Monday, April 14, 2003

Cricket-spitting!?! Now there's something I've never tried...yet.

Friday, April 11, 2003

Here is a very interesting article about the redemptive shape of sports movies written by David Shields. He also wrote Black Planet, which I always wanted to read, and now am rather more interested in reading. Like Shields, I am a sucker for a good sports movie -- even some of the cheesy ones. Hoosiers, Remember the Titans, Breaking Away, The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh, American Flyers, The Rookie, Rudy, Cool Runnings, and several others all have good redemptive, sacrificial moments in them that cause me to get a lump in my throat. It's the same reason I like a good war movie...there's nothing like a man giving up his life for another -- we long for that, that is Heroic, and no matter how dimly that sacrificial hero approximates the sacrificial hero, it rarely fails to move me.

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

This is outright insane...

ALL triplets in North Korea are being forcibly removed from parents after their birth and dumped in bleak orphanages.

The policy is carried out on the orders of Stalinist dictator Kim Jong-il, who has an irrational belief that a triplet could one day topple his regime.

The number three is thought to be auspicious in North Korea and triplets are revered. It is believed they are likely to rise to positions of power, which accounts for Kim's insistence that they are all raised in state-run orphanages, where their development can be controlled.

Via Rudy

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