Toy Story 3: Pixar's Best Since Nemo

To Infinity and Beyond!

The theater in downtown Berkeley was half empty. Judging from this and the trailers we’d seen, we looked at each other slightly concerned.

Our concern went away very quickly. Starting with the usual Pixar short, titled Day & Night we were blown away. The short is hard to describe because of its simplicity: it consists of two characters (“Day” and “Night”) that walk through the screen and see in their “transparent” bodies the world they are living in projected (I hope this description makes SOME sense).

The brilliant and thought-provoking short led to a classic Toy Story-style opening, that quickly got us hooked. The glasses sure help the delivery but the movie hardly seems to force any “3-D kung-fu” moves that have become such a staple lately.

But in the midst of the ever-improving animation, the story (written by Little Miss Sunshine‘s Michael Arndt) continued to show why Pixar is one of the best studios out there. A whole slew of new characters get introduced in this movie and the bulk of it takes place in a new environment: a daycare where the main characters get played with (read abused) by a bunch of crazy toddlers.

I won’t give out much about the movie here. There is lots of laughs: the now-famous Spanish-talking Buzz Lightyear, resulting from a reboot of the figure in the movie, is hilarious! There is also lots of special moments that may make you shed a tear… I know someone who did. šŸ™‚

I know the string of perfect reviews for Pixar movies has been broken. But I don’t care. The story and the delivery of the closing movie for the Toy Story series was amazing: it’s, simply put, the best movie they’ve put out since Finding Nemo.

Coro Youth Program: helping shape the future

Today, I participated in a breakfast hosted by Coro, a nonprofit that has been around for several decades with the goal of training tomorrow’s leaders. For example, one prominent Coro alumni was California Senator Diane Feinstein.

Had it not been for my friend Kath from Madera Group, I would have never learned of them or about the possibility of hosting one of their youth fellows. It turns out, starting July 7, at the Diabetes Hands Foundation we will have a Berkeley High School student working with us full-time, three days a week, on a very tangible project (our No-Sugar Added Poetry book), as part of his summer internship.

Why am I so excited? Watch this video so you can better understand how this program helps share the future!

Top 5 Sources for Blog Traffic

I had never seen it anywhere until today… I am talking about Bing as the #1 source of traffic to my blog with a whopping 30% of the traffic vs. a little over 20% now coming from Google Searrch!

See the screenshot showing all traffic sources since May 1:

Apparently, I am not alone and Bing may be a better search engine after all.

Are you seeing anything like this?