kungfuwaynewho: (community)
Five years ago, the West Memphis Three walked out of prison.

I first saw Paradise Lost in 2001 or 2002, when I was at USC.  Like a lot of people around my age who'd had a fairly-sheltered, middle class childhood, it was my first real experience with how frustrating and terrible true injustice could be.  I went on to read the book Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt, getting more obsessed with the case.  I spent more hours than I could ever count on message boards, reading evidence amateur sleuths had uncovered over the years, finding myself convinced by this theory, then that one.  I followed the appeals and motions for years, and every time something new came up - another example of the courts' malfeasance, new exculaptory evidence - I would think, "this is it, this is how they're going to get out," only to have everything go back to square one.  And the whole time, Damien was on Death Row, getting sicker and sicker.  Five years ago, when I checked CNN in the middle of a desk shift at work, I hadn't heard a whisper of what was coming.  Yet there it was, the headline: "West Memphis Three Free."

If you've never seen it, I highly recommend the documentary West of Memphis.  Though the Paradise Lost films are very good, you have to watch all three to get the full story; and honestly, the second one suffers quite a bit in retrospect for suspecting the wrong stepfather.  West of Memphis follows the case from start to finish, from the murders, through the trial, through the painful eighteen years in prison for crimes they didn't commit, to their eventual release.  In fact, I'm planning on watching it (for like at least my sixth or seventh viewing) tonight.

To Jessie, Jason, and Damien: I'm still so proud and happy for you.  All the best.
kungfuwaynewho: (hannibal)

Haven't watched Season One yet?  No worries!  If you start now, restrain yourself to a handful of bathroom breaks, and take a modest lunch, you should have plenty of time to get caught up before the premiere.

We are having a premiere party tonight.  Fancy ravioli (stuffed with people!) and brie en croûte (the cheese is made from people!) and port (aged in a barrel with some people!) and ice cream cake (no people).

I honestly don't think I've been this excited about a TV show that is currently airing since Battlestar Galactica.  Which is to say I am VERY EXCITED.
kungfuwaynewho: (lotr galadriel)
I JUST BOUGHT MY TICKETS FOR THE MIDNIGHT SHOW OF THE HOBBIT AT THE DRAFTHOUSE!

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kungfuwaynewho: (bicycle dad)

My sister found this today google image searching for something else.  She left it open for me on my computer so it would be the first thing I saw when I came home from work.  Fifteen minutes later, I'm still laughing at it.

My face hurts.
kungfuwaynewho: (Default)
Life Ruiner:

noun:

Someone who is unbelievably perfect; ruins your image on how most
people are; makes you believe that most people are unworthy because
there is someone like him/her around
.
kungfuwaynewho: (tng gasp)

Guys.  This is a little caravan--  Guys.  Listen.  This is a little caravan towed by a bike.  Listen, guys.

IT'S A CARAVAN TOWED BY A BIKE.

Guys.

There's a bed inside--

Listen.

There's a bed and a TV and you can tow it with your bike.
kungfuwaynewho: (fringe walter)
So that was pretty much the greatest episode ever.  I can't even think about it rationally right now - my head is too full of unicorns and rainbows.  I want to print out every single frame and just hug them to my chest.

Perfect TV is perfect.

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