force Awakens: the Good, the Bad, and the Amazing
    I can recall ever being totally inspired by a female hero Every time I watch the movie I get starry eyed OMG I wanna be like that feelings in ways that have traditionally been reserved for very masculine heroes I wonder what the implications are when an entire generation of boys grows up having had not just male idols but females as well Workplace equality Men more capable of doing things that have typically been considered feminine in the workplace things which research shows are incredibly valuable for leadership and teamwork Women able to be leaders in organizations without adopting masculine traits and being derogatorily labeled for it I don t know but I have a hunch that if popular media continue to level the playing field between male and female heroes it could be tranformative to our collective psychology Rey s character wouldn t be nearly so compelling without fantastic acting and Daisy Ridley absolutely crushes it Writing and direction must get credit too She s not the only one though In the best scene of the movie Maybe one of the best scenes of all time she and Adam Driver deliver absolutely virtuosic performances During the interrogation scene let s be clear that he is straight up raping her It may be rape of the mind rather than the body but if anything that feels even more heinous to me You know I can take whatever I want He is exerting total domination and power over her as she lies helplessly restrained And then she resists You can see the determination written all over her face You can then see her confidence grow and his shake as she fights and ultimately overpowers him There is almost no dialog special effects or even blocking it is an entire journey of psychological epiphany and empowerment told exclusively through the faces of two actors locked in an epic performance It s glorious and I can t remember the last time I was able to say that about a scene in a movie blockbuster So there you have it my take on Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens It wasn t perfect but it was very very good and some of it was straight up amazing What did you think Please preface your comments with SPOILER tags if they contain them Posted by Bryan Hassin at 09 58 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Star Wars 5 comments Nick Farmer said Agreed on all counts To me the major fail of the movie is the death of Han Solo which seemed strangely devoid of gravitas I think because not enough had been done to establish his relationship with his son to that point Honestly I think I would have reacted differently if it had been Leia that was killed Because the back story was absent the first scene where father and son are together lacked emotional grounding It was good but could have been

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  • The Green Knight: The Force Awakens . . . and It Is Strong
    imagine the mixed emotions I had leading up to Episode VII I really really really wanted it to be good but I had been burned by that before with the prequels Accordingly I tried to set my expectations low but as much hype as there was leading up to the movie s release that proved impossible Opening day I took the day off from work and attended a Star Wars marathon at the theater 24 hours of episodes I VI I actually skipped episodes I III and got some sleep instead It was fantastic to see episodes IV VI in the theater though for only the second time in my life They were the Special Editions but I just turned away during the objectionable parts Finally Thursday evening the big moment arrived My primary hope was that Episode VII simply wouldn t suck If I dared to dream though I hoped it would be amazing Long story short it most definitely did not suck It was very good maybe even amazing but I m not sure about that yet still processing The new characters were well developed the acting and direction was excellent the old characters provided good fan service and the cinematography action special effects were all breathtaking I have some beefs with the plot but overall I was very satisfied I ll post a separate spoilery review but the take away is that I thought it was so good that I saw it again Friday night and then again Saturday night It became better each time The Force is strong with this sequel Posted by Bryan Hassin at 22 44 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Star Wars 1 comment Kathryn Osborne said it was amazing Tuesday December 22 2015 at

