DAILY BRIEFING
The Face of Things to Come

Feb. 11 - First this: the Romanian expat Petroniu, whom I've mentioned and linked to before, wrote in response to yesterday's bloggish about the exhibit at Rundetårn to point out that the English-language title of the exhibit was actually "The Attic of Memories."

Here's the official English-language guide to the exhibit.

Here are Troniu's excellent photos of the exhibit: The pile of suitcases... Mikkel Mus... The wall of masks.

And just for the hell of it, because he's such a good photographer, take a look at this. He makes me embarassed of my own pictures so please don't compare us.

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Here's a great correction from today's New York Times:

An Op-Ed article on Saturday about President Richard M. Nixon's management of the economy misstated the amount of the projected budget deficit for 2004. It is $521 billion, not trillion.

Billion, trillion, whatever...

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We had another visit with our bean yesterday. This was the neckfold scan. The bean does not appear to be at risk for Down's Syndrome. The bean does, however, appear to be at risk for running its parents ragged.

It was both thrilling and terrifying to watch our little acrobat leaping about its quarters. The bean just wouldn't sit still. It kicked, it punched, it waved, it leaped—yes, actually bounced itself off the wall of whatever sac its currently floating in then twittered its arms as if fending off imaginary bats. Fortunately it will bulk up on a lot of fat over the next six months and presumably won't be ambulatory at birth. This will give us ample opportunity to instill within the bean an unholy fear of our wrath before he or she starts bouncing and kicking and punching its way around our home.

The only bad thing about these ultrasounds is that they give us the illusion of actually seeing our baby, meaning that any day on which we don't have an ultrasound now feels like a day on which we're a little less in touch with the imminent little moron.

"It's waving to us!" we exclaimed in Room 20 of the Ultralyd department of Hvidovre Hospital. "See, it's looking at us!"

No it wasn't. If anything, it was reacting to the pressure of the scope being pressed into the DMG's abdomen. If it were indeed capable of speech, it wouldn't have been saying, "Hey Mom! Hey Dad! Can't wait to get out and meet you!" No, it would have been far more likely to have exclaimed, "What the fuck is that?!"

I guess it's not quite anthromorphism to project human thoughts into a fetus, but it ain't quite rational, either. And yet I can't help wonder what our little bean is wondering, or if it's wondering, or if it really does think it's surrounded by rabid bats.

I realize the facial close-up of the bean is a little hard to read in this image. The printout the technician gave us was far inferior to the actual image we saw on the screen, my scan of the printout was seriously degraded from the printout, and by the time I got the image into the JPG format you're looking at above... well, trust me. The kid is the spitting image of John Gielgud.

Or maybe Otto von Bismarck.

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It's been two years since the FBI issued a terror alert on the evening of February 11, 2002, warning that Yemeni national Fawaz Yahya Rabeei might be plotting an act of terror against the United States on or around February 12.

The FBI alert stated that Rabeei's whereabouts were unknown and that he may have been deceased.

No specific instructions were issued for dealing with deceased would-be terrorists but the FBI encouraged Americans to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity by dead Yemeni nationals to local law enforcement authorities.

I mention this only because the FBI never specified a year, and here it is coming up on February 12 all over again.

Keep an eye peeled.

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On February 11, 1573, Francis Drake discovered the Pacific Ocean, which had been misplaced during the Roman Empire.

Jennifer Aniston turns 35 today and shares her birthday with foreign policy wonk Sheryl Crow (1963), Burt Reynolds (1936), Tina Louise (1934), Leslie Nielsen (1926), Eva Gabor (1921), Sidney Sheldon (1917), and Thomas Alva Edison (1847).

It's Youth Day in Cameroon, Victory of the Islamic Revolution Day in Iran, National Foundation Day in Japan, Armed Forces Day in Liberia, and Independence Day in Vatican City.

Happy hump day!

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