Alas, No : Chewie, we're home.

Adam Rogers, writing at Wired about the new trailer for The Force Awakens:

The most important shot, though, didn’t involve any spaceships or special effects at all. It was an older, greyer Han Solo, standing next to Chewbacca, bowcaster drawn. “Chewie,” Han says. “We’re home.”

It’s a classic Abrams button-push, the director working in full-on heartstring-tugging Spielberg mode. But those kind of gestures make sense here. Star Wars is home. It’s memories of first trips to the movies, handed down from parents to kids, fairy tales about magic swords and heroes who put to right a universe gone wrong. Abrams puts those moments on film for a simple reason: They work.

And push my buttons it did. As I mentioned on Twitter yesterday, I will admit to that moment in the trailer making me a bit misty-eyed, and that there may or may not have been a lump in my throat. I have re-watched the trailer a bunch of times in the last 24ish hours, always to the same effect.

It is basically impossible for me to form a reasoned opinion of the original Star Wars trilogy. I grew up with those movies, and they form an inseparable part of my childhood. I saw all of them in the theater, played with my Star Wars figures all the time, played Star Wars with my friends every day at recess. I have watched and re-watched them on basically every home-video format (yes, even CED videodisc!) more times than I can count. I have no idea what I would think of the original trilogy if I saw them for the first time now, as an adult.

I do, however, know that the second trilogy was utter crap. But, come the protests, like the original trilogy, The Phantom Menace and its sequels were intended to be "for kids." Fine, but that is not a defense. They were poorly written, poorly acted, visually incoherent, and soulless. Like every other Star Wars fan, I got my hopes up for the second trilogy, and as a result, I have been highly reluctant to get too invested in this new trilogy. I am, howeve, very slowly and very cautiously easing myself into the possibility that the new movies might not be terrible.

Which brings me back around to the new teaser trailer.

If nothing else, it is incredibly well-crafted, and hits basically every note it needs to in order to speak directly to a disaffected fanbase. Luke's voice-over, pulled from Return Of the Jedi, is not speaking to anyone in the film–it is speaking to the viewer. "You are my family," he is saying to us, "You have the power." The music, the imagery, its subtle mixture of old and new–it is all meant to pull us back into this world we loved and thought we would never see again.

And then there is that last sequence of iconic images: the Millenium Falcon battling TIE fighters; the TIE fighter pilot in the cockpit; the chase through the super-structure. Each is a callback to the original trilogy, and they all build up to the last scene of Han Solo and Chewbacca in the Falcon (which even mirrors one of the classic publicity stills). It's not just Han and Chewie who are home, the trailer is reassuring us–it's all of us.

And goddamn if it isn't effective. Listen to the audience at the trailer premier yesteday in Anaheim:

They cheer at all the expected beats (even the Lucasfilm logo), and it gradually escalates to the appearance of the Millenium Falcon and the cut-to-black, where they think it's over. Then there is the sudden silence when Han Solo says "Chewie," and the place goes bonkers at the reveal.

This is just a teaser trailer, a medium which is a notoriously unreliable indicator of the quality of the final product it is intended to promote. Perhaps the new film and its sequels will be terrible. Perhaps they will be mediocre and forgettable. I hope they are not. I am fairly certain that no film, no matter how good it is, could live up to my feelings for the original trilogy, tied up as they are with my memories of childhood. That said, I appreciate the care that has seems to be going into the new trilogy, and I am cautiously (very cautiously) optimistic that they might just do an okay job with it.

By Pete Brown

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  1. As usual, the private sector makes everything better.
  2. Expecting Hillary Clinton to un-jerk-ify the GOP is stupid.
  3. Oliver Queen learns some odd lessons.
  4. Book: *The Luminaries* by Eleanor Catton
  5. It can't be entirely about what the customer cares about.
  6. Why it is a good idea to listen to experts
  7. Happy birthday, Merle!
  8. I'm glad Terry Gilliam didn't make *Watchmen*.
  9. Bigots gonna bigot
  10. "…but the implementation is only the first step"
  11. "Tax reform" is whatever you need it to be.
