Abraham Lincoln once said that, “If you’re a racist, I will attack you with the North.” And those are the principles that I carry with me in the workplace.That is the work of a brilliant wordsmith.
Entries filed under Required Reading are like stickies on message boards. Every now and then, I’ll come across something that is especially valuable or noteworthy. These items are added to Required Reading and featured prominently at the top of the main page.
Over time, items listed under Required Reading will be bumped down to the Gossip section in order to make room for newer items that deserve your attention.
On a related note, I’d just like to say that I appreciate every thank you note or compliment that comes my way. E-mails, blog comments, MySpace messages, MySpace comments… not a single one of them passes through my figurative desk without being read. Believe me when I say that reading them is the highlight of my day. Seeing how most of my days are pretty damn awesome to begin with, this is saying a lot.
I try to respond to all of your messages personally, but if I don’t, it’s not because I don’t care, because I do. Tremendously. It’s because life is getting in the way.
This is really up to you, though I suggest that you post your comments in the blog if they are in response to the content of my blog entry (i.e., you would like to respond to something I wrote in one of my recaps).
Yes, just be cool. That’s all. And please read the stickies if it’s your first time visiting.
Generally, I will post a placeholder recap on Thursday before the new episode airs that evening (9:30 PST, in my case). In most cases, this placeholder will contain nothing more than the episode summary from the official site. Feel free to comment on the placeholder post after you’ve viewed the new episode, even if I haven’t posted the full recap yet.
After I’ve had the opportunity to view the new episode, it takes me several hours to write and assemble the recap. I usually do the bulk of the writing on Friday and Saturday. My goal is to have the full recap available by the end of the weekend, but other factors and commitments can sometimes delay the process — if I expect this to be the case, I will do my best to let you all know.
The Jim/Pam Index is kind of like the Dow Jones Index, except it measures how close Jim and Pam are to getting together instead of stock market performance. That, and it’s more of a trend than a numerical value. At the conclusion of each episode, I will assign a rating to how that episode affected the Jim/Pam relationship: Down, Even, or Up. It’s all very scientific.
You’ll notice that this section tends to dominate the recaps. As far as plot threads go, this is the big one, and so it lends itself more easily to thoughtful examination. That, and I’m a softie when it comes to this type of thing.
Northern Attack has been tested to work with Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer 6. It should function properly in any modern, reasonably standards-compliant browser, though I cannot guarantee that you will be able to experience the full content of the site using anything outside of the three aforementioned browsers.
That said, I strongly recommend using Firefox if you are a Windows user. I don’t believe that everything Microsoft produces deserves to be reviled, but there are several reasons to use an alternative browser. All propaganda aside, I think you’ll be happy you made the switch.
Kudos points if you’re viewing this on a Mac.