My weekend. (Breaking Dawn 2 spoiler ahead)

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I had an exciting weekend. I went to a leadership conference. Was there three days. Learned lots. I especially liked the session on conflict manangement. It was taught by the people who wrote a book that I am currently reading: Be Quiet, Be Heard: The Paradox of Persuasion. An excellent book. I highly recommend it.

This morning I ran 5.5 miles (go me!!) during the hour of warm weather and no rain. Then it started pouring and flooding so we went to a movie. The only thing playing at the time was Breaking Dawn Part 2. It was hilariously terrible. The absolutely best part of the movie was the fight scene at the end (which was NOT in the book). I was super stoked that the director decided to add a fight scene since the book failed so miserably by (among other things) not leading up to an epic battle. But, alas, the fight scene ended up being an imagination and the movie ended on a very lame note.

In photography news I received some film in the mail today for a really cool project that is going down. My friend from Aware Of The Void has been getting previously exposed film from various corners of the world and double exposing them while also redscaling the film. The results are fabulous! He invited me to send some film his way and I did but the first attempt didn’t work out so we are going to try this again. As soon as it stops raining I will shoot a couple of rolls and send it along (it might be awhile, this is Oregon after all). I am excited to see the results! I think it is amazing that, because of the internet and social media, this is possible. I am fascinated by the high tech/low tech aspect of the project.

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I thought I was getting two but I got 4. Does film multiply in the mail?

Current Event Wednesday. Scratching head.

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Okay. So I’ve been looking over today’s headlines to find something to post about and I got stuck. I got stuck because this article is one of the top U.S. headlines on CNN.com at the moment:

Tired of slights, embarrassment, man sheds 87 pounds
Tim Welch was never the kind of guy who worried about his weight.
In fact, the 37-year-old accounts manager from Seattle, Washington, ate a fairly balanced diet and loved participating in sports while growing up.

“I was thin and fit my whole life,” Welch remembers. “I was always active in sports such as running cross-country in high school and swimming on the swim team in college.”

Things started to change in 1995 after he graduated from college. Welch got a job, moved out of his parents’ house and began indulging in late-night meals with his friends.

OMFG. This is the story of EVERYONE’S life. This is top news on CNN?!? This is news? Ugh. I’m disgusted. Does anyone know of a GOOD online news outlet? I originally found this article on Google News. I swear, I wasn’t going to post on it but found myself getting angry at how lame it is that the news isn’t really reporting news and decided that, well, I might as well rant about this.

Not that this guy didn’t accomplish something by losing 87 pounds. I think that’s great. It’s something that is to be commended. But one of the top two headlines for U.S. News? I KNOW there are other things going on in this country right now.

sigh. And now that I’m linking to CNN I’m going to get every Dick and Jane posting a comment here. I need to find a new news outlet.