linky in spirit

We watched Dial M for Murder last night. I had high hopes for it, having enjoyed Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” a few weeks ago, but this was even better! The opening 15 minutes or so were packed with tension, and although sometimes older movies don’t hold up today since their twists have become terribly commonplace, this one holds up quite well. Highly recommended.

The Alamo Drafthouse had a tribute Michael Jackson singalong last night, and they say there will be more this weekend. I went to one of these in 2005 and it was a lot of fun.

Supreme Court rulings: strip-searching a 13 year old because you think they have Advil = very not OK (Clarence Thomas was the lone dissenter), and crime laboratory technicians must testify to admit lab results into evidence, which sounds like it might be a fairly large change. That was a 5-4 ruling with an odd majority: Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, Scalia and Thomas.

If you’re interested in the Supreme Court (and who isn’t?), here’s a chart of the justices’ ideology over its history, which explains why seeing Stevens and Thomas agree on anything is pretty weird.

The DNC gay fundraiser I mentioned last week happened, and apparently Joe Biden gave a good speech and got a lot of applause. But it’s hard to read this:

He said that gay and lesbian concerns will not be “delayed, put off or not end up on [Obama’s] plate” because he is dealing with so many other issues.

since that seems to be exactly what’s happening. I appreciate that they’re pledging to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act, but talk is cheap.

For you non-Austinites: it hit 107 degrees yesterday at the airport, and it’s supposed to get up to 106 today. It is very very hot. Pity us!

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