Clicks of the Day: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Edition!

Welcome to Tuesday, April 10 2012’s Clicks of the Day!

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • City of Edmonton Moves to Google
  • “The City of Edmonton will become the first major municipal government in Canada to use Google email and other office technology apps for all City employees. An agreement recently signed with Google opens the door for all City employees to access their online resources from any place, location and with any device.”

    Pretty sweet.

  • Low gas prices to keep power bills down
  • “Power consumers in Alberta will pay about 25 per cent less for electricity this year than last, according to FirstEnergy Capital Corp. The drop in prices is being driven by low natural gas prices, but continued growth in industrial demand, particularly from the oilsands, will see prices trend upward by 2013, analyst Martin King said.”

    Sure they say this now when it’s becoming summer so you’re likely to use less power anyway. Bitter consumer.

  • Public service to get word on job cuts starting Wednesday
  • “Tens of thousands of federal employees are bracing for the axe to begin dropping Wednesday when the government notifies the largest number of departments and agencies yet about pending job and service cuts. Town hall-style meetings are scheduled this week at Veterans Affairs Canada, Health Canada, the Canadian International Development Agency, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and others as the government moves ahead with its plan to cut 19,200 federal public servants over the next three years.”

    Ah, job cuts suck.

  • Loonie and Toonie get a makeover
  • “Canadian wallets and change purses will get a noticeably different feel as the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a new generation of one-dollar and two-dollar circulation coins with enhanced security features. The Government of Canada says the new coins will be more resistant, long-lasting and cheaper to produce with its patented Multi-Ply Plated Steel technology. The reverse (or tails side) of both coins features a laser mark micro-engraving, and the two-dollar coin contains a virtual image and edge-lettering.”

    Pretty cool.

    World

  • Rick Santorum withdraws from Republican presidential race, clearing path for Romney
  • “Rick Santorum ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, exiting the bruising race after months of giving the wealthy Mitt Romney an unexpected run for his money.”

    Lol.

  • George Zimmerman’s attorneys quit; announcement in case imminent
  • “The Trayvon Martin case took a bizarre turn Tuesday when George Zimmerman’s attorneys quit, complaining that they had lost all contact with him and that he called the prosecutor and talked to a TV host after they told him not to speak to anyone. And late Tuesday, special prosecutor Angela Corey said she would announce “new information” about the controversial case within 72 hours. She did not elaborate.”

    Hmmm.

  • Titanic memorial cruise delayed by on board medical emergency
  • “A cruise ship retracing the route of the Titanic had to interrupt its journey on Tuesday because of a medical emergency on board, organizers said. The Titanic Memorial Cruise, which was on its way to the North Atlantic site where the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago, was working with the Irish Coastguard to arrange for a passenger to be airlifted to a hospital.”

    Hope the passenger is okay! But also, how creepy is this re-enactment of the Titanic route? Eerie…

  • Chivalry a century after Titanic
  • “The last time anyone saw Guggenheim and his valet, they were sitting in the staircase, smoking cigars. Both perished, their bodies never identified. Their willingness to resign themselves to a watery grave saved others. In fact, the overwhelming statistics are that 80% of the men aboard Titanic died, but only 26% of women passengers died. It was a different time. Fast forward to January 2012 and the partial sinking of cruise ship Costa Concordia off the west coast of Italy. With over 4,200 passengers and crew aboard, it seems the subsequently arrested captain was one of the first to abandon ship. In terms of lives lost, the scope of this disaster is nowhere near that of Titanic. Yet, it is impossible not to compare them.How did “women and children first” become the rule of the sea? It was because society viewed women and children as worth protecting. Honoring women as a matter of everyday custom led men to give preference to women when it came to life-and-death crisis. Why did “women and children first” on the Titanic give way to “every man for himself” on the Costa Concordia? Because we no longer value protecting womanhood, at least not like we once did.”

    Really interesting read.

    Health

  • New warning to parents: codeine can kill kids
  • “Canadian researchers are issuing fresh warnings that the routine practice of giving children codeine after tonsil surgery can be deadly. In 2009, researchers from the University of Western Ontario in London and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto were the first in the world to report a fatal case of a toddler who died after receiving codeine following surgery for sleep apnea. Now, the team is reporting on three more cases — two deaths and a near-fatal reaction. Two of the cases occurred in Ontario. In the fatal cases, the children were found dead in their beds after receiving codeine.”