  12. Mike Pence has a funny definition of "hospitality."
  13. No, Indiana's RFRA is *not* the same as those 19 other states.
  14. TV - *Bloodline*
  15. Maybe they should just start using square-quotes around "partner."
  16. So Mr. President, if you want to close Guantanamo, then close it.
  17. Why I like minimalist art.
  18. Book: The Wars Of Reconstruction
  19. No, the Republicans in Congress have not committed treason.
  20. Marilyn Frye on what politics is
  21. Comics: *Descender* No. 1
  22. Meetings and email are symptoms, not causes.
  23. NoEstimates as a protest movement?
  24. A new Aliens movie?
  25. Devops certification and the problem with buying expertise
  26. The new Dan Deacon album is out today.
  27. Pipelines v. trains is a false dilemma.
  28. Great post! Too bad it was delivered via 47 tweets…
  29. Do yourself a favor and go read some Malcolm X.
  30. Review: Ann Leckie - *Ancillary Justice*
  31. Buzzkill alert: This snow is no joke.
  32. Tech pundits need to get out more.
  33. Pizza crust will destroy the universe.
  34. If you don't like the law, then fix it.
  35. Peter Singer, eating meat, and the ethical treatment of animals
  36. SAFe is better than nothing, but only marginally so.
  37. Rand Paul is a kook.
  38. Due is a nice reminders app.
  39. Left-wing conspiracy theories are still conspiracy theories.
  40. Dan Burton, still a moron
  41. I think maybe these people have read too much sci-fi.
  42. Getting mad at Brian Williams is kind of missing the point.
  43. Why photo-sharing companies never seem to be able to make a go of it
  44. Reform conservatism is snake oil and Jeb Bush is a terrible person.
  45. The new *Star Wars* comic is pretty good.
  46. In which I am skeptical that the GOP will pay any political price for tanking the ACA
  47. John Carpenter - *Lost Themes*
  48. If your architecture is a mess, rapid deployment is probably the last thing you need.
  49. The *Daredevil* trailer looks good.
  50. The new Terminator movie looks alright.
  51. No, blogging is not dead.
  52. Good article on the creation of AllMusic
  53. Scott Walker is terrible.
  54. I installed and then deleted the new iOS Outlook app.
  55. Revisiting the BBC's *Ghostwatch*
  56. Jonathan Chait bravely defends the rights of whites guys to say they think. Apparently Marxists are to blame.
  57. Someone needs to do a Kickstarter for a *Quantum Leap* movie.
  58. This certainly is easier than sifting through the ninety-nine cent CD-ROM bin at Microcenter.
  59. Link Dump - 2015-01-13
  60. Phrases that should be banned
  61. No, populism is not actually a political position.
  62. A novel twist in gameplay
  63. An entrepreneur in every pot
  64. Link Dump - 2015-01-10
  65. Yes, tell me again about the terrible discrimination against religion.
  66. Title II for ISPs looks slightly more likely.
  67. From the vaults: Jets To Brazil - *Orange Rhyming Dictionary*
  68. I can't believe Apple released Yosemite with that bug that kills puppies.
  69. Serial and the problem of knowledge
  70. Maybe next week I'll dig up a CD player and tape deck.
  71. First-world problems in the twenty-first century
  72. So long, 2014.
  73. Net Promoter Score, or, "The problem with trying to quantity people"
  74. Personal trauma and systemic oppression
  75. "Irritating people making bad decisions"
