Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dog Feces, the Board Game

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 5:00 PM

As a parent to a ten year old, I'm aware of children and their general fascination with all things scatological, I'm almost certain that this game's mere presence in my house would cause me to bash in my own head with a bat. Thanks for nothing, Europe!:

Doggie Doo, Europe's top new action game, has come to America. Feed and walk your little pup, if he makes a mess you clean it up! When you squeeze his leash he makes a gassy sound that gets louder and louder until...plop. The first to clean up after the dog three times wins. For 2-4 players.

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One Thing We Won't Be Doing on Our Website

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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For your reference: at the Weekly, we're not fans of animations that cross your computer screen and make some sort of noise. Just so you know.

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Congress on Verge of Honoring Gabe Zimmerman

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Gabe Zimmerman with the Declaration of Independence

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote tomorrow to name a room at the U.S. Capitol in honor of Gabe Zimmerman, the "constituent whisperer" who was slain in the Jan. 8 shooting rampage. The press release from Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' office:

The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to name a room in the Capitol in honor of Gabe Zimmerman, slain aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Zimmerman is the only congressional staff member to be slain in the line of duty.

Some 402 of the 435 members of the House are cosponsors of House Resolution 364, naming room HVC 215 in the Capitol Visitor Center as the Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz of Florida, a close friend of Giffords. Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona was the lead Republican co-sponsor.

Numerous members of the House today spoke in support of the bill, with a vote scheduled for tomorrow. Because the room is on the House side of the Capitol, the resolution needs to be approved only by the House to be effective.

There will be a formal dedication of the room in early 2012 when a plaque bearing Zimmerman’s likeness will be unveiled.

“We deeply appreciate this show of support by the House of Representatives,” Ben Zimmerman, Gabe’s younger brother, said today, speaking on behalf of the Zimmerman family. “This is a wonderful way to memorialize my brother, Gabe.

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Most Supermarket Shoppers Are Inconsiderate Jerks

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 3:00 PM

A blog at Discover Magazine's site has a summary of John Trinkaus' limited observational research about the behavior of supermarket shoppers, who apparently can't be bothered to throw away garbage, put their carts where they belong, or care about item limits in express lanes:


An informal enquiry of the behavior of 500 supermarket shoppers clearing carts of litter prior to entering the store showed that 69% dumped the rubbish into another cart, 26% dropped it on the sidewalk, and 5% deposited it in a trash container.

An informal enquiry suggested that only about one out of five shoppers, when finished using shopping carts, returned them to a designated depository.

A total of 68 15-min. observations of customers’ behavior at a food supermarket suggests that only about 7% of shoppers observe the item limit of the express lane. The averages tended to be about four pieces.

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Arts People, Help Us Help You

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM

While it might seem a little early to you, putting together our Spring Arts Preview is serious business. As you read this, Calendar Girl (as editor Jimmy Boegle puts it, "her term, not mine") Linda Ray is working hard to put together our comprehensive guide to what's happening between January 15th through the summer in galleries, museums, on stages and everywhere else artsy. However, inevitably once the issue hits the stands, someone will complain that they weren't included, so this is your warning. We have to have the information to include it in this issue, and we'd love your help in getting all that information together in one place.

If you are an artist, someone affiliated with art, or know someone with some sort of art thing going on in Tucson during the first half of 2012, please let us know what's happening. We don't even need an actual press release. You don't even have to use complete sentences! Send us the start date, end date, hours or show times, ticket or admission prices and, of course, the titles of your events to listings@tucsonweekly.com, and we'll get it out to Tucson. Thanks.

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Wait, Is That Wonder Woman on That Couch?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM

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Nope, just some woman wearing an incredibly deceiving slanket. Somehow, I assume most of these are being sold to people with $33.18 to spare (plus shipping) and a fetish they never thought could be made real, but I could be wrong.

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Poll: Arizonans Warming to Gay Marriage and Prefer ASU to UA

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 12:30 PM

A few more tidbits from that Public Policy Polling survey that looked at Arizonans' attitudes on a whole range of issues: Old folks don't like gay marriage, but the kids are cool with it; people still like Barry Goldwater; ASU (heartbreakingly) beats out UA as a favorite university (although Democrats like UA and Republicans like ASU); and Arizonans don't look fondly on the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Here's the release from PPP:

-If you want to see the extent to which public opinion is shifting on gay marriage, just look at Arizona. In 2008 the state's voters passed a gay marriage ban by a 56-44 margin. Now they're almost evenly divided on the issue with only 45% of voters in the state saying they think it should be illegal and 44% thinking it should be legal. When you look at the age breakdown on this issue you can see where public opinion is headed: 48% of seniors think gay marriage should not be allowed, while only 39% think it should be. But among voters under 30, 57% think it should be legal to only 25% who think it should be illegal. Looking at those numbers I'm pretty confident that by 2020- or maybe even 2016- voters in the state would pass a proposition to legalize gay marriage.

In 2006 Arizonans voted down a proposed ban that would also have targeted civil unions and these numbers show why that happened- 72% of voters, including even 59% of Republicans, support some type of legal recognition for same sex couples either in the form of full marriage rights or civil unions. Just 27% are totally opposed to any kind of recognition.

-Just out of curiosity we asked Arizonans to look back and give us their thoughts on Barry Goldwater and he has poll numbers that any politician in the state would love to have: 51% of voters see him favorably to only 20% with an unfavorable opinion. 30% have no opinion one way or the other, and unsurprisingly those folks skew to the young side on the age spectrum. What's maybe most interesting about Goldwater's numbers is that he does pretty well across party lines. Certainly Republicans (65/9) and independents (53/16) give him his best reviews, as you would expect. But even with Democrats he's on favorable ground at 34/32. History is treating him well, at least on the home front.

-Arizona State is the favorite college of voters in the state with 36% choosing it to 29% for Arizona and 16% for Northern Arizona. Interestingly this is a partisan issue with the Sun Devils favored 45-25 by Republicans, but the Wildcats winning out 37-30 with Democrats.

Arizona voters built up loyalties to a variety of different baseball teams with Spring Training ties to the state before 1998, when the Diamondbacks began playing. But our numbers suggest their hearts quickly transferred to the home town team- 65% of Arizonans say that the Diamondbacks are their favorite baseball team with no one else even achieving double digits- the Cubs are at 6%, the Rockies at 5%, the Yankees at 4%, the Angels and Giants at 2%, and the A's and Padres at only 1%.

Arizonans aren't as supportive of the Cardinals- only 49% pick them as their favorite NFL team to 8% for the Packers, 6% for the Broncos, 5% for the Cowboys and 49ers, 3% for the Chargers, and 2% for the Raiders and Steelers.

-Arizona is one state where the Occupy Wall Street movement is not making a good impression- only 36% of voters say they support its goals to 44% who express opposition. Meanwhile they're closely divided on the Tea Party with 44% of voters indicating support for that movement and 42% against it. Asked which of the two they like better voters choose the Tea Party by a 45-37 margin, including a 47-32 spread with independents.

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(Old) Career Advice for Aspiring Journalists

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM

The Atlantic dug up a video from Vocational Guidance Films, Inc., which makes journalism seem awfully glamorous, as long as you're a man and it's still 1940.

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