June 24th, 2009


the catching-up

Last Friday, ended up heading out to VA to catch up with mscongeniality. We got some adequate Afghani food, and played us some Lego Batman, which is a lot of fun, and kind of tempting, I confess. I was initially going to poke fun at the fact that she's had the Chess soundtrack stuck in her head for like a week, but I've kind of had Madonna's "Borderline" stuck about that long now. So, yeah.

Got bonus Z. on Saturday, enjoyed a lovely Father's Day weekend. I was positively spoiled. Also, an obtuse number of cartoons were watched.

Z. also started summer camp Monday, where she was a big hit.

In hand news, the scratches are healing up nicely. M. noted that a couple of them could have used stitches, and I am beginning to think she might have been right. Oh well. Too late now. Chicks dig scars, I've heard.

M. leaves for her trip to Texas today, which gives me run of the house until Monday evening or so. Panic. I seem to have things to do every night, thanks to a masterful stroke of overplanning and having chores to catch up on. And that's not including a certain kitty that will follow me around the whole time. Her and I will also be catching up on a terrible movie or two, methinks.


Health care, Froomkin, and top 40

* How Obama could fail on health care reform.
* 'The Mayo Clinic manages to offer better health care and spend less money at the same time.'
* Little enforcement of the terrorist watchlist when it counts.
* New friction with the inspectors general.
* A look at the Metro safety systems.
* Good read: Brian Morton on the Froomkin firing. (Courtesy thatliardiego.)
* Lisbon, eight years after the decriminalization of most drugs.
* HIV rates soar in... Georgia?
* The Explainer, on why doctors wear white coats.
* Interesting. Including downloads on the Billboard top 40.



Look, Academy. Making it so there will be ten nominees for Best Picture, instead of five? That's a dumb idea. If you're looking for more diverse nominees, well, vote for different movies. All it's going to do is let five other movies claim they were nominated for Best Picture. Which doesn't help either of us, and still isn't going to help 'more diverse' movies win the big show. You were padding out those five before. Put up or shut up. It's not an honor just to be nominated, and claiming you're diverse because you let WALL-E get a nomination it wasn't going to win isn't convincing anyone.