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WTF? Georgia Senate Threatens to Secede!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Civil Rights, News | Posted on 16-04-2009

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Geor­gia Sen­ate threat­ens dis­man­tling of USA
They real­ly did, by a vote of 43 – 1. On April 1, but it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke.

The res­o­lu­tion goes on to endorse the the­o­ry that states have the right to abridge con­sti­tu­tion­al free­doms of reli­gion, press and speech. Accord­ing to the res­o­lu­tion, it is up to the states to decide “how far the licen­tious­ness of speech and of the press may be abridged.”
(snip)
Final­ly, the res­o­lu­tion states that if Con­gress, the pres­i­dent or fed­er­al courts take any action that exceeds their con­sti­tu­tion­al pow­ers, the Con­sti­tu­tion is ren­dered null and void and the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca is offi­cial­ly dis­band­ed. As an exam­ple, the res­o­lu­tion specif­i­cal­ly states that if the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment enacts “prohibitions of type or quan­ti­ty of arms or ammunition,” the coun­try is dis­band­ed.

You bet­ter believe that I’m writ­ing to our state sen­a­tor right away. Yes, this non­sense was slipped in on day 39 of the 40 day leg­isla­tive ses­sion, but that is absolute­ly no excuse. Our rep­re­sen­ta­tives have no busi­ness vot­ing for any­thing they haven’t thor­ough­ly read, under­stood, and debat­ed. That’s their job!

Yet anoth­er rea­son I don’t want to live in Geor­gia any more. I seri­ous­ly think this is a back­lash against our elec­tion of a black Demo­c­rat to the pres­i­den­cy. I’m look­ing at blue states now.

Mah tahred hurts

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Family, Health | Posted on 24-03-2008

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Read it pho­net­i­cal­ly. When I’m real­ly tired, I fall back into the Alaba­ma accent.

Made it to my appoint­ment this morn­ing. Made it to Katie’s appoint­ment on the oth­er side of the world. Then the car wouldn’t crank. In fact, it wouldn’t do any­thing at all. Not even the auto­mat­ic door locks were work­ing. No rea­son at all for it — I didn’t leave the lights on or any­thing like that.1

Laptop Research & Shopping

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Geekery | Posted on 21-02-2008

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Sam and I spent most of our date time look­ing at lap­tops. Yes, we’re final­ly replac­ing the one that died last sum­mer. Yay!

I find it eas­i­er to put what I find online in con­text after hav­ing actu­al­ly played with a bunch of machines tonight, so I’ll be doing a lot of research online.

Any­body have any strong rec­om­men­da­tions or good/​bad expe­ri­ences to share? Knowl­edge of any places that give “edu­ca­tion­al dis­counts” that aren’t just “steer your stu­dents to us and we’ll give you a lit­tle low­er price on your own machines” deals? Sure expe­ri­ence exor­cis­ing Vista from a “Vista-com­pat­i­ble” PC? Please speak up!

Boo Sickness! Recipe, Word Geeking, Reviews

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Reading, Writing | Posted on 15-02-2008

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This not-flu or what­ev­er is exceed­ing­ly tire­some. I should think it would be enough to live with the day to day stuff, let alone put up with this. Then again, nobody has ever claimed in my hear­ing that the world is fair.

MélusineI haven’t suc­ceed­ed in hold­ing any thoughts in my head long, so you’re in for ran­dom­ness again this entry.

I have no idea why the main arti­cle was linked from ZDNet, but doesn’t this ched­dar and apple sand­wich seem yum­my? I won­der how it would be with ham? I used to have a real­ly good recipe for a sausage and apples dish, but I know I haven’t cooked it in the last decade. Maybe I could dig it out of my ancient recipe box? There are few ways to go wrong with cooked apples, as far as I can tell.

How do you decide where to live?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Family, Home | Posted on 31-01-2008

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Over the last two years, Sam and I have talked about mov­ing else­where. Geor­gia has almost no con­sumer pro­tec­tions for cit­i­zens, has a crap­py sup­port struc­ture for humans in just about every way you can imag­ine, and has law enforce­ment who don’t care to enforce laws unless you’ve got enough mon­ey to get their atten­tion. Essen­tial­ly, we want to live in a blue state, which means leav­ing the Bible belt. Cool­er weath­er would be nice, too. Less humid heat, at least, would be a relief.

We haven’t real­ly made plans, not want­i­ng to uproot Katie while she was in school and so on. There’s a lot of iner­tia, too, since I’ve been here all my life (except for the few years in Alaba­ma before my par­ents moved us to Atlanta). Sam was born here, and wasn’t thrilled with New York or New Jer­sey when he lived there. Our fam­i­lies are here, which means some­thing, even if we don’t see them that often.

