Refined Communication

May 31, 2006

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I deal with a lot of little things in my gig. I expect lots of folks do. Often, after I take care of one of these little things for someone, the following instant messenger exchange takes place. Other Person: thx. Me: np. Musing on the nature of communication, this is coming very close to the minimimal amount of time and effort needed to have that specific conversation. Most of the time, it's not necessary for the person to respond, but it's always nice form. Lots of times, this will actually take place after I responded to them in an e-mail. I like this, since it's a quick hit and helps keep my inbox clean. Of course, we could refine it to: Other Person:ty Me: np I think thx works a little better visually and it's only an extra byte of data…


Initials

May 30, 2006

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You know, maybe the reason I ended up in Jacksonville is because the local FOX station here bears my initials: wAWS.com.


The Manchurian Candidate - Then and Now

May 18, 2006

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Last night I watched the 2004 version of The Manchurian Candidate. I've always enjoyed the 1962 version so I was hoping that the remake was done well. I think the '62 version is a better film, but they are both very much worth watching. Considering them side by side really provides an excellent marker of social commentary. I was expecting the 2004 version to be just and updated filming of the same story, but that's not the case. There are a few differences in the overall story line, but they have a dramatic impact on the overall story arc. The recent version amplifies many of the current terrorism fears and keys off of them. The '62 version seems a little anachronistic in 2006, but I wonder if it didn't have the similar societal, psychological link in its day.


170000

May 18, 2006

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My car turned 170,000 miles this morning. At lunch, the sun-roof stopped working. Thankfully, it didn't open instead of deciding to open one last time then failing to close. This isn't such a big deal right now as it's rapidly becoming too hot to have the windows open during the day, but I'll miss it at night.


Virus?

May 18, 2006

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The guy who sits across the hall from me has been out sick this week. Tuesday someone told me it was the stomach flu. Today, I hear that they aren't sure what it is and they have him in an isolation chamber running tests and no one goes in there without a moon suit on. Yikes. I hope he gets better quickly and no one else (like, say, the person that sits closest in proximity to him during the day) gets whatever the hell it is.


In My Eye

May 17, 2006

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Had an odd thing happen yesterday. My eye was itching a little so I put some drops in, but it didn't get better. Looking in the mirror I discovered what looked like a fleck of something on my eye, just a little off center. More drops to try to flush it out, but it didn't move at all. In the past, I probably would have just rubbed my eye some to try to get it to go away, but after having Lasik, I'm even more paranoid than I used to be about my eyes. So, jumped in the car for a quick trip to the eye doctor. Looking with their magnifier they confirmed that whatever it was, it was actually stuck in my eye a little. That was a little disconcerting, but even more so was the fact that she used a metal hook similar to the one a dentist cleans your teeth with to remove the speck. All's, well now, but I was a little nervous there for a bit.


Next up for McDonald's

May 17, 2006

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Nightmares for the next two days.


Driving Range Bugs vs. Off!

May 15, 2006

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I went to a public driving range today after work to hit a bag of balls and try to practice some of the things from my recent leson. As soon as I got on the range I discovered that it's a favorite hang out of no-see-ums. For those of you unfamilar they are tiny little bugs that have a very annoying bite that's surprisingly big considering their size. I had some "Off! Botanicals" in my bag that I've used a couple time before and put it on. It worked amazingly well. Every now and then a no-see-um would run into me and come to a forced landing on my arm, but they never bit after I put the Off! on. It's a lotion which is a little odd to me, but it works like a champ.


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