About the homework thing – research has shown that homework doesn’t help in a child’s education really until secondary/high school.
I’m really digging the band Kill Hannah at the moment I don’t know if it’ll be any of your type of thing, but it’s cool. They’re also a Chicago based band – Billy himself praised them, stating that they’re the future of chicago rock!
And i’ve got, and have played heavily, the Metal Gear Online beta trial. It’s pretty awesome!