  76. NYPD v. de Blasio, and NYC politics
  77. Comics: *Lazarus*, Volume 1
  78. Flash photography
  79. I know we are supposed to be terribly outraged about any threat to freedom of expression, but…
  80. My new favorite comic: Rachel Rising
  81. Anti-GMO rhetoric
  82. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1
  83. Uber needs poor people.
  84. The problem with Radiolab
  85. NERD+SPOILER ALERT: The Flash mid-season finale
  86. I will loan you my copy of The Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
  87. The Star Wars teaser
  88. Link Dump - 2014-11-27
  89. Ferguson and *Nixonland*
  90. *Countdown City* by Ben H. Winters
  91. It's morning in America.
  92. My *Serial* think-piece
  93. Cod vacations
  94. Link Dump - 2014-11-22
  95. Railing
  96. Found a sunny spot
  97. 1970s Legos
  98. DANZIG!
  99. Link Dump - 2014-11-21
  100. Just keep screaming "BENGHAZI!" even louder.
  101. It's not really a "dog whistle" if everyone can hear it.
  102. Paul Smith & Peter Brews - *Frozen By Sight*
  103. Link Dump - 2014-11-20
  104. Clearly, I am just a statist stooge lacking any perspective or self-awareness.
  105. Link Dump - 2014-11-19
  106. A very helpful related search
  107. "Jack Deth is back, and he's never even been here before!"
  108. Anyone need a 16MB memory card?
  109. Link Dump - 2014-11-18
  110. "…and the rest of the team should be focused on project work."
  111. Comics I'm reading: *Wytches*
  112. It was a bad idea to even suggest the loan program should be profitable in the first place.
  113. Link Dump - 2014-11-17
  114. Because who needs public infrastructure?
  115. Dilbert is not funny.
  116. Pink Floyd
  117. Link dump - 2014-11-16
  118. Mobile friendly
  119. Dave Winer's Radio3
  120. Resistance to change
  121. That pope
  122. Twitter's strategy statement, or Why we can't have nice things
  123. Happy birthday, Hedy Lamarr
  124. Your data-mining sucks.
  125. Started reading *Locke & Key*
  126. The biggest threat to the coming Democratic majority is the Democrats.
  127. I think I am going to need some new running shoes soon.
  128. *A Nightmare On Elm Street* turns 30
  129. *Foundation* trilogy maybe coming to TV?
  130. "I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."
  131. For the eleventy-billionth time, pointing out racism != "playing the race card."
  132. Nobody likes paying taxes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have them.
  133. Just give me a goddamned RSS feed already
  134. Marvel Unlimited is not so great.
  135. My in-depth analysis of the 2014 mid-term elections
  136. Massachusetts Republicans
  137. Birthright #1
  138. *Phase IV* is on Netflix!
  139. Kids these days
  140. *Aliens* documentary
  141. Don't run, Elizabeth! Don't run!
  142. New album from I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness!
  143. I suppose it is proof of *something*, anyway…
  144. Jack Bruce
  145. You seem to have missed something.
  146. Why monitor something you're not going to do anything about?
  147. Meg & Mog
  148. Gandhi never said that, and even if he had, it doesn't make any sense.
  149. Airmail 2.0 seems like it might be cool.
  150. Plato, Popper, & word processing
  151. Technological change vs. cultural change
  152. Mark Lanegan Band - *Phantom Radio*
  153. Sleater-Kinney
  154. BE AFRAID!
  155. Medium's on it, bro!
  156. Why have no white leaders come forward to speak out against this culture of violence?
  157. Predicting the future without knowing the past
  158. "Free v. Not free" is overly simplistic.
  159. Little pink houses, for you and me.
  160. Surprise! Tort reform doesn't work.
  161. A useful roadmap
  162. Not much longer now…
  163. Good intro to David Fincher's visual style
  164. "Text is the most powerful, useful, effective communication technology ever, period."
  165. "Don't feed the trolls is a cop-out.