    Scary…

  • Canadians choose Facebook over fitness at work: survey
  • “While almost 90 per cent of working Canadians say they find time for Facebook and other personal activities during their work day, just one in five find time for physical activity, according to a new survey. The survey, commissioned by ParticipACTION, said the main reason Canadian employees are not taking a break for physical activity during work hours is because they say they don’t have the time.”

    Well it’s just easier… Sigh I need to get back into a fitness schedule.

    Technology/Social Media

  • Instagram users are young and Facebook users are old
  • “Instead of exuberant rejoicing over the announcement of Facebook’s mega-acquisition of Instagram yesterday, there’s been a lot of woe-is-me chatter among the photo app’s users. One of the reasons may be because the two social networks cater to different groups of people. Instagram’s users, on the whole, are quite a bit younger than Facebook’s, according to a study done by consumer behavior research group Experian Hitwise.”

    Lol. Dang Instagram hipsters. ;) (I think people are overreacting but we’ll see what changes actually come).

  • [Infographic]: Instagram: From Zero to $1 Billion in 17 Months
  • “When Instagram launched its first app in October 2010, it did not strike most people as the kind of startup that would be acquired for $1 billion. “We were all like, ‘what’s the big deal? It’s just photos and filters,” Brian Blau, a Research Director with the Consumer Technology and Markets Group at Gartner, tells Mashable. But in retrospect, he adds, “There’s something to be said around that simplicity.” The app had almost 200,000 users within the first week. By February, it had 1.75 million users, and three months later that number had jumped to 4 million. By the time Facebook acquired Instagram on Monday, the startup’s iPhone app had been downloaded 30 million times.”

    Never underestimate the simple ideas. Love these free apps to riches stories…

    Business/Consumer/Media/Economy

  • Best and Worst Jobs of 2012
  • “Software engineer was ranked No. 1 in a list of the best jobs of 2012 published by CareerCast.com. It was the second year in a row this position snagged the top spot, thanks in part to an explosion of data that companies and governments need to gather, analyze and turn into productive uses. The field offers a midrange income of $88,142, according to CareerCast. The worst job? Lumberjack. That pays a midrange income of $32,114.”

    Check out the full list of Best and Worst Jobs 2012, newspaper reporter is considered the fifth worst. Lol. 196/200 is pretty bad. But there’s always perspective! I just can’t see how “Vending Machine Repairer” (among others listed) can be a better job than a newspaper reporter… lol.

  • Airlines get creative with frequent flyer rewards
  • “Other rewards highlighted in the review, published this month by IdeaWorks, include a leather vest autographed by George Clooney (Air Canada, 177,000 points); a wine-of-the-month club membership (Qantas, 13,000 points); a hot lather shave (AviancaTaca, 8,250 points); and even enrolment in a Flying Without Fear class, which addresses individual travel phobias — claustrophobia, for example — enlists a therapist to teach psychological techniques for beating anxiety, and concludes with a 45-minute voyage on a commercial aircraft (Virgin Atlantic, 35,000 to 40,000 points).”

    Lol.

    Entertainment

  • Matt Groening Reveals the Location of the Real Springfield
  • “Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show “Father Knows Best” took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown. When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, “This will be cool; everyone will think it’s their Springfield.” And they do.”

    Cool!! My cousins live in Portland so I feel like I have a closer connection to this announcement, lol. Though it seems like they could have done a lot to lead up to the announcement of which Springfield it is… an entire episode devoted to it… online contests, other promotions. Seems odd to just let it out in a random interview, lol.

  • ‘Hunger Games': Gary Ross Will Not Direct Sequel ‘Catching Fire’
  • “‘As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule,’ Ross said in a statement late Tuesday.”

    You should never rush greatness, lol.

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • ‘Stillborn’ Argentine baby found alive in morgue
  • “A premature Argentine baby has been found alive in a morgue, 12 hours after she was pronounced dead, reports say.”

    Wow.

