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Month: May 2012

Game of Thrones: Season 1: Episodes 1 & 2

Finally saw the first two episodes of the first season of Game of Thrones last night. I was kinda disappointed. I was really looking forward to Peter Dinklage as Tyrion, and he did not let me down. I was riveted whenever he was on the screen. When he wasn't… not so much. (Note: if you like Dinklage and have not seen The Station Agent, go see it now.) It's hard to see exactly where it goes wrong. It looks great at first glance — beautiful and richly textured. But there's a cheapness to the design, a lack of attention to…

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Bicycle! Bicycle!

Me: Oh, KEXP is playing Queen because it's Bike to Work day. Paul: I'm not biking to work. Me: No, biking all the way to West Seattle would be pretty hardcore. And with the broken elbow you're not even up to softcore right now. (long pause) You know, "hardcore" can mean a lot of things but "softcore" pretty much only refers to porn, doesn't it? Paul: Cheesecake is another one — it can mean a lot of different things, but "beefcake" only means one thing. Me: I want to start a restaurant chain called The Beefcake Factory.

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Back to the not-future

This is a politically-related thought that has been bugging me for a while, so I thought I would share it: all other disagreements aside, I oppose the Republican agenda because I find it difficult to imagine a country run according to modern right wing orthodoxy ever becoming the great country we have today. Their flat rejection of shared endeavor or worthwhile communal investment would rob us of nearly all our beloved institutions, from the Post Office to the National Parks to the Interstate Highway System to the public schools to the Internet. It is equally difficult — should they get…

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