Cold! Cold cold cold!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Home, Kvetching | Posted on 03-01-2008

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Our heat went out last night, so we woke up in a very, very cold house. I don’t care what you Yan­kees say, we had a hard freeze here, so it real­ly was cold! There was snow on the car before we went to bed Tues­day night, and we had to get ice off the wind­shield to go see my pain spe­cial­ist today. I felt like I’d nev­er be warm again despite wear­ing the pret­ty gloves and scarf Sam bought for me a while back.1

There was no response from the land­lord to email or many phone calls until late in the day. I hud­dled under the cov­ers most of the day, both to try to get warm and because my pain is always worse in cold weath­er. The land­lord even­tu­al­ly got some­one out to check the sys­tem late this evening.

Tweets for 12-12-2007

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Tweets | Posted on 12-12-2007

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  • 23:06 @sam­bear­po­et sur­prised me and the girl with Blue­tooth head­sets! Then he made mine work with my phone, even! #
  • 23:10 @mar­cben­ton From what I hear, you aren’t alone 🙂 #
  • 23:29 @texasdave777 So why wasn’t your wife laugh­ing just sa hard? #
  • 23:31 Dear tan​go​mag​.com: I’ve nev­er vis­it­ed your site before, but I’m unlike­ly to be back despite read­ing a good arti­cle, ’cause you split it … #
  • 23:31 into 13 pages for no good rea­son. #
  • 23:39 @texasdave777 I’m afraid they would have need­ed the bounc­ers for me and @sambearpoet #
  • 23:50 @tru­la LOL! Now I just need one of those microSD cards and I can annoy the world with my own music on my phone, too! #
  • 23:54 @mari­na­martin That’s handy! Can I get your num­ber? 😉 #
  • 23:57 @mari­na­martin You nev­er PLAN these things, you know? Got­ta be pre­pared! #
  • 12:49 Hap­py Day Tweet­ers #
  • 12:54 @robertmerrill Not @andrewbadera, but I haven’t looked since 2000 and still get those calls/​emails #
  • 12:54 @robertmerrill And they always want relo­ca­tion #
  • 13:00 @robertmerrill Nope, nev­er have. Not once. I’ve got­ten mul­ti­ple con­tacts about jobs in Bel­gium! #
  • 13:01 @robertmerrill When I start look­ing, I’ll put myself out there seri­ous­ly – not just have my old resume on my web site. #
  • 13:01 @robertmerrill Will let my net­work know, change my LinkedIn pro­file, etc. #
  • 13:07 @foulbastard As well as plas­tic sur­geons and CGI artists every­where #
  • 13:09 @robertmerrill Not 1st degree, unfor­tu­nate­ly. Not these days. Did back when I was working/​looking. #
  • 13:09 @robertmerrill Been on Mom­my time for a while now 🙂 #
  • 13:10 @robertmerrill I’m also a col­lege stu­dent, so I’d use the school’s place­ment office & fairs. #
  • 13:11 @hob­bina­tor *hugs* to you and scritch­es to baby Roo #
  • 13:22 @Mari­na­Martin I guess its even worse if you get them via Freecy­cle 🙂 #
  • 13:23 @mari­na­martin There’s a used book­store across town that’s con­stant­ly giv­ing away mul­ti­ple box­es of books. #
  • 13:23 @mari­na­martin Too far away for me, thank­ful­ly, or I might be tempt­ed. #
  • 13:25 @mari­na­martin I’ve nev­er been able to resist books, peri­od. Love libraries. #
  • 13:29 @mari­na­martin I can’t afford to be that picky 🙂 #
  • 13:33 @tru­la Me too! Can get lost for hours. #
  • 13:34 @mari­na­martin Good for you 🙂 #
  • 13:41 @hob­bina­tor YAY! #
  • 14:12 @chum­worth Right where any­body play­ing Greensleeves is. #
  • 14:14 @hob­bina­tor Braised chick­en liv­ers. Fresh from pan (ok, slight­ly cooled). Stinky + high pro­tein #
  • 14:43 @mini­to­toro I leave such things to @sambearpoet, ’cause I always end up injured oth­er­wise #
  • 14:55 @ariedana $15 to see her on-screen? And it isn’t a movie? Dang. #
  • 14:55 @ariedana Obvi­ous­ly, I should have been a stage moth­er to rake in the bucks from my kid. #
  • 15:13 @andrew­badera Dis­hon­esty sucks. How do you define flak­i­ness? #
  • 15:14 @ariedana They’re one rea­son I believe in parental mal­prac­tice suits. #
  • 15:29 @chum­worth It’s ille­gal to use rep­re­sen­ta­tions of real peo­ple, dead or alive, for tar­get prac­tice in GA. I’m just sayin’ #
  • 15:32 @ariedana Sure thing, just email it to cyn at tech­nomom dot com #
  • 15:36 @andrew­badera That’s fair. #
  • 15:48 @jchutchins You just found out? I’m sor­ry, hon 🙂 #
  • 15:48 Thanks @ariedana #
  • 15:49 @michebel It’s bet­ter than not mak­ing it to 50! See it as a vic­to­ry 🙂 #
  • 15:49 @hob­bina­tor YAY! I’m so glad! #
  • 16:58 @garlg Ow! #

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It Was a Lovely Day

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Family, Home, Reading | Posted on 12-11-2007

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Please note: Yes, I am refer­ring to today, the 12th, which is my birth­day. Those close to me know that I gen­er­al­ly hate my birth­day, as it’s a reminder of mul­ti­ple mis­car­riages and oth­er nasty things hap­pen­ing around this time sev­er­al years in a row.