  • Silver Pheasant’s sex change stuns zoo
  • “In a rare and a first-of-its-kind phenomenon, a Silver Pheasant, a bird belonging to the peacock family, has changed its sex from female to a male. Confirming this and terming it a kind of “sex dimorphism”, zoo director Renu Singh told IANS that the phenomenon had surprised most of the staff in the zoo.”

    Very strange.

  • Ramos Clock: The World’s Most Annoying Alarm Clock?
  • “The latest, the Ramos Clock, might be “the world’s most exasperating alarm clock”, according to the AP. The only way to stop its incessant ringing — which sounds like angry pounding of a hotel’s concierge bell — is to get out of bed and type in a code on the clock’s wireless “Defuse Panel”, which you might store in the kitchen, bathroom or somewhere else outside the bedroom. Unplugging it won’t do the trick either, as Ramos has an internal battery with hours of juice.”

    I’ve never had a problem getting up so needing an alarm like this is silly to me.


Thor and (or) Loki Photo of the Day:

Playful kitties :)


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Clicks of the Day: March 23, 24, 25 2012 Weekend Edition!

Welcome to the three-day roundup …

Weekend Edition (March 23, 24, 25) of Clicks of the Day!

(I only do one Clicks of the Day post for the weekends so that I can actually have a weekend, lol. And amount of content will fluctuate depending on how much of a weekend I actually have!)

    Edmonton/Alberta/Canada

  • White supremacists, anti-racism protesters face off in Edmonton
  • “Anti-racism protesters and white supremacists clashed briefly downtown Saturday afternoon before police formed a line between the two groups to keep them apart.”

    So sad that racism and these “supremacists” still exist…

  • Graham James eligible for day parole Sept. 20, 2012
  • “Graham James could be out of jail in only six months. Information from the Parole Board of Canada, obtained late Friday by Global News in Winnipeg, shows the disgraced former hockey coach and sexual predator will be eligible for “unescorted temporary absences” and day parole on September 20, 2012. The Parole Board also confirms James is eligible for full parole just two months after that, on November 18.”

    What a justice system.

  • [Video]: Bogus beggars catch distracted drivers
  • “Traffic cops posing as panhandlers — so they can better spot drivers who are talking or texting on their cell phones.”

    Weird but effective?

  • Those cheatin’ hearts: Which Canadian city is tops for affairs?
  • “Ottawa will never be confused for Canada’s wildest city, but the nation’s capital can now make a claim to infamy: It’s got more people who cheat on their significant others than any other metropolis in the country – at least, according to a controversial website. Ashley Madison, a Canadian site for people who want to cheat on their husbands, wives or other people they’re supposed to be committed to, has released a top 10 list of cheater-friendly cities in Canada as determined by membership per capita.”

    Edmonton takes the fourth spot! Despicable.

  • Miss Universe Canada disqualifies transsexual contestant
  • “Vancouver’s Jenna Talackova was everything Miss Universe Canada was looking for when she was selected among 65 finalists for the 2012 competition, to be held in Toronto in May. But the Donald Trump–owned beauty pageant confirmed Friday that the 23-year-old has been disqualified from the competition. The reason, Talackova claims, is she was born male.”

    That’s not fair…

  • Canada and Japan agree to enter negotiations on a free trade deal
  • “The prime minister’s long-anticipated announcement was made with his Japanese counterpart following a bilateral meeting here and came with pledges that an economic partnership would bring a bonanza of economic opportunity. ‘The potential for increased trade between us that will create jobs and growth and long-term prosperity is really enormous.'”

    Nothing wrong with more trading opportunities.

  • Analyst warns extending retirement age to 67 could hurt provinces’ bottom line
  • “Changes to Canada’s Old Age Security program expected to be outlined in this week’s federal budget will mean higher costs for the provinces, territories and municipalities, analysts warn… The changes will mean other levels of government will be forced to top up social program supplements for low-income earners to make up for moving the qualification period by two years.”

    Bad news.

    World

  • Families paid $50,000 by U.S. for each Afghan villager killed in shootings
  • “The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan killed in the shooting spree attributed to a U.S. soldier in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official and a community elder said Sunday. Each wounded person received $11,000… A U.S. official confirmed that compensation had been paid but declined to discuss exact amounts, saying only that it reflected the devastating nature of the incident.”

