2. Pitchfork reviewed this James Blackshaw record yesterday, and I couldn't NOT download it after reading about it. It's very, very good; I've never heard a 12-string guitar sound so much like a church organ. I downloaded his other album, also, but haven't gotten to it yet.
3. We watched Munich the other day, which was a movie I had absolutely no desire to see when it was in theaters; I happened to get caught up in it a few weeks ago when it was on cable, but never finished it. I can't speak for Katharine, but I thought it was incredible, and not as emotionally manipulative as some of his recent work. Perfect example of this last point is the very last shot in the film, which I won't bother spoiling if you haven't seen it; unlike the American flags (and, well, the whole present-day prologue and coda) in Saving Private Ryan, which were pretty much just punching you in the face, the last shot in Munich carries many different levels of meaning but doesn't offer any sort of editorial guidance, which is wonderfully refreshing. All the performances are great; I just wish Daniel Craig had more to do.
4. Kath and I have very nearly become obsessed with Ninja Warrior, a crazy Japanese game show that does NOT revolve around people injuring themselves, but rather revolves around people racing through incredibly difficult obstacle courses. There's plenty of video clips online, should you need further convincing. And it's always great fun to shout out "You have brought shame upon your house!" when a contestant fails.
5. I'm so very excited to not have to go to work tomorrow. I don't yet know what I'm doing - Kath and I may end up doing a double feature (Die Hard/Ratatouille, because I'll be damned if I ever pay money for Transformers), or we may end up drinking iced tea on our deck - the point is, there are OPTIONS that do not involve GOING TO WORK.