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Friday, 2 July 2004: I like winning things. Today, for instance, I won a contest from WONC FM 89.1 in Naperville ("The Voice of North Central College"). They had a random item in their studio and, each day, they gave a clue as to its identity. On the fifth day, you could call in and guess at what it was. I knew the answer after the second clue. The rest of the week, I just spent my time trying to anticipate what the clue would be. If I had been allowed to call in the answer early, I would have. Oh well. Here are the clues and then you can e-mail me what you think the item was...

  • It's a girl's best friend
  • It's a type of garden shovel
  • Nirvana sang about a box shaped like this
  • It's another name for an organization
  • Together, these four things make up a "bicycle"

Have any idea? It's actually pretty easy.

Oh yeah, and I won a gift certificate to Big Bowl restaurant. To be honest, I've never been to a Big Bowl nor do I know what they serve. Guess I could try bigbowl.com, but I'm feeling a bit lazy at the moment.

Thursday, 1 July 2004: I feel like I'm living in the Twilight Zone here. And I just don't get it. So far this summer, Katie and I have gone to see three films that fit the dictionary definition of "sequel" — that being "the next installment (as of a speech or narrative)." We have seen Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Shrek 2, and, last night, we saw Spider-Man 2. As weird as it sounds to actually admit this, especially in light of how terrible movie sequels tend to be, they have all been better than their predecessors. What's going on here? Did Hollywood suddenly develop a sense of creativity? Is a comet hurtling towards our planet? Am I in danger of winning the lottery? 

Wednesday, 30 June 2004: I've been reading some pretty interesting news bits about upcoming TV shows recently. Some good, some bad... as would be expected.

First, Eddie Cahill (Tag on Friends and he also starred in Miracle) is joining the cast of CSI: New York. Of course, he is being cast as a "tough, young, sexy homicide detective." How else would they cast him? Need to guarantee the young femme viewership, right?

Second, I saw a commercial this morning during the NBC news for Hawaii. This show is the reason why Sharif Atkins left ER (explained on the show as him being called up to go to Iraq). However, the cast also includes Michael Biehn (my God from Aliens, The Terminator, The Abyss, and Tombstone), Ivan Sergei (Jack & Jill and Crossing Jordan), and Eric Balfour (24 and The O.C.). Not a bad cast. It's a cop show that takes place in Hawaii (duh). I think what made me like the preview was a chase scene with Atkins yelling "Where's he think he's going? Doesn't he know he's on an island?" Made me laugh.

Lastly, and I'm not sure what to make of this one, agents are in Chicago today to cast for A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Reality Series. This show focuses on people's worst recurring nightmares. Okay. So where exactly do creators want to take this idea? "My dream's worse than your dream, so you're outta here!"

Tuesday, 29 June 2004: Guess what it is time for? Another Darwinism Missed Me Award!!!! Yay!!!!!

On my way home from work today, I saw a man waiting to cross what is a relatively busy road (Randall Road in the western Chicago suburbs, if any of you are familiar with it) on his ATV. No big deal, really. However, he did not have a helmet on and his infant daughter was sitting astride the gas tank of the ATV in her cute little pink jumper without a helmet, but with her pacifier.

In the immortal words of Bill Engvall... here's your sign!

Monday, 28 June 2004: It was an eventful weekend for Iraq, wasn't it? First, the U.S. decides to handover power of the country to the Iraqis two days earlier in order to quell the likely uprising by Saddam supporters. Oh, I think you can pretty much guarantee that there would have been some kind of attack if there was a big public ceremony on the 30th.

Also, it was announced that legal custody of Saddam would be given to the Iraqis so they could put him on trial for war crimes. Of course, the U.S. retains physical custody of him.

My question is, if the Iraqi courts sentence him in a manner that the U.S. does not agree with, will the U.S. continue to retain custody until both sides agree on the verdict and sentencing?

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