    Don’t think that really makes losing a family member any better…

    Health

  • Ottawa opens emergency drug stockpile to help ease medication shortage
  • “The federal government has offered to dip into its emergency supply of medications to help ease the ongoing drug shortage created by production problems at Sandoz Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has told provinces and territories it is willing to open up some of its holdings in the National Emergency Stockpile System to help alleviate demand for drugs that are in short supply.”

    I suppose that’s what such an emergency stockpile system would be needed for.

  • Seaweed toast is same as half an hour on treadmill
  • “Breakfasting on a slice of bread baked with ground-up seaweed could help burn more calories than half an hour on a treadmill, according to new research.”

    I love seaweed salad so perhaps seaweed toast is the way to go for me! Haha.

    Technology/Social Media

  • Canada’s critical IT systems at risk
  • “More than one-tenth of the federal government’s most critical IT systems that deliver services to Canadians are so old they may be on the verge of “total failure,” according to an internal government review.”

    Interesting, lol.

  • Facebook responds to password hungry employers, warning of legalities
  • “Facebook is responding to reports of employers requesting access to the profiles of potential or current employees, asking for user names and passwords to access private accounts. In a statement released Friday, chief privacy officer Erin Egan said Facebook will fight to stop any company asking for private user information and warns users to keep their login information confidential.”

    You go, Facebook! But then…

  • Facebook Asserts Trademark on Word ‘Book’ in New User Agreement
  • “Facebook is trying to expand its trademark rights over the word “book” by adding the claim to a newly revised version of its “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,” the agreement all users implicitly consent to by using or accessing Facebook… ‘You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Facebook, the Facebook and F Logos, FB, Face, Poke, Wall and 32665), or any confusingly similar marks, without our written permission.'”

    Yikes… #controlfreaks

  • How George Takei Conquered Facebook
  • “On March 23, 2011, Takei put up his fan page. Now, one year later, he has nearly 1.4 million fans on his Facebook page, who regularly like, share, and comment on his near endless stream of posts, videos and geeky pictures.”

    Cool read. George Takei is awesome! I don’t “like” him on Facebook (yet?) but I frequently see friends re-post/share stuff he’s posted and it’s always great content!

  • Lost Phones Cost Americans $30 Billion a Year
  • “Every 3.5 seconds, someone in America loses a cell phone. And more often than not, it happens in a coffee shop, a new study says. All those absentminded moments add up to $30 billion in annual losses, the report, from mobile security company LookOut claims. And after cafes, the most common places people abandon their handsets are bars and offices.”

    If we were just a little more mindful think of how much money we’d be saving!

    Business/Work/Economy/Media

  • Statistics Canada report says people with higher incomes and education levels carry more debt
  • “People with higher incomes and more education tend to have higher debt, a new survey by Statistics Canada shows. Statistics Canada said the higher debt numbers for those with higher income and education correspond to lenders’ assessments of their ability to repay the money. British Columbia was second only to Alberta for the highest debt; in B.C. the mean is $155,500, while in Alberta it’s $157,700.”

    Eep.

  • The average cost of a wedding: $15,000? $20,000? Nope, higher
  • “The average cost of a wedding in the United States last year was $27,021 (U.S.), with costs topping $65,000 (U.S.) in New York… The venue, dress, ring, photographer, planner and florist form the main expenses, but many niggling details drive up costs astronomically: think guest favours, rehearsal dinner, bridesmaids shoes and stationary for invites.”

    All ever so expensive.

    Environment/Space/Animals

  • James Cameron dives to deepest ocean point
  • “Hollywood director James Cameron has plunged nearly 11km (seven miles) down to the deepest place in the ocean, the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific. He made the descent alone in a prototype submarine called “Deepsea Challenger”, taking around two hours to reach the bottom. His craft is kitted out with cameras and lights so he can film the deep. This is only the second manned expedition to the ocean’s deepest depths – the first took place in 1960.”

    Pretty bad ass.

    Entertainment

  • The Hunger Games makes a killing
  • “Those of us who are sick of vampire love triangles can breathe easy – with The Hunger Games shattering box office records, it appears the cultural zeitgeist has a new non-Twilight champion. The games have begun and this weekend’s premiere has made a killing, first smashing records as the all-time highest grossing non-sequel midnight screening ever. It’s now amongst the list of one of the best opening days ever at an estimated $68.25 million.”

