the mysterious allure of fur boots

May 19, 2003
Ugh, yesterday I prepublished 16 days worth of kisrael.com for my upcoming vacation, and now I'm burnt out on this stuff!

Quote of the Moment
"If you wish women to love you, be original; I know a man who wore fur boots summer and winter, and women fell in love with him."
--Anton Chekhov

Video of the Moment
This is an excerpt from a Star Wars fan video that's making the rounds. Some guys secretly released a homemade video of a chubby kid acting out his Star Wars lightsaber dreams. (Probably the kid was messing with some of the DIY lightsaber ideas that were going around a while back. (followup--I guess according to this NY Times article, the saber effects were added by somebody else later.) You know, we laugh because it's a dorky thing to do, and because the kid's chubby and throws in some gratuitous kicking, but he actually pulls off some decent lightsaber spins.
Heh. The snippet shown here almost qualifies as an example of small gif cinema, though it's a bit larger than I usually go for.

News of the Moment
"What you want to be strong is you want people to have confidence in your currency."
--Treasury Secretary John Snow. I'm no economist, though I'm vaguely in favor of a weaker dollar, just the idea of making our exports that much more attractive. Still, couldn't he have waited 'til after my damn trip to Europe to announce that we're pretty much ok about a weaker dollar?

Passage of the Moment
    "Is he a fairy?" Rosa was, at that moment, asking Joe. They were still sitting on her bed, holding hands.
    Joe was at first shocked by this suggestion, and then suddenly not. "Why would you say that?" he said.
    She shrugged. "He has the feel," she said.
    "Hmm," Joe said. "I don't know. He is--" He shrugged. "A good boy."
    "Are you a good boy?"
    "No," Joe said.
    He leaned forward to kiss her again. They bumped teeth, and it made him weirdly aware of all the bones in his head. Her tongue was milk and salt, an oyster in his mouth. She put her hands on his shoulders, and he could feel her getting ready to push him away, and then after a moment she did.
    "I'm worried about him," she said, "He looked a little lost. You should go after him."
--Michael Chabon, "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay". I was struck by the decription of the kiss, "milk and salt".