The chain-of-command is tested with website development, and the Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a highly enjoyable movie.

Chain of command

While putting together a section of the website for a Presbyterian church, I contacted the church office to gain further details about regular events that are run there, and learned that perhaps I shouldn’t have. The office seems to be feeling left out of things, and so quite some time this morning was spent dealing with a conflict of interest between them and the person that I signed the contract with.

My stance on all of this is that my dealings are with that one person, and any issues that they may have I take through to him. When a committee forms around something the process slows down a lot. There’s a saying that the best way to slow down a process is to form a committee, and it’s the number 1 item on the Top-5 list of how to slow down your corporate website too.

I have nothing against committees, for such things can be useful when a process needs to be slowed down, but this is a website being done for an agreed-on price and Rodney being the person with the authority to organise such things is the best person to deal with in such regard. Having a good chain-of-command is vital to an effective and efficient process.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was seen last night in 3D, and while the 3D didn’t add much to the overall experience, the movie itself was well worth enjoying.

Things start off with some back-story about Peter’s father Richard, with a good action scene while the plane goes down that gives us some nice details about how Oscorp has to destroy their research spiders, and how Richard preserves that research by uploading it to a remote location.

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is played well by Garfield, who seems to be more settled in to his role. Instead of the usual love triangle that we may expect, there are instead three different stories that interweave throughout this movie with spidey conflicted over what he owes to each person, and the responsibility that he has with his powers.

The Oscorp business is the central core of the movie. Peter’s girlfriend Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) works for Oscorp, and after graduating from college applies to Oxford in England, resulting in conflict about whether they will separate or not.

Max (Jamie Foxx) is Spidey’s biggest fan and is a power grid engineer working for Oscorp and has an accident with genetically altered electric eels and becomes Electro, a blue sparkling electric figure. He ends up secured in a psychiatric hospital owned by Oscorp, where he and his powers are studied and makes for a fantastically tragic villain.

Lastly Harry Osborn (Dane Dehaan) is well played, who has quite a connection with Peter. When Harry realises that a family genetic problem is killing him he enlists Peter’s help to find Spider-Man because his blood might be able to help, but Peter is reluctant because his blood is likely to kill his friend instead. Harry enlists Electro to take down Spidey which doesn’t go well, and then learns that Oscorp retained the spider venom from years ago, but doesn’t know that it’s keyed to Richard’s genes and his family line.

Overall even though in hindsight a few trims might be useful, this 140 minute movie  enjoyably flies b, and I can tell that Dehaan not only looks like Leonardo Dicaprio but is well placed to take on similar roles too.