Sam and Katie man­aged to make #41 very nice, though.

Quotable Mug With Osho QuoteSam and I went out Sat­ur­day evening to Barnes & Noble, but I just couldn’t make a deci­sion. So many choic­es! We went over to Out­Write, too, which is always fun. I saw lots of adorable trin­kets there, and plen­ty of inter­est­ing read­ing and lis­ten­ing mate­r­i­al, but still couldn’t make a choice. I real­ly liked this mug, and it felt great in my hand, but I couldn’t find out if it’s microwave safe. (My favorite cof­fee cup was bro­ken recent­ly, vic­tim of my unre­li­able grip. Thank you, fibro/​arthritis/​CMP!) Have any of you tried a Quotable mug? How did it hold up?

Oh! On the way home, we start­ed to dri­ve past Krispy Kreme and Sam had a sud­den need for donuts, so we popped in there to sat­is­fy that. I’ve nev­er done the dri­ve-through there before, but things were real­ly crowd­ed in the store. The car line was long, too, but we had the advan­tage of pri­va­cy and good com­pa­ny while wait­ing in it.

We enjoyed being out, but I came home with­out hav­ing cho­sen any­thing but donut fill­ings. Sam threat­ened to pick for me if I didn’t make a choice on Sun­day. I have a lot of trou­ble spend­ing any mon­ey on myself, or ask­ing for presents, and he thought that’s why I hadn’t cho­sen any­thing.

So we went out again on Sun­day — leav­ing the house two days in a row is very unusu­al for me any more! I had final­ly decid­ed on exact­ly what I want­ed, and we tried to go get it, but found the place closed for Veteran’s Day. My man insist­ed on tak­ing me to Bor­ders and buy­ing Kim Harrison’s A Few Demons More, promis­ing that we’d also go to The Place again on Mon­day. Then he took me to Steak & Shake for din­ner, because when I saw the sign I had a seri­ous crav­ing for their mush­room-swiss burg­er. (Don’t both­er with the new Por­to­bel­lo mush­room burg­er, as you get far few­er mush­rooms that way!)

Katie and I (she’s home from school, sick) had a very nice, low-key day Mon­day, and Sam and I set out again after he got home. This time, suc­cess!

I asked for some­thing that prob­a­bly seems odd to most peo­ple — a non-res­i­dent library card so I can access the best library sys­tem in Geor­gia, Gwin­nett Coun­ty Pub­lic Libraries. But I’d checked, and they have 95% of the books I’m real­ly want­i­ng to read, and past expe­ri­ence says they’ll con­tin­ue to car­ry the fan­ta­sy and sci­ence fic­tion I love. They have a far bet­ter selec­tion of every­thing than Dekalb, where we live. (Okay, Gwin­nett has stopped car­ry­ing music CDs, because so many went miss­ing. Big deal.)

I want­ed the card instead of a few books, because this way I can read all of them! And, in fact, we came home with nine books that have all been on my wish list for some time, and two or three graph­ic nov­els for Sam.

Now I have a whole pile of new-to-me books, and A Few Demons More! They’re all way too tempt­ing to a girl who still has home­work to do, includ­ing a SWOT analy­sis that’s due for my man­age­ment class this week.

Thanks to all of you for the birth­day wish­es via Face­book, email, Twit­ter, LJ, etc. 🙂

Rumbles from the Recliner

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Family, Health, Home, Music, Parenting, Reading | Posted on 23-10-2007

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Not from the grave, oh no, not yet!

It’s been too long to do a real “this is all that has hap­pened in my life.” Writ­ing it would exhaust me, and read­ing it would like­ly bore you. If you want to know about some­thing in par­tic­u­lar, please ask.

I’ll be post­ing a few things short­ly that I had “ready to go” and just didn’t post, for what­ev­er rea­son.

The girl is enjoy­ing life as a teen, or as much as any teen can. I wouldn’t want to go through those ups and downs again! She’s always my most pre­cious, beau­ti­ful God­dess gift baby, even if she will be 17 this week. That’s our “big thing” right now.

