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Friday, December 30, 2005

Vincent Schiavelli
That's a name you probably don't recognize, but the face is unmistakable.

That's right, he played John O'Connor in the greatest film ever about the 8th dimension. He made 98 films in his 34-year acting career. Among them: Blade Runner, Escape To Witch Mountain, Better Off Dead, Amadeus, The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai, and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

Vincent Schiavelli died on Dec. 26 in Sicily, Italy, of lung cancer. He was 57.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Re: Insightful
Excellent article. This blog adds some astute commentary.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005


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Thursday, December 22, 2005

For all you Sudoku enthusiasts, American Scientist analyzes the puzzle and strategies for solving it. It's quite technical, but it may just provide the edge you need to become the Sudoku master you've dreamed about.

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50 Marathons in 50 Weeks
How 'bout this guy? On Dec. 10, Craig Holcomb completed his 50th marathon this year. Not only that, he ran one marathon in each of our 50 nifty United States. Some interesting facts:
  • He ran 22 of the 50 in under 4 hours.
  • The Lakefront Marathon in Chicago was supposed to be a marathon, but someone erred whilst measuring. It was a mile too long. Craig's time - 4:05.
  • Two of his races were 50k ultramarathons.
  • Five times he ran 2 marathons in the same weekend. In October, he ran 4 in 9 days.
Pretty amazing feat. Congrats to Craig!

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Re: Saddened
Very sad.

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

King Bomb
Looks like the new King Kong movie is going to be a huge bomb. I have a strange schadenfreude about it, and I hope it does bomb. I myself have no desire to go see it. Heck, it's the third version of this film, so we all know the story, and we all have seen it before. That was my first thought on hearing that this is what Peter Jackson was working on. I know I won't be seeing it -- maybe I'll NetFlix it, but I'm not in some huge hurry to see it or anything. I suspect that there are many others who feel the same way.

$300 million is a lot of money.

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

God Bless Matt Pottinger
Wall Street Journal reporter Matt Pottinger explains his decision to put down his pen and take up the sword.
But living in China also shows you what a nondemocratic country can do to its citizens. I've seen protesters tackled and beaten by plainclothes police in Tiananmen Square, and I've been videotaped by government agents while I was talking to a source. I've been arrested and forced to flush my notes down a toilet to keep the police from getting them, and I've been punched in the face in a Beijing Starbucks by a government goon who was trying to keep me from investigating a Chinese company's sale of nuclear fuel to other countries.

When you live abroad long enough, you come to understand that governments that behave this way are not the exception, but the rule. They feel alien to us, but from the viewpoint of the world's population, we are the aliens, not them. That makes you think about protecting your country no matter who you are or what you're doing. What impresses you most, when you don't have them day to day, are the institutions that distinguish the U.S.: the separation of powers, a free press, the right to vote, and a culture that values civic duty and service, to name but a few.
He goes on to recount the path he took to eventually signing on with the Marines. It's a great story about an impressive man. Godspeed, Matt.

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A Festivus for the rest of us!
'Tis the season to celebrate the people's holiday - Festivus! Born out of the creative mind of Frank Constanza, Festivus has taken the country by storm. The 3 pillars of Festivus are
  • The Festivus Pole - The pole is aluminum, chosen due to its very high strength-to-weight ratio, and is never decorated (this stems from founder Frank Costanza's belief that "tinsel is distracting").
  • The Airing of Greivances - Festivus devotees inform all those in attendance how they disappointed him the year before. It is also a time to report any ongoing problem or irritation that one is having with anyone else celebrating at the dinner.
  • Feats of Strength - the head of the household (or the host of the Festivus dinner) challenges one of the guests to a test of physical strength. The challenger may choose anyone as an opponent and a challenge may not be refused unless, of course, the challenged has a previous engagement.
(Quotes from A Large Regular.)

Happy Festivus!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Weather Bias
Ever notice that Drudge only post articles about bad weather in the northeast, and never when the storm is in the Midwest?

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Monday, December 12, 2005


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Monday, December 05, 2005

Re: Ridiculous
Here's the last line of the article Nick linked to below:
Thirty-three percent strongly agreed that Wal-Mart was a retail monopoly that threatened the future health of the U.S. economy, but 35 percent did not agree at all.
Monopoly! People are just really stupid when it comes to economics. Unbelievable.

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Thursday, December 01, 2005


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