Marriage, Amended

My dear home of Minnesota has a law on the books, since 1977, limiting marriage to between a man and a woman. Before then there was even a court ruling against same-sex marriage. And thank goodness for that!

But even with that in place, we have been living dangerously close to the precipice of civil society. With these laws in place, they could be changed by duly elected representatives in our state legislature. This body could dare to act in accordance with the will of modern society and change the law! This could destroy us all and everything we hold dear. Remember 1965? That shit could happen again!*

Now we have an amendment to our state constitution on the ballot. We can let the stoic-minded among us enshrine the will of the people to keep marriage restrictions in place. Finally, we can let the true will of the people be heard, just as our Founding Fathers intended! Like how our Senators would be directly elected by a state governor’s appointment and approved by said state’s legislature. How could we not fully agree with the not-tyranny of a democratic mob?

Not only can we have our law on the books, but we can go a step further by using a constitution to restrict freedom to a small minority that only want to solidify their status as a loving couple wanting to make a family. And if there’s one thing conservatives really hate, it’s families. Families with two parents raising children.

Thank the Holy Baby Jesus that money is pouring in from churches in and around our state to pay for this amendment’s proponents. And thank those good churches for informing people how they should vote, a logical followup for telling people what to think. After all, if you only prayed, the vote might not go your way.

I for one will be voting NO on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment. I’m proud the company I work for has not only sided against it but also fundraised against it. And I’m proud that friends of mine believe similarly that laws based on hate should not be passed.

Because, and let there be no doubt about this, this is a law based on hating a small group of people. If gay marriage is against the law already, why else besides hate would you decide to vote an extra amendment banning it? It is only to stick it to them queers, I tell you.

So I am voting NO. And I would put signs up in my yard if I didn’t fear reciprocity from my neighbors. Pleasant people indeed.

Besides, if we start passing laws to restrict freedom, this could be next!


*At least we’re fighting back on that too with a voting ID amendment that would restrict who can vote. That’ll stop all that fraud we’ve been having when only half of the electorate bothers to fill 5 bubbles on a sheet of paper in their neighborhood!

Funny Links

Funny Stuff

I keep up with what I can in the world, but I rarely miss the funnies. Similar to The Daily Show, they’re easy enough doses to digest during busy days.

  • “Simple Instructions” is phenomenal. And the last line here is genius. I’m totally going to start using it.
  • “Atheist Pig” nails a long-held belief of mine: children are born pure and innocent, it’s the rest of life that can bring them down. Since having my own kids, this thought has only been reinforced.
  • “Hijinks Ensue” is a delightfully filthy, geeky comic. I relate to a few too many topics. But you can ask anyone, this is me.
  • Lastly isn’t a comic, it’s a podcast. “The Bugle: Audio Newspaper for a Visual World.” You should listen to it. It’s the tastiest bullshit you’ve ever partaken. Their episode 206 here early on contains one of my favorite lines in all Comedom:

    “But we’re back! The Dream Team is back together. Andy, we’re like Goering and Himmler: you might not like what we do, but you cannot fail to be impressed with the extent to which we’re getting away with it.”

Editor’s note: this is a fresh attempt to entirely compose and publish on my iPad.

Editor’s note 2: I wound up having to copy the text into my laptop’s browser. So close, but not quite there yet.

Shifting My Paradigms

Now is the winter of our discontent.

I’m working on a one-two punch for updating my blog. First and foremost is to remove the barriers to writing and be able to thoughtlessly (on many levels) throw words up there.

Part one then involves moving away from self-hosting and WordPress. It’s been good to me, and a good teacher. But too often it feels like in order to write anything, I have to fiddle with settings to fix up what I’m trying to do. Plus the whole place looks like cobwebs should be cluttering up an attic untouched in three years.

Now I’m looking into Squarespace for hosting and content management and web design all in one. It looks sharp and comes highly recommended by other bloggers. Then all design and updates are handled from their end. My concerns are that since it’s not at my own hosting, I’ll need to weasel in some regular backups and photo storage of my own. They shouldn’t be difficult to add into that system, really. And frankly it’ll be less on my plate than the list of to-do items for the current setup.

To go with this background change is a methodology change. The old setup was based around working on a single device in a single way. As I’ve become more of a digital nomad (I usually refer to the iPad and computer as my wife’s) and nary possess a device only my own, my ways for getting text down need to be flexible.

