Sunday, January 30, 2005

# Posted 1:18 AM by Ariel David Adesnik  

I LAUGHED, I CRIED, IT WAS BETTER THAN CATS: Third-generation author Matthew Yglesias, in his role as film critic, has come up with one of the best backhanded compliments I have ever come across in a movie review. With regard to Assault on Precinct 13, Matt says "it's without a doubt the second best movie in which Ethan Hawke battles corrupt cops."

It also turns out that Mr. Yglesias is the number one Matthew on the entire web. If you do a Google search just for Matthew, Mr. Yglesias shows up at both #1 and #3, with Matthew Shephard coming in at #7 and the best-selling author of the Gospel of Matthew coming in at a lowly 25.

Oh, and in case you weren't sure, I am the #1 Adesnik on the web. Coming at #7 is a post from Chez Nadezhda entitled "Further Proof That David Adesnik is the Worst OxBlogger." Suffice it to say, that is far from the worst thing I've been called.

UPDATE: This Google thing is a lot of fun. It turns out that my esteemed colleague is the #1 Chafetz on the web, beating out Randall C. Chafetz, Senior Vice President of Mitsubishi Securities, prominent artist Sid Chafetz, and legendary Jewish sage Israel Meir Ha-Cohen Kagan, aka the Chafetz Chaim.

Now, the news on the Patrick front isn't so interesting, but my other esteemed colleague has hit #38 on the Belton chart, behind the #1 ranked city of Belton (MO), the #2 ranked city of Belton (TX), manufacturing giant Belton Industries (#8) and that financial powerhouse the Bank of Belton (#10).

I guess the lesson here is that if you want to be famous on the internet, you should have an obscure Semitic name. Anyhow, PB is the #1 Patrick Belton on the web, although the other Patrick Belton has his own entry in the Internet Movie Data Base. In case you were curious, he has starred in thought-provoking films such as It Happened in a Bungalow and Under the Bus. Mr. Belton also had a small role as "College Kid #1" in episode 4.5 of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

UPDATE: On a more serious note, check out Mr. Yglesias' post about setting expectations for tomorrow's (today's) vote in Iraq. I think Matt is right that the NYT and others are setting themselves up for a fall by speculating that low turnout and low voter enthusiasm are real possibilities (Sunni Arabs excepted).

If you want to be a more serious sort of cynic, you have to adopt the Yglesias approach of stating that
The real question to be asking is: Even if the election goes well as a procedural matter tomorrow, what good will it do?
Funny, I recall Sen. Kerry hinting at something similar.
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