I love the first sentence of this article. I guess this goes under "our cool century". (Hm, need to create a category for that.)
Speaking of things that are Awesome, I urge all American readers of this blog to write or e-mail their Senators in support of H.R. 392. That is, of course, the bill that would extend the State Quarters beyond the fifty states, by issuing six additional quarters for Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Marianas Islands, and the District of Columbia.
Yes, it was introduced by Eleanor "gummy residue of the Civil Rights Movement" Holmes Norton, but so what? It's a great idea. Think about it: if this bill doesn't pass, then after next year there will be no more new state quarters. That tiny little thrill you feel sorting through your change, when you see a state quarter you haven't before? That thrill you've had about forty-five times now? It will end forever, unless H.R. 392 succeeds.
And if it does pass, the number of people who are aware of the existence of the Northern Marianas Islands will increase tenfold! That has to be good. So, if you have a Senator on the relevant committee, go now and do your civic duty.
(One caveat: the bill says that if a territory becomes a state or leaves the US before its coin is issued... then they lose their quarter. So Puerto Rico will have to put that discussion on hold until 2010.)
This is about a video game, but it's how my first six months on this job felt.
Here's an article about arbitration, and how it's being used to screw consumers. I find this interesting (because I've worked with arbitrators) and plausible (because I've worked with arbitrators). It's Mother Jones, though, which means it's kind of a crappy article -- much indignation, not so many good cites. I'd like to learn more.
Isn't this one of those stories that should be getting more attention? Who were these guys, and where did they get the stuff from, and how were they caught? Will we ever know?
Okay, too serious. Let's talk about Dungeons and Dragons. The Fourth Edition of D&D will be out next May. I started playing D&D in -- swallow hard, now -- 1979. I thought Third Edition was good-to-excellent and I'm a bit worried that Fourth will, no way to put this nicely, suck. This guy shares my concerns.
(We'll put aside the question of whether, as a fortysomething guy who will probably be moving to someplace like Mongolia or Turkmenistan next year, this is in any way relevant to my life. That's not important. What's important is that D&D should not suck.)
Finally, here is what a page in Armenian looks like. What do you think?