Monthly Archives: March 2007

Universal Studios: ‘Back To Future’ Ride Closing

Universal Studios - Back to the FutureGREAT SCOTT!!! One of the most popular theme park rides in Orlando will become a thing of the past.

“Back To The Future” opened back in 1991 and has thrilled tourists and locals with the simulator ride. The final guest will take the last ride when the park closes later on Friday (April 5, 2007).
 

The ride cost about $40 million to build and paved the way for other simulator rides. Another attraction is slated to take its place, but There is no word yet on what that will be.

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Corporate Lesson – let your boss have the first say

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, “I’ll give each of you just one wish.” “Me first! Me first!” says the admin. clerk. “I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.” Poof! She’s gone. “Me next! Me next!” says the sales rep. “I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas, and the love of my life.” Poof! He’s gone.

“OK, you’re up,” the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, “I want those two back in the office after lunch.”

Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say. 

$31.2 million weekend – 300 the movie

Today, dateline reported that 300 the movie grossed $31.2 million this week. 300 the movie is the first block buster for the year – 2007. Although this created some unrest in Iran, this blockbuster movie looks very promising for breaking the $30 million weekly grosss after being released a few weeks ago.

Looking forward, the DVD sales should bump the movie to one of the top 100 American Films. Here are some of the previous 100 American Films.

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TOP 100 AMERICAN FILMS
(Unadjusted)

Titanic (1997)
 Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Shrek 2 (2004)
 E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Spider-Man (2002)
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Forrest Gump (1994)
The Lion King (1994)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
Independence Day (1996)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Home Alone (1990)
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Meet the Fockers (2004)
Shrek (2001)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
The Incredibles (2004)
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
 Jaws (1975)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Batman (1989)
Men in Black (1997)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Cars (2006)
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Twister (1996)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
War of the Worlds (2005)
Cast Away (2000)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Signs (2002)
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Night at the Museum (2006)
King Kong (2005)
Ghost (1990)
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Aladdin (1992)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
X2: X-Men United (2003)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Back to the Future (1985)
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Batman Begins (2005)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Armageddon (1998)
Superman Returns (2006)
 Gone With the Wind (1939)
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
Madagascar (2005)
Happy Feet (2006)
Toy Story (1995)
Men in Black II (2002)
Gladiator (2000)
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Batman Forever (1995)
The Fugitive (1993)
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
What Women Want (2000)
The Perfect Storm (2000)
Liar Liar (1997)
Grease (1978)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Hitch (2005)
Tootsie (1982)
Top Gun (1986)

Corporate Lesson – Crow and Rabbit

A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A rabbit asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?” The crow answered: “Sure, why not.” So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. A fox jumped on the rabbit and ate it. Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very high up. 

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Corporate Lesson – Bull Shit

I will be posting 5 corporate lessons over the next couple of days, so check back soon. Very true lessons.

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A turkey was chatting with a bull. “I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, but I haven’t got the energy.”

“Well, why don’t you nibble on my droppings?” replied the bull. “They’re packed with nutrients.” The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found th at it gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

Moral of the story: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there. 

300 (the movie), is it worth watching the Spartans in Battle

With all the hype about “300 – The movie” that was just released yesterday (3/9/07), and A-/B+ rating on Yahoo movies, I thought that the movie would live up to movies like The Gladiator or Troy. I had a high expectation when I went in cos I went to Warner Bros’ website and the scenes look so real.

Leonidas (Gerard Butler) fights his way through the first wave of Persian infantry I think the best part was when Leonidas thrust the messenger into the pit after getting a nod of approval by Gorgo, his wife aka the queen. I thought that things would get much more interesting and the scenes would be much better. In fact, it was more of a matrix type movie with beef cake Spartans slaughtering the persians and with lots of slow motion effects. I looked like scenes from a winning kill on Doom and you could see blood and heads flying off in slow motion.

Overall, it was a decent show with some plots by the villants that kept things interesting. Too many animated scenes and I would not be suprised if 85-95% of the time, the actors we leaping around in front of green backgrounds. Music/sound effects was great.

If you want to see it, just don’t have a high expectation before you go in. Then again, my opinion is subjective.

About the movie:
The movie wasset around the ancient Battle of Thermopylae, King Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy.

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Wyndham Vacation Ownership Launches Timeshares.com

Wyndham Vacation Ownership was proud to unveil Timeshares.com, a new educational Web site designed to provide consumers with convenient access to objective information and resources about vacation ownership.  The Web site includes comprehensive product research, educational tools and video guides, and will enable consumers to become more knowledgeable about the benefits of vacation ownership.

Timeshares.com has been recognized by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) for its extensive consumer-oriented information and resources.    

“With the growing popularity of vacation ownership options, ARDA applauds Wyndham Vacation Ownership for creating this consumer-friendly, informative Web site.  This interactive site allows consumers to become more informed about timesharing and its benefits in the comfort of their own homes.” said Howard Nesbaum, President of the American Resort Development Association.  “Wyndham Vacation Ownership again demonstrates its industry leadership position with launching this comprehensive timeshare Web site at a time when more people than ever are looking for second home alternatives and flexible vacation products.”

“Research shows that consumers are taking more time to better understand vacation ownership before they invest in a lifetime of vacation memories,” said Bryant Raper, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Wyndham Vacation Ownership.  “We believe this site is an invaluable tool in the discovery process and it underscores our commitment to utilizing a multi-dimensional approach and marketing our value proposition by developing interest and educating consumers on the vacation ownership product.”

 Source: Timeshares.com