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  xFriday, January 03, 2003


M4d props to Ipse Dixit for its nod in The Washington Post.


and so it begins

I haven't been diving back into political blogging since my holiday hiatus, but I have been keeping up with my reading, and there's lots of juicy stuff I'd like to share. Let's start with this quirky Dana Milbank column in which he assures us that the President's attention is focused on issues other than Iraq--no, really--especially the crisis situation in Korea, while vacationing at the Crawford, Texas ranch he acquired early in his Presidential campaign. "This president," Milbank notes, "it would seem, has been engaged more often than Elizabeth Taylor."


retro pinup gallery of the day

pin-up mag cover

A gallery of vintage pin-up magazine covers. SFW, generally.

june palmer

As an update, the retro pin-up gallery I mentioned last July has added some new images, including the lovely June Palmer. Rrowr!



Now this is better is J.R.R. Tolkien's eleventy-first (111th) birthday! Here's the Tolkien Society's commemoration of the event.


how sad

A couple of obituaries this morning...WWII fighter ace Joe Foss has died at 87. Foss received the Congressional the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart while a Marine fighter pilot active in the Guadalcanal campaign. He went on to be elected governeor of South Dakota.

In other sad news, character actor Royce Applegate, whom you might remember from such films as Gettysburg, Splash, and O Brother Where Art Thou?, died New Year's Day in a fire in his Hollywood home. He was 63. The same story informed me that actress Teresa Graves (Get Christie Love!, which I got on a cheapo DVD) also died in a house fire in October of last year.

  xThursday, January 02, 2003

jpop gallery of the day

kyoko fukada

Model Kyoko Fukada (sfw)



My friend Dodd left a comment to Tuesday's post about my new PlayStation 2, noting that he had one as well.
I got one, too. But I've hardly had a chance to boot it up yet. Maybe I should have a couple of kids so I'll have more free time...? :-)

I replied:
I know you're kidding, Dodd (at least I hope you are*), but such isn't the case at all. Having kids is not at all conducive to free time, as I'm sure you know. I've been playing my PSX/PS2 between, say, 10:30 and 1 a.m. or so. The only difference kids make is that it reconciles one much more to staying home in the evenings.

*Of course he was.


snowy morning

Snow began falling just about as I woke up this morning, and by the time I left for work, roads had become treacherous. I made it safely, thanks to the very slow pace of traffic--about 20 m.p.h. I also took the opportunity to wear my truly excellent boots.

I have a project I need to complete and various settling-in and catching-up activities, so posting will likely be a little slow the first part of the day.

Update: Here's another Indianapolis Star story on the snow. It's still all over the ground as of Friday morning, but the streets are much more clear.

  xWednesday, January 01, 2003

tarot link of the day

peanuts tarot deck
c00l!!! A Peanuts® version of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck! Major and minor arcana and everything!

(via BoingBoing)


chop socky robot!

c00L!!! The Chinese are claiming to have developed a human-sized robot that can perform the traditional martial art of T'ai Chi. Groovy!

(via BoingBoing)


hangover helpers

Champagne normally gives me a wicked hangover, but as I only downed about three glasses of the stuff last night (after returning from dropping off the babysitter, of course), I feel just fine (now that I've had my morning coffee, anyway). If you aren't as lucky as I, MSNBC provides some tips for curing the morning-after* woes.

(via FARK)

*I can't hear that phrase without thinking of the closing theme to The Poseidon it'll be stuck in my head all morning. Still, it's better than a hangover, if only barely.


flash app of the day

FlyGuy is a charming little minimalist, black-and-white app that lets you maneuver a suit-clad fellow as he soars about the sky, interacting with various denizens of the air.

(via Alas, A Blog via BoingBoing, which pegs it by describing it as "HyperCard-like.")


new year's doings

My lovely wife and I got out last night to enjoy a little New Year's Eve celebration. We enjoyed a superb dinner of Indian cuisine downtown, and then took in a repeat viewing of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. We returned home in time to toast the arrival of 2003 with a little champagne, then I took the babysitter home.

