what the puck

July 10, 2004
After many minutes of sober consideration, I think "Puck" (as in, "The Puck") is it as a name for my new Scion xA. "Tetsuo" is a fine name, but I prefer car names that aren't people names, and that reflect physical characteristics of the car. Plus there's an emotional significance to the name that I've already mentioned.

You know, it's surprisingly difficult for me to go against a popular other option...I'm such a weasely wishywashy politician at heart, or something.

Off to my family reunion!

Milestone of the Moment
Coalition Deathtoll hits 1,000. And that's just our dead...not their dead, and not our wounded. Is the amount of additional safety our nation might (or, might not, depending on how you read some of the implications of such a focused effort) be receiving from causing a change of government in Iraq worth this cost?

Interview Q+A of the Moment
You know, The Matrix is a difficult concept to pitch. In the pitch, I just didn't see it. I watched Keanu's performance - and very rarely do I say this - but I would have messed it up. I would have absolutely messed up The Matrix. At that point I wasn't smart enough as an actor to let the movie be. Whereas Keanu was smart enough to just let it be. Let the movie and the director tell the story, and don't try and perform every moment.
Will Smith in this Wired interview. I admire the candor, and over all he definately strikes me as one of the smarter entertainers out there.

Geekery of the Moment
McSweeney's on On the Implausibility of the Death Star's Trash Compactor. Great stuff. I always wondered why the monster in there didn't get smooshed itself...I never thought that it might be deliberately put there, figured it was kind of weird parasite.