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A Day at The Office
2006-06-08 22:31
by Jon Weisman

I did a quick feature on the man behind Dwight K. Schrute's blog, Schrute-Space - along with another piece on T.R. Knight of Grey's Anatomy - for Friday's Variety.

Rainn Wilson:

Dwight Schrute is cut from many cloths -- many comically shaped, weirdly fabricated, strange-to-the-touch cloths.

The guy who dresses the part, actor Rainn Wilson of "The Office," is a pretty big fan of the big Technicolor Dwightcoat.

"What I love about Dwight is you think you know exactly what Dwight is, but he always surprises you," Wilson says. "You think of him as a dorky fascist, but there's always been that other twist." ...

Although Wilson comes across as Dwight's very rational alter ego, his affection for the one-eighth-Amish survivalist is clear. Since filming began on "The Office," Wilson has been blogging in the character of Dwight. At first it was just for himself, but NBC now publishes "Dwight Schrute's Schrute-Space" on its Web site.

For Valentine's Day, Wilson/Schrute advised readers to treat their mates right: "Why not, as the ancients used to, kill something delicious for them and lay it on their door-step. A stag, a salmon, a sow." ...

T.R. Knight:

If Charlie Brown had ever grown up and pursued a career in medicine, he might have become George O'Malley, the character who always seems to be having one "good grief" moment after another on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy."

But there isn't a humiliation or emasculation that will make "Grey's" actor T.R. Knight tire of being George. ...

During the first interview, Wilson was so level-headed - enthusiastic but thoughtful - that I became all the more impressed with his talents on The Office. If you're a fan of the show, be sure to check out Dwight's blog - as well as that of Jenna Fischer, who plays Pam. Jenna/Pam also has a MySpace page, although I'll admit to being way behind the curve with regards to MySpace.

2006-06-08 22:55:03
1.   D4P
Curves I'm way behind (among others):

1. MySpace
2. YouTube
3. IM (what's that?)
4. The Saber Philosophy®

2006-06-08 23:12:14
2.   Eric Enders
I first heard of MySpace just a few months ago and having now visited several pages, I have to admit I'm still not sure exactly what the point is.
2006-06-08 23:13:22
3.   Bob Timmermann
Curves I'm way behind:
1. Names of top Dodger prospects
2. Names of any other teams prospects
3. MySpace
2006-06-08 23:46:54
4.   Uncle Miltie
2- it's a stalker's paradise. It's something I will never sign up for.
2006-06-08 23:48:25
5.   Greg Brock
Watching Dwight Schrute at the dojo, repeatedly driving his open palm into the workout mannequin's face (while looking in the camera) is one of those brilliant images that I can't think about without chuckling. And T.R. Knight plays the nebbish so well, he has to be a real life nebbish.

"Well, it's Thursday, but Dwight things it's Friday, so that's what I'll be working on this afternoon."

2006-06-09 00:14:26
6.   Andrew Shimmin
MySpace users, a case study:

2006-06-09 00:37:21
7.   Greg Brock
Funny, I always thought of MySpace folk more along this line:

2006-06-09 06:40:13
8.   LAT
Who knew Jose Valentine had so much influence.

Moustaches enjoy renewed popularity in NYC

2006-06-09 08:33:58
9.   Sam DC
Tom Boswell's take on drafting (the rest of this chat can be found at

Arlington, Va.:

Mr. Boswell,
What do you think of the Nationals draft? Which of the lower picks do you think could turn out to have the most impact. If 2 of those players make the team in 2009, is it a good draft?

Tom Boswell: I have no idea who any of these kids are. And neither does ANYBODY ELSE who claims to know. People like Bowden __who procliamed his own draft to be "extraordinary" just BARELY have any idea how it will all turn out ESPECIALLY when you draft high school kids.

What on earth do high school statistics mean? I once hit against Ton Bradley, later of the Angels, etc., in high school. He threw me a hanging curveball, I lined it just foul down the left field line. He threw me nothing but fastballs after that the rest of the game. I barely saw the ball and was delighted when I managed to ground out a couple of times. That's exactly the reason that "Moneyball" made the case __very well, I thought__ that drafting college players (like Cordero, Zimmerman and Bray) makes FAR more sense that fantasizing that you have the magic gift of "projecting" what high schoolers will become.

I predict __not out of malice, but simply because it is what I have believed for many years__ that Bowden and the Nats will do poorly by using their high picks this year on high school kids. Such picks are ALL based on radar guns or "eyeballing" rather than the statistics that a college career at a top-level school can provide. These guys still get infatuated with the old-school "I can pick 'em" mentality. Aaaarggghhh! Hope I'm wrong, but my guess is that the Nats just picked Herzog and Carbo. But we won't know for five years so, by then, nobody will get blamed. Yes, it's a lot safer to pick high schoolers, too. If a Zimmerman is a bust, it can get you fired __a fairly fast, too.

Whitey Herzog was drafted No. 1 overall the year Mickey Mantle was drafted second. Bernie Carbo was drafted No. 1 overall the year Johnny Bench was drafted second overall.

2006-06-09 08:36:45
10.   Sam DC
And Ed Zwick is part of a World Cup blog?

2006-06-09 08:47:27
11.   Sam DC
I'll note re the excerpt on 9, some Nationals fans are quibbling that there was no draft when Mantle was signed by the Yankees.
2006-06-09 08:54:49
12.   Sam DC
Don't want to clog up the thread or over-excerpt from the Bos, but an interesting discussion cropped up over whether the National League should be the left (and first) page of the dailey two-page baseball spread. This q&a cries out for DT verification (and Boswell's answer is good in its own way):

NL page on the left or right side...: Boz, it's my understanding that the right hand page in the newspaper is the primary page, due to the line of sight being drawn that side of the paper. Wouldn't it then make sense to keep the NL page on the right?

Tom Boswell: The things I don't know. They never end.

2006-06-09 09:15:33
13.   Inside Baseball
Best part of a nice Henson piece on Matt Kemp in the Times today:

"Every time Kemp homers, his father gets a call from White, the scouting director.

'Logan told me we'll have 752 more of these,' Carl Kemp said."

2006-06-09 09:18:35
14.   gcrl
anyone planning to be at coors field tonight? we'll be somewhere behind home plate, looking to move down but not be one of those idiots talking on their cell phones and waving to the camera.
2006-06-09 09:27:02
15.   Jon Weisman
12 - I would probably put the local team's league on the left side, but I have always heard that people look at the right side first. I would probably let alphabetical order decide and go AL-NL.
2006-06-09 09:30:34
16.   Bob Timmermann
Whitey Herzog was drafted No. 1 overall the year Mickey Mantle was drafted second.

By whom? The U.S. Army?

2006-06-09 09:48:07
17.   Jon Weisman
New post for those who want actual Dodger content up top.
2006-06-09 15:01:32
18.   thinkblue88
In regards to Myspace:
ABSOLUTELY THE BEST THING EVER CREATED SINCE SLICE BREAD! Heck, even some of the top picks in the just completed draft also have Myspace accounts. Unfourtunatly, this is the internet and there are weirdos out there.

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