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  xFriday, July 02, 2004

marlon brando r.i.p.


marlon brando r.i.p.

I'm still hella busy, but I'm nonetheless compelled to pause to note with sorrow the passing of screen legend Marlon Brando, who died July 1 at 80. Here's the IMDb's obituary.

(Cross-posted at Destroy All Monsters)




  xThursday, July 01, 2004

distraction of the day


gta vice city

I would blog, but my lovely wife just got me Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.




  x

spoiler of the day


amazing spider-man #50

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!




  xWednesday, June 30, 2004

please stand by


test pattern

Can't blog. Busy. Will post later.




  xTuesday, June 29, 2004

quote of the day


Commenting on Bush's recent lousy poll ratings, Jesse of Pandagon notices a trend:
[U]nlike a typical strong incumbent/challenger dynamic, both Kerry and Bush are proposing solutions to the problems of Bush's first term, which does, I think, tend to play into Kerry's hands.

Indeed.




  x

goodies of the day


...Father's Day, that is. My generous in-laws kicked a few bucks my way for Father's Day, and I spent it on several anime-related googies.

animeigo t-shirt

The last of these, a swell anime T-shirt celebrating AnimEigo's 15th anniversary, arrived yesterday.

mitsune figuremitsune figure

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.

I also got a pair of manga (on sale for half price, yet!): the first issue of Chobits, and issue #4 of Initial D. I'll admit, since my review plate is fairly full, I chose the latter in part because I've already reviewed it. (It's also an excellent book about the downhill drift racing scene.)




  x

swanky retro car post of the day


amc matador coupe

RetroCrush takes a fond look at AMC's classic '70s rolling iron. Sw33t!

(via FARK)




  x

l33t post of the day


Behold: Tolkien in L33t!
[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!"

(via BoingBoing)




  x

blogger post of the day


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.

(via BoingBoing)




  x

spidey quiz of the day


Here's a cool quiz on Spider-Man that contains soem genuine trivia (although faithful readers -- all four of you -- will be able to get at least one of them right).

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."

(via Byzantium's Shores)




  x

pickup artist


My Destroy All Monsters review of the Hong Kong ensemble drama Twenty Something has been cited on the film's page at HKFlix.com. (If you plan to get it, though, be sure to buy it from HKFlix's DVD blowout page.)




  xMonday, June 28, 2004

new at dam


My reviews of the CGI anime Malice@Doll and the new album Smile by jpop idols L'Arc~en~Ciel are now posted over at Destroy All Mosnters.




  x

big deal


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.





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