Sat, 29 September 2007
EDIT: The task is now live. You have to use the online design tool supplied by the DMI site, so my "official" logo is out. In fact, the only text you can have in your logo is the name of your branch... so not even a TWSS reference. Sigh.
Still, we need all DMI branch members to head on over to the site and start designing! You have until midnight on Tuesday.
Oh, and our desks are live too... you can buy stuff to populate your desk, but I'm not sure if I want to waste my SB's that way. Still, if you submit a design you get 50 SBs, so that's something.
OK folks, they've given out the first official task over at the DMI game-- design your branch logo.
I already jumped the gun and designed a logo on Friday, just for the heck of it (you can see it on the sidebar). But that doesn't mean that someone out there can't do a better one.
Unfortunately, the DMI website appears to be broken again since the link to start designing your logo goes nowhere (and the promised desk feature STILL isn't working, despite a message saying it is). The deadline for the task is 6pm E on Monday, so keep your eyes open.
Category:DM Infinity -- posted at: 8:37pm EDT
Fri, 28 September 2007
They've been busy over at the NBC/Universal store hand-crafting a selection of cool new THE OFFICE related T-shirt designs. Whether you're joining a fun run, farming beets, jamming to Kevin's latest rock project, or debating the value of the weakened dollar against the SchruteBuck, they've got you covered.
The official RACE FOR THE CURE T-shirt:
The Scrantonicity shirt:
The Stanley nickels:ScruteBucks Ratio T-shirt:
The official Schrute Farm Beets long-sleeve T:
And once again, I take a size XXL (not sure why I keep saying that... haven't had anyone bite yet...)
Category:general -- posted at: 5:54pm EDT
Thu, 27 September 2007
It's been four long months, but the season premier is finally upon us! Unfortunately, I am being forced to attend our school's "open house" on Thursday, so I won't be able to see the episode until later in the evening.
Feel free to hit the TWSS chatroom, though! Maybe I can coax Ian or Kevin or a few other notables to stop by...
From the NBC website:
THE RUN FOR THE CURE-SPECIAL ONE-HOUR PREMIERE - A freak accident causes Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) to feel the office is cursed. He explores the religious beliefs of his employees before deciding to hold a charity 5K fun run. Meanwhile, further developments in the romances of Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinski), and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela (Angela Kinsey) are explored. B.J. Novak, Melora Hardin, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, Mindy Kaling, Craig Robinson and Creed Bratton also star.
Starting the season with four hour long episodes really puts the pressure on, so I'm hoping the premier will be able to deliver without stretching things too thin.
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05am EDT
Wed, 26 September 2007
EDIT: Right after posting this, I found Eric's email in my spambox... to quote Professor Farnsworth, "good news, everyone!" The Schaumburg branch officially belongs to TWSS!
OK, I just got an email saying I was officially "hired" on as an employee in the SCHAUMBURG, IL branch. According to the FAQ, you are automatically hired *IF* the person whose code you entered is selected as the regional manager, so I'm hoping Eric was able to get his winning notification. If not, there are still several open branches. Ultimately, I'd like everyone who listens to TWSS to be in our branch, but it might not happen unless we take control of one ourselves (if the manager whose code you entered DOESN'T win, your hiring is left up to the whims of the manager that DID).
At this point, it almost seems like too much of a hassle to get EVERYONE who signed up to RE-sign up under a different branch, but I guess I'll have to wait and see if Eric was notified. As of now, if you click on the link for "your branch," it only gives an error message.
BTW, the game FAQ has been posted, if you're interested in seeing what you're getting yourself into.
Category:DM Infinity -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT
Mon, 24 September 2007
Episode # 27 of THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID finds Matt and Kevin firing up the flux capacitor for a trip to Diversity Tomorrow (because today is almost over). What's the world coming to when a white man can't use the N word? Michael finds himself in hot water when his Chris Rock impression attracts the wrong sort of attention from corporate. Will Michael learn the error of his ways? Will Jim close the big sale? Will Pam hear the thwip thwip thwip sound? Will Kelly ever buy that googi googi? As Abraham Lincoln once said-- if you don't like this episode, I'll attack you with the North. Incidental music provided by the Podshow Podsafe Music Network. Email us at TWSSpodcast @ gmail.com, or leave a comment on our blog page at TWSSpodcast.com. iTunes reviews are always appreciated! Help spread the word!
