Monthly Archive for March, 2011

Never Let Me Go movie review

Exactly two weeks ago, I watched the movie Never Let Me Go, which is a movie about orphans of some sort that are aggregated into a secret program and are reared to grow into adults, at which time, will only donate vital organs. Some pass away after their first donation; some donate four times or more. Never Let Me Go is the most depressing movie I’ve ever seen. The only more depressing thing was a Frontline documentary The Suicide Tourist.

There is terminology used in this movie that is unclear from the very beginning because we don’t normally use these words to represent the meanings implied in the movie. To “complete” means to die, for example. Virtually all of the main characters wanted to find their biological parents.

What really gets to me is why if all of these individuals knew that they were destined to die as part of a program, why didn’t any of them try to run away? They wore tracking bracelets like wrist watches that could probably be easily removed. Also, as adults, they had much freedom to move about the country (Britain), so I don’t understand why they returned back to the facilities. That part was a little unbelievable to me. If you like depressing movies, then this one is for you. I don’t think there was a single bit of comic relief in the entire film.

Catfish movie review

Last night, I watched Catfish, which is a documentary about this guy getting involved with someone from Facebook who he has never met. It’s very interesting with a very unpredictable twist. If you’ve ever made a pen pal on the Internet and grown attached, then you’ll be able to relate. It’s a great movie.

Bilinguals better at multitasking, researchers find

I am glad to be bilingual. According to new research, I can multi-task better than monolingual people and prioritize tasks between multiple projects. Sounds like a good skill to have as a project manager.

Recent research indicates that bilingual speakers can outperform monolinguals–people who speak only one language — in certain mental abilities, such as editing out irrelevant information and focusing on important information, said Judith Kroll, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Penn State. These skills make bilinguals better at prioritizing tasks and working on multiple projects at one time.

With that said, I still don’t like to multi-task. I like to run marathons on one task to get it done. I like to just wire into a task, and dive deep into thinking about it and being creative with it.