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  • Didn’t realize how much the quest for a suitable mate was part of the Phantom mythos, did you? How many of those volumes in the Skull Cave are just full of drawings of various ladies, surrounded by little hearts and “MRS. THE PHANTOM” and “GOOD BREEDING STOCK” written over and over again?
  • Ha ha, whoops, looks like Spider-Man’s secret identity has been revealed, revealed by some jerk with a bowl cut who used extremely basic observations of Spider-Man’s day-to-day routine to figure it out, in a way that really anyone who cared probably could’ve years ago. How’s our hero going to get out of this one? Maybe everyone is so distracted by the fact (suddenly very obvious in panel three) that Mysterio’s costume leaves nothing to the imagination that they haven’t been listening to anything he’s said for a while now.

  • Resumes and cover letters always seem to need improvement. Everyone wants to be experts with these things, when there has been zero agreement on what a "good resume" really looks like. There are always critiques and revisions to be done, and that still doesn't guarantee that it will be acceptable by the time it gets to the interviewer's desk.

      

    Yet job fillers still want to pretend that this is the magic bullet that will improve job seekers' chances.

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      All my contacts just say, 'oh you'll get a job soon', and don't do anything above that.

       
       
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      it's a fine line but you have to be aggressive.

        

      Say something like "hey I am trying to mix things up and I want to see if you can give me 3 names of people I can call." If they won't give you 3 names try and get 1 name.

       
       
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      What do I tell these new strangers? I would be weirded out if a random person gave me a call and said they knew someone I knew. Is this how you got a job?

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    It is the only thing that has worked for me. Networking has only led me to interviews that were granted to me only as a courtesy to the referrer/the company was required to interview the referred people and they clearly had no intention of hiring me anyway. Referrals where they would intend to hire me were only for jobs very few people would want or be able to last very long unless they were a particular type of personality (like solicitor type jobs) or the ones with jobs in OK or great places weren't interested in helping out anyone or networking. This is just my experience - I'm sure networking has worked for countless others. The only thing that worked for me was the online applying and having whatever they looked for on the resume and clicking with the interviewer.

     
     
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    • In fact, I think if everyone judged everyone on a case-by-case basis, we wouldn't have so much of this "All employers aren't giving us a chance" vs "Job applicants are all stoners who are under-prepared" back-and-forth that we get on this forum.

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        Yes its unnecessary but it also looks nice.

          

        You are also trying to get a job in a professional environment. In a professional environment this is how letters are written. It takes all of two minutes, so I do it all the time.

         
         
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        I guess it depends on the employer. Some might want to see it there, but I think a lot of them wouldn't notice it gone. Personally I think my format looks cleaner while still being very professional.

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    • I can tell you one thing, recruiters who are worth a damn know how to review resumes, streamline their interview process and ask the right questions to find the best fit for the position, they will quickly dismiss a "HEY LOOK AT ME" gimmick because you have to weed out the fluff and not make recruitment decisions based on something so shallow . Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there's any harm in thank you letters, if you sincerely like to do it, keep doing it because it's a nice courtesy but that should never be your "leg up."
    • The type of hiring managers who hire the squeaky wheel, who respond to the "look at me!" tactics are responding to flash instead of substance. They are basically letting the candidate drive the hiring search, instead of learning how to hire for fit.

    • Why The Critics Hated It: This one’s incredibly obvious: because it was following two of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made, of course! Anyone would have been disappointed with Alien 3 at the time, though re-evaluated within the context of the series, it absolutely deserves a higher approval rating.

      • Voldemort hid the diadem in the Room of Requirements some 20 years before the events of the books. He was adamantly sure that he was the only one who'd EVER discovered the room. Uhm, is Rowling implying that all those mountains of stuff accumulated there in mere 20 or so years and that nobody in the long history of Hogwarts had ever found it before?! 
        • It depends largely on what he thought to open the room with. If he thought "I need someplace that no one has been before" he'd get an empty room to store the diadem. The room appears differently to different people and changes drastically in your word usage. 
          • Fair enough. So, how did the diadem end up in the common storage then? 
        • He's very vain. I'm sure he expected all of that stuff to have been magically generated as a way to hide the diadem, and I'm sure some of it was magically generated at one point or another.
    • I've always thought that everyone has misunderstood the 'Room of Lost Things'. Voldemort didn't hide anything there at all, the same way that no one carted the broken vanishing cabinet back there. The 'Room of Lost Things' is just where real things go that you leave in the Room of Requirement, in any configuration it's in. You leave a book in the DA room, and turn off the room, it's in the Room of Lost Things, at least until you bring the DA room back. And we know the House Elves use it as a disposal, so most of the stuff in the 'Room of Lost Things' was just left there. What Room Voldemort thought he was leaving it is is an interesting question, perhaps he though the he found the Secret Throne Room for the Heir of Slytherin or something and left the Diadem there. (What might be a hilarious idea is that he left it somewhere else, the House Elves found it, and threw it away.)
    • "I need a room that has in it only the diadem that I put on the wig last year, when I was inside." Yeah, that would've taken a lot more time than searching for the damned thing.

