"The Blob" In 10 Screencaps Or Less

The Blob” is a 1958 sci-fi film starring Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut as lovestruck teens who discover a gooey alien threat to Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Let’s summarize “The Blob”… In 10 Screencaps Or Less!™

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The movie opens with a kooky theme song that completely mischaracterizes the story to follow. On the other hand, it is quite catchy.

Steve Andrews (McQueen) and Jane Martin (Corsaut) spot something crash down near Steve’s favorite buss stop.

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Meeting Management Lessons From "The Great Yokai War"

Yesterday we summarized “The Great Yokai War” In 10 Screencaps Or Less™. Today, we extract a product management lesson from the strangest, most violent children’s film I’ve ever seen.

Once the young hero of the film, Tadashi, and a handful of Yokai understand the menace threatening them all, they convene a meeting with the other Yokai to enlist their aid.

Inviting the right people to the meeting is crucial

Together, it is argued, they have a chance of winning. Separately, their chances of even just surviving are close to nil. The Yokai hem and haw and eventually reject Tadashi’s offer. How could Tadashi have run this meeting more effectively and maybe ended in his favor?

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"The Great Yokai War" In 10 Screencaps Or Less

The Great Yokai War” is a 2005 Japanese children’s film about a young boy who discovers a hidden world that threatens to destroy Tokyo and all humanity. Let’s look at “The Great Yokai War”… In 10 Screencaps Or Less!™

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A young boy named Tadashi moves to a small town after the divorce of his parents. During a local festival, Tadashi is crowned that year’s “Kirin Rider,” the defender of all children from evil spirits. Much to Tadashi’s surprise, this is not an honorary title. Soon, he’s befriending cuddly Yokai (spirits) like Sunekosuri, and even brandishing the mystical sword of the Kirin Rider.

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Casual Gamers Deserve a Bill Of Rights, Too

The company behind Galactic Civilizations, Stardock, recently posted a PC-specific Gamer’s Bill Of Rights. In their words, this document is “a series of guidelines we’re trying to introduce in an effort to get our industry to be a little more standardized in how we deal with our games.”

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What Does A Product Manager Actually Do?

What does a product manager actually do? The role of “product manager” is often loosely defined and not well understood . . . but a good PM can mean the difference between a product shipping on time or not, and meeting customer needs or not.

I’ve developed this presentation to help explain the role of the product manager to new and prospective PMs as well as those who will interact with PMs. Your feedback is most welcome!

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