Sep 27, 2007

Two plu two

Speak what?

Well, let me just say this. If I went to Germany, or France, or Spain, or Italy, I'd bring a dictionary to help me understand the language. And I'd use it. Whether I really needed to or not. It's just a simple courtesy.

I'd want to learn another's culture, their way of thinking, how they live. Isn't that the point? Not to turn them into another me.

I mean, I don't go visit people to I can take over their house. Do you?

Stephen Collins: To Continue in English, Press "1" - Politics on The Huffington Post

Sep 25, 2007


Michael J. Klarman: Why Little Rock Mattered - Politics on The Huffington Post
Fifty years ago today, President Eisenhower sent federal troops into Little Rock, Arkansas to defend the right of nine African American students to attend formerly all-white Central High School.

And fifty years later, there is still fighting over something as petty as the right to sit under a schoolyard tree?

Why doesn't that seem completely idiotic to most people in this country? Don't we have more important things to deal with than the color of somebody's skin? People are dying because they can't get medicine or health care. There are people in this country who still don't know how to read. There is polluted air, and streams we can no longer swim in. Yet we are spending hundreds, thousands of dollars because someone wanted to sit under a tree and their skin was not the right color?

Sep 22, 2007

Show me the money

Chris and Pat

I love the song The Ballad of Chris and Pat by Jody Kessler. It speaks to the commonality of love and relationships, no matter the gender.

what divides us is fear, what unites us is love
we must ask ourselves what we're afraid of
for no matter what manner of loving we choose
it's the love that our spirits is made of

I agree with Dana's belief that traditional marriage is a flawed institution. Many of the protections of marriage still necessary today are for reasons that should no longer be, but are, unfortunately. The inability to value each partner's contribution, whether or not it results in a paycheck, is one. The "ownership" of offspring is another. The equitable division of property. Our out-dated structure of marriage no longer covers the changing face of relationships. Many marriages are not based on the dad-works-mom-raises-the-kids Cleaver standards. Second marriages bring other issues, such as protecting the inheritance of children of the first marriage. So, it seems, the majority of marriages today really need some fine-tuning.

Marriage is a contract. Actually, two - the one made for the state and the one made in the eyes of your religion of choice. One needs little negotiation. The other needs to be negotiated thoroughly from the beginning, and re-negotiated to maintain equity as circumstances change. To some, this may seem cold and unemotional. But doing so gives the parties the opportunity to re-commit, to remind each other of the spiritual and emotional reasons they chose to join their lives in the first place, especially when people are living longer.

We all, now and then, need a little reminding of what's truly important to us.

apophenia: San Diego mayor backs same-sex marriage

Sep 21, 2007


Sep 14, 2007


I block ads.

I block ads.

I block ads because I am an intelligent, capable women.

I am able to determine when I want and need to buy a car. Until then, I don't give a damn that you, dear advertiser, think you have the best thing going and if I don't put my butt in the seat and my foot on the pedal right now, my life will be forever bereft of joy, satisfaction, and good health.

I am able to determine when I need something. I am able to determine when I don't. When I'm ready to buy something and want to know what the latest and greatest is, what the pricing structure is, and anything else that goes into the decision, I'll be glad to look at your ads. But until then, please get them out of my face. Especially when it's something I have never had, never wanted, nor ever intend to buy. Seeing your wonderful ad blinking incessantly on the side of the page is not going to change that. Sorry.

Until you can show me that you even begin to understand these concepts, that you agree to give me a choice to exercise my free will about what type of ads I see, when I see them, and how I see them, I will block ads.

Web ad blocking may not be (entirely) legal | CNET

Gimme the news I want

Well, now, you'd think this would be fairly obvious. Who conducts these studies, any way? More important question - who analyzes this data? Better question - who pays to conduct these studies, and what interest do they have in the results?

Give us an easy way to determine what news we want to see - nothing to digg, or furl, or reddit, or clevernamedsiteofthemoment. Give us an easy way to grade what's provided, choose types of stories, etc. How about a "this sucks" button right on the tv?

Then conduct your surveys and tell us what ground-breaking analysis you've come up with.

PC World - Huge Disparity Among News Sites
"The other issue, which the report does address to a limited degree, is that audience for Digg and Reddit is principally young, male, tech enthusiasts," he wrote. "The 'users' or 'citizens' of these sites are in no way representative of the broad, diverse group of mainstream news consumers. The problem is that a very small percentage of Digg's and Reddit's citizens control the news on the site -- very much like a group of traditional editors. They may not be 'professionals,' but they are acting as a traditional editorial hierarchy."
At least Scott got it right.

Sep 11, 2007

9/11 Remembrance

Absolutely powerful. So glad Jeff is still with us today, to keep alive the memory of what we human beings can do to each other in the name of...what, exactly? What is worth so much loss?

BuzzMachine » Blog Archive » Retracing my steps

Sep 1, 2007

What do you WANT?

More of this. This is what social networking can unearth - an unexpected treasure, and from Pittsburgh. - An Unpredictable Web Series