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The Last Samurai

Since it's about 65 degrees in Florida, I'm not doing a lot of scuba diving. Then again, I don't have to watch 55 year old men on the beach in Speedos, either, as they demonstrate the Law of Conservation of Hair ("hair is neither created nor destroyed on men as they age - it just changes its location"). What I did do on Wednesday is go see The Last Samurai. I was going to write a post on how it's better than many of the reviews, but Eric S. Raymond has said everything I wanted to say and offers a fine history lesson to boot. FYI, if you want to learn more about the real Samurai leader Saigo Takamori and his rebellion against the Meiji Emperor, use the web. The city of Kagoshima's page and Ridgeback Press' Meiji Restoration personalities site are both helpful. Appropriately, however, one of the most informative write ups comes from U.S. Marine Corps veteran Sensei D. E. Tarver.

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