Mall Noise

June 05, 2006

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I made a rare trip to the mall this weekend. I entered through the food court which has always struck me as a loud place, but this time I had a way to provide at least a little measurement. When I went in, I was listening to my MP3 player. If I'm in the office and just want a little background to help keep out the rest of the world I have the volume set at 2 or 3. If I'm out and about and actively listening to it I have the volume between 4 and 6 depending on how much other noise there is. When I walked into the food court of the mall, I had to crank the volume up to 21 in order hear the music clearly. To give you an idea of how loud this is. If I place the headphones at about 3 feet away and turn the volume up to 21 in my office I can clearly make out the words and music. It's a little distorted because my headphones are cheap, but still. That's pretty loud.


Follow up

June 03, 2006

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By the way, that lady really wasn't having a good day. She was on the way to the courthouse to bail someone (I didn't catch who) out of jail.


Check your tires

June 03, 2006

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While driving home this morning from a night out, I came across a 1 car accident that must have happened about 45 seconds before I caught up to it. It was a lady who was driving a Dodge Dakota that had a blow out in the rear passenger side tire. She was trying to pull off to the right side of the road, but somehow the car ended up upside down, pointed backwards on the left side. She was a little banged up, but other than freaking out a lot seemed relatively uninjured considering that the drive side of the passenger compartment was almost completely collapsed. The lady said that she had been telling her husband for a while that the tires were bad. I don't know exactly what she meant, but the entire wheel was gone. This is the second one car wreck I've happened upon that was the result of a tire blowing out on the highway. Let me say that making sure your tires are in good working order is a really good idea.


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.


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