I'm watching Bagdad ER for the first time, a side benefit of being in a hotel with HBO. It's like M*A*S*H but without the humor or historical remove. Beautifully shot scene after scene of gritty, touching, horror. In many ways it's the best reporting I've ever seen on the war in Iraq. I'm proud of the commitment displayed by the soldiers and their docs but--what the hell?--ultimately, as an American, I just feel ashamed. There shouldn't have to be a reality series about combat hospitals in Iraq. In six months we will have been fighting and dying in Iraq for longer than the US was involved in WWII. It's all wrong.
Ten years ago today, Tim Leary died. Joi Ito, who I don't know, posted an email that Tim's son Zack sent out today commemorating his dad. We should all be so lucky.