April 8th, 2004

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fileg has reminded me not to neglect the lyricists who are some of the most interesting poets of the last quarter century.

From many people on my flist I learned about the antisemitic Google bombing going on for the word Jew. Can we please try to get this site to come up instead?

Last night at TrekToday I posted "Affiliate Claims 'Enterprise' Will Return This Fall", even though stories like this make me nervous, and indeed my mail has been interesting this morning. We had to go with it, because if it turns out to be true, it's obviously a major scoop and we'll be able to say we were the first site on the web to break the news, but it's a single news source and the entire time I was writing it, all I could think about was how the woman who gave us the information must be either confused or really nuts. There's no way UPN gave the affiliates a confirmation of Enterprise's renewal yet failed to make an official announcement. I think that she's either reading too much into the fact that the network is calling this season's last episode a season finale rather than a series finale, or she just blabbed something she shouldn't have and is going to be in big trouble. Either way I feel sorry for her -- okay, not that sorry, as it's also possible that she just wanted her fifteen minutes of Trek fame -- and the voice of my college editor screaming about the importance of double-sourcing or unimpeachable single-sourcing is ringing in my head. I couldn't even confirm her title on the TV station's web site.

egretplume has posted "War President" from American Leftist, a photo mosaic of George W. Bush made up of the faces of American soldiers who died in Iraq. She says probably everyone has seen it, but I hadn't, so just in case, here's the link.

And kirana44, sorry to be late but hope it was happy!
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It is somewhat disconcerting to have so many people writing to me to tell me that my cat is on CNN. But to be fair, it would be much more disconcerting if someone told me that Condoleezza Rice was sleeping on my bed.

It is a traumatic day for the cats in this household anyway: they had had plastic bowls with a place to attach a bottle for when the family is away for the day, but we almost never used the bottle attachment, and then I read an article saying cats really loathe drinking from plastic bowls, which explained why Cinnamon tries to drink from the toilet. So now they have new bowls, but we all know that new bowls cannot be trusted. So the cats have spent the morning dipping their paws into the bowls, getting them wet, glaring at their paws, glaring at me, licking off their paws, drinking from the bowls...and then dipping their paws back in. Yet another reason why cats don't rule the world.

This entire post has been the fault of apaulled, even though he's not home.
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Am back from strange but fairly good afternoon, packed with activity as I didn't get my shit together in the morning. I had planned to bring my kids to vertigo66's house to play with her kids, but it was rainy and we had a feeling they'd be all over each other in a house, so we met at the mall instead where there's a big Borders with stairs to climb on in the children's area and stuff. My mother had called to invite us out to lunch (while we were in the middle of eating lunch) and then asking to see the kids before we go out of town, and I foolishly said we were going to the mall, where apparently my parents went after their lunch and stalked around until they ran into us. *g* They did however buy us all cookies. I bought my kids an all-important cable to link the GameBoy to the GameCube so they could play Pokemon Colosseum with Pokemon Sapphire or something like that, and for ten minutes I was not a bad mother...until they discovered that the KB Toys in the mall had closed. That, of course, was my fault.

In the late afternoon my husband came home early so we could take our younger son to his violin lesson, then drive straight to the movies in Bethesda where I had won tickets to Ella Enchanted. (This is rather a nice story: I had entered a Capitol Children's Museum contest to win tickets to the official movie premiere in DC tonight, and they had run out, but the woman who runs their promotions wrote to me to tell me she had a few tickets from a local radio station to the screening in Bethesda, did I want a family four-pack? Heck yes.) The kids were initially reluctant as it is "a girl's story" but as I figured, once the movie started they were quite into it, the film having ogres, giants, elves, ninjas, etc. It also has rather pointed politics, which pleased me both in their bias and their often witty subtlety in the story.

I have many predictable feminist qualms with something billed as a post-feminist fairy tale (all the girls except the heroine must be portrayed as bitches or losers, etc.) And I did not read the book, so I can't make comparisons. But the film has very lovely scenery and costumes, an enjoyable soundtrack and lots of visual references to more traditional fairy tale movies -- think Shrek combined with Ever After. Hugh Dancy would be cute were he not ridiculously young and Cary Elwes is great fun as the evil regent. I didn't see Anne Hathaway's previous princess outing, so I didn't have that to hold against her, and no idea how derivative this might seem to someone who did see it, but I found her generally appealing as Ella when the role wasn't irking my sensibilities in general.

Found a copy of Heart of Oak: A Sailor's Life in Nelson's Navy for a ridiculously cheap price, and am about halfway through The Mauritius Command in which I miss the women and life on land somewhat but am enjoying Stephen and Jack's banter a lot. Will read more tomorrow on the trek to the in-laws. I must close on an M&C note with this quote from today's Washington Post sports section, Tony Kornheiser's column, arguing that D.C. United's decision not to start 14-year-old Freddy Adu was pathetic. "Every single person who turned on a TV set to the game did so to see Freddy Adu," Kornheiser wrote. "Do you think people who bought a ticket to 'Master And Commander' would have been pleased if Russell Crowe showed up after the battle scenes and did a cameo on that island looking for the penguins?"

Which reminds me...the nice guys in Suncoast in the mall gave me and vertigo66 (to whom I must apologize for abandoning between floors!) buttons advertising the upcoming May release of Peter Pan on DVD. I asked them if they had any M&C paraphernalia, and they said they had not received anything at all. Which says to me that Fox is doing as pathetic a job marketing the DVD (awesome web site notwithstanding) as they did with the film itself, and they are still looking for ways to make it look unsuccessful even though it's crossed the $200 million mark at the global box office and they must have made money on it. Grr.