Tuesday, November 29, 2005

You Don't Hate Mad Dogs

I wrote this diary on Daily Kos and thought it was fun enough to get posted here. Theyre having some silly argument over whether it's okay to hate Republicans and I put down my two cents.


I don't presume to tell anyone what they should or should not feel. Ain't my business. You keep your shit behind closed doors, and I'll keep mine.

But hey, since you done opened that entrance...


I don't hate no Republicans. I don't hate no Democrats. Don't hate nothing and nobody.

Yeah, they fucked this country up. Yeah, they're doing stupid crap even as we speak. Frothin'-at-the-mouth stuff. Sure, they're trying to destroy the ability of us good-lookin' well-dressed purty-boy homos to, y'know, even be with each other. But they're mad dogs. You don't hate mad dogs. You do with mad dogs what they did with ol' Yeller. You love 'em and try hard but you know one day they're gonna do more than just froth. They gon' bite. And they infectuous. They gon' bite you and your children and your wife and your husband and your mother and your father. Ain't gon' stop. Gonna keep going til you all got the rabies. Then YOU be frothin' at the mouth, too. They already barking and rolling their eyes at each and every one of us. You gon lose your cool in the face of that?

Best avoid all that. Keep ya calm, keep yaself collected. Keep ya shotgun handy, because emotional reasonin' never helped nobody, and don't make their case for them. Makes 'em look like fools, and their men and women look like fools. Who listens to a mad dog more than once? When they done see what happens when it bites?

Besides, you get angry, you can't shoot straight. So says my Da, though he was talkin' mostly about lovin. In which, he says, you better off also avoidin' the mad dogs. Fightin' Dems ain't frothin Dems, and neither is fuckin' Dems. Keep your eyes peeled and yer pecker clean, is my advice.

Nuff said.

interpreters and natural reticence

Anyone think deaf people sometimes use lack of interpreters as an excuse to not try something?

Wednesday, November 23, 2005



The title of this blog was written by the poet John Greenleaf Whittier. What follows is my inadequate attempt to write a song about my feelings about the passing of my friend Sarah Pack. She was an amazing person whose thoughts and actions and interactions swung on her true caring for other people. I believe that when people leave this path, their bodies begin to go into the world around them. Phillip Pullman's "The Amber Spyglass" said it all: that the cells and atoms of our bodies, remembering who we are, return to the sun, the sky and the sea. While she was in the hospital, Sarah told me both face-to-face and in person how much she wanted to be outside again. So I hope in a way this is true, and that she's part of the world around us now. Makes it a bit easier to think of her in the sun.

The Only Thing Missing Is The Moon

Where did you go the night is cold but I am warm
Sweet in my seat the demon driving northwards in the dark
Stars with their beats singing along my tape deck rattling
I feel your warmth so I am soft for all the cold is sharp but -
Where did you -

The only thing missing is the moon
Your face with the sunlight stored within
Your hands to glide the ride along
As we must go to journey on and
Where did you -
I've been riding this road so long
All I saw was the pavement ahead
The dashes turned to rivers
White and sunset red
You made us look at the stars
When the pain of the trip grew too great
You bit down with your courage
To make us swallow our shame -
Where did you -

The only thing missing is the moon
Your light in the night I travel through
Your laugh I miss, your eyes that kiss
As we continue on, I wish –
Where did you -

I'm not alone in the car
There are others just missing your face
The trip is long and far
We hope to come to a better place
Maybe you'll be there
Maybe we'll see you soon
For now I struggle with the question
Where did you -

Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Spam Attack!: Seems there is a huge T-Mobile problem today starting yesterday. Everyone I know with T-Mobile is getting huge amounts of spam. When people call they are told to change their e-mail address because the implication is the person did stupid things or distributed their e-mail stupidly. But since everyone I know is getting this shit, it's them, not us. You understand? I suspect someone's figured out a way to break into sidekicks again. Anyways, can people comment on, you know, if theyve been getting spam, because it's the kind of thing the deaf community can kick the ass of t-mobile on. Please comment posting your device and if you have received spam and what its from like "I have a Blackberry 7230 and I got spam from the CIA mofo!"

UPDATE: If you call T-Mobile will try to put you through the "Oh, use filters," and "Oh, change your email address," crap. Don't take it. They are having a nationwide problem and they just ADMITTED IT TO ME ON TTY. Will scan the TTY Paper in a minute. Anyways, neither of those solutions are useful. The admission:

Use freely.

