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The Once-in-a-While Rip Van Winkle

Rip Van Winkle postcardSo, wow, I haven’t written anything this week! I’m not going to offer excuses, just apologies. When you set out to write a daily blog and you miss a week, it feels like complete and utter laziness, even if you have just posted 50 posts at a stretch. I feel like Rip Van Winkle, but I promise I haven’t been drinking with the mountain elves.

This week hasn’t been the greatest on many levels, but I am a firm believer that a lack of success or follow-through isn’t usually externally driven. Internally, this past week I didn’t allow myself to elevate The Daily Kylie to the top of my priority list. And it should be there; I get a lot of enjoyment out of it. As strange as it sounds, a blog about work is like play for me, and all work and no play/writing about work makes Kylie a rather unhappy girl.

I want to make it up to all of you who have been following the blog. This week I’ll double up on all of my posts: one will be posted at 8am (starting Monday, that is; tomorrow’s posts will filter in a little later) and one will be posted at 3pm. If you’d like to read them, I’d love you to dive right in. If it’s too much reading for you, feel free to skip over one of them and catch up if you want to later. (Then again, if you don’t want to read any of them, no pressure!)

I promise I’m serious about the Daily thing, and this past week was probably far more painful for me than it was for you. I’ve got some good posts planned for this coming week, so stay tuned!

As ever,

T.D. Kylie

Live Blog: Everything I Know About Development I Learned from the Movies

rexToday’s post comes to you live from Cinefest, Syracuse, New York’s classic film festival. I’ll be blogging from here through Sunday.

So this morning I watched a few items of interest, which reminded me that everything (well, most things anyway) that I know about development, and life in general, can be learned from watching classic movies.

From the mosquito “fight” scene in Summer Daze, with comedians Karl Dane and George K. Arthur, I learned that teamwork is a good idea, more often than not. Also, don’t ever assume; communication is key!

From The Pursuit of Happiness, a colonial period light comedy, I learned from Francis Lederer that keeping a positive attitude when it seems that things aren’t going your way will sustain you until things start to look up. And I learned from Charlie Ruggles that even when you want to shirk your duties, eventually you will have to face the music, and may even like it!

From Rex the Wonder Horse in Wild Beauty, I learned that you can still be a good leader and be by being assertive and being yourself.

Unfortunately, I didn’t learn much from the trailers, but they were entertaining.

I’m sure I learn some other lessons over the course of the weekend. What lessons have you learned from the movies?