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June 20th, 2004

i am not a stuffed tiger.

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an article in the New York Times details the efforts to prepare for the inevitable attacks against Farenheit 9/11:
He has retained Chris Lehane, a Democratic Party strategist known as a master of the black art of "oppo," or opposition research, used to discredit detractors. He also hired outside fact-checkers, led by a former general counsel of The New Yorker and a veteran member of that magazine's legendary fact-checking team, to vet the film. And he is threatening to go one step further, saying he has consulted with lawyers who can bring defamation suits against anyone who maligns the film or damages his reputation. [nyt]

It will be interesting to see whether this movie lives up to the hype; and if it is made in a way that convinces the undecideds. These steps to build up credibility seem like a good start.
i am not a stuffed tiger.

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First it was pirates in San Francisco, now it's superhero supplies in New York City. The new tutoring center from McSweeney's opens in Brooklyn:
The store has everything a modern, well-equipped superhero might need: leotards, boots, tights, magnets, chain ladders, nets and other tools of the villain-fighting trade. "We don't sell comic books or figurines,'' Mr. Seeley said. "It's literally what a superhero would use.'' [nyt]

826NYC joins 826 Valencia as the latest in a string of very neat Dave Eggers projects. What's next -- ninja supplies in Seattle?
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gloating sun

I met Carole and Atri at Seattle Center for an afternoon Harry Potter IMAX experience. When we found that the show was sold out, we decided to buy tickets for a later time and hang out by the fountain for a few hours.

I don't think I'd ever watched the International Fountain long enough to realize that it's more than just a big sprinkler. There seemed to be a routine that the jets of water followed, from being placated to shooting cannons of water. Regardless of the situation, it regularly elicited screams from the kids sitting around the edges.

In addition to people watching, all of us had other distractions; so it turned out to be a nice afternoon in the park. I read one of the stories in Oblivion and worked on a paper before we went inside for the big line for the sold out film. I thought that it stood up to a second viewing (especially on the very large screen). This time, I noticed a few scenes that could have been cut if the filmmakers were desperate for extra minutes of plot. As it stands, I think the film benefits from the funny moments and breathing room; I'm fine with people who read the book having a bit more information and back-story.

I took some pictures of the park, but I want to play with them a little before posting.