Just noting that I'd intended to post several (incredibly compelling) things today but it just ain't happening as I need to sleep. Though I might secrectly have the aspiration, it's clear I am not the New York Times.
Tomorrow is a really important day. I'm sure we won't know how things go for months, but tomorrow is the oral argument in MGM v. Grokster. Having spent years studiying policymaking and the impact of the courts (though I'm in no way a legal expert) I know that this one is big. I can't figure out a scenario in which what happens tomorrow doesn't have a very large impact on the shape of the world I live in. It could be liberatory or it could end up very very ugly. Please pay attention.
Last night was the Inaugural Bout of the Rat City Roller Girlls and it was an absolutely amazing time. Awesome. If you're in Seattle you must attend.
The Rat City Roller Girls is a roller derby league a full year in the making that has four teams of extraordinarly bad ass women--Grave Danger, Throttle Rockets, The Derby Liberation Front (D.L.F.) and the Sprocket Wrenches. Fast skating, full contact, superb team uniforms, snarky announcers, and a band at halftime.
It was an all ages event which made the whole thing genuinely sweet and exciting as opposed to an ironic, hipster-centric event. I loved it. I also had to leave earlier as I was completely exhausted from my week and a day spent moving Elaine into her wonderful new pad (She has a lot of books; books are heavy!; Mark is out of shape.)
Here's my photostream of the evening (and yes, most of the pictures are crappy--if you look at the highest quality image you'll see more stuff). And here and here you can watch cameraphone videos of some hardcore roller derby action.
Oh, and I owe this experience completely to Cathy who blasted out an Evite to many people with the result being that, well, I came. She was hanging with her friend Justin from San Jose who I expect will shortly be moving to Seattle. Cathy kicks ass and apart from a brief tree climbing episode last summer I've not seen her in Seattle except for last night. I believe that qualifies as a crime.
I would make a really bad hermit. I love people. I love my family and friends. Connecting with people is probably the number one thing that makes me smile.
And so in the tradition of parents and grandparents who cut out the article from the local newspaper featuring the 4H trophy their progeny just received and then sedn copies to all of their friends I'm taking this moment to provide (an incomplete, I'm sure) list of things other people are up to that have hit my radar this week and make me smile.