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This is poignant: SHUT UP!

Got a chance to see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind this weekend, and the movie itself is brilliant. Absolutely wonderful…Kaufman writes such good scripts, and Winslet and Carrey are just perfect. I just gotta say, Kate Winslet is stunning, even in a severely damaged character.

BUT

Random person behind me at the Carolina: That moment in the movie…you know, the one that wasn’t funny? The poignant one? Next time that comes around in a film, SHUT UP! Thanks.

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180 190 192 Dead, 1200 1247 Injured in Madrid

Madrid, we love you. MADRID, Spain (CNN) — A massive, coordinated terror strike on Madrid’s commuter train system killed at least 173 people and wounded over 600 at the height of the city’s rush hour, Spain’s interior minister says. Full story here from CNN.

The government is blaming ETA, but they haven’t officially taken credit yet. Here’s a link to El Pais ran through Google translator.

edit: here’s a link to the special edition of El Pais in PDF for today, covering the tragedy.

edit:El Pais is now reporting that blaming ETA may be premature, since they discovered tapes in Arabic along with detonators in the area of one of the explosions.

edit:ETA is officially denying involvement in the bombing.

edit:And now, a branch of Al Qaeda is claiming responsibility. Thanks a lot, War on Terrorism.

For everyone we know with friends or family in Madrid, I hope that they are ok.

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Mars = water

In an exciting press release (at least as exciting as scientific press releases go), NASA announced today that it is nearly certain that at one point Mars had significant amounts of water.

And water, as we know, equals life. Nearly every aquatic environment on earth has some life…extremophiles abound, dealing with heat, pressure, and pH as needed to continue living in terrifically difficult conditions. I think that everyone believes that we’ll find evidence of life at some point.

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The Matrix…

So…saw Matrix Revolutions yesterday, and I’m now amusing myself with attempting to figure out if it was either

A. Brilliant and well done, with a complex, coherent plot
or
B. Sophomorish and overblown, with intensional vagueness overlaying plot holes that one could drive a truck through.

I’d appreciate any thoughts on this from those that have seen it.

Also, since they set the whole Matrix up as a system of opposites/opposing forces, help me fill in some of the blanks here:

Neo = Smith
The Architect = The Oracle
Seraph = The Merovingian
Trinity = ?????
Morpheus = ???? (possibly both of them are opposite the “twins” from Reloaded)
The Source = ??????
Pati = ??????

Again…feedback?

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Penny arcade vs Strawberry Shortcake

Here we have a bizarre case. One of my favorite online comics, Penny Arcade, was served a cease and desist from American Greetings, the owners of the characters in the Strawberry Shortcake family of products most of us probably remember from our youth. The problem in question is this comic (also here as PNG), which parodies a game creator called America McGee, whose specialty is taking children’s stories (Alice in Wonderland, Oz) and taking them gothic. Clearly, American Greetings didn’t think it was funny.

Discussion on Slashdot.

Sad state of intellectual property in the US continues. PA can’t afford to fight this, so they just have to roll over.

Or, they make a strip like this.

🙂