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  xFriday, February 25, 2005

sw33t!


I've been meaning to congratulate Jeff Cooper and his son on this remarkable and touching breakthrough. Sugoi!!! Omedetou!!!





  x

new at dam


whispering corridors

Here's what I've been doing instead of blogging (other than work, of course). My review of the creepy 1998 Korean horror film Whispering Corridors is now posted at Destroy All Monsters.

I was hoping to post more today, but I think I'll play some DDR and then hit the sack. I hope to post a link roundup if I get to the library tomorrow.





  xTuesday, February 22, 2005

offline/online


belkin wireless router

Sorry for the silence...I've been offline this evening while installing a new Belkin wireless router. Sw33t! It's now up and running...ph34r my L33t wir3l355 skillz!

However, it's late and I'm tired, so I'll catch up on posting -- including perhaps some retro-posting for Monday -- at a later time.





  xMonday, February 21, 2005

hst r.i.p.


hunter s thompson

I'm shocked and saddened this morning to note that gonzo journalism pioneer Hunter S. Thompson has committed suicide.

Thompson was found dead Sunday in his Aspen-area home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, sheriff's officials said. He was 67. Thompson's wife, Anita, had gone out before the shooting and was not home at the time.


Besides the 1972 classic about Thompson's visit to Las Vegas, he also wrote "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72." The central character in those wild, sprawling satires was "Dr. Thompson," a snarling, drug- and alcohol-crazed observer and participant.


Thompson is credited alongside Tom Wolfe and Gay Talese with helping pioneer New Journalism — or, as he dubbed it, "gonzo journalism" — in which the writer made himself an essential component of the story.


Thompson, whose early writings mostly appeared in Rolling Stone magazine, often portrayed himself as wildly intoxicated as he reported on such historic figures as Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.


"Fiction is based on reality unless you're a fairy-tale artist," Thompson told The Associated Press in 2003. "You have to get your knowledge of life from somewhere. You have to know the material you're writing about before you alter it."

Planet Swank extends its condolences to Thompson's friends, family and fans, especially Thompson's son Juan, who discovered his body, according to the BBC.
Thompson's son, Juan, found his body. He said the 67-year-old shot himself.

...In a statement to the Aspen Daily News, Thompson's son, Juan, said: "On February 20, Dr Hunter S Thompson took his life with a gunshot to the head at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colorado.

"Hunter prized his privacy and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family."

I met the younger Thompson at an anniversary celebration for Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas in Louisville, Kentucky, where he read an essay on what it was like growing up with his famous father. He seemed to be a nice, soft-spoken young man.





  xSunday, February 20, 2005

new at dam


the cat returns

Sorry things have been quiet here, but I have a boatload of stuff to review for Destroy All monsters by Feb. 22: Three Studio GHhibli DVDs and a groovy-looking Asian horror film. My review of The Cat Returns, directed by Hiroyuki Morita, is now posted; I'll have reviews of Hayao Miyazaki's superb Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Porco Rosso soon.

I also took a look at an early collaboration between Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, the cheerful 1972 children's show Panda! Go Panda!.






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