Archive for May, 2010

Elements tournament this weekend.

Posted in Dollhouse and gaming with tags , on May 27, 2010 by toresimonsen

There is an Elements tournament this weekend. I signed up, but do not have much in the way of expectations as my assumption is that decks with shards will do much better than those without shards. I have no shards, but maybe I can still have fun. (Correction: Shards are upgraded cards. Upgraded cards are not allowed. This is good news!)

To be sure, tournaments in video gaming are always a risky- sometimes overriding the fun. I’ve had some lame online gaming experiences in the past. Hopefully, this will not prove to be one of them. I need a diversion.

Order issued in Vikings Williams’ Trial.

Posted in Dollhouse and Minnesota Vikings with tags , , , , on May 21, 2010 by toresimonsen

The order is now online.

The court found that NFL is the employer for purposes of DATWA. The court found that the NFL is a joint employer with the Minnesota Vikings.

The court also found that DATWA did apply to the NFL’s drug testing in the case. The court found that the DATWA confidentiality provisions were violated.

The problem for the plaintiff appears to be harm. Neither Kevin Williams nor Pat Williams made a strong case for their damages. The court writes, “Although, Defendants failed to comply with DATWA‟s three-day notification requirement, Plaintiffs testified that they did not suffer any harm as a result of the delay. “

Finally, the court found that neither Kevin Williams nor Pat Williams proved a breach of DATWA’s confidentiality by the NFL of a preponderance of the evidence.

The request for a permanent injunction prohibiting the NFL from disciplining the players was likewise denied.

One should not ignore these findings (#7 and #16):

“That Kevin has never taken steroids, performance enhancing drugs, or attempted to mask any banned substance.”

“That Pat has never taken steroids, performance enhancing drugs, or attempted to mask any banned substance.”

Talk of the Stacks: 2010 Finale- Einstein’s God.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 19, 2010 by toresimonsen

I am at Talk of the Stacks. Tonight the speaker is Krista Tippet. She is the final speaker in the 2010 series. She is talking about her new book, Einstein’s God. (Overshadowing the lecture is the stark reality that I will probably have to stay at Safe Bay tonight. I am on the wait list, but there is no room at the shelter tonight. I’m going to try to somehow put that out of my mind as the lecture begins). The crowd is packed. It is not clear that there are enough seats in the audience for all of the people who are here. A quick count reveals 7 seats are available, but they are going to be filled up as well. Afterwards, there will the book signing. Magers and Quinn donates a portion of sales of the books to the Talk of the Stacks efforts. Judging by the crowd, Krista Tippet is a much anticipated author. Her books included details about her own spiritual journal.

Krista Tippet takes the stage and begins to talk about the joy of libraries. She feels that a library is filled with treasures that anyone can enjoy for free. She relied heavily upon the libraries for resources in starting her show and finding diverse guests including muslim voices.

Krista Tippet is discussing the relationship between nature, science, and religion. She wants to avoid what she sees as a pointless tension between science and religion. Religion is re-emerging as a global issue. Krista Tippet sees religion as a linchpin of diverse identities.

Krista Tippet wants to talk about the issue of religion intelligently, with a focus on science. Tippet is talking about the diverse inspirations of scientists.

Tippets subject is Einstein and she begins to discuss Einstein’s religious perceptions. According to Tipppet, Einstein’s religious and philosophical statements have been overlooked. Einstein was attempting to look at past, present, and future as an illusion. Time, for Einstein, was subjective and cyclical. Einstein saw the past, present, and future as block time. (The idea appears to be that time is eternal.)

She makes an Einstein joke about God playing dice.

Tippet then talks about the dangers of “soundbite” arguments that reduce science and religion to soundbites. Tippet does not see any inherent tension between science and religion and feels that often reinforce each other.

Tippet feels that the cultural narrative that places science at odds with religion leads us astray.

Tippet also takes the time for some geek humor.

Spoofing Neibuhr, Tippets says she wants her show to have t-shirts that read, “I am my own most vexing problem.”

At the end of the night, I stand in a long line and hand Tippet my latest public advisory. I thank her for an interesting discussion, focusing on time but not making much sense owing to my own fatigue.

At a minimum, like other journalists, she is now aware of the campaign to save Dollhouse.

Commuting to shelters.

Posted in Dollhouse and homeless with tags , , on May 16, 2010 by toresimonsen

I have spent a few days in St. Paul. The conditions at Harbor lights proved simply intolerable. The environment is noisy, overcrowded, and chaotic. Although I am on a waitlist at Our Savior, I have not been able to get in. (I finally got in on Friday). The process of moving in and out of a place every week and going to lottery over and over again is stressful and seems counterproductive.

