ArchiveAugust 2007

China update


Since my first blog entry on China (The new Yellow Menace?), I’ve continued to monitor the news, mostly via the New York Times, and note the trends. It’s been really interesting! There was a fallow period of a few weeks after the pet food, medicine, and toy scandals, but the spotlight is back with a vengeance this week. Here are some major stories I read over the weekend: Scandal and...

Cool tech


A roundup of interesting innovations I’ve been hearing about:

WikiScanner maps anonymous Wikipedia edits to locations via
Google Sky added to Google Earth via
NetFlix now offers online viewing (too bad it’s PC- and IE-only)
Biodegradable plastic ware reduces waste (seen and used by me at City Market members meeting!)

Spike Lee’s Bamboozled


This movie is a fascinating mess. It’s about a black television producer, Pierre Delacroix (Damon Wayans), who is put on the spot by his obnoxious white boss (Michael Rapaport) to come up with a hit show. In a sort of “screw you, go ahead and fire me” gesture, he develops an idea for a modern-day minstrel show, complete with watermelon patches and characters in blackface who can’t resist...

IBARW Addendum


I only got out one post for International Blog Against Racism Week while it was still happening, but you know… there’s never a wrong time to call out this shit when it happens. And lo and behold, yesterday, when I was at work, something gross and racist happened. I’m a computer geek, and on Sunday I spent my day reorganizing the server room. We had a lot of cables left over...

Racism begone!


It’s the second annual International Blog Against Racism Week. Think racism is a thing of the past? That it happens some other place, not where you live, or in your favorite entertainment, or in your virtual hangouts? If so, you should read some of these posts as background material, then follow up with these. One data point that ties directly to one of my favorite topics, television: The...

Remembrance of rabbits past


I just watched the 1979 animated movie Watership Down, based on the book by Richard Adams. When I was in my teens I read the novel somewhere between 10 and 15 times. It’s in my bones in a way that only, maybe, The Lord of the Rings can rival. Now that I think of it, these books might have appealed to me in similar ways. They’re long, and lumpy, and full of detail and landscape...


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