So tomorrow I turn 31 years old. I’m starting to turn interesting (after all, 30 is the new 20, as I’ve heard) and tasty. Mmmm, Welsh…
So what’s new today? Other than it’s now eight sweet days until Obama is sworn in as President of the United States (and we might finally be able to move forward on the looming problems America will be facing in the months ahead… almost three million out of work in one year. That’s just… I have no words *shakes head*)…
* Hey! Obama and our kinda-sorta Prime Minister Harper are both nerds! Obama even loves comic books! Harper’s a Star Trek nerd! Here’s hoping future British PM David Cameron won’t beat them up in the school yard after class.
* The Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas is a decidedly downbeat affair this year in lieu of the economic mega-slowdown. Thankfully, Julia Allison showed up to the CES, so Non-Society has plenty o’ content for awhile.
* Wired has released the most anticipated new games for 2009. All I’m going to say is: BioShock 2. That is all. And yes, I fully intend to do my best impression of John Lennon with The Beatles Game.
* The ever-insightful Michael Geist has released his column on the new strategies being used by the music industry in Canada regarding digital music. Needless to say, Canadians love their MP3s. And by love, I mean steal. Hard and lots of.
* 24 is back. The series has been rebooted after two extraordinarily lame prior seasons. The new setting in Washington is a nice touch (and the abundance of Canadians in the cast? Love it!).
THE BUSH PAPER TRAIL: While the New York Times might be on life support right now, it still produces the best journalism and column inches in America. Bar none.
Frank Rich has written a column outlining, once again, the Memory Hole/Abyss/Black Hole of Money/Decadence that has been the Bush Administration. Thank God he’s gone soon.
Thing is, there’s a big, looming Elephant in the Room here: Bush and Co. have been meticulously destroying paper and electronic evidence of their dealings. Didn’t hear about this? No, you probably wouldn’t. After all, this is Bush and he’s in the midst of doing the whole Cover Your Own Ass business so he’s not a target for trials on war crimes/war profiteering/corruption/violation of the U.S. Constitution/The List is Endless.
I’ve been thinking: why not have a Republican-chaired Commission into the Bush Administration’s crimes? That way there’s no claim of partisanship and it could restore dignity to an office that Obama’s going to have to work damn hard to restore. Just a thought.