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  • The Green Knight: 10 Years Since Hurricane Rita
    movie about Hitler s final days in his bunker as the Allied forces closed in on him The movie s soundtrack featured the constant and crescendoing booms of bombs that were getting closer and closer which very much echoed the feeling in Houston of slowly approaching inevitable doom After a restless night I arose very early Friday morning prepared to make my attempt at the airport With a full tank of gas and many non perishable provisions in case I found myself stuck on the highway I hit the road to IAH while the moon was still high in the sky Instead of car backups as far as the eye could see though I encountered nothing There wasn t a soul on the road Everyone who had decided to evacuate was apparently already gone and everyone else was bunkered down It was eerie like something out of a post apocalyptic film and it was the fastest easiest drive I ever had to the airport When I arrived at IAH once again I anticipated that I would be entering a chaotic free for all as it had been the previous day according to the news Instead I discovered that I was one of the only passengers there and that the airport was fully staffed I breezed through security and reached my gate hours before takeoff With so much time to kill and with so much relief that things were going smoothly I decided to have a drink As cliche as it was I had a hurricane My flight took off a little before noon and we were informed that we were the last flight to depart before they shut down the airport for the storm When I arrived in Vegas and checked into the hotel the attendant at the desk checked my ID When he saw that I was from Houston his eyes got really big and he went back to discuss something with his manager The manager came out and informed me that our entire party would have our rooms upgraded and our meals comp ed his establishment was proud to welcome Hurricane Rita refugees Knowing that there were real Rita refugees who were suffering a lot more than we were while we were getting room upgrades and comp ed meals in Vegas didn t feel great on the Karma scale but we couldn t see how refusing would have helped anyone In hindsight as charmed as that trip was I should have gambled However I m just glad that things turned out OK Although Rita ultimately wasn t as devastating as Katrina it still exacted a huge toll especially farther up the coast 10 years after the fact my hat is off to all of the emergency management personnel who helped get people to safety before after Rita hit Posted by Bryan Hassin at 09 00 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels hurricane No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post

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  • The Green Knight: First Obstacle Race in the books!
    a swarm of bees on the trail very early in the race After not having been stung for decades I have now had more than 15 stings in two weeks We reported the swarm to the volunteers at the next obstacle tire flips and they re routed the race for subsequent competitors I have avoided obstacle course races because most of the big races Tough Mudder Spartan Race etc seem cheesy and contrived Getting muddy just for the sake of getting muddy doesn t hold much appeal for me I spent years getting muddy on the football field been there done that so I really appreciated Legend Race s focus on real obstacles Today I m sore in lots of places especially forearms but I really enjoyed the race I can t wait to do it again especially if there is an opportunity to compete with others as a team Posted by Bryan Hassin at 13 54 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels OCR No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin Cleantech entrepreneur with global experience Rice Owl IMD alum and lover of both wine and sports View my complete profile Google Badge Twitter Blog Archive 2016 1 January 1 2015 28 December 3 November 1 October 2 September 5 10 Years Since Hurricane Rita First Obstacle Race in the books Weekend in Roanoke Running Smarter Not Longer Max the Ninja Dog August 1 July 1 June 4 May 1 April 3 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 26 November 4 October 3 August 3 July 3 June 7 April 1 March 3 February 1 January 1 2013 32 December 2 November 3 October 3 September 2 August 1 July

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  • The Green Knight: Weekend in Roanoke
    m not sure how many there were but I wound up with 11 stings before we finally gave them the slip The girls were smarter than I was and noticing the swarm in advance circumvented it Ask anyone who ever knew me in my football playing days and there will be a consensus that I prefer to go through obstacles rather than around them this time I paid for it though Other than the bee incident the rest of the hike was marvelous We encountered friendly hikers on the trail including many dogs and reached our destination in two hours The view of the Catawba Valley was amazing and seemingly went on forever in all directions very worth the hike After a much faster descent go figure Katie and I enjoyed a pint and some lunch at Fork in the Market I don t think this place was quite as locavore oriented as it claimed to be but the food was fine and the beer was just what we needed after our hike Saturday evening we dined at Lucky a gastropub very near our hotel We loved it It was an excellent mix of interesting food and good cocktails The only downside is that the waitress never mentioned that the kitchen was closing so that by the time we were ready for dessert After a run and a long hike we thought it was justified it was no longer available 1stWorldProblems On the advice of some passersby on the street we ducked into Metro where they gladly served us dessert and we gladly ate it It was really delicious actually not so sweet that you couldn t taste the flavors Sunday morning we met a different high school friend of mine and a Rice friend both of whom now work at the same Roanoke law firm for brunch They brought along their growing broods too so it was nice to meet their families We hadn t seen either of them for many years but we easily just picked up where we left off On our way out of town we detoured through nearby Blacksburg to see a former Rice colleague and coincidentally also a TJ grad who had recently been hired by Virginia Tech It was good to catch up with him and he also gave us a tour around Tech s lovely grounds on another lovely day It was a very short trip to Roanoke but we had a great time As we were with Abingdon we were quite impressed by Roanoke its friendly culture and its excellent dining Southwest Virginia is rapidly becoming a place to which we love traveling and it s much more accessible to us now than it was when we were in Texas Posted by Bryan Hassin at 15 07 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Roanoke travel No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom About Me Bryan Hassin

