Sorry Good Will Hunting, I Need that T.P.S. Report By Monday

Two movies from the late 1990’s stand out as favorites, for me and many others: Office Space and Good Will Hunting. Both truly stand the test of time, and entertain now just about as well as as they did when released. Both also have something to say about what “Work” is, and what kind of man should pursue what line of it, and what’s respectable or questionable about the choices they make along the way. Construction labor plays an understated role in both narratives, repelling one protagonist and rescuing the other. Will Hunting (Matt Damon) begins his story as a workman, who is encouraged and motivated to find his way into a more intellectual profession. Peter (Ron Livingston) begins his story as a cubicle …

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on Missing the Mark

I was a “Child of the 90’s.” For some reason, Microsoft has decided this is a fantastic reason for me to use their browser, Internet Explorer. Their latest commercial attempts to connect fads of the decade and using their product, which for me, were years apart. The first time I remember anyone using Internet Explorer, with any regularity, was after 1998. Until then most people were connected to the internet using a portal like AOL, and its built-in browser. Even then, there were other options – Netscape was popular as well. Everything in this IE commercial, for me, was happening years before the internet was around. I definitely was not wearing light-up shoes, or playing with POGS, at the same …

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