    Gooooo Hunger Games!!!!

  • BioWare’s ‘great Canadian success story’
  • “Welcome to BioWare, a crown jewel among a quietly booming Canadian video game industry and the force behind Mass Effect 3, the first smash-hit game of the year. North American consumers snatched up a reported 900,000 copies on its March 6 release, a figure staff say typically doubles when worldwide sales are factored in… BioWare and its 400 or so Canadian employees epitomize the success story several provinces – including Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec – are chasing with a series of tax incentives to diversify Canada’s economy. By its own estimates, the game industry directly employs 15,700 people, rakes in $1.7-billion in annual sales and is projected to grow 17 per cent over the next two years. Mass Effect 3’s success will help drive the growth.”

    Go BioWare and the Canadian gaming industry. :)

    Weird News, Other News & Fluff

  • Why humans walked upright
  • “The necessity of carrying more of scarce, high quality resources may have prompted human beings to adapt to walking upright, a study reveals.”

    That’s cool!

  • Reebok pulls controversial ‘cheat on your girlfriend, not on your workout’ posters from gyms
  • “Reebok has withdrawn a controversial ad campaign telling gym visitors to cheat on their girlfriend rather than on their workout.”

    Awful campaign, seriously.

  • How To Maximize Your Apartment Space
  • “Living in a small space doesn’t necessarily mean you need ot think small.”

    Good tips!

  • [Video]: Snow catcher cat
  • “Secret Service cat practices for the moment he will eventually have to take a snowball for you.”

    LOL.

  • [Video]: Cat turns off the lights
  • “Amazing cat jumps seven feet, turns off lights”

    Pretty impressive!


Thor (and/or Loki) Photo of the Day:

Always wrapped around one another :)


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Review: The Hunger Games (Movie)



On Thursday, Mike and I attended the advance screening of The Hunger Games!!! *throws confetti* We got free tickets through @shesconnected and @ToshibaCanada off of Twitter. (Thank you so much!!!)

Overall, I really enjoyed the movie! I thought the acting was well done, casting was well done, screenplay was good (it was pretty accurate to the book), the fighting and kill scenes were gruesome as it needed to be, and there were enough funny, nice moments scattered between the bloodshed that helped keep the whole movie from being too tense.

At the same time there’s definitely a few things I didn’t like all that much about the movie but let’s start with the points I particularly enjoyed. Sidenote: the following points contains spoilers!

  • Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
  • I am a huge fan of Stanley Tucci as an actor and was very excited when I found out he was going to be a part of The Hunger Games. I think he did a fantastic job portraying Caesar Flickerman. He is really the biggest comic relief throughout the movie and was key in making sure the darkness and the killing in the story wasn’t too heavy. I loved his interview scenes and his narration of the games as it happened.

  • Gamemakers in the Control Room
  • I LOVED the scenes showing the Gamemakers in the control game! To see these people starting forest fires, shooting fireballs, and dropping mutated beasts into the arena, it was cruel but also so very cool. You don’t really get to see them do this in the books. Plus I never even thought about it really while reading – how the Gamemakers were altering the arena and changing the game to make things more exciting. It was just a fact that it was happening. The book never delved into how they were doing it so to see it presented visually on screen with everyone in a slick control room with this lethal virtual 3D system was a great plus to the film.

  • They included Buttercup!
  • This is a very brief, very small detail but a very important one for me. I kept wondering if they were going to include Prim’s cat Buttercup in the movies or not and when the movie first began and they were introducing Prim and showing the mother sleeping – for a second I was ready to be completely disappointed because it didn’t look like Buttercup was there. But just before Katniss leaves the house, there Buttercup is! It was a scene just a few seconds long but it was those few glorious seconds that ensured I wouldn’t hate the movie based on their exclusion of the cat! :)

  • Good actors
  • They’re not going to be winning any Oscars but the actors in The Hunger Games are good and did a solid job. I can easily say that the acting in the first Hunger Games movie is a million times better than the acting in the first Harry Potter or the first Twilight movies. I didn’t cringe at all, which is huge because my face was basically cringing the entire time while watching the first Harry Potter and Twilight movies (awful, awful acting). Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson were great as Effie and Haymitch. They portrayed them basically as I had pictured them to be and as with Stanley Tucci their characters were great for comic relief. Overall I’d say the casting was spot on. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. It all worked for me. Also, Liam Hemsworth is sooo pretty.

