June 21st, 2006

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working backwards...

Last night, dinner out was pre-empted, so the night was full of laundry, a little minis assembly, and Breakfast on Pluto, on which I then sent out a flurry of Netflix recommendations. Lovely film, and I am now, formally, a big Cillian Murphy fan. Bonus points for Stephen Rea as a stage magician.

Monday evening was dinner for Baldur's birthday at Sapphire's in Laurel. Service was adequate considering we had a group of sixteen or so. And the food more than made up for any discrepancies. Good times chatting with people. Selene snapped some pics, as well.

And before that, a Monday afternoon movie matinee!

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Nacho Libre was good fun. It doesn't quite live up to the promise, but Jack Black remains magnificent, and the very Napoleon Dynamite-esque plot lends itself to his talents rather well. There's also some quality running gags in there, and they never translate any of the Spanish, which actually improves the feel of the film. Recommended for DVD rental.

New trailers:
* Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - OK, this is looking a bit, uh, NASCAR-ry for me. And a bit Will Ferrell-ly. On the other hand, the Tom Cruise line in the trailer still cracks me up, so maybe.
* Barnyard - Ehn. This trailer was slightly better, but I'm still not overly enthused.
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Keeping track of all the administration's scandals.

Tech companies want federal privacy laws. Also, how the police are bypassing subpoenas to get phone records.

BAGnewsNotes on the story broken from the man inside Guantanamo, one and two.

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Tom Shales on Dan Rather's awkward exit from CBS.

Krrish - Bollywood's first superhero movie.

Electronic Arts to buy Mythic Entertainment.

Wizard interviews Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics.
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supplemental

Frontline presents: The Dark Side
"After 9/11, Vice President Richard Cheney seized the initiative. He pushed to expand executive power, transform America's intelligence agencies and bring the war on terror to Iraq. But first he had to take on George Tenet's CIA for control over intelligence."

Wow. Hefty stuff there. Not all new, of course, but seeing it all together...

(Courtesy Darn Froomkin's LiveOnline transcript.)

Other exciting and vaguely unrelated links I keep meaning to find an excuse to post for further news reading:
* The Iraq Index
* PollingReport.com