  166. Childhood traumas: The can lid
  167. Deliberately missing the point
  168. Jose Saramago on writing via keyboard
  169. Freshman year of college is calling.
  170. Jargon needed: The opposite of "solutioning"
  171. Started reading Jane Smiley's *Some Luck*
  172. Trail map - Highland Park, Temple Woods, & Poet's Seat in Greenfield, MA
  173. What's the worst that could happen?
  174. Field Report - *Marigolden*
  175. Both sides do it.
  176. You may have built part of it, just not the whole thing.
  177. With friends like these…
  178. Neil Killick on slicing heuristics
  179. Oh, like that could ever happen.
  180. It's a luxury not to have to worry about racism.
  181. Hell #9438
  182. I think it's time for Batman to take a break.
  183. Caribou - *Can't Do Without You*
  184. The right-wing carbon-copy machine
  185. War forever
  186. Finished Jeff VanderMeer's *Authority*
  187. IT'S NOT A TOOMAH!
  188. Agent Cooper and the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull
  189. Disconnecting pay from performance
  190. Hosting my own stuff
  191. All Ebola, all the time
  192. The kids these days
  193. Laboratories of democracy!
  194. Ridley Scott's new movie sounds terrible.
  195. *Gotham* is a pretty disappointing show so far.
  196. Again with Heidegger and the Nazis
  197. Experimenting with posting from Drafts
  198. The new phone is here.
  199. Crap Architecture
  200. iPhone Parking Lot
  201. Starting Proust
  202. *The Conspiracy* (2012)
