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I'm an Ubuntu (part 2)

There's an organization in Portland called Free Geek, which is dedicated to providing computers to "schools and charitable organizations in our community who in turn benefit others." They also give free computers to people who agree to volunteer with them. They have a great thing called the "build program" that takes volunteers through a series of stages of how to learn to build a computer. After the volunteer has gone through the steps, he or she then builds five computers to be donated, and gets to keep the sixth one.

Free Geek's computers all run Ubuntu. I took the volunteer orientation tour one day - my partner is going through the build program, so I wanted to check it out - and the tour guide explained that they originally wanted to use Windows, because people are familiar with it and that would make things easier. Unfortunately, Microsoft refused to give them a deal on software, and it was not an affordable thing. So Free Geek decided to use Ubu…

I'm an Ubuntu.

We've all seen the ads on television, "Hi I'm a Mac. Hi I'm a PC." The Mac always ends up making the PC look like an idiot because the Mac is so superior and so much more stable and just better and more shiny in every way.

Microsoft has recently come out with ads where they give people $1500 to buy a computer, and these people inevitably find that a PC is a better value than a Mac.

Well, as it turns out, both ads are correct. Mac software is more stable and works better than PC software. PCs, on the other hand, are, without a doubt, a much better value. The trouble is that you can't put the wonderfully stable Mac software onto a PC, because Apple has decided to hoard its BIOS in a secret cupboard somewhere, thus forcing consumers to buy Mac hardware with their Mac software. And anytime anyone cracks the code, builds their own computer and puts OS10 on it, Apple sues them.

The trouble is that if you compare a $1200 IMac to the PC you can build for $1200, …

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KATU at 11

featured parts of an interview with your humble sinister blogger on the issue of marriage equality. I had some good sound bites. :-)

In case you're wondering, President Obama

This moment is where you lost my vote in 2012. I've had enough of giving you the benefit of the doubt. I live in a swing state now, and my vote actually counts.

I'm re-registering as an independent.

You want my vote back, Mr. President?

1) Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell
2) Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act
3) Come out strongly in favor of marriage equality, anti-discrimination laws, workplace protection laws, and adoption equality laws.
4) Apologize for Donnie McClurkin and Rick Warren.
5) Apologize for allowing your words to be used to pass Prop H8.

That's not a menu of choices, Mr. President. Do all five, and you'll have my vote back. Do anything less, and I'm finding another candidate.

Interesting counterpoint to the H8 decision

A blogger does a deep analysis of the court's decision today and comes to the conclusion that we may not have lost as much as we thought. Essentially, the Court said, "ok, you can't call same sex unions performed after Prop 8 marriages, but that's all you can't do. You can still call your spouse your husband, you're still entitled to all of the rights of marriage, and you can still call it marriage if you go out of state and it is recognized there. The only thing you can't have is the word." Interesting point. The word matters, but if that's all we lost, and the H8ers didn't win anything else, then maybe we haven't lost as much as we thought.

I'm still married.

but if you're a gay California couple and you missed the window, you can't be.

That's the essence of what the California Supreme Court just said.

Take it to the streets, people.

Day of Decision protest or celebration - May 26

Tomorrow the California Supreme Court is going to decide whether to invalidate Proposition H8 and restore marriage equality. GLBT activists and allies all over the country will gather either to celebrate or protest the decision, and call for an end to marriage discrimination nationwide. PDXers - meet at McCall Waterfront Park at 6:00 PM, followed by a march to Pioneer Square and around downtown.

Monday loldog

Happy Memorial Day. I had to go in to work today because my boss is prepping for a big trial.

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Mancow may have been "waterboarded"

But his experience was nothing like the real thing. Someone who has experienced real waterboarding had this harrowing account:

Your body begins to convulse, convinced in the most primitive of reflexes to try to do anything to get more air! You thrash but the ropes and shackles have you completely immobilized. You feel the water hitting your face, as the person on the bench presses down on your diaphragm, forcing what little air you have out, not in. You are now sure that you are going to die, that you are going to drown, not an abstract, but for real, and right now. Your chest buns with the need for more air, your eyes tear under the blindfold as you struggle to get one more breath.

