The American Office

NBC.com has some video clips for their new series The Office which is “based”, or more accurately “unashamedly copied” from the BBC version which was also called The Office. I have seen the BBC version and really liked it so watching the clips for the American version gave me a “Hey, I ‘ve seen this before but when it was funny” type of feeling. I am kind of curious to see how this will fare. It may have had a better chance a few years ago before BBC America or more importantly, tv shows on dvd became cheap and readily available. I mean why would you want to see a counterfeit version of a tv show when you can rent or buy the original on dvd? At least they never tried to remake Fawlty Towers!
Update:
They did try to do an American version of Fawlty Towers. It ran in 1999 and was called “Payne” starring John Larroquette in the Basil Fawlty role. Guess how it did?

How To Write Like Conservatives

No argument from me.

Get your history book. Throw it out the window. Now, as an exercise in Academic Freedom, write your own history book. Do not include references to separation of church and state, deism, slavery, the Great Depression, McCarthyism, the Vietnam War, Watergate or the Clinton surplus. Include only one chapter on the 1990s and instead of writing it yourself, simply copy and paste the entire text of the Ken Starr Report.

The Contraption

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Check out the contraption these fellows made. I will give you the first three steps they have listed but be sure to download and check out the video.

1. The alarm clock rings, and an arm attached to the winder knocks over a CD case.
2. The falling case tips up a ramp holding four batteries, which roll off into the waiting box.
3. The weight of the batteries causes the box to fall, activating a pulley system which turns the model figure.