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June 19th, 2004

i am not a stuffed tiger.

psychotic

I saw The Corporation tonight [website] at the Egyptian. There was a decent sized crowd and not as much snake pit1 action as Control Room.

The movie was very good -- a well-crafted and educational documentary. The Corporation is a remarkably clear indictment of the role that corporations play in almost every facet of our lives. As someone who is not particularly well versed in history or economics, I found it fascinating. The historical, environmental, and human consequences are explored through a series of case studies and interviews. Michael Moore manage to be insightful, along with Noam Chomsky, Naomi Wolf, Vandana Shiva, and many others includingthe CEO of a carpet company who was surprisingly moving. Though I had a couple reservations about their public health claims, I would still recommend it.

It is worth noting that it is rather long. It might have been easier to watch as a multi-part television documentary, but I doubt that I would've watched or that it would have been as effective.

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On the way home, I stopped for a snack at Dick's. The service is so much slower than at the Wallingford shop.


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(1) In her audience review, Sarah Vowell claims that hissing is a West Coast thing.
OS X

fourth city

blogging.la is going worldwide, hoping to become a good street-level view of life in several cities. new cities will be covered once they get enough applications for writers. [metroblogging]
elephant

hot up here

lured by the prospect of alcohol and bagels, I made the trek to Fremont for the annual Solstice parade. After a few minutes at Martha's apartment, we staked out a spot conveniently located near the 7-11. There was a huge line inside, but there was also a machine with lemonade slurpee.

naked bikers!
yes, naked bikers. [four pictures]

the parade lasted about an hour. which, given the sun and my lack of sunscreen (I borrowed some in a panic near the end), was just about right. It didn't seem like there were a lot of entries, so the hour was kind of long. But really, naked people on bikes, inflatable dinosaurs, and an old woman on a cart! There were a couple of political floats that were pretty creative. Fremont at it's self-loving finest.

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Once the parade ended, Carole and I fled the scene and had lunch downtown at Jai Thai. On my way home, I bought some stuff at the half-yearly sale at Nordsdtrom.

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Tonight I watched The Fog of War. It is an exceptional documentary -- really more of an illustrated monolog by John McNamara. Here's this brilliant and controversial guy, indirectly responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths, sharing his eleven lessons and insights into some of the most critical events in twentieth century history to a Phillip Glass score.