February 21, 2005

Counting Down The Hours [Open Thread]

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at February 21, 2005 4:06 PM

This has got to be the longest long weekend ever. Too much work to do, not enough distractions. Also, it will not stop raining. It's a good thing Berkeley's on a slope, because otherwise I would expect it to be underwater by now.

Giblets has the best post on the death of Hunter Thompson.

In my referrer logs, possibly the weirdest search request to reach this site came from ask.com yesterday: "quantum dead zombie pakistan". I am the third hit for this.

Million Dollar Baby: This powerful film deserves all the praise it's been getting. The day after seeing it I kept thinking back to it and each time brought tears to my eyes. Don't be put off by the premise—a gutsy woman aspiring to professional boxing seeks the attention of a crusty old trainer—which sounds like it should be a cliché-fest; the movie is really about the characters and the relationships between them. I probably shouldn't make declarations like this when I haven't seen three of the four other nominees, but: this film should win Best Picture.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: Shake the Sheets: I wasn't expecting to like this, having been unimpressed by Hearts of Oak (with the exception of "Ballad of the Sin Eater"), but after hearing "Counting Down The Hours" I had to give it a try. It's terrific, bursting with infectious, punk-ish energy and intruiging lyrics that are occasionally politically-tinged. Also, I love the album art (which I didn't find on a poster, so I may have to settle for a t-shirt).

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