For all the analysis done on the human personality, people can basically be broken down into two groups.

The first group doesn’t giving a flying Lucy Liu about being alone; they’ll get a table for one at the local buffet, go to a Bisons game solo or venture into a movie theater by their lonesome.

The second group would rather stay home than go out alone.

The second group might not have to do so much longer.

Late last year, a person who placed a message on PostSecret (the Web site featuring anonymous confessions in postcard form) said they looked forward to meeting someone else while sitting alone in a movie theater. A responder said they would be “waiting with a white hat” in their local theater to meet this person, and from there the White Hat People were born.

In less than two months, people in 38 states (including New York), Canada and dozens of other countries have vowed to take part in the white hat practice. Anyone wearing a white hat at the movies welcomes company, so another white hatter can join them to chat, go for a bite to eat afterward or simply sit in silence for 90 minutes before parting ways.

Posters to the site claim, among other things, that the white hat blog has inspired them to venture out once again, given them courage to get through tough times and renewed their faith in humanity.

Whether you’re looking to change society or for someone with whom to mock “Code Name: The Cleaner,” though, this site is nothing but good for everyone involved. There are plenty of people out there who will do nothing but take in TBS reruns this weekend and many weekends thereafter. Anything that gets them out — if only for 90 minutes — could help someone turn their life around, whether it be finding a new friend or giving them the courage to do more on their own.

Hats off to them.


As for PostSecret, site creator Frank Warren’s third book came out Tuesday.

“The Secret Lives of Men and Women” offers a collection of never-seen postcards outlining the confessions of site readers ranging from affairs to abortions and office squabbles.

Warren’s first two books, both published in 2006, are “My Secret: A PostSecret Book” and “PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives.” Warren, who started the site in 2004 as a community art project, wrote on his site this week that he will receive postcard No. 100,000 this month.

PostSecret attracts more than 3 million visitors per month.


I did not see every TV show/film nominated for the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards (8 p.m. Monday on NBC), but following are a few trophy-worth performances in one critic’s eyes.

• Best actor in a motion picture: Leonard DiCaprio is nominated twice, but it’s his role as an undercover cop in “The Departed” that should take the prize. His performance was great, even down to an authentic-sounding Boston accent. Will Smith was good in “The Pursuit of Happyness,” but he was the same character in that very special episode of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” when Carlton took the drugs from his locker.

• Best film director: Clint Eastwood also garnered two nominations. With “Letters From iwo Jima” yet to enter wide release in the United States, I shall give the trophy to him for “Flags of Our Fathers,” his World War II epic concerning the heroes of Iwo Jima. Gripping action scenes and believable characters made this perhaps the film of the year.

• Best actor in a television comedy/musical: Jason Lee is brilliant in “My Name is Earl,” adding just the right amount of scumbag to this reformed small-time crook looking to make good. He should steal the honor from Steve Carell for “The Office.”

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