“Actress Gillian Anderson made headlines at the 81st Golden Globes on Jan. 7 with a Gabriela Hearst gown that had a unique and subtle detail embroidered on it — namely, an (intimate) part of the female anatomy.”

The article goes into a tedious explanation of why we should use the correct term “vulva” instead of “vagina.”

Personally, I cun’t see why.

This has been your nasty pun for the day.

This film comes from the tiny pseudo-country of Kosovo. I said pseudo-country because Kosovo is not part of the official UN list, as it is not recognized by the UN as a country. It has been the long-time site of a struggle between Muslim Albanians and Christian Serbians. Serbia still claims it as a province, although Kosovo’s population is something like 90% ethnic Albanians.

Forget it, Jake. It’s Balkantown.

Geopolitics aside, I did not add a Kosovo vacation to my bucket list. The Kosovo portrayed in this film appears to be an unrelentingly grim and joyless place. Of course that could just be because of the subject matter of this film, which is basically about the exhumation of a mass grave.

Not much room for merriment there.

The captures are rough, having been brightened from a very dark source. Note that the obfuscation is intentional. If you look at the last capture, with the lovers on a rug, you’ll note that the lighting on the rug is superlative, but her bottom is in deep shadows.

To be fair, it is a very nice rug.

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The game was close through three quarters, but Michigan pulled away at the end to finish the season undefeated, the only FBS team to do so.

It was only the second championship for the Big 10 in the playoff era, but I guess they were covered either way, since both teams will be in the Big 10 next year, along with fellow powerhouses Oregon, Penn State and Ohio State. Based on Sagarin’s final computer rankings, those five are all among the nation’s top ten teams. Similarly, the newly expanded SEC has four of the top ten. No other conference has any. The tenth team is Notre Dame, an independent. With so many powerhouses crammed into those two conferences, we may have seen the last of the undefeated seasons.


The Michigan victory represented the first time they were the undisputed national champions since 1948. That’s a helluva drought! Scarcely a man alive can remember that championship.

They earned a share of the championship in 1997 when there was no official champion, meaning that the top team was selected by polls that did not agree. Michigan topped the 1997 AP poll and Nebraska topped the coaches’ poll. The coaches didn’t leapfrog Nebraska over Michigan until after the bowl games. I guess the coaches’ logic was that Nebraska slaughtered the #3 team in the Orange Bowl, while Michigan struggled to defeat an also-ran in the Rose Bowl. The AP voters didn’t buy that reasoning and chose Michigan by an overwhelming margin. The official NCAA page considers them co-champions.

As far as 1948 goes, even that was complicated. There was no coaches’ poll at the time, and the AP poll was conducted at the end of the regular season, so there were times in that era when the AP “national champion” would get slaughtered in a bowl game. Fortunately for Michigan, that didn’t happen in 1948. It couldn’t have, because Michigan didn’t even play in a bowl! The (rather foolish) rules at the time forbade a team from playing in the Rose Bowl in consecutive years, and Michigan had represented the Big Nine (as it was then callled) the year before, so Northwestern (second in the conference, seventh in the nation) took on Cal in Pasadena. Because of that curious rule, the Wolverines’ undefeated status held, and they were the unofficial national champions.

TRIVIA: 1948 was the last year of the Big Nine conference. Michigan State joined as the tenth team the following year.

TRIVIA: There was actually a bowl game called the Salad Bowl in 1948, and another called the Fruit Bowl.

TRIVIA: Speaking of the Rose Bowl, Cal’s star that year was Jackie Jensen, who eschewed pro football to sign with baseball’s New York Yankees, and later to earn an MVP award with the Boston Red Sox. Jensen and Mickey Mantle were both in the outfield for the 1951 Yankees, though neither was yet a regular starter. The Yankees traded Jensen away and got little in return, whereupon Jensen went on to lead the AL in RBI three times, a feat Mickey could only accomplish once.