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November 2002

Ray Kurzweil is planning to live forever. Part of his plan is low-carbs, high protein, and lots of omega-3 fats. A study done at Duke finds that a low-carb diet seems to work. The American Heart Association correctly identifies some weaknesses in the Duke study. But if the study is confirmed by one dozen other studies, or two dozen, or ten dozen--call me crazy--the American Heart Association is not going to change its opinion.

More good news about fish oil. (LA Times, registration required.)

By popular request, the Door lists the Top 25 Movie Scenes of All Time. The first dozen are in approximate order, beginning with the best. The remaining thirteen are in alphabetical order.

The Year of Living Dangerously: Sigourney and Mel break the curfew.
Scent of a Woman: Pacino and Anwar do the tango.
Rocky 2: Adrian tells Rocky to fight.
The Chosen: Rod Steiger declares his son to be a tzaddik.
Paper Chase: The water in the hotel room comes back on.
Searching for Bobby Fischer: "There it is!"
Stand and Deliver: "If you do not have the ganas . . ."
The Gambler: Jimmy Caan calls the card.
The Right Stuff: "Light this candle!"
Say Anything: John Cusack holds up the boombox.
Sixteen Candles: Jake and Molly at the church.
Rain Man: "Rain Man, let's play some cards."

48 Hours: Eddie Murphy as the new sheriff.
A Few Good Men: Jack Nicholson on the stand.
Annie Hall: Lobsters.
Casablanca: Bogart says goodbye to Ingrid.
French Connection: Chase.
Gone in Sixty Seconds (Nicholas Cage version): "Donny, play Low-Rider."
Heat: Pacino and DeNiro have a cup of coffee.
Meatballs: Bill Murray plays cards for peanuts.
Point Break: Keanu learns to surf to "I Will Not Fall."
Pope of Greenwich Village: Eric Roberts puts something special in the coffee.
Porky?s: Miss Balbricker talks to the principal.
Year of the Dragon: "I'm going to burn you down." "You're very stupid, and you will not last."
Young Doctors in Love: "Old man, haven't you . . ."