    Now here are some points that stuck out for me (in a bad way):

  • Shaky camera
  • The camera was too shaky at times. In fact, most of the time. I’m really not a fan of shaky camera-style shooting and done in just the right dosage will actually give me a huge headache. Luckily the shaky cam in The Hunger Games wasn’t quite enough to induce a migraine but it was notable. For the next two movies I hope they decide to go with less of a shake.

  • The importance of the Mockingjay pin
  • The Mockingjay pin is supposed to become the symbol of the uprising. Katniss is the Mockingjay. And yet I didn’t really feel the scenes that included the pin really alluded to its importance. I also didn’t like that you didn’t really see it at all throughout the entire Hunger Games. I will have to refresh my memory of whether or not it was kept hidden in the books but I feel that it wasn’t (because people had to have seen it in order for it to start being imitated and made into a fashion trend for people in the Capitol). It always seemed to be re-pinned on her clothes and yet in the movie whenever it was pinned it seemed to be covered or hidden. Not to mention Katniss acquiring the pin was one of the few plot points they actually changed from book to movie. I didn’t really like that she just picked it up at The Hob randomly. I can see how Madge (the person who originally gives her the pin in the book) could be an expendable character but I just had an off feeling about the movie’s portrayal of the Mockingjay pin.

  • Emotion not properly conveyed
  • The biggest issue I had with the movie is that I didn’t feel like I cared as much about Katniss and Peeta and others, as I did in the book. A lot of the book is in Katniss’ head, it’s a lot of her thoughts and her working through what’s happening and what to do next, etc. Obviously that’s hard to show in movie form unless they did some kind of a voiceover of her thoughts, which I’m sure the movie makers probably mulled over but decided against for a reason. Still without that – knowing what Katniss is thinking and what’s going through her mind – it made it hard for me to really connect and really care or even believe in some of the situations. For example I was 100% invested in the Peeta/Katniss love in the book. In the movie? Not so much. I didn’t feel that internal struggle of Katniss working through her feelings for Peeta and Gale and what she had to do survive and keep Peeta alive, etc. It didn’t really feel that real. I mean Peeta never even says he loves Katniss in the movie, just that he has a “crush” on her. I think they chose to go with that word because the audience wouldn’t believe in the love. Believed it in the books, not in the movie. Of course there were some scenes where there was definitely emotion – Katniss volunteering for Prim, Gale being upset seeing Katniss and Peeta together, some of the Katniss and Rue scenes, but it just felt like something was missing and I can’t really fault the movie that much because I don’t think you ever really get all of the emotions and details that you find in a book – properly and fully conveyed when it gets turned into a movie, you just don’t. (Except for maybe The Notebook movie!)

  • It’s superficial, but Peeta’s slicked back hair wasn’t pretty
  • It is unfortunate that “Capitol” Peeta means slicking back his hair because it really isn’t a good look for him, lol. Messy hair Peeta in the District, almost dying in the arena, that’s a much better look for him. It has to be said, lol. I’m not a fan of the slick back look!

    To summarize…

    Mike disagrees with my negative opinions for the most part. He loved the movie and said it was as good if not better than the books. He didn’t think Josh Hutcherson would have made a good Peeta but by the end of the movie he said it worked. He did agree the camera was a tad shaky but it didn’t bother him that much.

    The advance screening was fun! It was packed but we got good seats. Mike also bought me a Mockingjay pin of my own!!! :)

    So awesome. Mike also got a free Hunger Games poster, which we probably won’t ever put up because come on that’s a little tacky, lol.

    If you’ve read the book you should definitely watch the movie! :) If you haven’t read the books you should still watch the movie but the books are definitely better so I do recommend you eventually read them.

    Again a big thanks to @shesconnected and @ToshibaCanada for the tickets!!!

    So what did you think of The Hunger Games?

    Agree/disagree with my points?

    Linda