It was a Period Piece, really.

Ok, I totally loved Freddy Versus Jason. It was a straight-up slasher movie: lots of squibs, gratuitous shower scenes, wandering off into the dark alone, sex equals death, etc., and I was struck by how much it seemed like it was made in the 80s. There was very little of the self-awareness that's been present in every monster movie made after Craven got all pomo with New Nightmare / Scream. (Which were both fantasic movies at the time, but then the cliché set in.)

I wish they had done more with the backstory of the police cover-up, but overall it was quite satisfying. I give it a (severed) thumbs up.

(For calibration purposes: I loved the Elm Street movies, and (from what little I can remember of them) I thought the Friday the 13th movies sucked.)

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crap then, crap now

Is there a person alive who can tell the difference between Soundgarden and Dio? I mean seriously.
Current Music: VH1 Classics, dude

Random Personal Picture Finder

Random Personal Picture Finder: This is pretty cute -- it searches for randomly-numbered JPEG file names in Google, of the form created by various digital cameras. It's like a more banal, less pornographic WebCollage. (Webcollage used to feed random numbers into Google image search to get random pictures, and that worked pretty good, but I didn't think of using digicam-syntax file names.)
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yes yes, our new nuclear wasp masters, etc etc...

Radioactive Nests of Hanford Wasps

Bechtel Hanford is tackling the radioactive mud dauber wasps nests of Hanford's H Reactor complex, while trying to entice the insects to use nonradioactive mud for their homes. [...]

The company is tearing down the long-abandoned Cold War plutonium-production reactor's contaminated buildings prior to sealing up the main core chamber. Workers found a slightly radioactive mud dauber's nest in a nook in a wall on the south side of the complex, said Bechtel spokesman Todd Nelson. That was the first time that Hanford had ever encountered a radioactive wasp nest. [...]

In the past, Hanford has faced hordes of radioactive ants, chased nonradioactive escaped alligators in the early 1960s, dealt with a radioactive mouse invading north Richland in 1996, hunted marauding radioactive fruit flies in 1998 and constantly combats tumbling radioactive tumbleweeds.

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Fatherland Security will rule the skies with Zeppelins! Oh yes!

Sensor-Equipped Blimps Could Aid Homeland Security

Blimps could play a key role in homeland security, say military researchers, who envision dirigibles hovering over Washington, protecting the region. During last fall's sniper crisis, in fact, the military tried to deploy a blimp with sensors capable of spotting a flash from a firearm's muzzle. [...]

The Office of Naval Research, based in Arlington, is advocating the use of sensor-equipped airships for various missions, including detecting chemical attacks, tracking submarines or other underwater threats, identifying military targets for attack, aiding in search-and-rescue operations and finding drug laboratories. [...]

The demonstration featured the Littoral Airborne Sensor Hyperspectral (LASH) system, a sensor that detects minute color shifts that the human eye cannot see. [...] Last October, Navy teams outfitted a blimp with a sniper-detection system known as VIPER to help find the shooters terrorizing the Washington area. "We were doing the initial checkouts when they caught the guys," Huett said. Equipped with LASH, radar and other sensors, two or three blimps could provide constant surveillance over the Washington area, Huett said.

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