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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

December
20
2005
10:30 pm
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You know, it will probably come to this. Shame.

December
20
2005
10:29 pm
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The National Transportation Safety Board recently divulged they had covertly funded a project with the U.S. auto makers for the past five years, whereby the auto makers were installing black box voice recorders in four-wheel drive pickup trucks and SUV’s in an effort to determine in fatal accidents, the circumstances in the last 15 seconds before the crash.

They were surprised to find in 41 of the 50 states the recorded last words of drivers in 61.2 percent of fatal crashes were, “Oh crap!”

Only the states of Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, and Texas were different, where 89.3 percent of the final words were: “Hold my beer, I’m gonna try somethin.”

December
20
2005
9:48 pm
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I had a pretty bad dip there, but overall, I’m averaging 7.4. I still want to be able to consistently get 10+, so I’ll keep playing until I do.

I’ve also changed my graphs so that it shows how bad I really am by 1) displaying a scale of 0-20 instead of 0-[max] and 2) showing both a trendline (peach) and a rolling average line (yellow). I also added the data labels so you could more easily see the best (10.4) and worst (5.0) in a more exact way.

December
20
2005
5:08 pm
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This is a great SNL digital short. It’s a rap video about two guys who go get some vittles and see the Chronicles of Narnia movie. Very well done.

December
19
2005
6:45 pm
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I’ve been using the SMS feature of Google for a while now — the idea is that you text message a search command to google (46645) and it will respond with the results. I primarily use it as a phone book by sending

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search phrase, zip code

and it responds rather quickly. IE, “costco, 78750” gives address and phone numbers of all the costco’s in the area. The zip code doesn’t have to be exact, and there are usually a couple pages of messages in the response.

I just found out about fandango’s SMS service. With fandango (36346), you only send your zip code and then it sends you back a WAP Push alert to go to their wap gateway and a specific code. So with this service, you evidently need a web browser on your phone (Google’s doesn’t).

When you go to the link it sends you, it lists the theatres near your zip code, the movies and showtimes for each theatre, and even links to buy tickets. I haven’t tried to purchase via a cell phone web browser, but it looks similar to buying them from fandango’s normal web site, which I have done many times.

Google also has movie lookups, (text “help movies” to 46645 for more info), but the two times I’ve used it, it literally took 4 hours to get the responses. But with Google’s service, you can type in a movie name and a zip code and it shows you all the places it’s showing in your area.

December
19
2005
2:12 am
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I actually got a -1! (Ouch). Anyway, here’s the latest in the trend of Q-Drills. You can see the original post for an explanation of what this is about.

With today’s 4 sessions, I’ve now completed 10 sessions. My average over the 10 sessions is 7.4. Here are the details:

I got a 20 5 times, 19 twice, 18 twice, and I like that. However I got 1 or less 13 times and that’s very very disheartening. If all of those “1 or less” games were a 5 instead, I would have averaged 8.0 or better instead of 7.4.

I also decided to make an astrological chart of my pool scores just to see if anyone would notice or comment on it.

December
18
2005
6:09 pm
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ok, I’m kind of cheating on my Pic-A-Day, putting in three picture entries in one day (I may submit more), and this entry is clearly a violation because I stuck 16 pictures together to make one grid-based collage. But hey, I had some time.

December
18
2005
6:00 pm
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This is Jupiter, one of our dogs.

jupiter in sunglasses

December
18
2005
5:49 pm
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My main beef here is that I cannot find the US version of The Office (mockumentary show about a paper goods branch and how office life can be) at any store here in Austin. I’ve been to HEB Plus, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Movie Trading Store, Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, ARGH.

Amazon has it listed as being released back in August, and has it for $18.99. I might end up buying it online.

So for my take — a friend of mine had recommended watching the UK version of The Office a couple years ago. Said it was hilarious. Also happened to mention that he thought I was the main boss, so I didn’t take that too kindly . Anyway, I ended up never watching it despite his many attempts and reminders.

I started watching The Office on NBC every once in a while and loved it. I kind of liked Steve Carrell on The Daily Show already, but I was completely unprepared for how well he pulled off the annoying inept boss character. Every character I saw in the show had nuances of something familiar that I had encountered in the workplace. I believe that’s due in some small part to the fact that I’ve worked in small family owned shops (3-10 employees), startups(10-100 employees), mid-sized corporations (1000-10,000 employees) and very large enterprises (100,000+ employees).

After a while of just catching it once every few weeks (our family doesn’t watch much live TV, so we’re not used to making sure we’re watching it a specific night at a specific time) I decided to schedule it on the Time Warner DVR and was able to watch it a little more. Then our DVR broke and had to return it and I forgot to start recording it again, and ended up only catching the XMAS party episode and the Jim’s party episode.

Then another friend came over with DVD’s of Season 1 and 2 of The Office UK version. He had not seen the US version and I had not seen the UK version. I don’t know what it is about liking the first version you see/hear of something (like a remake of a song — usually the first version you hear is the one you like), but I just didn’t like the UK version as much as the US version.

UK notes: I felt the UK version’s actors did a better job of pulling off their characters in terms of talent, but that just meant that I felt their characters were more annoying. Especially the boss – it was actually painful to watch him! And that’s a testament to how well they acted. Some of the references they made were unfamiliar to me, because I’m from the states, and I had to turn on subtitles every once in a while to actually “get” what they were saying. I was a little surprised at how many more sexual references went on, and I guess that’s because I’m from the states as well. I noticed that the actor who played Gareth is the wooden-eyed pirate from The Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl and the actress that played Dawn was in Shaun of the Dead. And how could I help but notice the actor who played Tim is from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, one of my all-time favorite book trilogies and an “ok” movie (I mean, how can anyone ever be satisfied with a movie from such a great book?).

Oh I just also realized that there’s a tie-in between Office and Hitchhiker’s other than Tim. Slartibartfast is played by Shaun’s step-father in Shaun of the Dead, which Dawn is in. Interesting. Ok, not really interesting.

US Notes: The key to the show is clearly the boss. He is so clueless, so inept, so amazingly annoying that it’s more funny than annoying. That’s the main difference for me between UK and US is that the UK boss is annoyingfirst , and then funny… but the US boss is funny first, then annoying. It’s the order that’s important. Also, the Dwight character is pulled of very well, and Pam (receptionist) is also played so well. I had seen the Dwight guy in Sahara and I just now saw on IMDB that he was in Galaxy Quest. The rest of the cast is so typical of an office environment (at least all the typical types of people you’d see), and the things that go on in each episode hit so close to home in my experiences at work in just the right way that it just makes them funnier.

I think both versions are well written, well acted and each can stand on their own well enough.

December
18
2005
5:20 pm
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Now here’s two crazy guys – unrehearsed wearing of opposing team fan shirts at work this last Friday…

(I’m the gorgeous, suave hunk on the right)

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