Sounds odd, and it feels odd, too. I didn’t apply for my old job, exactly. I applied for a job that sounds exactly like my old job when I applied for it.
I dropped off my cover letter and resume to Creighton University for a job as an Instructional Designer with their Information Technology group, helping faculty put course materials online.
When I applied for my old job at the University of Iowa (almost five years ago now), it was as a Computer Consultant for Information Technology Services helping faculty learn to use technology.
I am somewhat hopeful that they will at least offer me an interview.
A surprisingly delightful movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. I’ve had a thing for Diane Lane since seeing her in Jack, on some airplane trip. But then I saw half of her critically acclaimed performance in Unfaithful and couldn’t really stand her. Not sure why. And it turned me off of her. I kept thinking that I’d like to see her in something, but I couldn’t quite shake her character from that movie. I needed to see her in something completely different.
When Tuscan Sun came out, it seemed like a piffle of a movie (it is) with no good reason to be seen. Turns out it’s a delightful piffle, with a charmingly retro/only-in-the-movies opinion of Italy mixed with a nineties gay-is-the-new-sidekick flair that works. And Diane Lane comes off as a somewhat weary but winning, wiser than she was, modern American woman. Amidst gay sidekicks and retro/sexist Italians.
Unfortunately, it didn’t bring me back the old Diane Lane, so much as show me a different one. One I’m not so enamored of. She’s nice, and pretty, but still too stressed. I want to see her playing a Reese Witherspoon role. Something where her character only has to emote on the most surface of levels. I know, I know, I do her acting abilities a disservice.
Anyway, the movie was better than I thought it would be.
We rented Something’s Gotta Give a couple of weeks back, with very low expectations. For some reason, all through Oscar Season, neither Tiffany nor I could get up the interest to watch it. Another Jack show. Diane Keaton never has rung my bell. Amanda Peet really doesn’t do anything for me.
Sure, lots of folks were telling us it was good. The critical acclaim was strong. But it took us a long time ot come around. And now we have.
The movie is cuter than we thought, with prettier people (wow, that house was something else!), better guest stars (Frances McDormand, Jon Favreau, and Starsky!), a more interesting plot (they have sex pretty early on as these formulas go), and on-screen instant messaging that could actually be real!
It may have been a little long, and the Paris thing was a bit overmuch, but still, worthy of your time and money.
Alas, the contest is over, but it looks like it would have been cool to enter. The winners have been announced and can be seen here. While I understand and enjoy the winner (very Tufte-like) my personal favorite was the second honorable mention (ID Magazine’s site is really crappy, so I have posted the entry below). I like whimsy.
Update: The winner, Bryan Boyer, has an interesting web site. Here are his notes on the contest. The second honorable mention, Ashleigh Caffey, doesn’t have a web site. Here’s her entry: