Well. I recently tried to "get involved," by sending both of my California Senators a polite non-form-letter e-mail regarding the SSSCA. So far, I have recieved only the following form e-mail (and this, as far as I can tell, was not even sent automagically, as I received it several days after my original e-mail):
Dear Mr. Crowder:
Thank you for contacting my office to express your views.
I believe that all citizens should become involved in our legislative process by letting their voices be heard. I appreciate the time and effort that you took to share your thoughts. One of the most important aspects of my job is keeping informed about the views of my constituents, and I welcome your comments so that I may continue to represent California to the best of my ability.
Again, thank you for your correspondence.
Not signed. That was from Senator Boxer's office. It turns out both of California's Senators have previously voted in support of the DMCA, so I doubt they'll be even slightly less predictable with regard to the SSSCA (which has serious implications -- both ways -- for California's economy, no matter how you look at it).
Recently finished reading The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, and Theodore Rex. Can't wait for Edmund Morris to finish the third volume in this trilogy. TR is truly one of the most dynamic and amazing presidents in our history.
Picked up Stephen Hawking's The Universe in a Nutshell. Want to read Victor Davis Hanson's Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power next.
Very busy at work lately, team is finding a very solid direction and moving forward at what seems to be a brisk, useful pace we did not have before, largely thanks to new leadership on multiple levels. I expect to learn a lot about RTS game AI over the next few months.