Saturday, October 02, 2004

Mock Trial

So, I was a witness this morning for mock trial teams doing advocacy competition/practice. I signed up as a volunteer to help out (first-year students are encouraged to do so as practice of our own) as a witness or bailiff.

1. It was extremely educational.
2. I found out last night I was the defendant. This ties directly into point 3, below, to wit:
3. I knew frick-all about the facts of the case.

*wilts*

But it was OK. Witnesses doubled as jurors (so the lawyers had someone to look at when giving their arguments). This trial practice wasn't for me in being a witness, it was for them in being an advocate.

So. Next time? I'll just assume I'm going to get a last minute 'need a witness' call and just read whatever is published for the competitors. I didn't want to do that before because I didn't want to know stuff I as witness wasn't supposed to know. Now I know I should just look at this like a play, and be ready to ad lib for my character, whatever it is.

That's the good thing about feeling like a dork: it's so motivating.

Plus, I got to listen to the judge's critique -- you can bet I'll remember it for when my turn comes in a couple years.

Antigone

Politics. Passion. Pride.

Antigone.

Run, do not walk, to see this contemporary retelling of Sophocles' Antigone. Set in a day like today (normal language, people! no weird rhyming!), neither Creon nor Antigone will bend to one another over what they consider personally and socially fundamental beliefs.

Power. Religion. And Greek tragedy. Go see it.

Nora Theatre Company and the Boston Playwrights' Theater, 949 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA. 617 931-2000/617 491-2026 for tickets. Only two more days at this location.

If you get a chance to see this adaptation, by Richard McElvain, take it. You won't regret it.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

SpaceShipOne

I'm watching a webcast with no sound, so I'm not sure, but I think SpaceShipOne is in the air right now.

(It'll spend an hour climbing to altitude, de-couple, fire rockets to boost into space -- 62+ miles/100 km above the Earth -- and glide back home. Alas, I will be in Contracts class during that time.)

(10:16 a.m. EST)

The followup flight is currently scheduled for early next week (must be within 14 days to be eligible for the prize).

This will be the second time SS1 has hit space, the first was in June of this year.

(edited 3:05 p.m. EST) SS1 did it! Now, next week's flight!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Voting rights, anyone?

Blackwell Rulings Rile Voting Advocates (PDF) -- Secretary of State Blackwell says voter registrations must follow card-stock rule(s), and precinct boards must strictly interpret the rules involving provisional ballots.

Dems Sue to Block Poll Rule -- this is on the provisional ballots, not the card-stock issue.


Sunday, September 26, 2004

Former Auschwitz Residents Sue Bush Family

How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

God knows, nothing that happened "back then" affects today or is in any way important, which is why we're spending all this time in Election 2004 talking about our candidates' service, or lack thereof, in Vietnam.