Monday, August 27, 2007

You know you're a Cast Member when (Continued)

Snagged once again from the Disney Blog

A few more.

You know you're a Cast Member when...

  • You don't know any of the names of your managers, but you have your shop stewards cell phone number in your speed dial!
  • You have an overwhelming sensation to pick up trash on your off time.
  • You are happy that High School Musical is doing well because that helps the Disney stock price.
  • You become an expert on the tipping pattern of at least 10 foreign nations.
  • You can still smile when faced with the most foul body odor imaginable.
  • You enjoy scooping ice cream @ 3:00am.
  • You know the true use of a "Honeybucket"!
  • On days off, you go to work to visit your friends.
  • Abbreviations (CDS, CES, FML, MLOA, ROS, STCU, AOP, SPLH, MDS, FDS, COS, COGS, PY, OO's, ODF, w/e, HC, OT, ST, FT, CR, CT, CP, ICP, CIF, CM).  I'm sure there are a ton more, but that is what I came up with off the top of my head (if anyone knows all of these, I feel sorry for you)

See the original list here and here's an even older version of the list. (Thanks to Jon H. of NYC for most of these)


You know you're a Cast Member when (Continued)

You know you're a Cast Member when...

 Obviously swapped from The Disney Blog...

Here's a funny list. It's not mine, I stole it from Chris who stole it from ??? who probably stole it from someone.

You know you’re a Cast Member when:

  • All your conversations start with “One time at Disney . . .”
  • You never point with one finger.
  • You’ve worked with or lived with people from every state and at least 5 other countries.
  • You know where all of your friends are every Monday night.
  • You know that “my Friday” could easily fall on a Tuesday (and it probably does).
  • Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Earl of Sandwich… enough said.
  • You can calmly say “Yes, the wait really is 30 minutes” 50 times within 10 minutes.
  • You know what an alpha-unit is.
  • You know what a protein spill is, and you can smell Voban from 50 feet away.
  • You speak fluent ‘radio’: 101, 102, 103, 56, 10-4, 10-9 . . .
  • You know where someone can find any Disney character at any time (or at least CHIP knows).
  • You know what CHIP is.
  • You never wait for more than 10 minutes for any attraction.
  • Anything heartwarming that happens is now a “Magical Moment.”
  • You can spot a hidden Mickey anywhere.
  • You regret not having a FastPass every time you have to wait in a line.
  • You know it’s a costume, not a uniform.
  • You can spot a Mickey antennae on any car that is a mile away.
  • You can recite preshows and even entire attraction spiels without even thinking about it.
  • You have saved a baby elephant from deadly poachers several times.
  • You use the following terms in normal conversation: ADO, ER, MK, the tunnels, DAK, PI, Vista, Commons, Chatham forgetting that no one has a clue what you’re talking about.
  • You start friendly conversations with complete strangers.
  • You know how to perfectly plan your day so that you can see both Illuminations and Wishes.
  • You avoid skipping class more than 3 days in a row and 9 times in 90 days for fear of being kicked out of class.
  • Anytime you go anywhere you wonder what the story is behind the particular place.
  • "The Man" now becomes “The Mouse”.
  • You know the colors of all the Monorails.
  • Any WDW commercial brings a tear to your eyes.
  • You know that one of the nighttime shows that is impossible to miss is the “Stroller Races down Main Street”.
  • You have the overwhelming urge to offer to take people’s pictures.
  • You know how to smile and politely answer the question “Why is it raining?” (YES, we seriously get that one.)
  • You think nothing of walking up to lost people and offering directions.
  • You can spend a day at WDW without going on any rides and you still have the time of your life.
  • You have seen the backside of water.
  • Guests ask you for directions… when you aren’t in costume.
  • You can speak Spanish…or at the least the Spanish part of the monorail. “Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas.”
  • You know what “EPCOT” stands for.
  • It’s not unusual to have lunch at a pub in England and have dinner at a sushi bar in Japan while stopping at Norway for a quick dessert.
  • You can drive a Pargo like a race car.
  • You love using doors that open “Automagically.”
  • You know that Ghiardelli’s gives away free chocolate…and you have a hat to get that second piece…
  • You know how to answer the question “Do you know what time the 3 o’clock parade is?” (Most common asked question!!!)
  • You know where all the dirty references are in each and every disney movie!! (Yes, there are many of them!!!)
  • Not “customers”, but “guests.”
  • You know what it is like to actually “live” where you work.
  • When the mouse becomes the rat.
  • When all customer service sucks outside.

      Total Eclipse of the Moon Aug 28, 2007

      Moon Eclipse  

      For those on the East Coast of the US

      Sunday, August 26, 2007

      Karioke and the evening


      And the night was filled with song... and then it was time to go home. an evening's end of a day of fun.