She con­tin­ues to amaze me with her cre­ativ­i­ty. She’s the head pho­tog­ra­ph­er (or what­ev­er they call it there) for the year­book, which has had her run­ning around to all man­ner of events for which there must be pho­tos! Now! Yes­ter­day! Couldn’t they hold Home­com­ing in July? Come ON peo­ple! And she loves it. She com­plete­ly filled her 1GB com­pact flash card with live pho­tos from Fri­day night’s foot­ball game, then had to switch to her small­er, old­er card and be very judi­cious in her shots to fin­ish the game. She obvi­ous­ly needs a much big­ger card!

Yes, she uses her own equip­ment. Her cam­era is head and shoul­ders above the qual­i­ty of those the year­book staff owns, even the few dig­i­tals. That makes sense, con­sid­er­ing the expense of them, the time it takes to real­ly learn to use a dig­i­tal SLR prop­er­ly, etc. Most of what they have are point-and-shoot 35mm film cam­eras, which aren’t such big a deal if a stu­dent los­es or dam­ages them.

Sam is still work­ing at the same place, help­ing peo­ple with com­put­ers and net­work­ing and phones and so on — even A/​V equip­ment at times. If you can plug it in, his depart­ment is the one every­body calls first for help. I’m sur­prised jan­i­tors don’t show up with vac­u­um clean­er com­plaints some­times (and I don’t know that it hasn’t hap­pened at some time at the past).

The help­ing peo­ple part is, of course, the most impor­tant thing. He loves it, he does it well, and he finds wells of patience that must come from Some­where Else.

I’m reg­is­ter­ing for fall class­es (DeVry is on an odd sched­ule, but you may have noticed that). We’re look­ing for a place to move to, but not find­ing what we can afford where we want to live. I sup­pose that’s an eter­nal lament, isn’t it?

I’m still a gimp, and now have a (man­u­al) wheel­chair of my own. I real­ly need a ramp for the front entrance of the house, but I’ve delayed try­ing to have one put in here since we want to move.

We’re still in lim­bo with Social Secu­ri­ty. In Geor­gia, the wait to have your case heard by an admin­is­tra­tive law judge is (accord­ing to the SSA office near me) about 36 months, aver­age. That’s the lev­el I’m at now.

It’s damned frus­trat­ing not to be work­ing, not to be able to work. I don’t want to be on dis­abil­i­ty or need it! I want to find a job I can do for a decent wage!

But I’ve had yet more icky health stuff, so… Sam and Katie are more of a bless­ing than I can say, cer­tain­ly far more than I deserve.

I real­ly want music. I mean, to make it. Noth­ing else seems to be able to replace hav­ing a piano (not a lit­tle key­board) in my home. That’s when I sing the most, as I accom­pa­ny myself. (I don’t play all that well, so I don’t play in front of any­one else.) I was think­ing of tak­ing a new vocal class Elise Witt is offer­ing, but it con­flicts with a fam­i­ly com­mit­ment.

I’m re-read­ing Madeleine L’Engle’s Cross­wicks Jour­nals and poet­ry as I mourn her pass­ing. Yes, there will be a sep­a­rate post about that, but for now, I’ll leave you with a tiny quote from her:

I learn my lessons slow­ly, sel­dom once for all. Con­tin­u­al­ly they have to be learned and re-learned, not with solem­ni­ty, but with awe and laugh­ter and joy.

Namaste,
Cyn

Can you make citizens’ arrests for “‘unimaginably stupid’ conduct”?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Family, News | Posted on 22-04-2007

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From the Car­roll Coun­ty Times of West­min­ster, Mary­land:

Accord­ing to The Sacra­men­to Bee, a fam­i­ly in El Dora­do, Calif., is in trou­ble after spend­ing a fam­i­ly out­ing mak­ing pipe bombs and then test­ing them.… Accord­ing to the Bee, Justin Lee Brown, 29, was arrest­ed on sus­pi­cion of sev­er­al felonies. He, his girl­friend and their two sons, ages 6 and 8, had one of the more inter­est­ing fam­i­ly out­ings ever.… When asked about the activ­i­ty, Brown said he learned how to make bombs from friends and “decid­ed to try it so he could show it to his kids.” … Brown is in jail and Tiffany Dean, the mom, is being inves­ti­gat­ed for what deputies call “unimag­in­ably stu­pid” con­duct.

I’m hold­ing my breath, hop­ing that no asso­ci­a­tion with the pagan com­mu­ni­ty or Spi­ral Scouts will come to light. That’s what came to mind first, hon­est­ly. If it had hap­pened in Alaba­ma instead of Cal­i­for­nia, though, I’d be rea­son­ably safe in assum­ing some degree of rela­tion to Dean and Brown. I’ve nev­er regret­ted mov­ing to Geor­gia — specif­i­cal­ly, to metro Atlanta. I’d be quite hap­py to move else­where, but as this sto­ry shows, you can find red­necks any­where.