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The new George RR Martin book just showed up at the door. Donnie's mom ordered it for him LAST Christmas, and they finally got around to publishing it. The problem is - I have too much homework! 685ish pages! Granted it only took me two days to read the thickest Harry Potter books, but still. I guess it will just sit on the desk and taunt me.
I saw this on Gamasutra, and since that requires a subscription to read, I am posting it on here.

Michigan Violent Game Law Preliminarily Blocked By ESA

According to a statement released by the game trade organization the Entertainment Software Association, and backed up by numerous media reports, a judge has given a preliminary injunction to the ESA blocking the recent passage of a Michigan state bill which will make the sale or rental of mature or adult-rated video games to children illegal. The new law applies to children age 17 and younger, and would have taken effect on December 1, 2005, having been signed into law by Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm.

Forcefully declaring that it is unlikely the State of Michigan would prevail on the merits, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan granted the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) request for a preliminary injunction to block implementation of the recently enacted Michigan statute.

In his order, Judge Steeh found that “it is unlikely that the State can demonstrate a compelling interest in preventing a perceived ‘harm.’” Further, he wrote: “the Act will likely have a chilling effect on adults’ expression, as well as expression that is fully protected as to minors. The response to the Act’s threat of criminal penalties will likely be responded to by self-censoring by game creators, distributors and retailers, including ultimately pulling ‘T’ and ‘M’-rated games off stores shelves altogether.”

Significantly, according to an ESA statement, Judge Steeh found the brain imaging and social science research put forward by the state, the same research relied upon by legislators in California and Illinois, was unpersuasive and insufficient to sustain the argument that violent video games cause aggressive behavior.

In response, Douglas Lowenstein, president of the ESA, commented: "We are gratified that Judge Steeh has issued this preliminary injunction and in so doing has suggested that the arguments and research relied on by Governor Granholm and the Legislature are weak and unpersuasive. Rather than continuing to play politics and pursuing this case to its inevitable defeat, further wasting Michigan taxpayers’ dollars along the way, we hope the state will start to join us in a common effort to take steps that actually help parents raise their kids in a healthy and safe way."

I'm thrilled by this. Here's an idea - how about we let parents decide what their kids should and should not purchase or play? I know this is a stretch, suggesting that parents actually take some responsibility, but I can always dream.

At home, again.

I got up this morning, finished up a couple things on the newspaper, paid some bills. When I turned to pick up a bit of paper something in my back snapped and suddenly there was a lot of pain and I could sit back up. I looked like Quasimodo! I managed to stand and shuffle to the other side of the apartment. I laid down, which at least straightened me back out, but I still really couldn't move. I took an anti-inflammitory and went back to sleep, laying on my back which I never do. I woke up about four hours later. It still hurts, but at least I can move. So, I'm waffling whether to call the doctor. They can't really do anything, except maybe give me some meds.

So, I missed class and work, AGAIN. Bummer.

I'm supposed to drive up to Mt. Holyoke College tomorrow for an meet and greet thing. I hope my back feels better, or I won't be able to do it.

I just got the call on the newspaper. Four minor changes. Not too bad, I guess. I have to do them all in the next half hour, and that kind of sucks. Oh well.

Just a quickie...

So, I got feedback from the editor and faculty advisor... I've probably got another 5-6 hours to do on it and it has to be done tonight since I have class tomorrow. Oh, this was one comment:

"It looks good, especially given the small amount of time you had."

Does that sound snide to you?

One more thing...

I'm usually proud to say I've lived in Texas. Today, however, I am very disappointed in the state as the news says that Texans voted 75% in favor of adding a state constitutional ban on gay marriage. Were I more awake, I could be more prolific here. In the mean time, I just wanted to say "boooooooooooooooooooooooooo! boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!"

One more thing:

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Christie's sale of post-war and contemporary art met its advance billing as the biggest auction of its kind on Tuesday, with a Mark Rothko oil painting setting a new world record of $22.4 million (12.9 million pounds) for any post-war work at auction....The large-scale work consisted of contrasting monolithic blocks in red, yellow and blue. Its sale price of $22.4 million included the auction house's commission, beating its high estimate of $20 million.

$22.4 MILLION? For that crap? (Big Rothko fan, can't you tell?) Wow, blocks of primary colors. How novel. How inspired. How preschool.

So very tired.

Thanks to the newspaper, I got about 4.5 hours of sleep. The really wonderful part is I have a math exam at 8am. *glee*

I am no longer WalMart's bitch!

Decided to try something new today. We took the grocery list to Whole Foods first to see how much of it we could buy there and how much more expensive it would be. Turns out I could get just about everything there and it was only about $20-50 more (including a short trip to a local grocery store for pop and Target for toiletries.) Not a small amount, but worth it since I won't have to drive 30 miles TO WalMArt and won't have to put up with the other WalMart shoppers. Best of all, I can stop shopping at the evil empire! Yah!

This puts me in a much better mood! I still have 4-8 pages to finish on the layout. Guess I better hop to!

another day

I emailed back the powers-that-be about the newspaper and haven't heard a thing. So I guess I'll move forward and if they have a problem I guess it can go to the printers late. After all, they're in the position of authority and I can't be expected to chase after them.

I'm hoping I can get this done in say six hours so I can work on other things, then run over to Whole Foods to buy groceries. I'm going to see how much of my list I can get there without exceeding my budget. If this goes well I may never go to Walmart again! Praise be! ;)

Well, this cheered me up...

You Are 28 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

It's Super Student!

I sketched this today while I was studying, and outlined and colored it tonight to unwind.

My self portrait. That's me, complete with nerdy backpack.

So kid called me a nerd the other day as I walked by. I didn't say anything but thought to myself, "yeah, laugh it up. Someone has to serve me my lattes or french fries in a couple years."