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    • Why are we so into sparkly, iridescent cars? Michelle Killen, the lead exterior paint designer for GM North America, thinks it’s simple: These effect paints look expensive, and you can get them without paying more. “Especially today,” she says, “with the investment we’re putting into vehicles—less leasing, keeping them five to 10 years—we want a car that maintains a quality that looks expensive.”
    • “If you’re going to buy a car, what you’re thinking is that in five to six years I’m going to sell my car. The buyer is more likely to buy a black, silver or white car.” This point hit home for me on a recent drive down Route 17 in northern New Jersey, where the road is lined on either side with car dealerships that stock only black, silver, and white models.

    • Critics are well-read people by their nature, and so they couldn’t separate the movie from the likes of 1984 and Brave New World, which it clearly draws an influence from. Nowadays, this sort of thing would be called a “re-imagining”, one suspects.

    • Saw kick-started arguably the most consistent franchise of horror films in history, for while the fourth and fifth entries in particular tested viewer patience, it still never quite ended up in the awful state that Halloween, Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street did in later installments.
    • Horror movies are one of the toughest genres to crack with even the most forgiving critics, as gore is always going to be divisive, as is the sadistic nature of a movie like Saw, which lingers on suffering and torture.

    • Plus, given that critics are never going to engage with teen movies in the way that actual teens will in the first place, it stands to reason that they wouldn’t derive as much enjoyment out of a spoof either.

    • Perhaps they felt that Who Framed Roger Rabbit did everything that needed to be done with animation-live action hybrids a whole 8 years earlier.

    • Why The Critics Hated It: Much like Sandler, Carrey was a new comic talent who was always going to prove divisive. His mugging and bleating was either going to charm critics or grate on them, and considering that the movie’s success is determined almost entirely by his presence, the 45% score is at least understandable, even if it’s still totally baffling to any Jim Carrey fan.

    • Why The Critics Hated It: They were clearly just worn out from the post-Tarantino deluge which occurred during the mid-to-late 90s, where every other movie featured hyper-stylised violence and too-cool-for-school characters spouting self-consciously affected dialogue that nobody would say in real life. It’s a casualty of a saturated market, even if it’s really one of the better QT knock-offs of the period.

    • You either find Sandler’s weird voices and mannerisms funny or extremely irritating, so it follows that the movie split critics down the middle. Even so, given that this was Sandler’s first major starring role, it didn’t really seem like critics were prepared to give him a chance. 

    • I think 3 is the worst movie of them all. They create an unecessary choir to introduce a terrible song and turn Flitwick into a choir director. Also it introduces regular clothes into the wizarding world only one movie away from the hilarious idea of wizards failing to dress appropriately at the quidditch World Cup.
    • I didn’t really like the Yates movies eather, expect Deathly Hallows part 1. Many thought it was slow and boring, but I think it really captured the feel of the book.
          • My biggest issue with GoF was the mismanagement of time. The Dragon scene dragged on for way too long, which resulted in them cutting out other elements of the book story lines. I understand that the book is 700 pages long and can’t include everything, but when you dedicate way to much time to Harry battling a dragon because it will entertain the gooey eyed masses then it becomes a rubbish excuse.

                
             
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    • Kids loved Harry Potter at the time, but it’s hard to imagine many 10 year-olds sitting comfortably through this. Columbus is a bland director and fails to give the movie any sense of artistic character – this is a completely by the numbers children’s blockbuster with weak cinematography (compare Hogwarts here to it post Prisoner of Azkaban) and dodgy effects, though it does boast an iconic score by John Williams. It seems likely that Warner Bros, afraid to step on the toes of any (money spending) young viewers, encouraged Columbus to straight-up copy the book’s content without letting any potentially audience dividing creativity get in the way. As such, this is the franchise at its dullest – skip this one if it’s on TV.
    • That said, the tacked on epilogue adds nothing – it was awful in the book too and you get the feeling Rowling only put it there to cancel out any potential sequels.
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