St. Paul offers its own set of challenges. I am not entirely familiar with the area. I have opted to stay at Dorothy Day. Check in at Dorothy Day appears to have the both random PBT testing and bag searches at the door. Dorothy Day now provides bedding to people staying in the free to stay area. You get a plastic bag to store the bedding in and write your name to keep track of it from night to night. You should inspect the bedding before use as it may not be clean.
Check in is at 8:30 p.m. and exit is 6:30 a.m. The center reopens at 9:00 a.m.

In the morning, I opt to go to Salvation Army for breakfast. The breakfast seems more like a dinner or lunch at times, but the food is not in short supply. The center does not open until 7:15 or 7:20 because service does not start until 7:30 a.m. (I am not entirely sure why departure from Dorothy Day is 6:30 a.m. when breakfast is not served until 7:30 a.m.)
Dinner has been a bit more problematic than anticipated. Last fall when I spent a few days at Dorothy Day they served hot meals even during the later check in. Now it is sandwiches.
Between 6:30-7:30 there are few things one can do. There is a free hotspot at the St. Paul Convention center provided by Headwaters cafe. I am not entirely sure what there hours are as they seem to close fairly early (3pm) and open later (7 am) than the coffee shops in Minneapolis. I picked up a cup of coffee at the cafe. There is also a document printing company inside the convention center. It is tucked away in a small corner of the building. You have to go upstairs and toward the carpetted area and go through the glass doors on the right.

The library hours are also a bit different. The library is typically open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Monday has different hours, but since Monday is lottery day, I won’t be in St. Paul anyway. The library does provide access to the internet. In my experience, such access was limited to 1 hour per day per library. You need to library hop in order to get more than 1 hour. In Minneapolis, the access to the internet seems much better- allowing for multiple renewals. The wi-fi access is unlimited at St. Paul so having a laptop or netbook is critical in that circumstances. For people without their own laptops, netbooks, or wi-fi capable devices, Minneapolis is probably a better bet. There is a scanner on the third floor, but you will probably need a usb stick to take full advantage of it. Printing costs a dime.

Transportation can get a bit sticky. MTC has placed automated machines inside their store. Points of sale appear to close relatively early, which means you cannot count on purchasing fare after 5 p.m. This can make it very difficult for someone like me. I can’t buy the fare until I know that I have a bed at Our Savior. I don’t find out until 6 p.m. The smart thing would be to have a token in stock for such an occasion. (Free bus rides would again be helpful).

After a few days in St. Paul, I headed back to Our Savior. My first night in Our Savior I had a room all to myself. It is the first time in months I have had a room to myself. Still, it meant a bed that could have been used was not. Some people have been wondering why the shelters do not call us, rather than always vice-versa.

In any case, my last night at Our Savior is tonight and then the cycle of stupidity begins again with a new lottery Monday.

Boring legal paperwork finished.

Posted in Dollhouse and censorship with tags , on May 13, 2010 by toresimonsen

It is unfortunate that litigation is so horribly boring and time consuming. One could easily lose perspective and forget that this all started because I was trying to express my love for Eliza Dushku.

My response to the request for answers to interrogatories is here.

My response to the request for production of documents is here.

I’m not adding the attachments, because the file sizes are probably too large.

Grandmother’s Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 7, 2010 by toresimonsen

At talk of the stacks, the focus is on Barbara Graham’s anthology Eye of My Heart about being a grandmother. It includes 27 essays about being a grandmother. The event is timed with mother’s day.

The presentation featured readings by Sandra Benitez and Judith Guest.

I know nothing about being a grandmother, so this should be very interesting.

Each author will read excerpts for their book.

Barbara Graham never considered doing a book about being a grandmother. When she became a grandmother, she realized that being a grandmother is much harder than she thought.

Sandra Benitez is talking about her story about an “owie” tree. She also wrote a book called Bag Lady. The story seems very serious.

On a more light hearted note, Judith Guest speaks about a trip she took with her three granddaughters. Judith Guest’s trip is a humorous account of the trip. The audience laughs hysterically as she reads her essay. The audience adored her essay. When they had a chance to actually hear the essay, Judith Guest’s granddaughters were upset about the fact that she left out all the fun parts from the trip.

Barbara Graham then reads an excerpt from her book. It is far more serious and focuses on fitting in as a grandmother and on the pain of having a grandchild move far away.

The essays seem to focus on the joy and pain of being a grandmother. The authors talk about the pressure to be a grandparent and the challenges grandparents face when families change.

On the upside, they all talk about how the relationship is about love without responsibility.

Overall, the event was very successful. The post reading book signing did not have enough books for everyone. They sold out. There were some complaints about that fact.

I, of course, continued to conduct outreach to save Dollhouse.

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Pandora

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 by toresimonsen

Stanley High School performs Pandora by Randall Standridge at the Hennepin County Government Center. (It should be noted it was “delusive” hope, among other things.) Stanley High School was heading to Chicago to perform in a competition. Good luck to them.