• Most of the recent changes to TypePad should be invisible to you, although I'm dealing with them here. Two things you might have noticed (and might not have, since you might not be affected) are that some people are seeing problems in the "Recent Post" list and some people are seeing the new posts in smaller type (it's supposed to be either one or two points larger, depending on which post we're talking about).
Thanks for your patience while I get these issues and bugs sorted out.
• Pursuant to the 10 Best Movies post a few days ago, I got myself a subscription to Netflix and loaded up my queue with movies people recommended in the comments (42 of 'em, which will take me two years to get through if I keep at it!), plus a handful of classics and foreign films I've been aware of but haven't seen. The system is working so far—the inaugural Netflix offering was a rather odd little Symbolist romp about Jews in hell called Barton Fink, which I enjoyed.
And speaking of movies, I swear to God I wrote a satire twenty years ago about a Clint Eastwood movie of the future in which he would play a homicidal cranky old man—honestly, I had him saying "Get the hell off my grass" from behind a gun. I've looked and looked but I can't find it anywhere, which means I get no points for prescience in the wake of the trailers for the current hit Gran Torino. Although maybe it didn't actually take that much prescience....