  203. Immigration reform & deficit hawkery
  204. Facebook: Evil, dumb, or both?
  205. The Apple tech press is weird.
  206. VHS v. Betamax
  207. The answer is always "n + 1".
  208. Conservative intellectuals
  209. Zappos is creepy.
  210. Your phone is not the problem.
  211. Deconstruction
  212. Inspirational
  213. Process improvement
  214. Thanks, but finding interesting stuff to read is *my* job…
  215. Sorry, but writing down all your passwords on a piece of paper is a terrible idea.
  216. People like the idea of privacy and security.
  217. Complicated things are complicated.
  218. The Prometheus sequel might not suck.
  219. That technology thing you like
  220. Priorities, people
  221. WAR!
  222. Heidegger's *Schwarzen Hefte*, or "Leaving Godwin's Law in the rear-view mirror"
  223. Because why spend money on keeping things from exploding and falling apart?
  224. Nice public broadcasting you've got there
  225. Vladimir's Big Adventure
  226. 42
  227. Remember, the government can't do anything right.
  228. Sure, there are ways that *Batman Vs Superman* might not suck.
  229. CVS is getting out of the cigarette business.
  230. Trying out Beats Music
  231. Fine, we'll offer a tablet if we have to, but we're not happy about it.
  232. The synthetic unity of experience
  233. No, we shouldn't go back to Project Management 101.
  234. You should go read *The Unwritten*.
  235. The Pope's Blood Is Missing!
  236. State of the Union predictions
  237. Childhood traumas: "The Shadow Man"
  238. Yay! You hit your KPI. Too bad no one cares.
  239. I want to like *Helix*, but…
  240. I'm sure ACORN is somehow to blame for this.
  241. Yes, your explanation is simpler if you toss out the complicated parts.
  242. Mike Huckabee, expert on women
  243. Thinking before you write
  244. *Wildewoman* - Lucius
  245. Bringing the Catholic Church into a year that has four digits
  246. "Do what you love" and unexamined privilege
  247. Perhaps your secret sauce is a bit too secret.
  248. Hate the show, not the venue.
  249. In which I end my brief career as an employee engagement consultant
  250. FUD As a Service
  251. Yes, clearly your belief system is threatened by all 2% of us.
  252. Crippling injuries build character.
  253. *Wolf Hall* - Hilary Mantel
  254. Saving bookstores
  255. I'm not sure there is a good answer to the technical problems of social media.
  256. In which I kick off my new career as an "employee engagement" consultant
  257. Internet activism
  258. *Grasshopper On the Road* by Arnold Lobel
  259. Syfy's *Helix* seems like a mixed bag.
  260. The things one thinks about in the wee hours
  261. GMOs and the Monsanto boogeyman
  262. Your tax dollars at work
  263. let.ter - Taking minimalism a bit far
  264. Holacracy
  265. Yes, people really do still blog.
  266. Healthcare is expensive because people are trying to make money off of it.
  267. Duck Dynasty
  268. No one cares about your private cloud.
  269. Organizational "culture" discussions are mostly empty
  270. bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's *Lean In*
  271. So there's a new Death Angel album...
  272. No, Lacan is a just a bad writer.
  273. Money is speech
  274. Clearly
  275. Parking
  276. Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut
  277. It's like when we were all going to boycott Facebook.
  278. It depends on what you mean by "free will."
  279. Unhelpful advice
  280. ZOMG! Fingerprints!!!
  281. People don't scale
  282. No–stronger encryption is not the answer
  283. Movies that scared me
  284. Epistemology
  285. Bespoke
  286. Califone, *Stitches*
  287. Yes, deals with Mr. Morden are likely to end badly.
  288. We want INFORMATION!
  289. Passive-aggressive politeness
  290. Agile is not always the answer to everything.
  291. *My Amityville Horror* is not a great documentary, but it's worth watching.
  292. Google cars
  293. Grant Hart, *The Argument*
  294. Really, DC? REALLY?
  295. Washed Out, *Paracosm*
  296. Suspension of disbelief
  297. This is why bookstores are a niche business.
  298. True Widow, *Circumambulation*
  299. Personal experience v. policy
  300. Concern-trolling Gmail and "the cloud"
  301. Phosphorescent, *Muchacho*
  302. The Washington Post and AWS
  303. St. Patrick’s Day
  304. "You are wrong, and here are the reasons why."
  305. I find it unlikely that VMWare is going to suddenly embrace commodity cloud.
  306. Sometimes a methodology can be taken too far.
  307. "Let's just stick with what we've got..."
