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The “Office”

Have you seen the terrible US version of BBC’s The Office?

This comment at MetaFilter totally nails what’s wrong with the concept of taking a downbeat, dry, British comedy and trying to make it work as an NBC sitcom:

Here’s how fast this goes wrong: in the first scene Carell says “If you think she’s cute now, you should have seen her a couple of years ago” and “Pam” says “What?!” – Dawn would never have reacted. The whole point was that everyone in the office was too worn down by the drudgery and inanity of their jobs to challenge Brent’s horrifying misogyny and other casual cruelties. Because that’s what really happens in every office in the world all the fucking time.

Signs you need to cut back on the online shopping

The UPS man just drove up, but gave me the courtesy honk before coming to a rest in front of my house. The “hi! I’m here!” honk! When I was a kid the only person in the neighborhood that got that honk from the UPS truck ran a mail order business from their home. I haven’t bought anything off ebay in weeks, but he has been here twice this week. Time to back away from the computer…

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