The Null Device


Great comebacks of our time: German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, best known for her work on Nazi propaganda films in the 1930s, is ending a 48-year hiatus with the release of a new documentary, about underwater life. The film, Impressionen under Wasser, was filmed around Papua New Guinea, and features a score by eurodisco pioneer Giorgio Moroder (best known for all those fabulous Donna Summer songs).

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It now appears that the teenager who crashed the Cessna into the Bank of America building in Florida was imitating the WTC terrorists. Perhaps backyard wrestling was getting boring and he needed a new extreme sport? Or perhaps, after 11/9/2001, high school shootings are too passé.

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As of now, I'm officially well into my late 20s and approaching the big three-oh. Which is perhaps a bit scary.

(And what do I have to show for my age? Not much; still no real estate or long-term relationships, and I still keep spending my spare time doing things like making weird music that probably never gets released. Perhaps the thing about adolescence extending into the 30s isn't all that daft...)

(OTOH, people do tell me I look younger than I am...)

No official celebrations today, though; the problem with having a birthday in early January -- other than it being too close to Consumermas -- is that a lot of the good restaurants and cafés are closed then; hence, I postponed the party I traditionally have for a week or so.