Thursday Odds and Ends

By Matt Van Hoven 

Update: In my nerdy excitement I put the debut of the movie a week ahead. Sorry. It comes out next Wednesday. There goes my weekend. Sad face.

Tonight Next Thursday at midnight The Watchmen movie debuts. It’s going to be big &#151 both for the comic book (graphic novels, too) and movie industries. This film has been in the works, in one form or another, since 1985 &#151 and tonight, the decades old debate about whether the graphic novel can be adequately translated to film or not, will get legs. Author Alan Moore doesn’t think so, but you can bet your ass he hopes it doesn’t flop; even though he had nothing to do with the movie. Here’s your news round-up.

&#151 Drug makers may soon have to put what equates to nutrition facts on medicine bottles. Example we just made up: Marijuana may cause stonedness. link

&#151 Here’s a list of the top 10 ads that scare the sh*t out of little kids. Also beware if you have a small bladder. link

&#151 Yahoo! Chief Exec. Carol Bartz is outty 5. link

&#151 GM lost $9.6 billion in Q4 2008. That’s a lot of doll hairs. link

&#151 Apparently, old white mid-western journalists wear bow ties. The future looks glib for this mustached blogger. link

&#151 Obama says we need a $3.55 trillion budget overhaul. Ever notice that when they talk in trillions, there’s an extra decimal place? Where is all this money hiding? link

&#151 Take a sneak peek at the BlackBerry Tear. link

&#151 Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is not Baby Obama, because our president is much less awkward on TV. link

&#151 Who will watch The Watchmen? Hopefully we will, soon. link

&#151 Sometimes, B|Net’s Jim Edwards is spot on. link