Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Microsoft training video, starring David Brent

Apparently Microsoft in the UK commissioned Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant to do internal training videos on working at Microsot, sort of as a spoof, but also fun type of thing, and it unintentionally got leaked onto the internet. The original story on digg said that Google and YouTube pulled the video at Microsoft's behest, but here's a link that looks like it's still functioning.

The double triple thinker in me would guess that perhaps this is part of Microsoft's campaign to change its image, by doing viral video marketing like this. Could be, could be. I mean, I actually think a little better of Microsoft if they have the good thinking to have Steve Merchant and Ricky Gervais produce just about anything for them.

A New Tom Cruise Project is coming soon...

Cruise About to Set New Course
A spokesman for Tom Cruise said Thursday that the actor is on the verge of disclosing what his next film project will be. In an interview with today's (Wednesday) USA Today, Cruise spokesman Arnold Robinson said, "He will probably be making a decision on his next film in the coming days/weeks. As he is considering several projects, I am unable to say what genre that project will be." Cruise has had successful movies in a variety of genres, including comedies, thrillers, and romance films.

- from today's news

Can. Not. Wait.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?

Other musicals expected on Broadway this fall are High Fidelity, which is based on the book and movie of the same name and will test its stuff in Boston (music is by Tom Kitt, with lyrics by Amanda Green); and a limited run of Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas , beginning Oct. 25, because, well, it's Christmas, and something's got to fill the Hilton Theatre until The Pirate Queen arrives in 2007.'s full story here

It seems, in the tradition of "The Wedding Singer," movie that has a lot to do with music becomes a musical. I am not complaining. Now if it were to happen that Jack Black were to reprise his role, I think I would wet myself.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Jogging and eating

So I went jogging today. Any of you jog....yes- yes thank you, sir, in the blue. No, screw that I'm lying. I didn't go jogging. I went down to the village for a fundraiser, had some moons this shade of blue and then I came up. But as I was on my way up, me and Jim felt like we might want some, ur, Chicken Selects. So, to facilitate doing that, Tori said- hey! Use these cards that say, have a free 3 piece chicken selects! Well we tried- and they didn't work. Clearly, Jim and I had made these business cards with a hologram logo on the back and a glossy outside, solely for the purpose of getting free chicken selects.

Well our money was no good there.

So I said 3? Fuck 3. I'm going to get SEV-en. You hear me? SEV-EN. And I had them. I had them like the Atlantic had the Titanic. Then I came back up the train, the N train, back up to Astoria and then I stopped.

Stopped at Mike's 24 hour Diner.

And like yesterday, I stopped to get something for the road-- not the road, but the walk home, a good 15 minute-er. And yesterday I got French Fries- but today I got something different. Thought to myself. Got to cut back on the carbs. Eat healthy. Think ahead- the future. The future.

I bought onion rings.

And they come in an aluminum pan, with the plastic thing that you crimp over the top. I remove the plastic thing, so it's just aluminum, and the rest of the contents just fall into the bag, so that I am eating onion rings (or yesterday, in my less healthy days) French Fries. And I eat them out of a bag.

And someone, jogging, breathing heavily, comes by me in the opposite direction, and looks and me while huffing and puffing, and I eat an onion ring. And that is something right there.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

How to....

This site looks pretty neat. Found it through an article on digg on how to make a 4 pointed throwing star out of exacto blades.

No, you don't got it. GET IT?!?

Paramount cuts ties with Tom Cruise
Chairman says the star’s behavior was unacceptable to the company
NEW YORK - Paramount Pictures has severed its 14-year-old ties to Tom Cruise’s production company because of his off-screen behavior, the chairman of the studio’s parent company said Wednesday in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Full story here

There needs, NEEDS, to be a made-for-TV movie about the rise and fall of Tom Cruise. Not that he has fallen in my opinion- I don't know who those USA Today poll participants are whose opinion of Tom Cruise has some how declined. He's an actor, he makes movies, and unless he's doing ridiculous stunts or interviews, he's simply really really good looking, shorter in person, and rumored to be gay. I don't know about you, but I enjoy couch jumping, defensive about religion Tom Cruise far better, and I am excited for the contribution that he as this is making to our culture right now.

I tried to see the play I Was Tom Cruise at the Fringe Festival this past week. Unfortunately, it was all sold out. I was number 14 in line about, and the line was up to about 30 or 40, going up the block. When the box office person announced, all sold out in case 4 press or industry don't show up, 20 persons, including myself, simply stood in line, holding out for that chance among chances. It didn't come. But I'm crossing my fingers that I somehow get to see this show at some point in time.

Monday, August 21, 2006

It is true, crosswalk buttons are fake.

You were right all along, pushing the crosswalk button doesn
รข��t do diddly squat, at least not in New York City. More than 2,500 of the 3,250 walk buttons that still exist in New York function only as mechanical placebos. Any benefit from them is ONLY IMAGINED. This should make you wonder - do the buttons really work in your city?

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Bye-Bye, Boring Laundry

Doing laundry is one of my most detested chores. But the dreaded chore will become easier with the latest innovations in laundry.

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Digg Praised In PBS' Mediashift

"The democratization of media is about letting a billion flowers bloom, and turning the power of news analysis, commentary, punditry and spoofery over to the people." The article is about how the media is undergoing no less than a full-blown revolution because of people-powered sites. Digg is mentioned as an alternative to editor tyranny.

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