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From page 1B
from CBS and other smaller
outlets. Joost's interface is
quick and eye-catching, but its
content leaves something to
be desired. I try and catch up
on the last two weeks of "Kid
Nation," but I have to abandon
the program when I realize
the most recent episode is only
available on CBS's own inadver-
tently-Joost-killing website.
DAY 5:
I have been dreading this
day. It's the 100th playing of the
Michigan/Michigan State foot-
ball game, and my TV privileges
are nonexistent. After borrow-
ing a friend's Windows-based
computer and plowing through
Google searches and download-
ing various programs for nearly
two hours, I locate an ABC feed
out of Boston, where appar-
ently nor'easters are a prob-
lem. Unfortunately, the feed is
about 45 seconds behind the
local cable broadcast and the
girlish screaming courtesy of
my TV-watching housemates is
practically narrating the game.
I reluctantly break out some
noise-canceling headphones
and follow the action through
Manningham's ridiculous end-
zone grab in the fourth quarter,
at which time I begin to seri-
ously ponder the legitimacy of
watching sports online.
And then the game disap-
pears, and I'm left watching
Eastern Conference hockey.
It seems as if the person con-
trolling the feed got bored and
flipped over to the Bruins/Sen-
ators tilt with little time left
in a tight rivalry clash. So, I
turned around and watched the
remaining seconds on a TV. I
cheated - sue me.
DAY 6:
I'm looking at 30" of non-
functioning HDTV and can
hear my DVR working away,
but there's nothing .I can do
about it. I missed the greatest
Detroit Lions victory since the
Barry 'Sanders era, a suppos-
edly epic Patriots/Colts game,
a new episode of "Curb Your
Enthusiasm," and I won't be

able to see tonight's new "Tree-
house of Horror" episode until
tomorrow. I think this is what
pushed Kaczynski over the
edge - someone check the Dai-
ly's archives.
DAY 7:
Remember at summer camp
when you went on that really
long 10-day hiking trip that
absolutely sucked ass, but by
fall you had actually convinced
yourself that you liked the trip?
OK, well don't let me do that. I
just missed a week of my favor-
ite late-night shows and now I
can look forward to tomorrow
when I'll be removing all of
them from my DVR season pass
list for the indefinite future.
So where does this leave me?
I just spent seven days without
television, and I can honestly
say this week of my life was
less enjoyable than the previous
week of my life because I could
not watch television. It wasn't
simply worse because I couldn't
watch the "Daily Show" every
night, but it was less enjoyable
because television is consider-
ably less meaningful by your-
self. You can't move something
from the center of the living
room to an office desktop and
expect a homogeneous experi-
ence. The Internet is an isola-
tionist paradise, and when a
collective medium is placed in a
vacuum, context is lost in trans-
It's also a far less organic
mode of transmission than
broadcast television. There's
no stumbling across new shows
or specials on the Internet; it's
simply search and consume.
Conventional television allows
viewerstobe as active or passive
as they desire, but the Internet
poses no such option because of
its fragmented content distri-
bution and on demand nature.
Is your television dying?
Maybe, but not anytime soon.
As long as Internet TV is local-
ized to PCs it will be supple-
ment. It serves a purpose, but
only as it relates to conventional
Besides, the sun is dying too,
but that doesn't mean I'm going
to cancel my "Super Mario Gal-
axy" preorder anytime soon.

out at
sian Legend opened last
year, just around the corner
from the Maynard Street
Parking Structure on William
Street. We finally dropped by to
sample its promise of better-known
Chinese dishes and special "Tai-
wanese snacks" - which are indeed
quite special (even if you're not sup-
posed to eat pork).
Kimberly Chou: Taiwanese food is
either really good for you, like fresh
bamboo shoots and light soups, or
really bad for you. Really bad. Most
of the snacks found at night bazaars
and street-food vendors, in my opin-
ion, seem to be fried. I don't know
who told the first green-onion pan-
cake hawker that hot oil would be
the difference -
Zachary Meisner: - but it was
totally ingenious. I wish all of my
pancakes could be fried. We ordered
these savory pancakes wrapped
around sliced beef off the Taiwan-
From page 3B
harness its own ambitions and con-
quer what-fate has in store than,
say, P.T. Anderson's abstract "Mag-
nolia" (1999) or Alexander Payne's
"Sideways" (2004) - both modern
accounts about "everyday people."
And though Amish country may be
the farthest thing from what movie
audiences consider the norm, "Wit-
ness" is far better at dramatizing
the tough decisions between life
and love than any Sandra Bullock
or Reese Witherspoon comedy.


