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  xTuesday, December 24, 2002

white xmas

snowy xmas eve

True to the predictions, it's snowing in Indy. It doesn't seem to be too heavy so far, but we've managed a couple of inches of accumulation since twilight. It's quite pretty, and much brighter than this picture would indicate. It'll be a pleasant evening of sipping bourbon by the fireplace and wrapping the last few gifts.


anime xmas links of the day

rei xmas decoration

A holiday decoration featuring Neon Genesis Evangelion's Rei Ayanami.

asuka xmas decoration

Anime Castle also sells an ultra-kawaii decoration of NGE's Asuka Langley Soryuu.

anime xmas elf

Meanwhile, FANime Nation has a forum featuring fan art Xmas images of various anime characters.


there is no substitute

2003 porche 911

Introducing the 2003 model Porsche 911. c00L!

(via FARK)


new to the blogroll

I've finally added a number of worthy blogs to the link list at left. Welcome Electrolite, Mark Byron, MyDD, Peevish, Scoobie Davis, TBOGG, and Ted Barlow.


tolkien link of the day

If other authors wrote LotR. My favorite so far:
If I were to tell you the true story behind the unmaking of that ring...that ring! would think me mad. Horrors such as are scribed in ancient tomes of eldritch evil cannot compare to the terror...the cruel, cold, braincrushing terror!...that we felt in the lair of that foul spirit which raimed itself in arachnid form, that vile scavenger, that horrid arcane leech lingering at the border's of Sauron's Black Land...

-The Ring-Journal of an Anonymous Hobbit, by H.P. Lovecraft

We were 20 steps from the exit when the giant flaming Balrons first appeared over our heads. These weren't your normal giant flaming Balrons but some sort of interdimensional Maia that would sit and spin in mid air before dissolving before your very eyes and sneaking up behind you. Gandalf had the pipe and I had the ring which, so far, I had been able to resist trading to the local drug lords for another package of white. Gandalf was shouting random Macrohydration spells while simultaneously trying to not trip over his robes and fall face first into the local pools of goo. Legolas took another drink from his flask and, once again, began explaining how elves were different than humans and much, much mellower.

- Hunter S. Thompson

(via Interesting Times)


anime xmas songs of the day

For your holiday listening pleasure:

Love Hina - Merry Xmas To You

Tenchi Muyo - Silent Night

Sailor Moon - The Christmas Song


xmas song of the day

For your holiday listening pleasure, a two-fer in honor of today's anticipated snowfall:

Doris Day - Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Tony Bennett - White Christmas


xmas flash game of the day

The Christmas Tree Game is a puzzle game in which the player attempts to string colored lights on the tree in the proper sequence.


weather you want it or not

It looks like we'll have snow this Xmas eve...


capsule movie review of the day

The Last Page looks at LotR--TTT: "Legolas is one badass, arrow-shooting hottie elf."


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threat assessment

Charles Dodgson takes a look at the threats the U.S. currently faces and the Bush Administration's stance toward each.

  • Afghanistan: an early victory in the War on Terrorism, except that al-Qaeda is moving back in, and our troops are getting killed.

  • Pakistan: A valuable ally in the pacification of Afghanistan, except that the al-Qaeda forces that are drifting back into Afghanistan are based in their territory. Their nuclear weapons are not currently considered a threat, even though their intelligence service has a history of cooperation with Muslim extremists, their current ruler is a military strongman who was responsible, in the past, for sending regular army troops into Kashmir, and they have traded nuclear technology to North Korea.

  • Yemen: An ally in good standing, who are perfectly entitled to their shipment of North Korean scuds, in light of their valuable cooperation with the war on terrorism. Which must come in some form other than letting the United States use their airspace, cooperating with us in apprehending terrorists, or doing much to capture them on their own, since they aren't doing any of that.

  • North Korea: Having obtained plans for a working bomb from our ally in Pakistan, they have now reactivated their reactor, and broken the U.N. seals on their equipment for extracting weapons-grade plutonium, in violation of several agreements. A cause for concern perhaps, but Donald Rumsfeld opines that diplomacy "seems to me a perfectly rational way of proceeding".

  • Iraq: Has no nuclear weapons, and no immediate prospects of getting the requisite fissile material. Their military is a hollow force which presents no immediate threat to any of its neighbors; their trade is heavily restricted. An immense threat which must be dealt with immediately, by military action.

Any questions?

Yeah, actually...exactly why are the Republicans considered "strong on defense"? Surely their claims can't arise solely from their willingness to spend ever-increasing sums on projects of dubious military value?

