January 2nd, 2006


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Back from weekend of Virginia-osity. Good times were had. Crashed at the casa of safetypup, had tasty Mexican, hit a fine new year's party at the casa of syntart and wbenetti. Today there was ice skating, but not by me. Then, picking up RQ and bebe at airport, which is always amusing. Not as amusing as the ticket on the way home. (Emissions check? But I just *bought* the car a few months ago!) Feh.

Man, I'm well-behind on the code names.

Bebe back in town, will be fun to hang with her tomorrow.

Many LJ updates tomorrow and the next day, or so, including the now-overdue Movies of 2005. Once again, to-do list looks overpowering.

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* The administration has no plans to seek new funds for Iraqi reconstruction.
* "A Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to print positive articles written by American soldiers has also been compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq in return for assistance with its propaganda work."
* 'Subjects of newspaper articles and news broadcasts now fight back with the same methods reporters use to generate articles and broadcasts.'
* "The Census Bureau's projected population for United States in 2030: 363,584,435. Six observers offer their projections."
* States leading the push to increase minimum wage, after a national referendum is defeated.
* A talk with a scientist who's actually working on immortality.
* Is the internet fueling compulsive sexual behavior?
* The changing nature of a home.
* Playboy comes to India, but makes some changes.
* ZOMG. 100 things we didn't know this time last year. (Courtesy Ocho.)

Catching up

Right. Last week was Syriana. The movie was very informative and descriptive of the current state of the Middle East. (Of course, a slanted version, but what other kind is there?) And, much like the subject matter, the movie's flow was very non-linear, disjointed, and at times schizophrenic. It was good, on the whole, but a little tricky to follow from time to time. Worth seeing, yes, just know what you're getting into.

OH. And. There's a very vivid torture scene, that I literally couldn't watch. Just FYI. It's not lengthy, but, yeah.

I don't know when I started liking George Clooney, but I think it was when he started doing good roles for a change. And Matt Damon fits in that category as well.

Oh, and yes, Alexander Siddig was pretty damn keen in it. Very interesting part.

Review of the trailers when I find the scrap of paper listing them. Le sigh.