LEFT: The spicy chicken specialty at Asian Legend.
ABOVE: Green onion pancakes with beef.

Asian Legend

ese snack menu. Really good. We
also got the pork dumplings, which
were basically potstickers filled
with minced pork and vegetables,
also pan-fried.
Peter Schottenfels: The pork
dumplings were Asian legendary.,
I tried to eat them with the bright
pink "plum" sauce on the table, but
thankfully there was this ginger-
soy-shallot-vinegar dipping sauce
that came with it. Crisis avoided.
Michael Passman: I don't think
my rabbi would have approved, but
whatever. Kim asked for this noodle
dish - crunchy noodles topped with
chicken and mixed vegetables - in
Chinese, even though the waitress
suggested we order from "the other
menu." Butthey made it.
Compared to America and the
seemingly infinite grasp of Holly-
wood, dt makes sense that a direc-
tor who came from such a distinct
part of the world would continu-
ously make movies about, well,
distinct parts of the world. One of
the key members of the Australian
New Wave, along with the likes
of Mel Gibson, Gillian Armstrong
and George Miller, Weir's films
employ the microcosm always as a
symbol for the broader community.
Though Weir's are elaborate set-
tings, they are far more accurate in.
depicting our world than you might
think. The governments instituted

Cheap Moderate Pricey
Specialty: Taiwanese snacks
Located at:516 E. William St.
KC: She was worried! But we tried
to order outside the box.
ZM: I'm not even going to make
a joke here. The sauce was really
saucy but, you know, I'm cool with
KC: The thingwitheatingChinese
is that it all gets really heavy some-
times, especially if you're ordering
dishes with thick, starchy sauces
like the Cantonese noodle dish
Passman liked - and Asian Legend
made itwithiomeinnoodles instead
of the thinner, vermicelli-type, so it
was even heavier. I like to order a
side vegetable to lighten things up.
I maintain that Asians are the only
ones who can cook greens well - all
you need is a little garlic. Maybe I'm
on a British vessel or a South Amer-
ican distopia are not much differ-
ent than those created to protect
and control the many countries of
the world. In "The Last Wave," the
loyalty the Australian Aboriginals
show to their heritage, despite the
laws of a westernized Sydney, and
it parallels the ways people of all
different faiths wrestle to abide by
the scriptures of their religions and
live a modern life.
Many films, particularly the
last string of Will Ferrell comedies
like "Talladega Nights" (2006) and
"Blades of Glory" (2007), are set
in specific universes. Sometimes,

" Green onion pancakes with beef
(snack menu)
" Pork dumplings (snack menu)
" Cantonese-style pan-fried noodles
with chicken and vegetables
" Morning glory with garlic
" Spicy chicken (with peppers and
celery, regular menu)
PS: Sure. Mmm, those marigolds
were good.
KC: I think they were morning
glory stalks.
ZM: I don't like vegetables.
PS: Whatever, I eat flowers - it's
my secret shame.
the crime-and-deceit-ridden cities
of Boston or Los Angeles, some-
times it's high school. But Weir,
a man from halfway around the
world, chooses settings rarely - if
ever- seen before. His genius is
clear in the way he relates even
the most remote communities to
our own lives. Consider "The Tru-
man Show," a film that, especially
in 1998, seemed entirely based on
fantasy. Who would even consider
that America could be so obsessed
with a show focused on the real life
of one human being? It is scary to
think how ahead of his time Weir
proved tobe.



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