1. Transformers 2 started out pretty good for a mindless action movie, but by the second hour it became clear that when Michael Bay had to choose between paying the writers to finish the script and adding more explosions, he chose the explosions.

2. Poor Michael Jackson. In the first gossip going around at work yesterday, one of my bosses asked, “What happened? Did one of his monkeys kill him?”

3. Here’s a J.D. Salinger quote to ponder, from “De Daumier-Smith’s Blue Period” in Nine Stories:
The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy is a liquid.