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Wednesday, 16 February, 2005

Another birthday greeting today - to Jennifer!

I rarely want to go see a movie in the theater anymore. Few movies make me think that I really want to:

- Deal with crowds
- Pay $20 for tickets
- Sit for two hours without a break

But "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is due out on April 29th - and from the trailer showing on Amazon, it looks pretty cool. I read the "Hitchhiker's Guide" series years ago and don't remember much about it, but I think I would like to go see this in the theater.

[Might even stay awake for this one!]

I love Lileks. He goes so nicely with my coffee every morning. Many of the things he writes about I can relate to, but he just says everything so much better than I ever could. I end up reading part of his Bleat, and think, "Yeah, that's exactly how that feels." This morning he wrote about receiving a junk e-mail. Instead of just relegating it to the trash can on his desktop, he researched the domain name, found a phone number, called them up and asked to be removed from their e-mail list. He spoke to [gasp] a real person who was actually pleasant and took his name off their spam rolls.

He understood; he removed my domain from all their lists, first making sure that I was aware of the consequences: I would not receive anything from any of their 25,000 clients.

“It’s a risk I’m willing to take,” I said.

“Okay!” Typing noises. “I’ll go ahead and remove your domain from our records. Thank you for calling!”

“Thank you for your courteous assistance.”

I hung up feeling a bit disoriented; it was like phoning Hell and getting a nice young demon who promised they will never bother you again with temptation. Would you like to opt out of all the deadly sins, or just some?” Gluttony and envy for now. Avarice keeps me working hard. "Alllrighty then!"


Dad was excused from jury duty last week. Sounds like this juror will be as well:

A Delaware County [Oklahoma] man who prosecutors say was killed by his father-in-law was called for jury duty in his alleged killer's murder trial.

A court clerk says Scott Borton's name was listed in the jury pool for the first-degree murder trial of Roger Lee Lawrence. Jury pools are taken from a list of people with drivers licenses and court officials say Borton's name was drawn at random.

Lawrence is accused of killing Borton last Easter as Borton was helping Lawrence's wife move out of the home she shared with Lawrence.

[I guess the jury's still out.]

Quote du jour:

"We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding 12 men every day who don't know anything and can't read."

-- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910) US novelist, journalist, river pilot

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