Update: The Bush administration plans to roll back a promised pay increase for US soliders, from 3.7 percent to 2 percent (via Kos).


wired spotlights blogs

Yesterday's Wired News has an article on the influence of Web logs in focusing attention on Lott's illiberal comments and his longstanding pattern--heretofore overlooked by the "liberal media"--of making the same sort of remarks.

  xMonday, December 23, 2002

droppin' like flies...

Nuts! Bad enough to learn about Joe Strummer this morning; now Avedon Carol tells us that Lovin' Spoonful guitarist Zal Yanovski died of a heart attack last week at 58.


japanese culture link of the day

pearl diver and octopus netsuke

Some time back, I mentioned an antique Japanese ivory carving that suggested the cultural roots of the tentacle, er, entanglements you sometimes get in hentai anime. Since then, several people have found this site via searches for something like "pearl diver octopus," and the referral logs led me to find this other example of such a netsuke carving that was recently part of an auction lot.

pearl diver and octopus netsuke

Another auction house recently offered this netsuke, which also depicts a female diver, um, intertwined with an octopus.

Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1759-1849) apparently had a well-known ukiyo-e painting called "Pearl Diver and Two Octopuses," which supposedly represented "blissful union with nature."


jpop/cantopop site of the day

vivian hsu

The Vivian Hsu Anthology is a fan site dedicated to Taiwanese jpop star and model Vivian Hsu (you were expecting maybe Toshiro Mifune?).


xmas song of the day

For your holiday listening pleasure:

Ella Fitzgerald - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow


contemptuous snort of the day

It seems that, despite his groveling to BET, Lott still doesn't think he really did anything, his dizzying fall from the Majority Leader post the Republicans elected him to before Lott's views became a matter of widespread knowledge was due to his falling into a "trap":
There are some people in Washington who have been trying to nail me for a long time. When you're from Mississippi and you're a conservative and you're a Christian, there are a lot of people that don't like that. I fell into their trap and so I have only myself to blame.

I'd rant about what a ridiculous notion that is, but CalPundit, Kos, Matthew Yglesias and Oliver Willis, among others, have already taken care of it.

I do, however, think it's important to call attention to what I believe Lott is referring to when he says "Christian." (And if I'm wrong, I'll cheerfully stand corrected.) Having been raised Catholic, I was shocked to realize that there were some who didn't consider me a "Christian," that to some, the term doesn't refer to the billion or so people who adhere to some demonination of Christianity, but rather a particular philosophy whose belief that its members are the only True Believers rivals the Inquisition-era Catholic Church. I consider Lott's comments indeed a code word, intended to link the universal widespread condemnation of his racist statments and the attitudes they imply with an assault on conservative, evangelical Christians.

I'm hardly the most religious guy in the world, but I believe Jesus would have no truck with racism...he reached out to Romans, Samaritains, and others. I think any true Christian should be incensed at Lott's clumsy attempt to tie his bigotry with his professed Christianity.


blog alert

I've been meaning to mention Interesting Times, a blog I first noticed a week or two ago. IT sums up (via CalPundit) Time's choice for Persons of the Year most succinctly:
TIME gives honors to the whistleblowers.

The Bush administration gives them to their bosses.

One reason I like Time's pick more than my good friend Dodd's is that these women each attempted to confront or call attention to the wrongdoing, corruption or ineptitude within their organizations, and at considerable personal risk (not to life and limb, of course, but now is sure a lousy time to be out of a job...). Bush has demonstrated that he isn't willing to do any more about the problems than necessary to avoid political risk.


swank lite

Just a heads-up: Posting will be on a lighter schedule this week, for reasons that should be obvious.


milestone of the (sun)day

Some time yesterday the hit counter passed 11,000.

While most of the traffic is still derived from Web searches, (the latest, of course, being for model Aria Giovanni, thanks to the Santa hat pics of her I posted the other day), I'm pleased with the awareness this blog has generated among people whose opinions I respect. I'm especially grateful to the marvelous Avedon Carol for the mention yesterday, and once again, for whatever kind soul nominated this site for one of P.L.A.'s Koufax awards.


movie review of the day

Stomp Tokyo reviews the ultra-violent Japanese flick Battle Royale. I've aready mentioned reviews of this fine flick at Destroy All Monsters and Teleport City.


joe strummer r.i.p.

joe strummer
This is some major bummage to absorb before morning coffee...The Clash's Joe Strummer has died of as-yet undetermined causes in his Somerset, England home. He was 50.

(photo courtesy Great Modern Pictures)

Update: CNN has this appreciation and a roundup of tributes from Strummer's fellow musicians.

Update 2: CNN is now reporting that a heart attack claimed the life of the Clash guitarist.

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