According to this morning's paper, New Year's Eve in Indy was fairly quiet and orderly, with relatively few reported incidents of boneheads discharging weapons fire into the air.

One final comment: I love my wife for many, many reasons, and last night as we traipsed around downtown, I realized another: She's sensible enough that if she wears a little black dress to go out on a chilly New Year's Eve, she'll wear a doggone coat over it.

And guys, a little tip: If your girlfriend is turning blue because she doesn't have enough sense to wear a coat over her low-cut, sleeveless black mini-dress, a real man would lend her his own.
little black dress


obligatory new year's post

Happy New Year! Planet Swank wishes everyone a simply marvelous 2003!

I don't really beleive in New Year's resolutions, but as far as this Web log is concerned, I do have one exception: I downloaded Movable Type, and I'm definitely looking at migrating this site to it.

  xTuesday, December 31, 2002

videogame update

playstation 2

Among the reasons I haven't been blogging much over the Xmas break is that my wonderful wife gave me a PlayStation 2 for Xmas, along with Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. I picked up Ridge Racer 5 a few days later.

metal gear solid 2
Covert operative Solid Snake stalks a terrorist in Metal Gear Solid 2.

Update: Some unexpected Xmas money arrived in yesterday's mail, so I picked up Devil May Cry as well.


jpop fan site of the day

megumi asakura

I was looking over my referral logs and noticed a search for Japanese model Megumi Asakura. Also appearing in that search was this fan page devoted to models and Japanese pop idols, video games and movie reviews.

norika fujiwara

The proprietor of that site also has several galleries devoted to "girls with guns" (pictured: Norika Fujiwara), something I think at least one friend of mine would dig.


a planet swank xmas

As you know, I've posted a couple of Xmas songs over the past week or so. Before traveling to Louisville for the holiday to spend time with my family, I decided to burn a CD combining some of the swank tracks from Xmas CDs I own with some anime and kpop seasonal tunes I've downloaded. Here's the playlist of the 2002 Planet Swank Xmas CD:
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bruce Springsteen 
Santa Claus Is Back In Town - Elvis Presley
The Christmas Song - Mel Torme
White Christmas - Tony Bennett
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Ella Fitzgerald
Winter Wonderland - Connie Francis
Rosemary Clooney - White Christmas
O Come All Ye Faithful - Bing Crosby
Winter Wonderland - Robert Goulet
Jingle Bells - Dean Martin
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Frank Sinatra
Adeste Fidelis - Luciano Pavarotti
March of The Kings/
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Robert Merrill
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Cyndi Lauper
Silent Night - Cyndi Lauper
Space Christmas - Shonen Knife
Love Hina - Merry Xmas To You
Silent Night - Tenchi Muyo
The Christmas Song - Sailor Moon
December Hwesang - Turbo
Wedding Xmas - Hot
December Love - Fin.K.L.
Snow Xmas - S.E.S.


holiday update

lifang, qing and george
Obviously, I didn't get anything posted yesterday, as we spent the day preparing for dinner with our good friends Qing and Lifang and their son George. It was a very pleasant evening; we made a turkey breast, and I spent the afternoon making sausage dressing, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole. After dinner we had coffee and Qing picked out my DVD of Battle Royale to watch. After our guests left, I spent some time with my lovely wife and also playing with my Xmas presents. More on that in a moment.

Thanks to my friends who have dropped by this site over the holidays. I hope everyone is enjoying a great holiday season!

  xSunday, December 29, 2002

xmas break

We've been to Louisville and back over Xmas. We're home now and basically enjoying a few days of holiday chillin'. I plan to begin posting again tomorrow, or perhaps later today if I spend some time surfing my blogroll. In the meantime, I hope everyone is having a very happy holiday!

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