Editors and staff are eating crow at The Suffolk Journal, the student newspaper at Suffolk University in Massachusetts. A sub-head printed in yesterday’s paper read, “Even we had some dumb fuckers sign up!”Continue reading
The Protect Intellectual Property Act was taken off the Senate floor and just minutes later, the House took the Stop Online Privacy Act off the calendar.
What does this week’s win mean moving forward? Obviously, it’s too early to tell. Continue reading
Yesterday, key portions of the Internet went dark. Google, Wikipedia, Reddit and other sites all stood in solid opposition to two bills in Congress. But what was it all about and how big of a problem is online piracy?
Over at Ars Technica, there’s a good read about what this all means with a hard and critical look at what the SOPA/PIPA supporters are yelling about.
Today is Boxing Day. But if you’re an American, today is probably just the day you don’t work because Christmas was on Sunday. So without further ado, go get hammered. Or if, like me you don’t believe in the Christian myth of the virgin birth, just keep doing whatever you did yesterday.
Either way, have a Happy Holiday.
Yesterday I decided I wanted hamburgers. But Heather and I went to her company party for dinner. I worked late tonight and just got home. And while it’s 10 o’clock at night and 27° outside, the grill is cooking.
We’re having ranch and swiss burgers, and I don’t care what time it is.
I’ve been a fan of Barenaked Ladies for a long time. Theirs were among the first 10 CDs I bought back in the ’90s when I bought my first stereo. I was listening to them before they had a website and they are one of three bands I have seen twice live in concert (the other two being Third Eye Blind and U2). Continue reading
Heather and I started a new hobby: geocaching. I’ve been interested in trying this for some time, but until now, the only GPS we’ve owned is in the car (which would get the job done, albeit clunky). But in July I got my first Android phone. After a bit of Googling, we decided that geocaching.com has the most extensive list of caches. I downloaded an app and with phone in hand, last weekend, we hit our first two geocaches (GCH103 and GC22ZE1), both very close to home. Since then we stopped by another before grocery shopping Thursday and we plan to find another tomorrow.Continue reading
Today marks a milestone. Ten years ago today, I flew home from my LDS mission in California. I knew at that time that my faith was lacking, but I had no idea that within five years I would leave the church.
And as I approached the 10th anniversary of coming home, I had to write my exit story. At 6 p.m. on June 6 (6 o’clock on 6-6) — 10 years ago — I stepped off the plane at Salt Lake City International Airport. I was home from the “best two years of my life” (I hated almost every minute of it).
But my path away from Mormonism goes back much further. As a teenager, I attended church because it was expected. I went to seminary because it was expected. I was in youth leadership at church, because it was expected.
Most of my life had been charted for me. I was the fourth of six children and the second of four boys. I was the middle child in the “perfect” Mormon family in the “perfect” ward.
Heather posted about our experience a couple weeks ago at Rochester’s Lilac Festival.