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Post-Christmas party report

Needless to say, I had had a few drinks before my previous post, and have had several more now.

The party was good, and I followed the guidelines and rules almost to the letter.

Indeed, from one of those articles

But office parties are very self-regulating. If a staff member is making a fool of themselves, someone more senior will usually say 'Look, behave yourself, the boss is just over there'

This had special meaning tonight; with my manager singing Blue Velvet before the five hundred of us.

She has a fantastic voice, one that I'd never really appreciated amidst our many conversations.

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Changing the meaning by changing the words?

I just heard about CleanFlicks on the TV. This is ridiculous - this company is making money by taking films and editing them for easily-offended population. Surely you change the entire meaning of a film by filtering out such 'extreme' content. Apparently the version of 'Good Will Hunting' is selling without it's 139 F-words. Some people just don't get it.

CleanFlicks is a family-oriented company based in Pleasant Grove, Utah. We love movies, but prefer to watch them without the sex, nudity, profanity or extreme violence. Because we recognize others may have a similar desire, we provide this editing service to you. Our mission is to provide access to Hollywood entertainment free from objectionable elements, thus helping maintain high moral values.
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Numbing the mind

It's been said so many times before, but I'm certain TV really does rot the brain.

Although I fully appreciate the entertainment value, it really does stifle the imagination. I can semi-happily spend a couple of hours watching TV. The time passes quickly enough, but one can hardly describe the experience as productive or even worthwhile.

I find myself spending a great deal of time sitting and thinking these days. I revel in the minutes waiting at bus stops - amidst the noise and the haste (traffic in this case) there's something very tranquil about the world of thought.

With this said, I'm still pleased that the only time I seem to get bored is when I'm actually watching TV.

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It's called entertainment

I could stay up for a while to watch a show called 'Extreme Funerals', but in an out of character move, I think I'll judge a book by it's cover and get some sleep.

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Ironing, no simple task

In preparing for the Christmas Party at the Experience Music Project this evening, I've found myself needing a smart shirt so that I look somewhat presentable.

After unpacking the iron I bought months ago from the box, I set to the task. Ironing is hard! It's not exactly perfect, but it'll to have to do.

As a sidenote, tonight was a significant achievement - it's the first time I've resisted going to the store to by a new shirt when in need. The fear of ironing will no longer rule my life.

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Google's year in review

Google is in an a unique position of having what is perhaps the most accurate insight into current trends, interests and events. When dealing with that shear quantity of information (both in terms of indexed information and queries), their sample size is sufficiently large to legitimately extrapolate over the entire population.

Google's year in review.