Keep your damn guns. Just stop using them to shoot people.

I’ll make a confession. I’m pretty anti-gun. I watched G.I. Joe and other violent TV shows as a kid and I’ve spent hours playing violent first person shooters, but I’ve never been in the military and guns in real life terrify me. I can honestly say that I have never touched a gun, never wanted… Continue reading Keep your damn guns. Just stop using them to shoot people.

The Sansa treatment

Trigger warning: This post talks a lot about the sexual assault that happens, frequently, on Game of Thrones. If these topics are personally distressing to you, please don’t read this post. TL:DR; What happens to Sansa is horrible no matter who it happens to. This is my first post ever about Game of Thrones and it’s… Continue reading The Sansa treatment

A Formal Request for More Female Creatures in Magic: the Gathering

Hey Wizards of the Coast. I have a request. Let’s see more female creatures, yeah? Depictions of women in Magic are not entirely uncommon. It’s often enough that a deck will have at least a couple. And yet, when I think about creatures — specifically non-human creatures — almost always they are shown as masculine.… Continue reading A Formal Request for More Female Creatures in Magic: the Gathering

The single greatest contribution to open source by WordPress is documentation

I’m going to throw an idea out there, and that is that the single, most important contribution that WordPress has made to open source software as a whole is documentation. When I first started using WordPress 8 or so years ago, that was the biggest difference between WordPress and other platforms. You could search for… Continue reading The single greatest contribution to open source by WordPress is documentation

Bitcoin mining: a huge waste of time?

I admit. I got sucked in. I read the glowing article in last month’s Wired about bitcoin. Thus far, I’ve been pretty oblivious. Future of currency, blah blah blah, whatever. The way it’s been built on open source software is interesting, though, the value is, of course, appealing, and that there are more PayPal-like services to… Continue reading Bitcoin mining: a huge waste of time?

Tomorrow is Solstice — during which we won’t be using electricity (at least as much as possible) — and then we’re driving up to Washington. Before I go offline for the next couple days, I wanted to take a minute to acknowledge a historic event that happened today in Utah.

A Federal Supreme Court Judge ruled that a Utah ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional — that it violated the basic human rights granted in the Constitution of the United States.

This is effing huge. Not just because Utah is a big fat red state but because it’s establishing the fact…well…we won. Everybody is — as they should be — fucking equal. And should be treated with equal respect and given equal rights. Sure, it takes a quorum of assholes to write up a law stating that (marriage == man + woman) for that to get overruled in a Federal court but it doesn’t matter. Right now, there are people who are in love and have been waiting for this for years, lining up to finally — finally — have that recognized. In Utah.

I may not be a native Utahn. And I hate much of the politics of this state. But dammit if this doesn’t make me proud to live here.

From HuffPo: Utah Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down As Unconstitutional
From Q Salt Lake: Breaking: Utah’s Amendment 3 unconstitutional

Raising Rates

This quote from today’s Clients From Hell newsletter is a lot like what I posted about last week: Clients will often claim that they can get a man in Malaysia at one-tenth your price point, or that there’s a fresh-faced kid who’s hungry for your work. They’re not wrong, but they are short-sighted. That kid… Continue reading Raising Rates