  308. What is good about *The Walking Dead* will also be its undoing.
  309. I'm not even sure your enterprise private cloud *could* succeed.
  310. If you haven't already, go watch *Dredd*
  311. The new How To Destroy Angels album
  312. A bit more regarding meetings, and how they suck
  313. Meetings
  314. And next, our plan for when we fail to plan
  315. Finally looked at the NYT's Snow Fall thing
  316. Time-tracking
  317. Prophecy
  318. More guns
  319. Guns
  320. Bold Leadership
  321. Hanlon's Razor
  322. That legacy stuff
  323. It's not about what box someone wants to put it in
  324. Tuhin Kumar on content in a digital era
  325. Money, politics, and Machiavelli
  326. I am skeptical that your tax plan will work any better.
  327. No, that's NOT the definition of insanity.
  328. The Walking Dead, now with more zombies
  329. The original Prometheus script seems interesting
  330. Commonplace is kind of nifty
  331. That Kant was a smart guy.
  332. Petraeus
  333. The World War Z trailer
  334. You should have bicycles
  335. The technorati fallacy
  336. One of my favorite types of requests
  337. The Lucasfilm thing
  338. The hermeneutics of automated configuration management
  339. I kind of agree with Descartes that philosophy should be done later in life
  340. It's not political discussion if you're just yelling at me.
  341. Complicated things are complicated (October 2012)
  342. The forest, the trees, and the DVDs
  343. Undecided voters
  344. David Quammen's new book seems good, but not sure I'll read it
  345. Found a new philosophy podcast
  346. Yes, pitty the poor billionaires and their thankless lives of toil.
  347. The ongoing adventures of Walter Bishop
  348. One can do a lot worse than "good enough."
  349. Is that a missile in your yard, or are you just trying to deter something?
  350. That's fine, but Aristotle still makes for tedious reading.
  351. Nevermind came out 20 years ago today
  352. Messing around with OpenPhoto
  353. Safety nets
  354. So, the Romney thing
  355. Your data-mining sucks
  356. Started watching Homeland
  357. The Clint Eastwood thing
  358. Enjoy the current plethora of music streaming choices while you can
  359. I invoke Sturgeon's Law
  360. Why would the FTC have anything to say about Twitter?
  361. The Lance Armstrong thing
  362. Actually, I expect Todd Akin to announce his candidacy for President any day now
  363. A lot of Can
  364. Finished the first series of *Downton Abbey*
  365. So Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick
  366. Writing apps
  367. Distorted markets
  368. App.net, or, why it's still tough to compete with free
  369. Unfortunately, gun ownership and car ownership are not the same thing
  370. A bit more on the HBO thing
  371. OS upgrades
  372. Or I could just go listen to the album
  373. Monster Movie Week!
  374. As goes Sparrow...
  375. Why is Twitter more interesting to me than Facebook?
  376. Fantastical + Entourage + Exchange = WEIRDNESS
  377. Network neutrality, obviously a communist plot
  378. Nope, advertising just sucks
  379. Reading
  380. Interesting, but seems like asking for trouble
  381. Who needs it!
  382. Advantage, Mutt
  383. Do you want the answer, or not?
  384. ACA coverage and systems failure
  385. To-do lists
  386. So long, Weather Underground
  387. Checked baggage
  388. The challenge of spending any amount of time in Boston
  389. From the $2 bins at the record store
  390. I haven't seen *Prometheus*, but....
  391. The HBO thing
  392. It shouldn't matter which device I'm using
  393. Not exactly random, but good listening
  394. The Dark Knight... meh
  395. Because Kubrick is a good director, and Ridley Scott is not
  396. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  397. Memorial Day
  398. The revolution will not be Harvardized
  399. Chrome + Google Reader + space bar = ANNOYING
  400. Oddball behind-the-scenes photos
  401. The Times-Picayune, and chasing the wrong problem
  402. Experimenting with Pelican
  403. Readlists
  404. The classroom as an open, iterative project
  405. Yes, the Michael Wolff article
  406. Jevon's Paradox and the Cloud
  407. War Hazard Eliminated!
  408. Unintended Consequences
  409. Limbaugh blah blah blah
  410. You’re playing their game
  411. I highly doubt that AppleTV will magically kill the cable companies
  412. Breitbart
  413. I’m not sure I follow *you*, Mr. Romney…
  414. Maybe they think I’m going to buy another one?
  415. A bit more on The Shining
  416. Obviously, The Shining is *really* about the capitalist oppression of the working class
  417. 47 days of music seems like not that much…
  418. Regrettably, a post on campaign finance reform
  419. Why stop with in-app purchases?
  420. Opera would have saved the Lindbergh baby
  421. Actually, I would prefer not to deal with a human
  422. Ip Man
  423. Yes, but I’m still one one who has to decline the meeting invite
  424. Bogeyman
  425. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *The Blob (1988)*
  426. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *Isolation*
  427. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: The Crack In the World
