The family and I went shopping today for a new, larger hard drive, and afterward hit a Half Price Books store, as my lovely wife and I adore browsing cheap bookstores.
I was delighted to discover in the foreign language section a stash of manga in Japanese: Issues 3-14 of Ranma 1/2, several Newtype Evangelion books, and others.
Although I don't read Japanese, I picked up Ranma #14 (it was sooooo tempting to get the lot, but at five bucks a pop, not prudent) and a Takao Saito Golgo 13 compendium. Of course, I don't read Japanese, but they're still cool.
Since the volume of posting here is shamefully low-- not because you demanded it! -- I tweaked Blogger's settings to display the past two weeks' worth of posts, rather than one. I don't like the posts' section being shorter than the sidebar on the left, but unfortunately I'm not posting enough in a week to accomplish this modest task.
On my to-do list this weekend are other minor tweaks to the blogroll and site design, so stay tuned!
Wow, we don't get many opportunities to do this! Despite his absolutely despicable implication that opponents of his Social Security phaseout plan are somehow racists (which echoed his similar characterizations of opposition to his Iraqi adventure), Bush had a rare and uncharacteristic moment of honesty (emphasis added):
THE PRESIDENT: Let me ask you something about the Thrift Savings Plan. This is a Thrift Savings Plan that has a mix of stocks and bonds?
MS. WEBSTER: Yes, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: Now, how hard was that to learn how to do that?
MS. WEBSTER: And I chose the safe plan, government bonds. (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: That's all right. Well, not so safe, unless we fix the deficit. But other than that -- (laughter). We're fixing the deficit. (Applause.)
If by "fixing" he means "increasing," he's correct.
At the urging of Clemons' post, I called Lugar's Washington office, identified myself as a constituent, and stated my strong opposition to the move. I told the staffer who answered the phone -- truthfully -- that I was not a Republican but generally admired Lugar and hoped he would do the right thing and not make the announcement today.
I was pleased to note that the notion to rush Bolton's nomination through hasty Senate hearings has apparently been sidetracked. I hope my call among many others was instrumental. I further hope that opposition among sensible people from both sides of the aisle will coalesce by the time Bolton's nomination comes up for a vote, and that Bush's attempt to give the finger to the UN results instead in another black eye.
[That pile of unwatched DVDs] is getting ever-larger and more shaming to me, since I have movies that I've wanted to watch for years in there, from the Humphrey Bogart collection (can you believe that a noir buff like me hasn't seen the Maltese Falcon yet?) to The Emperor and the Assassin and Dokkoider volume 3.
And now, with four more boxes getting thrown in the pile, I'll be even more shamed by my inability towatch things that I want to watch, simply out of a combination of laziness and business.
Indeed. In my case, I have the second two DVDs of the shoujo series Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi, three Asian horror films, and several miscellaneous anime to watch for review, let alone a bunch of new DVDs I've bought but not yet watched.
But at the same time, I have uncompleted reviews I need to finish -- forget about the L4m3 job I've been doing posting here -- simply because there are times when I need to watch something familiar or simply chill out with some Katamary Damacy or something.
Our Five-Year-Old was very disappointed missed a "Spaghetti and Jazz" night at her school, so she and I are having one at home. I made my usual quickie spaghetti, and we began by listening to Dave Brubeck's Time Out.
"What kind of music is this?" I asked the Five-Year-Old.
"Jazz," she replied.
When it was done, I put in Miles Davis' Kind of Blue.