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Kai - Le Kommunique:
GDC journal (last updated at 1:32 PST) - (2001-03-21)

Tony - Digital Garbage:
Snow Rocks - (2001-03-07)

Dan - The Word:
Chicken Scratches - (2001-05-23)

Jason - The Gospel According To Bigfoot:
A Brief Look at the State of Comics - (2001-03-07)

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Samba De Amigo
(2001-03-13 - video game)
Silent Hill
(2001-03-11 - video game)
Planning for the GDC
(2001-03-07 - field trip)

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Hight Tide in Savannah GA!
(2001-03-16 - Frisbe Tourny)
Snow Sphinx!
(2001-03-05 - Snow Mayhem)
Karaoke! @ Ichiban
(2001-02-25 - Silliness)

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Snatch
(2001-05-31 - DVD)
Exams!
(2001-05-23 - Obscure Ritual)
The Mummy Returns
(2001-05-18 - Movie)

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Rereading Maus
(2001-05-12 - comic)
Finnegans Wake
(2001-05-12 - novel)
Rereading Watchmen
(2001-04-22 - comic)

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Updates Mondayish


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June 01, 2001

The end of the week cometh. And there was much rejoicing.

As of yesterday (or, as I'm writing it, today), I'm free from academic constraints for twelve weeks! Yay! Of course, these constraints will of course be replaced at some point in the next month or so by those of the workplace, but I do have the next four or five weeks off, for which I'm counting myself pretty lucky.

But right now, I'm here for you. You may notice that there's no comic again today. Well, retrospectively we'll be declaring this week vacation week. That's kind of sneaky of us, ain't it? Slipped it right in under your nose. But haven't you been enjoying my company all week? Or are you just tired of me asking rhetorical questions? Right.

Jason (or, as we call him, "Grand Slam Mastah J") assures me that all will be back on schedule by next Friday, and honestly, I think I believe him. He's usually a trustworthy bloke, so I think you should give him the benefit of the doubt. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew and I will be trying to whip together some form of Funny for you on Monday. We're not really sure how it will manifest itself, but we'll do our best to have it here for your enjoyment.

To those of you who tuned in on Wednesday for the first time only to hear me rambling on incessantly, I offer my sincere apologies. We would like to give our thanks to the excellent persuasive power of Michael over at Gamer Hotties for sending some of his readers our way. We can only attempt to return the favor by urging any of our readers to head over to Gamer Hotties, if they haven't had the chance to check out the astounding work of Michael, Jeff/Jake, and Tammy (this obviously excludes all of you came here from Gamer Hotties, though do tell Michael that we say "hi"). My personal favorites were the "Back on Earth" segments, which have seemingly been discontinued to my great sadness. The GH guys have also put our new link banner into their rotation, so head over to their news page and reload until you see it! In case I haven't made it clear by now, I will be linking to Gamer Hotties several times in this news post, or at least until Michael agrees to give me my soul back.

I was over at AICN of all places and came across (surprise surprise) a new movie trailer. This trailer is for a movie called Big Trouble directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black, Get Shorty, and the forthcoming TV version of The Tick). More notably for me, it is based on a novel written by the one and only Dave Barry, who is the one newspaper columnist who makes me laugh out loud on a regular basis (the only one who's trying to make me laugh anyway). Anyway, the movie looks like it may be pretty amusing, and it has an all-star cast including Tim Allen, Dennis Farina (who I just watched Thursday night in Snatch), Janeane Garofalo, Jason Lee, Rene Russo, Andy Richter, Patrick Warburton (Elaine's boyfriend Puddy from Seinfeld as well as the live-action incarnation of The Tick) and Stanley Tucci (who I think is an excellent underrated actor though not to be confused with our Jason).

While your over at AICN be sure to read this piece by Harry on his suggestions for the future of the James Bond franchise. I have to agree with some of his ideas, and I definitely think that a more "American" Bond would be a horrible way to go. Anyway, a few weeks back I mentioned an Ang Lee short over at BMWMovies, and I have in my half-assed way just realized that there are in fact a series of shorts, the first of which is directed by John Frankenheimer (Ronin, The Manchurian Candidate) and another, due out next week, by Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch). I highly recommend checking them out; they're about six minutes long apiece, and while they may seem like glorified BMW ads (which, in a way, they are), I think they're pretty cool vignettes.

And I caught sight of this little tidbit over at MovieHeadlines.net and all I can say is "it's about time."

See you Monday.


Dan Moren liked Snatch but preferred Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels though the title is a hell of a lot more of awkward to say.

Quote of the Day: "You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity."

-Vinnie Jones, Snatch



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