Saturday, May 07, 2005

“Well, well, well. The things you see when you’re out without your gun.”

The Movie: The Untouchables, 1987 (David Mamet, screenplay, based on the novel by Oscar Fraley and Eliot Ness; Brian De Palma, dir.)
Who says it: Sean Connery as Chicago beat cop Jimmy Malone
The context: Jimmy greets Al Capone’s bookkeeper, who’s been captured in a liquor raid and looks pretty pathetic.
How to use it: As a greeting.

I absolutely love this story. If it wouldn't take me three hours to get there, I'd go:

Student Organizes Time Traveler Conference


BOSTON (AP) - Attention, time travelers: Amal Dorai hopes you enjoyed the party he's throwing this weekend. Dorai, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is hosting a Time Traveler Convention on campus this Saturday. Make plans now, because it's the last such party.

``You only need one,'' he said. ``The chance that anybody shows up is small, but if it happens it will be one of the biggest events in human history.''

There's no dress code. No need to R.S.V.P. Refreshments (chips and dip) will be provided.

Dorai only asks his guests to show proof they come from the future: Bringing the cure for cancer, a solution for global poverty or a cold fusion reactor would suffice.


The convention starts at 8 p.m. For dramatic effect, time travelers are encouraged to show up at 10 p.m. sharp. In between, revelers will take in a lecture on time travel by an MIT physics professor and listen to student bands belting out time-themed songs.

If you think you might want to go to this, details are here.

I had planned to go to a Sea Dogs game this afternoon, but it's raining. Maybe I'll go to the library instead.

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