You are no longer a rational human, you are now just a survival machine, ready to beg anyone, do anything to make the pain stop and get just one more breath. The water stops falling on you. You suck air in through your nose and try to suck it in through you mouth. Both bring more water along with the small…

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Heartbreaking diary about marriage discrimination

A horrible diary about a man who had to sit in his car in a hospital parking lot and say goodbye to a photograph as his husband died in a hospital room that he wasn't allowed to enter.

Because of marriage discrimination.

This is what right wingers don't get. Marriage discrimination doesn't touch them at all. They can claim to be the righteous ones because they're protecting marriage from the dirty dirty homos. The problem is that if the dirty dirty homos get married, it won't actually affect the right wingers' marriages in the slightest.

But by denying us the right to marry, to be equals, to have the same legal protection for our love that the heterosexual community takes for granted, these bigots cause this to happen. They cause husbands to be denied the right to say goodbye to the one they love. To be forced to sit in a car in a hospital parking lot and say goodbye to a photograph of the one they love.

Marriage discrimination is evil.

Monday loldog

Off work today - parents are in from out of town and we're showing them all the great things about Portland.

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Happy Friday!

I'm a bike commuter now, so here's this:

I like the guy with the bike bumper sticker that says, "My other bike is a bike."

Randi Rhodes is back

The queen of progressive talk is back on the radio. Free podcasts here:

Monday loldog

Yep, these posts are back as well.

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Star Trek. Brought to you by Nokia, Budweiser, and Chevrolet, apparently.

But besides that, it's a damned good movie.

Ok, but seriously.

How the fuck do Nokia and Budweiser still exist 300 years into the future, after the eugenics wars, in a post-capitalist utopian society? Answer me that, J.J. Abrams.

Also, fire the guy who did the score.

Still, though - go see the movie.

Bonus Happy Friday video

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Yes, these posts are back.

In honor of the new Trek movie, I present you the following two (2) videos:

First, the Onion has an interesting prediction about how real Trekkers will react to the movie: they'll hate it because it's wonderful, accessible, and entertaining.

Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'

And, a classic video:

Marriage equality victory in Maine; now let's push New Hampshire!

Here's a note I wrote to the governor of New Hampshire, urging him to sign the marriage equality bill coming to his desk.

Please support marriage equality. New Hampshire is a state known for its commitment to civil liberties. Please honor that tradition by showing that New Hampshire is a state where freedom and equality really mean something.

The current patchwork of state laws granting or denying same sex couples the rights associated with marriage is a travesty, but until the Defense of Marriage Act is repealed, it's up to individual states like New Hampshire to decide that marriage discrimination is as un-American as segregation before it.

My husband and I, who can't get legally married in our home state of Oregon, implore you to do the right thing for New Hampshire families, and support marriage equality.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

You can send your own note to Governor Lynch here:

Yeah, CNN, it's YOUR FAULT.

After a week of headlines about the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, many emergency rooms and hospitals are crammed with people, many of whom don't need to be there.

The visits by the "worried well" have triggered concerns of overburdening the nation's hospitals and emergency departments, several health care professionals told CNN.

Well, CNN, I wonder how people started getting freaked out about this thing? Could it be that you and your buddies in the stupid media, um, oh, I don't know, WAY OVERHYPED this thing?

May Day in Portland

This kind of thing is one of the reasons I wanted to move to Portland.

Portland has a massive May Day rally every year in which thousands of workers, immigrants, anti-capitalists, and labor activists of every stripe come together and march through downtown Portland. This year's activists were focused largely on the rights of immigrants, fighting corporate bailouts, and working for labor rights and specifically passage of the EFCA.

I find protests like this interesting. I know, for example, that this rally isn't going to lead to a large scale mobilization of the working class, a general strike, or really, any kind of cohesive message. The huge unfocused coalition of people that marched today do not have a real concrete common goal, and after the rally each of the groups involved is going to go back to its own projects and lose a lot of the supposed momentum that these kinds of rallies are supposed to build.

But there is good stuff that can be achieved by these kinds of rallie…