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      Fire and Marshmallows?


      As the sun goes down, the fire is started, and the kids hearts sang with the hope of sticks with marshmallows getting soft and brown. they were not disappointed! Nor was I! Mmmmmmmm toasted marshmallows.

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      Master of his universe


      for an afternoon and into the evening, I got to help others to have fun. It was worth all the work to say thank you to those that helped us in the coldest days of winter pack up all our possesions and move into a new house.

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      My Favorite of the bunch


      Make by the hands of a young sister in our study, she puts real love into her works

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      Cake anyone?

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      Fire and Sun


      Fire pit at the ready for the blooming of the sunflowers dressed up for the fun

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      Just looking around

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      Waiting for the Arrivals


      All at the ready and soon they will arrive

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      Just the start...

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      Thursday, August 09, 2007

      Bees oh my!


      the Bees got for a "swim" every morning in the porchulaca. The flowers close up every night and slowly open as the morning sun climbs the sky. This is about 7 in the morning when the flowers are at teh cup stage.

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      To study a Sunflower

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      "Prairie Fire" in bloom

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      2007 Sunflowers


      I only got 2 flowers this year, but they are nice, the squirrels got the rest...

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      Watching the Geese


      Cluie on guard from CompOps (my office upstairs) making sure that the Canadian geese and the birds at the feeder are kept track of.

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      Friday, August 03, 2007

      iPhone Rebooted


      Nothing like seeing an iPhone display rebooting with the opposition's operating system. Something wrong with the Apple OS for display work? Or since the last release is Windows more stable? And then I noticed that it was XP... who really wants Vista anyway...

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      Thursday, August 02, 2007

      Snipped from InformationWeek's daily email


      I clipped this from InformationWeek's


      1. Editor's Note: DRM Scorecard: Hackers Batting 1,000, Industry Zero

      Forget the moral questions: Whether the millions of kids who load up their iPods from LimeWire are thieves, or whether there's something incongruous about Sheryl Crow, a millionaire many times over, railing against piracy. When you look at the technology, there's no getting around the fact that DRM is an abject failure. I put together a scorecard that shows that every single significant attempt at consumer-music DRM has been cracked. Here it is:

      CSS: Cracked

      The 10-year-old Content Scrambling System employed on early DVDs is such a technological relic at this point that CrunchGear recently reported this: "According to the Finnish courts, CSS is so weak that it doesn't even count as a protective measure anymore."

      FairPlay: Cracked

      In a game of iPod cat and mouse, the DRM system used in iTunes' music has been repeatedly cracked and then "fixed" by Apple. Last fall, the cracking program called QTFairUse6 had been updated so it could continue to perform its DRM-stripping duties within hours after Apple released iTunes 7.

      AACS: Cracked

      There's been no update from the Advanced Access Content System people on the cracking of their AACS DRM, which is used in the new high-definition HD DVD and Blu-ray DVDs, since May 7. That was the date the AACS publicized its response to the news that the crack of its DRM had been widely posted on the Web, saying it had "requested the removal solely of illegal circumvention tools, including encryption keys, from a number of Web sites."

      In response to the crack, AACS-compliant vendors are apparently looking at both key revocation and the use of digital watermarks as the answer to their problems. Hey, why don't they just take a page from a World War II movie and issue a daily codebook?

      Windows Media DRM: Cracked

      The widely circulated crack comes in the form of a program called FairUse4M. The first iteration of this crack worked with Windows Media Player 10 under Windows XP, but for a long time wouldn't work on Vista. Alas, FairUse4M has now been updated to crack WMP11 running on Vista.

      Most recently, the cracking of Windows Media DRM has thrown a bit of a monkey wrench into the BBC's plans to release its iPlayer. However, like true Brits, they're soldiering on and releasing it, possibly convinced that it's not much use worrying about what those stupid Americans are up to with their software schemes, anyway.

      Sony-BMG Rootkit: Busted

      The big DRM scandal of 2005, this one wasn't so much cracked as it was kicked to the curb. The unhappy recap: A bunch of Sony CDs were equipped with either XCP or MediaMax copy-protection software. Unbeknownst to users, XCP installed concealed software ("rootkits") on users' PCs. MediaMax sent user info over the Internet. The whole mess was a big scandal for Sony, resulting in a spate of legal activity, the most recent instance being a suit filed by Sony against the developer of MediaMax.

      The one major online music DRM technology about which I couldn't find any definitive cracking information is Rhapsody DNA, used by the RealNetworks subscription music service. Regardless of the status here, since Rhapsody, while nice, isn't rocking the online music world, I think it's safe to say I've made my point.

      What do you think? Are the hackers winning? Does industry stand a chance? Read my blog for more on this topic, and make sure to post your feedback, too.

      Alexander Wolfe