Mon, 24 September 2007
Thanks for your patience, guys.
Kevin and I recorded out "Diversity Day" episode tonight, and I will edit and upload it (hopefully) by tomorrow evening some time.
Look for the NEXT new episode of TWSS in about 7-8 days, based on the hour long season four premier episode, "Fun Run."
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41am EDT
Sun, 23 September 2007
On Friday, the organizers of the official Scranton THE OFFICE convention posted the following information on ticket prices. Keep in mind that AS OF NOW, they still haven't confirmed what cast members or writers will be attending-- although they are promising an announcement soon.
Tickets officially go on sale on Tuesday, Sept. 25th at 10 AM Eastern
Throughout the weekend we will have a street festival (free and open to the public) featuring food, local vendors selling Scranton-related merchandise, the NBC Store, Office Olympics and two open-air stages offering a wide assortment of live entertainment. There will likely be a number of random cast sightings at the street festival and tons of other fun things to do. If you want to ensure a great The Office Convention experience, however, you'll want to sign up for a weekend pass. You will need an "Assistant to the Regional Manager" pass or higher to get into limited-admission cast appearances.
The Intern - $25 Weekend Pass
Your packet will include:
*Limited number available - Your packet will include:
*Limited number available - Your packet will include:
*Very Limited number available - Your packet will include:
Ok... $250? How many cast appearances is that good for? Which cast members? What if I pay $50? Do I get to pick WHICH cast member I get to see? Again, I know this is a first attempt, but I think it's really crazy to expect people to outlay this kind of money on faith alone, without any confirmation of who will be showing up.
In all honesty, I wouldn't mind going. It's just not meant to be this year, I guess.
Category:general -- posted at: 4:28pm EDT
Fri, 21 September 2007
Ok folks... the long rumored "The Office" home game is gearing up to start, and we need to get our TWSS branch up and running.
Eric "Sabai" Olsen is going to be my contact on this front, and he has set up a branch for us to join. The first manager that gets 15 people to sign up under their access code gets control of that branch.
I'm REALLY rather pissed off that the Racine, WI branch has somehow already been taken. Because of this, we're going to have to go "south of the border" and start our very own SCHAUMBURG, IL branch.
To sign up, to go the official site:
register, and say you would like to be an employee for the SCHAUMBURG branch. When asked, enter this code:
Time is really of the essence. The first one to get 15 people to sign up gets control of that branch. We definitely need to be in charge of our own TWSS branch, so let's get signing up!
Category:DM Infinity -- posted at: 2:12pm EDT
Mon, 17 September 2007
Tying in with yesterday's Emmy coverage, the Scranton Times-Tribune posted an interview with Greg Daniels which talks about his plans for the convention in October as well as some spoilers for season four.
From the article:
"Mr. Daniels, executive producer of the Scranton-set NBC sitcom "The Office," which will vie for its second consecutive Outstanding Comedy Emmy tonight, told The Times-Tribune in a recent interview that he's currently trying to get the network to pay for him and the show's other writers to come to Scranton for the first "The Office" Convention, set for the weekend of Oct. 26-28.
Mr. Daniels has been privy to the convention's plans since early this year. Overall, he's been encouraged by what he's seen.
"It looks like they have their act together," he said from his car while en route to "The Office's" production offices in Van Nuys, Calif. "It seems to me that a lot of the fans would like to meet each other. There's sort of a community there; they've become friends online."
The visit, he said, would be productive on two levels. First, they could participate in the convention itself, most likely in some sort of Q&A forum. Second, it would give the writers a better feel for the area and the chance to grab a few new story ideas.
Then there's the matter of the cast. Convention planners have extended invites to everyone from star Steve Carell (buffoonish boss Michael Scott) on down, but so far no one has made the commitment to show up. Originally, the week leading up to the convention was to be a hiatus week for the cast, but the network's demand for an additional episode has turned it into a full-shooting week, Mr. Daniels said."
You can read the full article HERE.
