March 12th, 2011


Poem for Saturday, Frogs, 'Star Trek: Generations'

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I'm sure I don't need to tell anyone that it was a horrendous news day. In addition to the horrific situation in Japan, Libya's fighter jets were bombing Qadaffi's opposition, and the Maryland House of Delegates demonstrated mind-blowing cowardice by sending a gay marriage bill that had already passed the Senate back to committee, meaning it won't be considered again until next year at the earliest. I was tired and cranky a lot of the day, some of which is because my stomach was mad at me in the morning for reasons unknown -- it felt better after I took a walk, since the weather, at least, was quite pleasant, if overcast -- and some of which was stress from the news alternately warning of massacre in Zawiyah and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima.

I finished my all-over-the-place review of Star Trek: Generations, which I must confess I enjoyed quite a bit this time around, though it still has some serious flaws as a film. I feel the same way about The Matrix: Reloaded, which everyone in the family wanted to watch after seeing The Matrix last night (for the first time, for the kids) -- the effects and the freeway sequence haven't dated at all. Before that, we had dinner with my parents and cake for my mom's birthday, which was earlier this week, so that was nice. We are bummed that Maryland lost to Duke and the Terps' basketball season is likely over but we can't pretend to be surprised. Here are some tiny frogs at the National Aquarium in Baltimore:

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