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12 December 2013 @ 03:25 pm
Washing your jeans, the Volcker rule, and a tsunami record  
* Top read: "The world's next Mandela is rotting in jail somewhere."
* The essential reader on the Volcker rule.
* Gun lobby lawyers target small towns nationwide.
* "A cave on the northwestern coast of Sumatra holds a remarkable record of big tsunamis in the Indian Ocean."
* So, how often do you actually wash your jeans?
* Racial diversity in casting can also keep a show from being boring.
* In defense of Love, Actually.

Jenexamorata on December 12th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
This year, the 10th anniversary of the movie, I think I've seen more Love, Actually hate than ever before. Which I don't get. Look, I've been essentially single the entire decade since the movie came out. I no longer remember when I first saw it - I don't think it was in the theater. I started watching it annually at some point, at first basically to wallow in my own misery...but then something changed. I didn't pair off and then feel giddy. I just learned that the movie is about all kinds of love (OKAY white middle-class straight cis love) and that other people being in love is NOT some sort of direct insult to me if I am not in love. Also: being in love does not solve all of life's problems, or possibly any of them other than "finding someone to love" if you consider that a problem.

I still watch it every year, and I still cry, and I reckon that'll happen whether I'm paired off or not.
turbogrrl: robotcoffeeturbogrrl on December 13th, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
I've only ever seen part of the last half hour of this movie. I had no idea it was a Thing. I feel culturally adrift.
Jenexamorata on December 13th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
In a rare moment of being in tune with the zeitgeist, it turned into a thing while I was doing it without me having any idea it turned into a thing. It's kinda neat, actually.