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My Boo's first art show is this coming Thursday. I'm so proud and stuff.


Why I hate the term "politically correct"

Well, I hate it because it's nothing but a catch phrase people use when they've been called on being a thoughtless jerk, and they want to put the blame back on the people who are objecting to their jerkiness, instead of taking responsibility and maybe learning a little something. Not really that complicated I guess... Anyway - I wanted to share this post, in it's entirety because it's that good.

Spark of Wisdom: In Defense of Going for the ThroatCollapse )

Oct. 18th, 2010

Interesting week - lots of ups and downs. Work is unspeakable - I have 8 active projects and 3 more gearing up. Fortunately we have a major bundled release this week and (fingers crossed) that will mean at least 3 of my active projects ship and are gone. Pray Goddess. Another ships in a couple of weeks, hopefully.

It wasn't a mass weekend, but there was a lot of O.T.O. activity...Collapse )

Not even remotely work safe

.Watch it anyway. :-)
Stolen from contentlove :

RrrrrAAAArrrrr Thunder Lizard!

Gacked from lupagreenwolf -
If you've ever eaten broccoli while pretending it was a tree and you were a dinosaur, repost this in your journal. Then see how many of your friends are just as awesome as you are.

So what's your favorite dinosaur? I always liked Brontosaurus best, although I'm also very fond of T-Rex and the non-dinosaur but still awesome (and fossilized) SaberTooth Tiger. Brontosaurus, it seems, never really existed as such. But whatever - my inner seven year old totally doesn't care.

Time flees

I just noticed that I'll have my second Saturn return in 2012, which is awfully soon for that I think. Wow. And 2 of my kids have Saturn in Scorpion as well (a difficult household, occasionally).

Bloomberg's "ground zero" speech

 It's a really good speech -

"We've come here to Governors Island to stand where the earliest settlers first set foot in New Amsterdam, and where the seeds of religious tolerance were first planted. We come here to see the inspiring symbol of liberty that more than 250 years later would greet millions of immigrants in this harbor. And we come here to state as strongly as ever, this is the freest city in the world. That's what makes New York special and different and strong."
Full text and the article here.


I wanted to talk a little bit about this, or rather, what all this brings up for me. Country, tradition, stuff like that. I'm a liberal and that's a joke to some folks - it's a standard idea in our country of late that there's something strong and free about worshiping militaristic authority figures and the harsh laws they pass. I think the opposite. I think people become conservatives because they feel sheltered when they are told what to do, and people carry on about 'self reliance' as an excuse for not helping others because they feel impoverished and are afraid of being forced to give up what little they have. I come from a large, conservative, and mostly poor family, so while I am simplifying, I'm not just guessing here. They make themselves small by forgetting they are part of something bigger. They shouldn't be allowed to make the rest of us small as well.

The first person in my family to settle here came over in 1620, the most recent in 1841. They were willing to leave everything they knew to come to an unknown, hostile land... and steal it. Think about it - that's not something financially secure, socially respectable (or even well adjusted) people do. They were adventurers, economic opportunists, fringe religionists, and criminals. That's our heritage, and not a unique one either. I wonder if that's part of why we're so afraid of current immigrants?


I love this country deeply and passionately. And a huge part of what I love about it are the ideas - that marvelous blend of idealism and pragmatism that marks our foundational documents and speeches. It hurts and infuriates me to see those ideas under attack. And things like the current debates over the 'ground zero mosque' and immigration are full frontal attacks on the things I love.


We give, or at least are legally supposed to give, equal standing, protection, and opportunity to everyone, regardless of who they are. We haven't always lived up to the ideal but it's always been there, and trying to live up to it teaches us to be better. We aren't a small beleaguered village afraid of everybody else. We are a great county, whose strength is founded on the recognition of deep and universal principles. "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal". That's why illegal immigrants have the same rights as everybody else. That's why we don't judge an entire religion by the actions of a few people. That's why Gitmo is an abomination. That's why we don't have an official language or an official religion. That's why we don't have to carry documents telling the police who we are - because we are free people by unalienable right, not by the 'permission' of authority.


We give the same rights to citizens and non citizens because those rights are so dear to us we don't degrade them by limiting them. I despise people who want to throw these rights away. I mean that. They are putting small dislikes and fear above strength and nobility. We throw our rights away when we try to keep them for ourselves but deny them to others. Or worse, treat our sacred rights like luxuries we can’t afford. They should die of shame.


I'm fine with people who live, or want to live, elsewhere. The world is large and interesting and I'm speaking of human worth and equality under the law, not nationalism. And no, I don't think we're better than everybody else, or have the best standard of living, or even decent health care. I know we don't. But if we actually acted as if we believed that people matter, that their worth is innate, that freedom and  individual rights are unalienable, we'd be much better off. All of us. 


Apparently, the area I grew up in (Columbia City / Rainer Valley / Beacon Hill) is the most diverse in the country. According to msnbc, anyway, but they got it from the census bureau. Kinda cool, that.

This and that

It’s been a very up and down few weeks – I don’t post much anymore, but that’s not because I’m posting a lot on face book or leaving LJ. It’s just the difficulty in posting from work, since my company blocks most parts of the LJ site. I can post from home of course, but I don’t want to spend my evenings at the computer if I can help it. All day is enough.


Anyway – work stress is high, not because of the amount of work as much as the constant churn. We’ve been moved under a very strict development process, and we’re audited to make sure we follow it to the letter. Our bonuses and, for some people, our pay is tied to how well we follow the process. But the process is idiotic, and so it’s being “Refined to better meet our business needs”. Working under a rigorously enforced, convoluted process which changes constantly is… yeah. Work stress is high, as I said.

OTO stuff is going well, the last few months have been nice. K and I did both masses in July, which can feel like a lot sometimes, but both of these were nourishing. Nice group, good turnout. We had 15 people on Saturday, even though it was a rare sunny day, and I gave out 3 Minerval apps, a 2nd and a 4th.

The next day was Joseph T’s Promulgation lecture, which went very well. Joseph is really good at getting people to join in, which we did – I enjoyed it and I think it was helpful.

I was amazed at the turnout we got for the Sunday July mass – it was Capitol Hill block party weekend, and most of our street was blocked off – it was really hard to get to our door even if you know where it is. Much less park – yeesh. I expected nobody. :-) But we had 5 people besides the team, one of them new, intrepid soul that he is. And I gave out a Minerval app, a 1st and a 3rd. That was cool. And then, a weekend with no events I had to do anything for! Next weekend too - amazing and wonderful. I might do something dramatic like, oh I don’t know, laundry? Or really go wild and weed the garden?

I haven't gotten to that because...

I have 14 open projects at work. 14. Not all in the same phase (thank Goddess, else I would be dead) but still. That's not even factoring in family, or OTO (which is big all by itself).  Or mandatory training...

I realize it's not an original observation,  but - unemployment is so high AND people with jobs have more to do than they can handle and gee, wouldn't it be nice to, oh I don't know, HIRE somebody maybe?