Maybe it's just me, but the convention certainly seems pretty haphazard. Here it is, September 17... the convention only a month away... and they still don't know IF the writers will come, or IF any of the cast will be attending. I've never seen a convention like this in my life. Hell, I'd be willing to put my money down if I knew for a FACT who was going to be there. As it stands? It's like a huge roulette game-- the ball might come up Greg Daniels, Steve Carell, and Jenna Fischer... or it might just be a total wash-out. I wish I could attend regardless, but right now, I just don't have enough incentive to try and swing it.
Category:general -- posted at: 11:07pm EDT
Sun, 16 September 2007
Tough competition this year... let's hope for the best!
First category... Best Suporting Actor in a Comedy Series... Aaaaaand... Rainn Wilson loses to Jeremy Piven! Ah well... tough call for me, as I love both THE OFFICE and ENTOURAGE. I really think that Rainn carried a LOT of the comedic weight last season, and that he was pretty integral to the show's success. It's just too bad that this category was so strong... Ari Gold, Dwight Schrute, Johnny Drama? Hard, hard decision.
Speaking of Rainn Wilson, did anyone else see his new commercials with the U.S. women's soccer team?
Score so far: The Office 0, The Other Guys 1
Next up... Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series... (come on, Jenna!)... aaaaaaand... GAH! Jenna Fischer loses to Jamie Pressly! Her character definitely had a huge role in the second season of MY NAME IS EARL, but it's definitely a one note role. I guess the Emmy voters went for the BROAD comedy of EARL over the more subtle emotional journey that Pam went through in season three.
Score so far: The Office 0, The Other Guys 2
OK, Steve Carell is presenting now. He's got his usual "every man," nice guy thing going. He's giving "props" to all of his Office-mates. Ha! Nice montage of "quotes" from Rainn, John Krasinski & Jenna Fischer. Something to look forward to on the season four DVD I guess... and it's worth a point! Why not? :)
Score so far: The Office 1, The Other Guys 2
Ok... Ken Kwapis up for Best Director... Aaaaaaand.... Kwapis loses to the director of UGLY BETTY! The Office denied yet again (although GAY WITCH HUNT was never my favorite episode).
Score so far: The Office 1, The Other Guys 3
Outstanding writing in a comedy series... Greg Daniels up for GWH, Mike Schurr up for THE NEGOTIATION... come on, Mike! I'm rooting for ya, man... Aaaaaaaaand... GREG DANIELS WINS! Finally!
Score so far: The Office 2, The Other Guys 3
Hmmmm... Rainn Wilson is up on stage with Wayne Brady now... and apparently he's going to compete somehow against Kanye West in a "Don't Forget The Lyrics" battle over "Kanye West lyrics." Loser has to quit show business! Har. And Rainn Wilson wins! ;) Give 'em another point.
Score so far: The Office 3, The Other Guys 3
Here's the big one... Lead Actor in a Comedy Series... AAAARG! Ricky Gervais wins out over Steve Carell! But wait-- Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert decide to give it to Carell since Gervais couldn't make it! Take that, British guy! ;)
Score so far: The Office 4, The Other Guys 3
All right... the big one... Outstanding Comedy Series... goes to 30 ROCK! Sheesh! The Office is just totally dominated tonight! I'm a fan of 30 ROCK, but I'm not sure if it was ready to win based on just this first season. Well, the Emmy voters have spoken.
Score TOTALS: The Office 4, The Other Guys 4 (a tie?)
Gotta say, I'm pretty disappointed in The Office's showing this year, but they were up against some pretty tough competition. The Emmy voters went for some non-traditional choices all told, so I can't complain too much (I mean, at least Tony Shaloub didn't win for best lead actor in a comedy series, right?). If The Office couldn't win for best series, I'm glad it went to 30 ROCK. Here's hoping the award will give 30R some wiggle room in the schedule if the ratings aren't there this season.
Various shots of the cast from the red carpet:
Mindy Kaling 1 2 -- wow, Mindy's in the "worst dressed" category on Yahoo!'s Emmy coverage. Yikes.
Looks like some of the other live blogs are calling Jenna Fischer's dress a "fashion faux pas." Yahoo! also put Jenna in the "worst dressed" category on their coverage page. What do you guys think? 1 2 3
Rashida Jones 1
And just for good measure, a shot of Sarah Chalke. She's purty. Oh, and you can see Rainn Wilson in the background too. 1
For the ladies, here's a shot of John Krasinski in his tux. 1
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12pm EDT