MeetUp… For What?

Well, I just returned home from the December meeting of the Richmond Democratic MeetUp. This is the second one of these Meetups I’ve been to, and I can’t decide which one dissapointed me more. The first one was nothing but myself and four others sitting at a local coffee shop complaining about individuals in power we obviously hadn’t voted for. I’m sure you heard about it on the news that evening, given all the sea-change in politcs that ensued.

The reason I went tonight, and the reason I had my hopes up again for this, was becuase tonight’s meeting was at the Viginia Democratic Party Headquarters. I thought this would be begin with a fiery Carville-esque speech to motivate the troops followed by a grassroots brainstorming session on electing Lt. Govenor Kaine to the Govenors seat in ’05. Then we’d all be given signs and bumper stickers to pass out, call-lists, talking points, etc.

I got there about 5 minutes late due to a couple of accidents en-route (not mine, thank goodness). Tim Kaine’s campaign manager, Mike Henry, was taking comments from the group… none of which I heard were of any use to this campaign. I didn’t hear anything that was making this guy say anything other than “yes, good idea, we’ll consider that.” Next, after some blather by the group (about 12 people), one of the other Democratic politicos asked for any other questions or comments. Then came a rant by one of the members complaigning about never even having a Dem. to vote for on the ballot. I feel her pain, but the party individual said they didn’t have a “warm body” policy for running candidates; that the party only would run viable candidates to win. Money, people, time are all limited. Now this complaigner went on to question what is viable? Well, why doesn’t she run for office then? I bet she’d tell you ‘oh, I wouldn’t win.’ Well, that’s not viable.

I just got the follow up e-mail for the meeting. It goes on about the groups optimism. I think Kaine will win, but not becuase of this bunch.

Passive Aggressive Hilarious

I saw a link for this and thought I’d find out more. I imagine that if everybody in America bought a FOXBlocker, the average IQ would go up about 10 points. This is simply an inline cable filter. While the device itself doesn’t really do any more than my never watching that channel; the company sends an e-mail to Fox’s top 10 advertisers letting them know there’s one less customer in that market. No that would make a dent. I suppose at some point the marketing gurus there would figure out that anyone who bought one was probably already watching the BBC News, PBS, or just listening to NPR because they never had cable in the first place.

I Now Seem To Suffer From Insomnia

Bridge of Glass

Bridge of Glass
Originally uploaded by super_structure.

Per Wired’s recommendation (updated link here), I signed up for an account at Flickr; and I’m already glad I did. Within a matter of minutes I had some photos uploaded, tagged, titled, and grouped. Shortly thereafter, people were already adding comments.

Currently, I just have some photos of several Dale Chihuly installations from Angela’s and my trip out to Seattle and Tacoma. It’s easy to take great photos when you have ready-made incredible subject matter combined with spectacular weather. Anyway, check out my photo log here.

I Suffer From Outrage Fatigue

I noticed a comment on a headline at George Hotelling’s 90% Crud blog this morning that rung true with me. He noted that he was suffering from Outrage fatigue over some news article about rigged e-vote machines in FL. I don’t know anything about the story, I don’t necessarily trust the source (BlueLemur, that is), and I’m not addressing that right now.

I am writing about Outrage Fatigue, though, which is something I’m suffering from, along with being completely over-news-ed. I’m mad as hell: about the election, the state of the union, terrible political news sources, and pretty much anything political at this point. But I’m so overwhelmed at this point, I just don’t care anymore. I suppose they’ve got me right where they want me, but seriously, what the hell am I supposed to do about it?

There is a site that has been really been bringing me up, lately: SorryEverybody.com. I understand that it’s been getting little press stateside, and not much of it good. I can even see why, if you haven’t checked out the site. However, this isn’t at all about hating America no matter what they want you to believe. It’s all about unity and humility. It’s also kind of like liberal ‘Where’s Waldo?’. Speaking of which, see if you can’t find my post… (hint: it should be the very end, as I’m in a following, not leading mood lately). I still can’t find, thought I submitted a photo days ago. Maybe that’s a good sign, since there’s currently over 28,000 photos. The best, in my opinion, are from other countries showing support. Some are really crafty. Some are just plain moving.

Anyway, this site is all about what the internet is really good at, despite what some might say: bringing the world closer. You might think I need a hug right now, being that I’m a tree-hugging, bleeding heart liberal; but I’d much rather go out for a beer, be you from the left or the right. What d’ya say?

Jason Didn't Vote For Bush

Update 2005-3-19:
Well, here it is. Now, feel free to leave comments about the fact that we’re going away to France next week. I’ve been told by a number of people that if you at least try and learn a little French, most Parisians will meet you half-way and are considerably nicer. Well, I have been learning some:

Je n’ai pas voté pour Bush. Je suis une bonne personne.

And just in case you were wondering…

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What Is Geeky?

So, which makes me a bigger geek? That I’m selling a bunch of old home network equipment on ebay, or the very fact that I have all this stuff in the first place? Okay, I’ve had a home network for several years now, and I’ve been trying to upgrade along the way. First wired with Cat5e strung everywhere, then Wireless-B, and now Wireless-G (well, mixed mode if you consider my TiVo connection). Say that reminds me, does anybody in the world have any idea when TiVo ToGo is going to be available? Seriously, if not soon, TiVo really will die.

I’m sort of parodying those Victoria’s Secret commercials; “Victoria’s Secret Asks: What Is Sexy?” I’m including the link just so the by-line makes any sense. I’m very conscious about that sort of thing.

Working Through The Night

Me sitting at my computer with coffee and iPod

Well, I realize it might not quite show yet, but I’m working diligently on this site overhaul this weekend. Of course, the front end is pretty much done at this point, with just cosmetics to be improved. Of course, some content other telling people that I’m working on it might be nice. That’s all to come soon enough. Enjoy the weekend, I know I am. Some iTunes, Starbucks, and great weather for December are making this blog pretty fun today.

Keepin’ Up With The Jones’

My weekend project for the first weekend of December: Create a Web Blog. So, here goes trying. I suppose a wise choice for a first blog entry would be all about how excited I am to have my first blog and so on, but that seems a little too obvious, so let’s just pretend I’ve been doing this a while.

I would like for this blog to be an extension of my web site. I haven’t done any publishing to that site in about two years, but I think this is a good reason to get back into it. I’ll still try and update the existing bio-type information and such on my site (for anyone who cares), and use this for the article-style writing I had in mind. I suppose that’s nothing novel, but this is a means for me to accomplish what I had set out to do several years ago, and maybe this time I keep it up.