  428. BASIC
  429. In which I am paid back for 10+ years of scoffing
  430. The Comcast/Netflix thing
  431. My power is beyond your understanding!
  432. Out-stupiding the TSA
  433. I see what you did there
  434. The problem with *Stargate:Universe*
  435. That "15 albums" thing
  436. Pedestrian v. motorist v. bicycle
  437. Sorry guys, it's still just a hobby
  438. Sunny side up, hold the overflowing manure pits
  439. That's an interesting definition you have there
  440. James Cameron v. the philistines
  441. Sometimes zombies and politics do mix.
  442. Damn hell ass boobies (2006)
  443. Whither censure?
  444. Stealing TV, Part II
  445. OCTOBER?!
  446. Chasing boogeymen
  447. Nice vetting job, folks
  448. In a move that gives bootlicks and sycophants everywhere a bad name...
  449. As goes South Dakota... well, hopefully not
  450. A discovery that should surprise exactly no one
  451. And no, I don’t care what anyone was wearing
  452. The worst idea I’ve ever heard
  453. Once again, ladies and gentleman, the professionals at work
  454. Supporting the freedom-haters
  455. Why I’m glad I’m not a miner
  456. Say it some more, because that will make it true
  457. Music update - February 2006
  458. The Corporation
  459. Watching TV without having TV
  460. Google strikes again (2006)
  461. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
  462. Touchy subject
  463. Take my ports. Please.
  464. NUTS!
  465. One year older than I was at this time last year
  466. Gaim 2.0 beta is surprisingly unannoying
  467. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
  468. Lewis Black
  469. Uhhhhhhh...
  470. The Yes Men
  471. And again, my apologies
  472. I did it for you, Damien
  473. DRUNKEN CHENEY KILLS AGAIN!!!
  474. The site may be slow today
  475. Electronic mediocrity
  476. Maybe they are better off...
  477. Angry Dick strikes again
  478. Capote
  479. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
  480. Why I don’t believe in a lot of stuff
  481. Wherein Pete despairs
  482. A long overdue return to an old favorite
  483. The Plame Name Blame Game Revisited (with pictures)
  484. Meanwhile, in TV Land...
  485. Hide your puppies
  486. I like VoIP
  487. From the “Oh, ya THINK?!” Dept:
  488. More good stuff (hopefully) from the Beeb
  489. The Monkey and the Sock Puppet, Part VI
  490. So, Mr. Attorney General—what questions will you answer?
  491. The hearings are on.
  492. Apples and oranges
  493. And in somewhat less serious news...
  494. Tune in tomorrow. For nothing.
  495. War in name only
  496. What? Something good from Cincinnati?
  497. Lookee here—I got me a domain!
  498. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a scandal today
  499. I suppose that’s one way of putting it
  500. Hooray for books I’ve never read
  501. The State of the Union (in Happy Happy Gumdrop Land)
  502. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
  503. Flirting with the dark side
  504. Countdown to a big waste of time
  505. What if you had a demonstration and no one cared?
  506. When the hair was big and the booze flowed like water
  507. Weekend music update
  508. The New York Times finally throws down
  509. Today’s project
  510. What not to be looking for on a slow Friday afternoon
  511. The broken record continues to spin
  512. Long time, no music
  513. Yes, I’ve gotten sucked into Battlestar Galactica
  514. At least someone is putting up a fight
  515. More legal contortions
  516. More on Iran
  517. It’s not playing politics when we do it.
  518. Only 20 more hours to go
  519. Original intent
  520. And Iran, Iran so far away, Iran all night and day
  521. You say Alito, I say whatever
  522. Tick, tick, tick, tick
  523. I don’t want to live with the bears
  524. Quick TV update
  525. Still nowhere on the wiretapping
  526. Alas Kermit, we hardly knew ye
  527. Reading too much into The West Wing
  528. A question, sir...
  529. Blogging about blogging
  530. A few changes
  531. HOWTO: The Straw Man
  532. Year-end music round-up
  533. Again with the wire-tapping
  534. The Great Wire-Tapping Caper That Almost Was
  535. King Kong is a giant piece of shit
  536. I’m genuinely shocked
  537. If only we were this interested in our own elections
  538. Angry Dick
  539. The Fellowship of the Wardrobe
  540. Sorry for the delay
  541. The time grows near
  542. Site news - October 2005
  543. Quote of the Day
  544. Serenity
  545. Stop! You’re killin’ me
  546. I want something like War of the Worlds, but on TV
  547. Forensic Show #23
  548. It’s TV time again
  549. Nothing to see here
  550. Going from bad to worse to...
  551. The Return of the Puzzled Chimp
  552. Google Talk
  553. The Crummy Governor vs. the Worst Newspaper on Earth
  554. Liquid Television strikes back from beyond the grave
  555. Voting != Democracy
  556. He’s not lying
  557. Trying to maintain my sense of perspective
  558. The perfect album?
  559. Movies, movies, movies
  560. Yes, Becky, there really is a new post
  561. A bit of background
  562. Leaving, on a jet plane
  563. He also likes puppies and helps crippled children
  564. Consequences of spending two straight days in the rack room
  565. No one ever said beggars can’t be complainers
  566. Again with this story
  567. Music update - July 2005
  568. PLAME NAME BLAME GAME!
  569. Whither Rove?
  570. How quaint.
  571. Intellects vast and cool...
  572. and... They’re off!
