March 14th, 2005


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I'm running around the Internet looking for things to use for St. Patrick's Day icons, and I came across this joke:

An engineer died and ended up in Hell. He was not pleased with the level of comfort in Hell, and began to redesign and build improvements. After awhile, they had toilets that flush, air conditioning, and escalators. Everyone grew very fond of him.

One day God called to Satan to mock him, "So, how's it going down there in Hell?"

Satan replied, "Hey, things are great. We've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and there's no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next."

God was surprised, "What? You've got an engineer? That's a mistake. He should never have gotten down there in the first place. Send him back up here."

"No way," replied Satan. "I like having an engineer, and I'm keeping him."

God threatened, "Send him back up here now or I'll sue!"

Satan laughed and answered, "Yeah, right. And just where are YOU going to get a lawyer?"

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What's going on at this end:

I spoke with my friend in Japan this morning, and the upshot was that he will be working on his product certification with my help, if and when he needs it. This will give me the chance to prepare for my instructor certification this Friday.

I also spoke with the leader of my local writers' group this evening, who has decided, apparently based on my telling her that I wouldn't be there tomorrow evening, to disband the group. I can't say that I'm heartbroken. Collapse ) As I wondered aloud a few weeks ago, I had been thinking for some time that there must be a better way to spend the evenings of the first and third Tuesday of every month. So far, I've done a pretty good job of it.

And, it looks as though my problem child on Ghostletters has returned. Heaven help us all.

Apart from all of that, it was kind of a slow day, really. CSI: Miami is a rerun and the local CBS affiliate is pre-empting Two and a Half Men for a show about the NCAA tournament, apparently so that they can justify having a sports department. They decided to broadcast the regularly-scheduled program at 1:37 tomorrow morning. I don't think I'll be up, so I'm going to tape it and watch it in the morning. I know it's a rerun, but it's one that I haven't seen.

Picked up a few books from the library: Elmore Leonard's Get Shorty and Be Cool, both of which have been turned into movies and neither of which I've read; Naked Came The Manatee, by the aforementioned Mr. Leonard, Dave Barry, Carl Hiassen and several other south Florida writers, which I've read a couple of times and always get a kick out of; and Paris 2005 by Carl Zezza, a thriller about France being taken over by the Soviet Union and Germany and becoming the People's Republic of France. I'm not sure if it's any good, but the idea sounded intriguing.

Hey, scriptwriters, anyone have any experience with Final Draft?