The goal right now is to get a couple choice apps tied to text files in Dropbox folders that exist on the Mac, the iPad, and my phone. At any point, I can start my tapping with whatever is in my hands at the time.

Related to this new workflow is my attempt to use Markdown as my new writing language. It’s meant to be an intuitive coding style that translates directly into HTML, the code of the Internet. Easy to put in links and emphasis and quotes without longer strips of code to get in the way. Markdown saves and operates in plain text, a format that survives the technological ages. I could write a post in a text file here and send it backward or forward in time by 30 years and it’ll still be plenty readable. Although 30 years ago, http might look a little funky, but at least in Markdown the text just looks like a citation.

My basic framework is to draft in individual text files in Dropbox. These will be written in Markdown format. Then when time to publish, I’ll copy and paste it directly into Squarespace and hit publish.

I’m still deciding how to handle my images. Gotta get back to putting up pictures of the kidlets, right? My current thought is to host them at my standard hosting space right now and link to them there. That keeps me from relying on an outside source to hold the pictures, even if they’re always only copies from my well backed up originals at home.

This post was written entirely on an iPad in my favorite writing program, iA Writer. Favorite on Mac and iOS alike. Now to paste it into the Squarespace app and see how it turns out!

My lovely family at a Twins game on September 9th, 2012.
My lovely family at a Twins game on September 9th, 2012.

Edit 2012.09.24
I have since had to copy/paste from the test blogging format to the fully imported (kinda) Fry Side blog. I’ll keep trying to devise refined workflow, but I think that I’m onto something viable.

Simpsons Conventional Wisdom

Rewatching two decade old episodes of The Simpsons means I am privy to the culture of the mid nineties. And it is still amazing how little the world changes.

In this slice of wisdom, Bart’s elephant Stampy visits the RNC and the DNC.

I feel that way still. I’ve never felt comfortable under the tent of either party. Since coming of age during the Bush Junior presidency, his failed economics and watching the Ailes and religious culture warriors hijacked the Republican Party has sent me furthest from their camp.

Democrats have become who I side with by default. Though they definitely are not my natural inclination, at least they are the party of inclusion. Supporting the 19th Amendment (women), the 1st Amendment (speech and secularity), the 4th Amendment (due process), the 2nd Amendment (bear arms), the Civil Rights Acts, etc. Though I’ll be the first to admit that Obama’s administration has fallen ridiculously short on the 4th. And I was plenty offended by the bullshit vote at the convention injecting God into the platform without a two-thirds majority. Yet still, I’ll take people who work with facts and reality and are willing to make a bargain.

The Democrats’ willingness to bargain and compromise and include all views does bite them in the ass, hence the inability to govern effectively. I know, because that’s how I try to operate. Everyone should have a say, everyone can get a little something from the deal. Trying to deal with those who reject science, reject compromise, reject a difference of opinion being allowed to exist. Failure is almost inevitable.

Let us never forget that our dear nation and home was built upon shitty, shitty compromises. A lot of them. At every turn. And still, here we are. Better off and further forward than we dreamed 30, 50, 100 years ago.

Of course, all this is really just an exaggerated form of my original caption to these:

Yup.

Simpsons Conventional Wisdom

Rewatching two decade old episodes of The Simpsons means I am privy to the culture of the mid nineties. And it is still amazing how little the world changes.

In this slice of wisdom, Bart’s elephant Stampy visits the RNC and the DNC.

Yup.

I feel that way still. I’ve never felt comfortable under the tent of either party. Since coming of age during the Bush Junior presidency, his failed economics and watching the Ailes and religious culture warriors hijacked the Republican Party has sent me furthest from their camp.

Democrats have become who I side with by default. Though they definitely are not my natural inclination, at least they are the party of inclusion. Supporting the 19th Amendment (women), the 1st Amendment (speech and secularity), the 4th Amendment (due process), the 2nd Amendment (bear arms), the Civil Rights Acts, etc. Though I’ll be the first to admit that Obama’s administration has fallen ridiculously short on the 4th. And I was plenty offended by the bullshit vote at the convention injecting God into the platform without a two-thirds majority. Yet still, I’ll take people who work with facts and reality and are willing to make a bargain.