  573. “I have a secret plan to win the war...”
  574. I’m back
  575. You say quagmire, I say... well... quagmire.
  576. Thank you, FARK
  577. ZOMBIES!
  578. On second thought...
  579. Worst... Interviewer... EVER.
  580. Not with a bang, but a whimper
  581. So it actually didn’t suck
  582. More on the filibuster debate
  583. YES!!
  584. Going nuclear/constitutional
  585. Worth a listen?
  586. Music update - May 2005)
  587. Well, at least it’s not wooden...
  588. Who would have guessed I’d make two posts about the National Weather Service in as many weeks?
  589. Because the government doesn’t have anything better to do...
  590. More on taxes
  591. Happy April 15th
  592. Normally, I welcome change, but...
  593. Long live the Death Tax
  594. Damn hell ass boobies (2005)
  595. Woohoo! It’s Windows Update day!
  596. Wherein Pete refuses to throw his lot in with the fanboys
  597. METAL!!!
  598. The Republicans step up their war on the judiciary
  599. This is the coolest thing EVER
  600. Your tax dollars at work - April 2004
  601. April Fools Day
  602. Groundhog Day, Part II
  603. The devil movies always get me.
  604. IM Annoyances
  605. Wherein Pete attempts to give Congressional Republicans the benefit of the doubt.
  606. What the hell?
  607. I suggest we start a pool...
  608. Drill, drill, drill!
  609. This is getting out of hand.
  610. I, for one, say “Woohoo!”
  611. the gates... THE GATES!!
  612. More “indecency”
  613. And again...
  614. Where have I heard this before?
  615. Anybody want gmail?
  616. Dirty, dirty titties
  617. It’s true because I say it’s true.
  618. Odds bodkins! It has failed again!
  619. One man’s Conservative...
  620. Google strikes again! (2005)
  621. wah-nah NAAHHH nah-nah
  622. More on the latest $80 billion circling the drain
  623. You just can’t write stuff this good.
  624. Argh, I say.
  625. A rose is a rose.
  626. I’d say good riddance, if only I didn’t fear something even worse
  627. Sorry...
  628. “Horse?” asked the Cart, “I don’t need no stinkin’ horse.”
  629. Amusement
  630. The bottom-end of 2004
  631. How Bush Won
  632. New Music
  633. Foolishness
  634. Good news, I think...
  635. The first of many, I’m sure...
  636. Numbers, numbers, numbers
  637. Remember that thing I said yesterday?
  638. We have answered your question, now please go away.
  639. Alright, we’ve fixed that problem. What’s next?
  640. Site news - November 2004
  641. A brief tale of political shenanigans
  642. More good web radio
  643. Another post-election site
  644. If we say it enough, that makes it true, right?
  645. Sorry, everybody
  646. What the hell *is* an activist judge, anyway?
  647. Apologies
  648. Nonsense
  649. Some new music
  650. Your argument is very convincing… if only it were not a tangled web of lies.
  651. The music is back online
  652. What is wrong with our culture, summed up in a single amusing anecdote
  653. Odds and Ends
  654. SCIENCE!
  655. Making a bad situation worse
  656. Derrida, Part II
  657. From the “It Couldn’t Happen To a Better Bunch of People” Dept.:
  658. The Faith-Based Presidency
  659. I am rather disgusted at the moment
  660. Two weeks, man… two weeks…
  661. It’s been fun, Linux, but I just don’t think this is going to work out.