I haven't seen the new Spider-Man movie yet, but I'm more excited now than ever: Roger Ebert reveals in his review (four stars, natch) that part of the plot involves events similar to those in one of the Best Spider-Man Comics Ever, Amazing #50. c00L!
I also stopped by GameStop last week and dropped a couple of bucks on some groovy items. The first is this plastic figurine of Mitsune from Love Hina in a bikini, which now is perched atop my workstation at home.
[At Isengard] Gandalf: "sup dawg, i r g4nd4lf da gr3y!" Saruman: "Foo! U R teh noob!" Gandalf: "***?!" Saruman: "Sauron pwns joo!" Gandalf: "Sif, I R leet" **Sarumon beats the **** out of Gandalf Saruman: "Pwned!"
Blogger offers a handy tutorial to h4x0rzing its various tags. I haven't had an opportunity to study it, and probably won't use all the technicques described, a few of them -- such as changing the default "Post a comment" prompt -- look like fun.
I'm embarrassed to say I got only 14 out of 15 right, but in my defense, I must say that clicked one right answer as soon as I saw it, without reading the others. The moral of that story is, the answer is always "all of the above."
I was as surprised as anyone to learn of the early handover of "limited sovereignty" to the Vichy Iraqi government. I'll admit, doing so was a clever move to stymie the insurgent attacks anticipated on the scheduled date of June 30.
But I'm not impressed by the event itself -- it's a purely symbolic gesture that has more to do with boosting Bush's domestic political fortunes than handing over any real sovereignty to Iraq. And the fact that the US had to secretly change the handover date is a tacit admission that it could not provide adequate security on June 30, before, or afterwards. The failure to provide security in Iraq is a glaring, miserable failure, and one that resulted from this Administration's rejection of expert advice that did not match its own ideology.
I hope that something resembling a stable state emerges from the mess created by Bush's hubris, because a failed state would create an even more serious national security hazard than already exists. But like a growing number of Americans, I have little confidence in the ability or credibility of this Administration to lead the way to democracy in Iraq or at home.