Note to self: Learn Morpeth Rant on the accordion.
This afternoon I watched the documentary Ghosts of Rwanda for my African Literature class. I'm not going to talk anymore about the lack of scruples that some of the African people demonstrated throughout the mid 90's. Instead I would like to bring up the way that our government handled the Rwandan genocide. The American government handles situations similar to the way the mafia handles situations. If there is disorder in a country in which we are invested, we will do something to bring equilibrium to the state of that nation. This is similar to a mafioso making sure that nobody hassles the owner of the bar that he likes to frequent. When we are not economically invested in a country, it probably doesn't stand a chance.
Apart from global interested, I am thinking about going to see the movie Coraline this weekend. It has been getting great revues and I am very partial to the more traditional stop motion animation that the film imbibes. The movie is based on a book by Neil Gaiman (which is a good thing) and directed by Henry Selick (also a good thing). Gaiman wrote the film Mirrormask (about a girl that discovers a new world beyond her wildest dreams) which wasn't too bad. While Selick has directed such films as The Nightmare Before Christmas (about a skeleton that discovers a new world beyond his wildest dreams), James and the Giant Peach (about a young boy who discovers a world beyond his wildest dreams), and Monkeybone (about a man who discovers a new world beyond his wildest dreams).
This semester should be better than the last because instead of getting colder, it should just be getting warmer from here on out. I don't really care for the time between January and April. There is a part of me that wishes I could just retreat to Florida for the winter.