The Democrats’ willingness to bargain and compromise and include all views does bite them in the ass, hence the inability to govern effectively. I know, because that’s how I try to operate. Everyone should have a say, everyone can get a little something from the deal. Trying to deal with those who reject science, reject compromise, reject a difference of opinion being allowed to exist. Failure is almost inevitable.

Let us never forget that our dear nation and home was built upon shitty, shitty compromises. A lot of them. At every turn. And still, here we are. Better off and further forward than we dreamed 30, 50, 100 years ago.

Of course, all this is really just an exaggerated form of my original caption to these:

Yup.

The @ebfryer Twitter Feed for 2012-09-16

  • By the 2nd Inning, the Twins’ new trick of softening gloves with butter is starting to show its failings. #mntwins #
  • @wilw You described my day perfectly! Thanks, Mr Wheaties Box! in reply to wilw #
  • If you really need to dispose of via a sweep to the leg, you put on the Cobra Kibosh. #
  • Nothing brings joy to a person’s heart like remembering the villain in an 80s movie. #
  • Is there a way to get paid to find obscure audio from NES and SNES games? I can work from home, so overhead (and dignity) would be low. #
  • Favorite @pennjillette Sunday School line: “Why does this deity want to fool monkeys?” #
  • @doctorstine @pennjillette My mom was actually the one who recommended it, though I’d heard of it before. Good for chuckles while working. in reply to doctorstine #
  • When do we finally get to call an iPod an iPod without the touch bullshit? #
  • Burt’s Bees cough drops: If you’ve ever wondered what a bee tastes like, here’s your answer. #
  • “@TheRichardLewis: Do racists only use white crayons?” Yes, and always on the back of brown paper. #
  • JetPens is at it again, trying to hook me with more awesome. “JetPens Blog: Black Fountain Pen Ink http://t.co/dha4tR4X" #
  • Proof she’s *my* daughter? She puts her arms up for a big sweet hug so she can watch the Simpsons over my shoulder. Weasel kid… #
  • The neighbors are partying to country music at nearly midnight. Do the police take calls for crimes against humanity? #
  • I think I just said ‘the night is nigh’ to somebody. #

Shifting My Paradigms

Now is the winter of our discontent.

I’m working on a one-two punch for updating my blog. First and foremost is to remove the barriers to writing and be able to thoughtlessly (on many levels) throw words up there.

Part one then involves moving away from self-hosting and WordPress. It’s been good to me, and a good teacher. But too often it feels like in order to write anything, I have to fiddle with settings to fix up what I’m trying to do. Plus the whole place looks like cobwebs should be cluttering up an attic untouched in three years.

Now I’m looking into Squarespace for hosting and content management and web design all in one. It looks sharp and comes highly recommended by other bloggers. Then all design and updates are handled from their end. My concerns are that since it’s not at my own hosting, I’ll need to weasel in some regular backups and photo storage of my own. They shouldn’t be difficult to add into that system, really. And frankly it’ll be less on my plate than the list of to-do items for the current setup.

To go with this background change is a methodology change. The old setup was based around working on a single device in a single way. As I’ve become more of a digital nomad (I usually refer to the iPad and computer as my wife’s) and nary possess a device only my own, my ways for getting text down need to be flexible.

The goal right now is to get a couple choice apps tied to text files in Dropbox folders that exist on the Mac, the iPad, and my phone. At any point, I can start my tapping with whatever is in my hands at the time.

Related to this new workflow is my attempt to use [Markdown](http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/) as my new writing language. It’s meant to be an intuitive coding style that translates directly into HTML, the code of the Internet. Easy to put in links and emphasis and quotes without longer strips of code to get in the way. Markdown saves and operates in plain text, a format that survives the technological ages. I could write a post in a text file here and send it backward or forward in time by 30 years and it’ll still be plenty readable. Although 30 years ago, *http* might look a little funky, but at least in Markdown the text just looks like a citation.

My basic framework is to draft in individual text files in Dropbox. These will be written in Markdown format. Then when time to publish, I’ll copy and paste it directly into Squarespace and hit publish.

I’m still deciding how to handle my images. Gotta get back to putting up pictures of the kidlets, right? My current thought is to host them at my standard hosting space right now and link to them there. That keeps me from relying on an outside source to hold the pictures, even if they’re always only copies from my well backed up originals at home.

This post was written entirely on an iPad in my favorite writing program, iA Writer. Favorite on Mac and iOS alike. Now to paste it into the Squarespace app and see how it turns out!