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  • The Green Knight: Weekend Getaway to Abingdon, VA
    good long meal so we struck out afterward for 128 Pecan a fun little bistro for lunch We thought 128 Pecan was just great and we feel pretty qualified to judge because between us we ordered more than half of all the items on the menu Pimento cheese crab dip hummus sesame fried oyster tacos black bean cakes blackened salmon I can t even remember everything we ate but it was all delicious What a great find in a tiny little town After walking around historic downtown Abingdon we returned to the Martha Washington and spent the afternoon relaxing Although we didn t avail ourselves of the spa services per se we did take a bottle of champagne out to the multi level outdoor jacuzzi and let our stresses melt away as it started snowing There was something so neat about being in a hot steaming pool of water while the snow was coming down I m going to have to visit my Nordic friends some day and give cold weather sauna culture a try Saturday evening we met some friends of mine from Huntsville Alabama who recently retired to Abingdon for dinner at Figaredo s Although we usually prefer to stay as far away from restaurants as possible on Valentine s Day this restaurant had a nice little prix fixe menu that wasn t cheesy at all Once again we were impressed by the quality of the cuisine in such a small town While the snow accumulated outside the six of us stayed warm with good wine food company and laughter Sunday was much colder than Saturday but also much sunnier We had a reprieve from the snow so after a morning workout in the fitness center we drove over to our friends house for a true country brunch I had been to that house once before but it was really inspiring to see the renovations that they had recently made Well fed as we were we returned to Abingdon for a matinee performance of Anything Goes at the Barter Theatre By now we should have come to expect that everything in Abingdon punches above its weight but once again we had modest expectations We were really blown away though by the quality of the performance the singing dancing costumes everything I suppose that s how this tiny theater has attracted such talents as Gregory Peck Kevin Spacey and Ernest Borgnine over the years As the weather became ever colder we decided to stay in Sunday evening so we dined at the hotel s Sisters restaurant It was a very nice meal including fried chicken and waffles fried quail and fried cheese curds notice a pattern After dinner we repaired to the library cozied up to the fire and took advantage of our favorite Martha Washington Inn tradition complimentary port in the evenings Another couple came in and we wound down the night talking politics careers and music Monday morning came way too early but we needed to be

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  • The Green Knight: Running Smarter Not Longer
    plan essentially writes itself each week Also because I frequently return to the same workouts it s easy for me to gauge my own progress Performancewise I ve continued to set PRs this year and have remained injury free which is more and more important with every new birthday Perhaps I would have set the same PRs if I had been following a higher mileage training plan but I m glad to hit those numbers with less time spent training Perhaps most importantly I have returned to the joy of running Instead of viewing running as something I have to do slogging through it even if it hurts now running is a real pleasure My two hard workouts each week feel really good because I m fresh and fully recovered Any other running I do throughout the week is with friends and or just to commune with nature I can t overstate how psychologically important this is I guess I had been burning out on running previously without realizing it Finally it s nice that I can devote so much time to other things I m already slammed for time so freeing up multiple days a week of hard running workouts has really helped At the end of the day running just has a much more positive place in my life again which I love This training methodology may not be for everyone your mileage may vary etc However if you re burning out a bit on running plateauing or even just looking to get started I d suggest that you check out Aaron s book It s a really fast read and offers sample training plans to get anyone going The weather looks great this weekend so I think I ll do some trail running in the color changing

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