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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The State of the World: Pregame Edition

Hopefully tonight won't keep me up until 1.00 a.m. While I would like to see them win at home, I don't trust them to get it done if it goes to game 7. Just win it tonight, boys.

The biggest story of the day is obviously Barack Obama's securing of the Democratic presidential nomination, setting the stage for a campaign against Republican John McCain, who's basically been sitting around resting for the last three months. The focus now turns to healing the rifts in the party brought on by the long, sometimes bitter battle between Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton.

Related: the Guardian has some interesting, none too flattering commentary on how Ms. Clinton handled her defeat.

For the comic nerds out there, Newsarama got its official redesign this week, trying to siphon some of that IGN readership. Thing is, I don't know that anyone who goes to Newsarama wants to read about games or movies. They go for one thing: softball, fawning interviews with comics pros. All the redesign seems to have done is make those harder to find.

One of the sleeper hits in the Trail household is the animated adaptation of Aaron McGruder's 'The Boondocks'. It doesn't always knock it out of the park, but the 'Return of the King' episode was genius and it has the best theme song on television. Well, that or Samurai Champloo. Anyway, at the start of the second season, the show came under from Black Entertainment Television for a pair of episodes that accuse the network of being a destructive force in African-American culture. BET got word, complained, and the episodes were shelved. They come out on DVD next week, which should only improve relations, I think.

And since a similar topic came up at work today, The Art of Manliness [the questionable chaps who think every man should read books only by white men, and lots of Jon Krakauer] invite you to quit coddling your kids, since you're ruining society.

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