So, today I hung a jury.

Well, first I had breakfast.

Breakfast of Jurors

Breakfast of Jurors

Then I put on lipstick

Lipstick

Lipstick

THEN I hung a jury

Hahaha. I don’t really want to recap the story, but I found it amusing that it was so easy for me to stand my ground while at least a couple of the dudes in the room clearly felt I was a total idiot…if not downright unamerican. “I’m sorry.” I said. “I missed lunch, too.” I said. “Yes, I’m pretty clear on the One-Witness Rule, thanks. We don’t have to have the judge come in here and explain it to me again.” But, you know…I handled it. I stood my ground. And even though the defendant seemed like a TOTAL asshole, I just didn’t think there was any proof that he was guilty. Sorry, guys!

So, that happened. That was interesting. It points me in the direction of some (if I can get all new agey for a second) inner work I need to do around what I will accept versus what I accept of others. Maybe if I figure it out, I’ll write about it here.

Anyway, after that – hair dying happened.

Bleached

Bleached

 

Dyed (wet)

Dyed (wet)

 

Dyed (Dry)

Dyed (Dry)

 

What's red and purple and nerd all over?

What’s red and purple and nerd all over?

And celebratory “Mom got the job” dinner with the boys.

And – YAY – Footie pajama dance party! Maybe even two more nights this week, too!

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I’m not sure why, but this Lawrence Lessig video that has been making the rounds depresses me. It was definitely brave for him to stand in front of a crowd of people, many of whom were most likely among the culprits identified in the talk…and identify them as culpable, in fact, pointedly so. However, the argument relied too much, in my mind, on this notion that the structure of power occurs by happy accident rather than by deviant design…

http://www.ted.com/talks/lawrence_lessig_we_the_people_and_the_republic_we_must_reclaim.html

…Or maybe Lessig is just way ahead of me, and he’s trying to foment the class war of the 1% Chrystia Freeland talks about in Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone else:

In a democratic age, the super-elite can survive if every millionaire is convinced he has a billionaire’s baton in his knapsack. If that conviction breaks down, the battle of the millionaires versus the billionaires could move from Cairo and Kiev to London and New York.

…or perhaps we just disagree. Which can happen between reasonable people.

So, then there are the Tax Evaders. Now you can punch them! http://taxevaders.net/

In fact, some people are playing “Tax Evader” on the sides of buildings owned by actual tax evaders!

Activists from Luminous Intervention play Tax Evaders video game with a Kinects on a Bank of America building in downtown Baltimore Wednesday night.  http://luminousintervention.org/ Photo: Casey Mckeel

Activists from Luminous Intervention play Tax Evaders video game with a Kinects on a Bank of America building in downtown Baltimore Wednesday night.
http://luminousintervention.org/
Photo: Casey Mckeel

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