Archives for August 4, 2004

Herpes Risk from Ancient Form of Circumcision

Yahoo! News – Herpes Risk from Ancient Form of Circumcision

This is NOT a complication of regular circumcision. I’d describe the variant of the procedure, but, it is so out of my experience I cannot even fathom why it came to be. I mean, WTF? Whatever made this seem like a good idea?

Note to anti-circumcision trolls: I will ruthlessly delete or negatively alter your screeds about how awful regluar circumcision is, etc. I fully support circumcision done under normal hygenic circumstances. If you desire to grind your axe, do so elsewhere.

Thunderbirds review

Spurred by Alwin’s review, here’s my review of the Thunderbirds movie.

My daughter and I were the only ones in the theater, which may well say more about the movie than anything I write here.

Inexplicably, Bill Paxton continues to have an acting career, being the title star in this movie. Please don’t misunderstand, I like him, but it baffles me that he’s a star actor. He’s the US version of Michael Caine; he’s the same in every role, every movie. I like him, and I’d like to have a beer with him, but I don’t get it.

I agree with Alwin that there was a heck of a lot of acting namepower in the movie, in my opinion largely wasted. This is not the Thunderbirds I remember, this is the Thunderbirds legacy and gadgets hijacked into Spy Kids in Space. Jeff Tracy would never have stood by watching an adolescent fight evil (even Ben Kingsley evil, which is evil with style).

Don’t get me wrong, it’s enjoyable, but don’t expect the Thunderbirds of old. The graphics are excellent, and it’s an enjoyable diversion. Expect sequels, as the arch-nemesis wasn’t destroyed, merely incarcerated.

Terror on the Web

is the title of an interesting piece form The New Yorker.

It’s a long, detailed account of Islamic terrorism (mostly focused on recent events in Spain). It’s very interesting, and has a lot of details that I didn’t know. It’s not bedtime reading.

via LGF