Probably won't be any more until next Tuesday; my parents are visiting until about then. Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and stay safe on New Year's Eve.
Watched the second Ghost in the Shell movie, Innocence, today. It was okay, I suppose. It was a bit better than the first one, but the ending was still disappointing. The main character in this one was Batou, who is pretty cool, and the major supporting character was Togusa, also not bad. This movie, like … Continue reading Innocent Ghosts
It is painful to me to think, that while I was carrying on this Work, several of those to whom it would have been most interesting have died. Such melancholy disappointments we know to be incident to humanity; but we do not feel them the less.~James Boswell, Life of Johnson (Advertisement to the First Edition)
An interesting site called The Phrontistery which I ran across in my search of Scrabble dominance. My primary interest was in this page, which lists all the valid two- and three-letter Scrabble words, but I branched out and there is much else to interest. There is a collection of 400 of the rarest words on … Continue reading Fun With Words
HERE BE SPOILERS!It was a decent movie, as comic book movies go. I don't generally have high expectations for them. Daredevil was awful. The preceding Batman movie was awful. X-Men was okay (only saw the first film). And I didn't really think any of the Superman movies were much to write home about. I like … Continue reading Batman Returns to Mediocrity
A strangely compelling essay by Joseph Bottum that I just read over at First Things.
Lance Armstrong has been ordered to stand trial in Italy for defamation of Filippo Simeoni because Armstrong said Simeoni was a "liar". I'm not a huge Armstrong fan, nor am I completely uncritical of him. But this is ridiculous.Apparently Simeoni is so thin-skinned and weak that reading about what Armstrong said has caused him to … Continue reading Crybaby Italians
Turns out that the inaugural World Baseball Classic will not feature a team from Cuba. The US Treasury Department has decided that since there is an embargo against Cuba the permit necessary for a Cuban baseball team to come and play cannot be issued. Which is the right decision. Even if you think the embargo … Continue reading Béisbol and Politics
An interesting article about the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. Apparently a bunch of the people who worked on it thought it would bomb because it didn't use a laugh track, ended with Linus quoting Scripture, used real kids for the voices and other unconventional things. Wrong. It's still a great Christmas show.
Jonah Goldberg notes in the Corner the latest development in home security. Er, or at least he notes that home security is returning to its roots.