Content Management for Dummies

Posted in Media on October 8th, 2008 by Дмитрий

Hmmm… The Charlotte Observer should try a little harder to customize their php template. It’s obviously the same one 365Gay uses. The fact that even fairly large commercial sites are using out-of-the-box content management systems with little customizing is telling about how much they feel like investing in their web design…

Sad Day for Cookie Lovers

Posted in Economics, Food, Geekdom on October 9th, 2008 by Дмитрий

A fixture from my childhood will soon be no more. I used to eat these little animal frosties by the handful. They were the most ubiquitous cookies found around family homes in my social circles and those of my parents. Inevitably someone would bring them to class whenever it was treat day. I will miss them terribly, even though I haven’t had any in a long time. Luckily, I can munch on this haul until December or January when they’ll start to go bad. One bag will be placed in state in our own grocery store museum.


Mother's Last Cookies

Seven Years Smitten

Posted in Family on October 26th, 2008 by Дмитрий

Who would’ve thought a crotchety curmudgeon like me deserved to have spent the last seven years of his life with the most amazing guy on earth?

I love you, baby.

Я за Обама.

Posted in About Me, Americana, Economics on October 26th, 2008 by Дмитрий

But with reservations.

As others have said, the Democrats don’t exactly offer a solid set of cohesive policy positions that are materially different from the Republicans. Both parties are pretty much meaningless wafflers with nothing to show from eight years of leadership (the Republicans) or eight years of prior peace and prosperity (the Clinton Democrats).

I voted for Obama, despite my conscience telling me that if I really wanted to vote for someone I should have voted for McKinney. Instead I voted against Palin. Like 99% of all other Americans, my vote meant nothing when it came to policy preferences - it only meant my reaction against the politicians I despised.

I would become a Democrat, and a true supporter of Democrat politicians, if the new congress and administration would institute legislation improving the viability of independent and third-party politicians. There is absolutely no reason they will, and no legal incentive to make them even interested in this as a policy platform. But I think it might be the single most important issue to me right now.

Sure, the plausible financial collapse, petro-crash and bio-technological armageddon of the coming century are important items for any politicians to address, but I don’t think any politicians beholden to wide, morally ambiguous duopoly-wielding parties will ever have the courage to even suggest the major changes to our political and economic landscape that are necessary to prevent a wide-scale economic-environmental tragedy. Many parties with solid and explicit ideas working slowly in coalitions over a period of many administrations would be better poised for this.

Whether such a new America can be achieved without significant constitutional revisions is questionable. Whether significant constitutional revisions would result in anything short of the collapse of the American polity is even more questionable.

Ultimately, making changes to my own life to improve my ability to survive in any potential political-economic scenario will be the only thing that will give me true security. Democrats won’t. Republicans won’t. The US Constitution won’t. In other words, I still think my vote means nothing and I don’t think I can control my country or its direction. What I can control is the amount of debt I have to others, how economically independent I am, how vocationally adaptable I am, and how handy I am with practical skills, intellectual endurance, and social conscience.

I voted for Obama, but I still don’t have much hope.

Godless Sodomites Rape Santa Claus

Posted in Assholery, Sods on October 27th, 2008 by Дмитрий

These ads are rich.

The only two arguments being made by the Yes on 8 people are 1) Half the California Supreme Court should not have been allowed to override half the California electorate (by declaring Prop 22 illegal, a ballot measure which received about the same margin of ‘yes’ vote as the May Supreme Court ruling) and 2) Same-Sex marriage will result in children being taught about homosexuality and thus boys will immediately start ass-fucking.

Of course, on the first, one of the reasons we have a judiciary is to protect rights from angry mobs. I’m sure most of these fundies would more than welcome court intervention in a popular uprising against guns or protestantism (both likely to be issues in an increasingly liberal and Catholic state).

On the second, I can only chuckle. The idea, I suppose, is that if kids learn that homosexuality exists, they’ll immediately ignite a statewide orgy and never look back. Nevermind the fact that most currently practicing homosexuals didn’t learn much about sex at all until adolescence. What’s really scary here is that these people think that avoiding discussions about sexuality or specifically homosexuality would reduce the potential of gay kids. That’s really the issue. Bigots still think that if they shield their kids from happy homosexuals that their kids are less likely to be homosexual.

If you became straight because your parents denied knowledge of homosexuality to you, please comment - I’d love to hear from you!

Propositioning Me

Posted in Americana on October 30th, 2008 by Дмитрий

A few things I’ve learned in the past couple months of living in California (whilst not being a resident)…

First, I assume this is what foreign workers feel like when they go to work in a land in which they are not citizens, to some extent. I was able to vote in the Presidential election, but neither candidate is advertizing in California, so all I get are the statewide and local ads, and the disempowering feeling is quite profound.

Aside from the aforementioned Prop 8, I’ve been intrigued by Prop 2, which is a measure to enforce new animal farm rules in the state. The pro team has a lot going for it: most of my own prior reading tells me that humane, organic farming methods are very successful in combating diseases like E Coli and Mad Cow disease. It’s interesting of course, that the anti-Prop 2 site uses the same “safety” issues to encourage Californians to vote against the measure.

It’s kind of telling that the No campaign does not have any visible link allowing visitors to actually read the measure. I read it on the Yes website, and the measure itself is only 2 lines: Animals have to be able to turn around and lay down in their cages. It’s a total of 3 pages, but all but these two lines are mostly definitions and standard legalese.

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The Economist Decides

Posted in Americana on October 31st, 2008 by Дмитрий

…Mr Obama in that respect is a gamble. But the same goes for Mr McCain on at least as many counts, not least the possibility of President Palin. And this cannot be another election where the choice is based merely on fear. In terms of painting a brighter future for America and the world, Mr Obama has produced the more compelling and detailed portrait. He has campaigned with more style, intelligence and discipline than his opponent. Whether he can fulfil his immense potential remains to be seen. But Mr Obama deserves the presidency.

Damn Right-Wing Cornucopians.