1. "Happy Birthday, CB!": House fave Christian Bale turns 33 today. Roll dat boo-shit up!
2. "What I learned during "An Evening with Kenneth Anger"": From Eric Henderson at When Canses Were Classeled.
["Pauline Kael is an overrated little film critic who wrote (poorly) over-effusive pieces celebrating second-rate talents like ... [And here I held my breath, expecting the next words to come from his mouth to be Brian De Palma.] ... Sam Peckinpah ... [Whew!]"]
3. "Microsoft Vista: Should you buy now?": Peter Lewis of Fortune magazine test-drives the new Windows OS.
["What does Windows Vista have in common with the just-christened nuclear aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush? Answer: They are both powerful flagships of technology that took five years and billions of dollars to build. Also, while they'll both be in use for years to come, they're almost certainly the last of their respective kinds. The world now moves at Internet speed, and slow, complex behemoths - whether warships or software - are being forced to become smaller, faster and more maneuverable. Vista is anything but. After numerous well-publicized delays - two years of core coding had to be scrapped and rewritten to plug security holes - Vista will be launched on Jan. 30, backed by Microsoft's largest-ever marketing blitz."]
4. "Bond's late arrival in China": From the BBC.
["After saying no to James Bond for the first 20 films, the Chinese government censor has now decided that the franchise is finally fit to be screened in this country. So, Casino Royale is being released uncut into Chinese cinemas. In the basement of a Beijing shopping centre, the series got its first premiere in this country."]
5. "Kansai TV now accused of faking info in 1998": Thanks to Jeffrey Hill for the link.
["Kansai Telecasting Corp., already under fire for airing a program earlier this month with fabricated dietary data, used deceptive information in that show's predecessor in 1998, two university professors who appeared on the program said Sunday. Yoichi Nagamura, a professor of health and food studies at Chiba Institute of Science, and Makoto Tajima, a professor of nutrition studies at Jissen Women's University, said a producer of "Hakkutsu! Aruaru Daijiten" used their test data and comments dishonestly in a May 25, 1998, episode on the possible sleep-inducing effects of lettuce."]
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