February 19th, 2010

20111112, Marilee

The Nephrologist's Nurse Practitioner

In the waiting room, I noticed that all the women my age used a cane. I got halfway through the WashPost in the waiting room because the NP was running late. My BP has been up a bit so I get to take another med (I told her I was running out of room in the secretary where I keep my meds, and I am) and I was down seven pounds, probably because I'm pretty low on the prednisone and cytoxan now.

Kaiser Permanente in the Mid-Atlantic tunes waiting room TVs to Headline News and today they were going over Tiger Wood's statement. I wasn't really listening partly because I think that's his business and partly because I had the WashPost to read, but I did get my attention pulled when he said, "Some people have made up things that never happened. They said I used performance-enhancing drugs. This is completely and utterly false". Nothing like a blob of ego in an apology.

Ezra Klein had an excellent opinion comparing letting health insurers insure anybody in any state to how credit cards got to do that and what happened. It turns out to be a summary from this blog post.
20111112, Marilee

Stealth

From the packet blurb, I thought this was going to be "technology is bad." It's not quite that bad, it's more like "an AI is a wayward child". I noticed when I recently put more DVDs on my queueue that the rating on this had descended to 2.5. I hadn't thought about that -- it changes when people leave stars after I've chosen it for the queueueue.

I'm pretty sure they picked Navy Air for this because a carrier is pretty scary even without a plane run by AI. We start out with the three top pilots for stealth -- a white man, a white woman, a black man (the Asians come in as the black man's dates) -- and they find out they're getting a fourth wingman named Eddie. That's EDI, an AI pilot whose nickname is Tinman. Their boss, and eventually they, refer to Eddie as "him" and he goes along with them on a sortie that drops a bomb into a partially-made building and only kills bad people. They land on the carrier during a rainy night and Eddie was hit by lightning. Turns out that makes him even smarter, and now he's channeling HAL (or "Answer"?). The humans get to vacation in Thailand and then go on another raid with Eddie. The woman sees that dropping a nuclear bomb there will also affect about a thousand civilians and their property so the white man (leader, of course) calls the raid off. Eddie insists on following orders and drops the nuke.

The three of them are ordered to try to get Eddie back to the carrier, but Eddie is smart and makes the black man fly into a mountain and the woman has to punch out into North Korea. The white man fights Eddie, but they eventually are both in trouble and promise to help each other and do. They're told to go to a secret base in Alaska where it turns out their boss has assassins waiting for the man. He figures this out and gets Eddie to take him to pick up the woman. In the end, Eddie dies in order to let them go over the border into South Korea.

I swear, I knew every plot bit long before it happened and it grabbed a lot of ideas from other movies. I kept hearing "Take My Breath Away" in my head. It wasn't bad for a night sitting in the recliner with a cat, but you don't need to pay attention to it.