What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Linkee-poo is just what I needed

Linkee-poo wishes Jay Lake a speedy recovery. It's awfully damn hard doing this when I can't just steal from his link-salad and make myself look well connected and literate. Congrats on the new scar, dude.

Are you there, Allah? It's me, Hamad. (Pointed to by Dan)

This is why the internet was invented (online kaleidoscope). (Grokked from Camille Alexa)

Why we can't have nice things, a biblical defense of spousal rape. This is also why having a "God has sent me" candidate for president sets my hackles on edge. Before you start protesting, sorry, I have personal experience with Christianity's "It's just in your head", "they're such a good church member, I can't believe…" or, "you miss understand," or the ever popular, "God tells us to be forgiving," in circumstances very similar. I appreciate not all churches and preachers are this way, but there's enough. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

Ohio is #2 in solar power installed.

There are monsters under your bed. Sleep tight. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

You know, after having so many actors in office, I think we should have more comedians. That would, at least, make politics more exciting.

If only we could turn the political world on its head and end all those restrictive regulations. The "State Sovereignty Through Local Coordination Act" which would allow our local municipalities to thumb their noses at state regulations if they're tougher than the local ones (which, in case you don't know, is the exact opposite of how home rule actually works), I'm all for. See, we've had feelers for plastics companies wanting to come to our town. They couldn't affect our water supply (well, until 250-300 years from now). Fuck the townships around us and their shallow wells, as well as Cleveland (all of whom would be affected). And our local sewer plant being exempt? Well, that would reduce our compliance costs by an amazing amount. Fuck it, we don't get any money by the anglers downstream from us, or in Lake Erie. It's about our jobs, baby. Christ, now we not only have to refight the 80's and 90's, we're going back to the 70's.

On city planning around the car, and what that does to the pedestrians. Even as a designer of communications I understand the basic principles behind these things. It saddens me, quite often BTW, when engineers and city planners don't grasp the basics. In my own village we're in a multi-year fight to get a traffic signal for our school. Every traffic survey we've had (4 to this point) says we need one. But our local ODOT manager says, "No." Why? Because nobody has been killed yet. And close calls don't matter. Since it's on a state highway, we need ODOT (or a higher source) to agree, even if we're paying for most of it. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

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