March 24th, 2003


Another weblog post from Baghdad...

After two days without internet access, Salam at has access again.

Some interesting points:
- Al-jazeera is accusing the pentagon of not showing how horrific this war is turning out to be.

- US bombing in Baghdad seems to be quite accurate, but the strength of the blasts have been enough to damage nearby residential areas and cause "collateral damage"...

- Food and water still available, power available in most places. People view destruction so far with anger, sadness, worry, but are still trying to carry on with life. "If Um Qasar is so difficult to control what will happen when they get to Baghdad?"

- More leaflet bombing. Generally derided as psy-ops and misinformation. Level of trust in US diminishing, in no small part due to heavilly slanted coverage of the war in the US.

On a lighter note...

Hey, look! Mark is making a post that has nothing to do with the government or war. Enjoy it while it lasts!

I love having my journal be searchable via Freefind.

search by FreeFind

It took awhile for me to figure out the best way to configure everything (and I could still make it better if I gave a rat's arse) but it does the trick, and is especially useful for me, since it gives me a tool to find and link back to previous posts...

One of the most interesting aspects, however, is looking at the search reports to see what others are looking for...

Freefind Weekly search report

Most Recent Queries

Day Time of Query Query
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Sun Mar 23 22:17:03 2003 sex
Sun Mar 23 22:16:20 2003 sex
Sun Mar 23 22:15:52 2003 sex
Sun Mar 23 22:14:41 2003 sex
Sun Mar 23 22:14:05 2003 vodka
Sun Mar 23 22:12:53 2003 sex

Hey... sounds like a good date!

Cool bit of Bond trivia...

Watched "Diamonds are Forever" tonight with Kirsten. Not the best Bond movie, perhaps, but probably the only one that crosses the line into gay camp...

Charles Gray played Ernst Stavro Blofeld in a role that reminds you of him in Rocky Horror...

Surprisingly, unlike his role in Rocky Horror, he actually plays one scene in drag!

That's not all, however... Do you remember the villians in "Diamonds are Forever"? Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint?

They walked together, hand in hand, killing everyone who got in their way and finishing each other's sentences... they were wonderfully eeeevil, even if they occasionally get catty and jealous.

Mr. Kidd:"I must say, Miss Case is quite lovely..."
[Mr. Wint glares at him]
Mr. Kidd: " ...For a woman."

Kirsten and I both commented "If they ever made this movie again, you know who they'd have to get to play Mr. Wint....?" The answer was obvious. Crispin Glover.

So, we watch the movie, I notice the credits, and... the person who played Mr. Wint is Bruce Glover, Crispin's father! Creepy coolness apparently runs in the family!

So, when are they going to give Crispin Glover a chance to be a Bond villain?! He'd be excellent!