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April 14th, 2003 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Apr. 14th, 2003

07:57 pm - World's most disgusting crime almost gone...

Most disturbing quote:

"Hard times makes you do it," he explained, adding: "Anyways, I've kissed women that's worse."


A Disgusting Practice Vanishes With the Token

n five days, when the last New York City subway token slides through the slot of the last booth to sell them, few people will notice and fewer will care. There will be no official ceremony to mark the passing. If there is music in the background, it will not be taps; it will be the bleating song that turnstiles sing to valid MetroCards.

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11:21 pm - The Case For Looting


The Case for Looting
By Steven E. Landsburg
Posted Monday, April 14, 2003, at 10:33 AM PT

Redistribution of wealth, Baghdad-style
In Iraq, the main looting ended when the coalition troops arrived. Sure, there's been some pilfering of food, appliances, medical supplies, and historical relics. But by the standards of a country whose rulers have routinely expropriated billions in oil revenue and seized whatever property struck their fancy, walking off with a jar of peanut butter and a fridge is more petty mischief than looting.

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11:42 pm - My Personal Digital Cinema Revolution

Via Instapundit


By Dale Launer

Apr 4, 2003, 17:09 PST

I should be happy, right? After all I've had tremendous success as a screenwriter in Hollywood. My first screenplay sale was not only produced, it became both a critical and financial hit: Ruthless People (1986). My second screenplay ended up giving me a precedent-setting deal (without the benefit of an agent!). This movie (Blind Date, 1987) also got made, which gave me another hit. I was two for two when a Mr. Mick Jagger and a Mr. David Bowie asked me to write a movie for them to star in. I suggested a remake of an older film, which ended up making without them. That was Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), another hit, and I was three for three. Next movie? My Cousin Vinny (1992) -- once again, a critical and financial hit -- plus it won an Oscar for a then-unknown actress, Marisa Tomei.

Can it get any better? A couple years back I sold a spec script to DreamWorks for a cool three million bucks. I know what you're thinking: If that didn't make you happy, you got problems, buddy.

To be honest, the day a studio messenger brings over a $3 million check is a very, very good day indeed. So what's the downside?

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