hello world! some stuff: 1) brook's qawaali party is, without question, newsworthy. check out this really cool clip of them on CNN! http://www.brookmartinez.com/music.html 2) south dakota is trying to ban abortions, and they're doing a pretty good job. currently there is only 1 place to get an abortion in all of SD (pop.~770,000); Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls. they rotationally fly in 4 Minnesotan doctors only once a week. (pro-life) gov. mike rounds has yet to sign the bill, but it is only a matter of time. planned parenthood has challenged the law as illegal under Roe v. Wade, which it undoubtedly is. the hope is that the Supreme Court, with new justices roberts and alito, will take another look at the 1973 case. while i hope the south dakota law will be nullified, i know the race is WAY too close for comfort. abortion, from what i can discern, is unconstitutional because it violates our interpretation of "privacy." but these orwellian times of ours have shown how mutable and illusory our idea of privacy can be. 3) speaking of george orwell, i tried to reread '1984' recently. but had to put it down. boooring. but i did retackle my favorite book in the world, Infinite Jest, and it's great! i know it's not for everyone, but it's definitely for me.