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 Wednesday
31 Oct 2001

Happy Halloween! I'm a wood sprite today. (You can't tell, but my hair is greenish and I'm wearing appropriate garb.)

 Monday
29 Oct 2001

Media update Part 2: The Television Sequel.

Invader ZIM [Nick]: See below for comments on the Halloween special. Stories are original and definitely not normal (or maybe even sane), characters are hysterical, and the animation is really good.

Samauri Jack [Cartoon Network]: This is just a great cartoon. It references everything from film to Hanna-Barbara cartoons to anime and does it all with in a brilliantly spartan style.

Alias [ABC]: Oh my goodness! I'm watching a spy show on network television and I like it! Ahhhh! Alias has good fights, a strong (but vulnerable, of course, and sassy in every hair color and style) female lead, and all sorts of intrigue. The pilot is fantastic and the episodes thus far have been nearly (though not quite) up to the pilot.

Mutant-X [syndicated - WB near me]: This show is terrible. It's not even so-bad-it's-good. It's simply bad. Avoid it.

 Sunday
28 Oct 2001

Media update. Here's my thoughts on recent movies.

13 Ghosts: Really great production design, great start, some nice deaths (including a person who gets cut in half vertically from top to bottom-- yeah!), but weak ending and woefully lacking in plot or smarts. Better than Blair Witch 2.

From Hell: Another visual treat, this time with more of a plot to hang it on. Significant liberties taken with the comic's plot, but only one is really bad (vague due to possible spoilage). Some scene composition taken directly from the comic (including a great time-lapse). Several too many green backlit shadows. Worth matinee prices, may be worth regular price.

Training Day: I don't like cop movies as a general rule, but went to Training Day since friends wanted to. The last time I did this it was for either The Fast and Furious or The Musketeer, so the augury was not positive. But, it was really good. Worth regular price. Go see it if you can handle seeing corrupt and brutal plainsclothes vice cops.

Iron Monkey: Walk out your door now, get in your car, and go see this movie. It's got great fights, a good plot, just the right touch of campiness, and is a lot of fun.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back: If you like any of Kevin Smith's movies (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma) go see this movie. It's a romp using the characters from all of them and is just generally a good time. If you don't know these movies, don't bother, though.

 Saturday
27 Oct 2001

I just finished watching the "Halloween Spetacular of Spooky Doom" episode of Invader Zim. Oh. My. God. It was the most flat-out insane thing I have ever seen. It was rated "TV-Y"!!! I'd be surprised if children weren't permanently scarred by the episode. It was one of the most actually crazy (I'm talking honest-to-god madness here) I have ever seen (and I've seen Fire Walk With Me) It was great.

 Friday
26 Oct 2001

The Totem is back up (not that anyone really noticed it was down...). I moved by abode and had to change over my DSL. But it's back now and seems to be working.

I'm not a big Chomsky fan, per se, but I thought this talk by Chomsky is asking the same questions that I ask. I don't know how many of his answers and information is accurate, but the questions and analysis are insteresting.

Craig "wolfboy" Zinkievich is frightened by:
My rocket is made from pure carbon and smashes through planets!

 Tuesday
16 Oct 2001

The terrorists aren't the only ones who claim that God is on their side. Every morning, many of our public schools confirm that we are "one nation under God."

The original Pledge of Allegience (penned in 1892 by Francis Bellamy) didn't have the offensive little phrase. It was added in 1954 by Congress. At the time, President Eisenhower said, "In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war."

In 1956, Congress declared "In God We Trust" to be the national motto of the United States.

With all of the rhetoric about our enemies being "evil" one might wonder if there is a Secretary of Faith in the President's cabinet.

 Monday
15 Oct 2001

Wow: The FBI believes that 11 of the hijackers didn't know it was a suicide mission.

There is a lot of propaganda out there. I have heard it said on TV (and the web) that our involvement with Israel has nothing to do with this. I find that hard to understand. I'm not saying that we should change our policies there, but I don't know why we're pretending that it has nothing to do with it.

Ghandi's thoughts on the formation of Israel.

After I posted the Ghandi link, I felt like I should label it as coming from a pro-Islam (maybe anti-anti-Islam?) site. Should I also feel the need to label the link from the Observer as [UK "special relationship"] and the link from The Forward as [Jewish conservative]? Hmmm. I'll leave it to you to decide who you want to believe.

 Saturday
13 Oct 2001

I love October. I love it because cable hauls out all of these grade-B and classic (and classic-grade-B) horror films.

 Friday
12 Oct 2001

Stratfor has been providing fairly lucid analysis regarding the attacks. This forecast for the fourth quarter is an fairly succinct summary of the situation. (Most of the Stratfor site is pay, but a lot of the "situation reports" stuff isn't.)

 Thursday
11 Oct 2001

A month ago, terrorists crashed planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. I didn't post anything about this when it happened because I didn't really know what to think or how to react. I still can't really get my head around the crashes as actual events: I saw them happen on TV, not in real life.

Anyway, my moratorium on "America Strikes Back" links is over.

All they are saying is give peace a chance.

 Tuesday
9 Oct 2001

Very cool site about the Mesoamerican Ballgame.

 Monday
8 Oct 2001

A team of British scientists claims to have isolated a gene that may be crucially involved in the development of speech and language.

 Friday
5 Oct 2001

Gravitational Lens Helps Hubble and Keck Discover Galaxy Building Block.

The image pair represents the magnified result of a single background object gravitationally lensed by Abell 2218 and viewed at a distance of 13.4 billion light-years.The intriguing object contains only one million stars, far fewer than a mature galaxy, and scientists believe it is very young. Such young star-forming systems of low mass at early cosmic times are likely to be the objects from which present-day galaxies have formed.

Slashdot also linked to an article about this infant galaxy.

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