Don’t say there weren’t plenty of ambient points tonight for the convention scribes to get harried about tomorrow:

-The song blaring over the speakers as the McCains and Palins waved from the stage at the end of the night wasn’t the “Maverick” theme song, but Heart’s “Barracuda,” a rather conspicuously timed ode to Palin’s nickname during her basketball-playing days.

-The backdrop screen went from a repeat puke green (excited bloggers on that here, here and here) to a firework display (accompanied by what sounded rather jarringly over my speakers like popcorn audio effects).

-McCain didn’t wear a flag pin. (Gasp.)

-Did the RNC’s choice of balloons as festive air-filler stem from last week’s streamer debacle?

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Jane Kim is a writer in New York.