I fished a small treefrog out of my car today. The little guy wanted to stay and come help me do research. Kept jumping on my shirt and hands. He did make it to the ground after much protest. My depiction of the event is below.
Why is she strong?
Much like many of our historical women here, she was an internationally recognized sculptor who had to fight against sexism and racism in the latter half of the 1800’s. She was African American and Native American both. Her art gave great respect to the subjects at hand at a time when many other sculptors did not. She lived in both the United States and Rome, Italy. The sculptures themselves are quite impressively done .
The alert student will notice that one of the links used today goes back to “Kickass Women In History”, a monthly special run by the fine people at the Smart B*tches, Trashy Books website. Many thanks are given to Ms. Carrie S.’s article published last week for giving me the idea for the lady to feature this week. Go check out their articles, they go far more into depth than I normally do in my sketches and writeups here.
Keep it civil, people.
 Also, she sculpted curls in marble way better than me. Seriously I have trouble making curls look right in drawing, much less sculpture.
I grew up with the SNES, and have been a longtime fan of Nintendo and Playstation games, to say nothing of various computer games, (Might and Magic series, The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri.) As I get older, however, I have been more interested in casual games promoted by the like of jayisgames and Big Fish, (the Margrave saga, Dark Parables series, Today I Die.)
Now, why would someone steeped so much in RPG’s and adventure games go to the casual gaming end of things? In my case, it is because I am looking for something different than the long-term commitment that can easily happen with an involved RPG . When I play an adventure game or RPG, I want a good story, a non-obnoxious battle system, and something more than “go to x area and kill 20 ogres” for every single sidequest. For a casual game I want something with good art and good story that I can pick up, complete in a reasonable amount of time, and then put down to perhaps complete again in the future . It’s a bit like speedrunning, only the game is so short that the game is over in a few hours at most anyway. It fulfills a different need for me than a wonderfully involved and complex adventure game cannot.
Casual gaming is not the enemy of other video game genres. It is simply another way to experience a good story.
 Seriously, some of those RPG’s can take forever. I got cured of 100% completion tendencies by Baten Kaitos though. That game would cure ANYONE.
 I have a tendency to play a given game rapturously for days, put it down for weeks, then pick up where I left off again later. This holds for me for both casual and regular video games.