Friday Afternoon Scratchpad

Oscar Pool Creator In case you missed it, my annual "Make-Yer-Own Oscar Pool Page" is here. Thank You Mr. Bus Driver I almost missed my bus yesterday. As it was pulling away from the curb I ran alongside it, waving my arm, and the driver kindly brought the behemoth to a stop and allowed me to board. Moments later, as

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Movies: Lost In Translation

When I named my favorite movies of 2003, there was a caveat. "I somehow never got around to seeing Lost In Translation," I wrote after listing the top five, "but I have a hunch that it might have been up there." Once in a great while one of my hunches turns out to be correct -- although rarely as resoundingly

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Make-Yer-Own Oscar Pool Page

Okay, the 2004 Make-Yer-Own Oscar Pool Page is up and running. Sorry I got it out so soon before the awards this year, but, until yesterday, I didn't realize they'd moved the ceremony all the way up to February. If you find any bugs or have any suggestions, please let me know by email or in the comments to this

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Bush Seeks $131 Billion For War On Carbs

President George Bush submitted an emergency appropriation bill to Congress today seeking an additional $131 billion for the war on carbs, the bulk of which would be used to establish a cabinet-level Department of Carbohydrate Reduction. The proposal comes just days after a Reuters poll revealed that carbs have eclipsed terrorism and job uncertainty as Americans' greatest fear. Democrats were

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The Bad Review Revue

Torque: It's only January, but already we have a strong candidate for the most thunderingly stupid movie of the year. -- Peter Hartlaub, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE You Got Served: "About as real as Lil' Kim's chest." -- Jami Bernard, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS The Butterfy Effect: "Like receiving a box of Valentine's chocolates in which someone has deliberately hidden ground

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Meets Expectations

A friend of mine was an officer with the Seattle Police Department, and one thing that always amazed me was that he and his coworkers voluntarily hung out in donut shops while on duty, despite the widespread stereotype that police officers hang out in donut shops while on duty. I was reminded of this a moment ago when I saw

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Poetry Corner

Title One, two, three, four, five. Then seven syllables more And you've got haiku! Apprently I didn't inherit the poetic gene. My father, meanwhile, writes actual poetry over at Measured Phrase. Update: Hey, Ariel's father does poetry -- just like my da!

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Carrier … Or Killer??!

Okay, I made up Yugo To Hell in my last post, but the other two are actual Traffic Safety Film titles that I took from this pdf. Here are some other of my favorites, with the corresponding (and actual) descriptions:Buckleman!: Buckleman is a fast-paced adventure focusing on the importance of using safety belts. Using his hi-tech belt-gun, Buckleman saves lives

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