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2004-07-03 8:16 p.m.

a pretty girl is like a violent crime

Today I gave blood for the first time. All I have to say about that is that while they were draining me of the sweet, sweet nectar of life, they were showing one of the Tomb Raider movies. I watched about the last 30 minutes of it. And I just couldn't figure out which of the two it was (I've seen the first, but not the second). I mean, it was familiar, but I couldn't tell if it was familiar in an oh-yeah-I've-seen-this-but-it-wasn't-very-memorable kind of way or a dragging-another-cliche-howling-from-the-vaults kind of way. As it turns out, it was the first one and I had seen it before.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, Tomb Raider's not very good. (In retrospect, 1 star).

It must be really annoying for models and celebrities doing product plugs when they surf the internet and keep seeing their own faces in pop-up ads. "Dammit, me! Go away! Leave me alone!" Gotta pay the bills somehow, I guess.

I guess...

I saw Spiderman 2 the other day, as well. I really, really liked it. Let's say... 4 stars. Somehow it really resonated with me. I've talked a little about this before, but my favorite heroes are the ones who have to sacrifice the most to do what has to be done, to do what only they can do, the ones who come closest to disproving the theory that humans make all choices according to which option will cause them the least amount of pain. I kind of want to talk about the ending a little, but maybe I'll hold off on that.

I really like that Kirsten Dunst. That Jake Gyllenhaal's a lucky man.

John Kerry is a douche bag but I'm voting for him anyway. Heh.

You know, one thing I did like about Fahrenheit 9/11 is that it gave you a good feel for what it's really like to be a soldier in Iraq. I don't think most people really understand what we're putting these kids through when we send them off to war. If they did, maybe they wouldn't be so cavalier about embarking on these pointless invasions. (I think that movie gets 3 stars, by the way.)

Oh, I've been sharing this new information: I just got Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs. (That's not actually the new information, you'll have to wait a little longer for that. Okay. Anyway. The new information is that )Daniel Handler, the guy behind the Lemony Snicket books, plays accordion on those albums! I think that's pretty cool. He also interviews Stephin Merritt in the liner notes, and there's a picture in there of him in a bunny suit (not a rabbit suit- apparently he wore a sign saying, "I am a bunny" just to clear up the confusion).

I also picked up a CD called "The Ultimate Yma Sumac Collection." (This was recommended to me by Mysteria some time ago, and I finally got around to checking it out. Just remember, if you recommend something to me, I might not get to it immediately, but SOME DAY I will. Probably.) I think it is officially the weirdest recording I own. Weirder than Ween, weirder than Wesley Willis, weirder than Crumb's Black Angels, weirder than Kriss Kross's Drop the Bomb, even. And yet, it's pretty cool. That woman can do things with her voice that seem totally unreal.

So. Happy Fourth. Register to vote.

a pretty girl is like a pretty girl,