FURTHER UPDATE: Now they admit again yes, there is a problem, and they are working on it. I discovered if you scroll up and look at the "To:" field you'll see the real spamming e-mail address - but they seem to be changing that now. Anyways, I'm hoping they actually, you know, do something. Soon. They just asked me to send them some spam to a T-Mobile G-mail account called blackberrypda@ you know where and it was blocked, I suggested they contact Google to ask them how they do it!

wind to thy wings, beloved

The birds are glad; the brier-rose fills
The air with sweetness; all the hills
Stretch green to the unclouded sky;
But still I wait with ear and eye
For something gone which should be nigh,
A loss all familiar things,
In flower that blooms, and bird that sings.
And yet, dear heart! remembering thee,
Am I not richer than of old?
Safe in thy immortality,
What change can reach the wealth I hold?
What chance can mar the pearl and gold
Thy love hath left in trust with me?
And while in life’s late afternoon,
Where cool and long the shadows grow,
I walk to meet the night that soon
Shall shape and shadow overflow,
I cannot feel that thou art far,
Since near at need the angels are;
And when the sunset gates unbar,
Shall I not see thee waiting stand,
And, white against the evening star,
The welcome of thy beckoning hand?

-John Greenleaf Whittier

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

a little present for erfo

A few days late, but fuck it, i was never good at this stuff. Guess who has a blog? Guess who turned out to be intelligent?

Monday, November 14, 2005

ok, maybe this is the funniest

Check out this from the New Yorker.

the funniest thing I've seen all day

Surfing to Crooks and Liars I found this quote from Atrios, which I'd somehow missed:

Bush, who appeared almost playful, fastened the heavy medal around Muhammad Ali's neck and whispered something in the heavyweight champion's ear. Then, as if to say "bring it on," the president put up his dukes in a mock challenge. Ali, 63, who has Parkinson's disease and moves slowly, looked the president in the eye -- and, finger to head, did the "crazy" twirl for a couple of seconds.

This was followed by the BESTEST picture:

How would you subtitle this picture, dear readers?

UPDATE: As Ridor has commented on the video from which this photo is taken, I thought it was fair to put up the direct link.

Friday, November 11, 2005

smoking reduction plan, day 8

ok, not really day 8. i lost count. but it feels like an 8. OK?

Only had 3 cigs today which is acceptable considering my stress levels. On the plus side much accomplished so I don't have any, what do you call them, "Stress Futures" you know stress that doesnt exist yet but which you see coming from over the horizon?

Went to see the author of Wondering OutLoud (See my list of deafblogs) to provide deafblogger support. That was after an already long 9-hour day. You know, I don't mind working the overtime, sometimes I do wish they paid for it. In cash or diamonds, whichever is handier. Do ya?

Finished my annual re-reading of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and the Amber Spyglass. If you're a fan of Harry Potter or A Wizard of Earthsea you might quite like this series. It's very philosophical, but not very hard to follow, and very well-written.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Is bitch queen. "Whatever happened to smoking reduction plan day number two" my ass. *fuming*

My feet

My feet are not my feet. When I was a child two aliens from outer space came to earth and gnawed off my real feet with sharp and bloody teeth. They then took the form of my real feet and attached themselves to my body, controlling my mind by means of a chemical agent they released directly into my bloodstream. They are extremely cold to the touch. They live by attaching themselves to the bodies of others they sleep with and sucking out the heat from their bodies until they freeze to death. Sometimes they just take all the blankets.

FEEDBACK TO APPLE: Include subtitles on the iPod!

Imagine being able to take video with you wherever you go. Imagine being able to watch DOOL you FOOL on the subway! Imagine having every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer at your fingertips.

Well, with Apple all things are possible. Visit Apple's iPod Feedback Form to join me in asking Apple to make their devices all-inclusive!

iPods. Not just for hearies anymore.

Update: Apple iPod=No Subtitles



From the blog of Russell Beattie:

See, even though I really enjoyed the shows, I couldn’t share them with my wife. She has some problems with her hearing, and isn’t a native English speaker. So in our house, the subtitles are always on the TV so she doesn’t miss anything. It was like this in Spain too, actually, when I was learning to speak Spanish. Subtitles helped a ton and are a great way to get used to a new language. The fact that iTunes Video comes without subtitles is disappointing, and not only isn’t a good solution in our house, it has stopped me from buying more episodes online. I’ll go buy the DVD instead.

Dear Apple: Please fix this. It’s a real problem those people who want to enjoy your service, but need subtitles.


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The new Apple iPod

It can play videos and do lots of other cool stuff-but can it show subtitles and captions? Yes, deaf people aren't supposed to care about music, blah blah, this one does... And videos would be an equal coolness. Any experiences out there? Can someone share? Will crosspost at DailyKos maybe in case any users there can help. Oh, I can now blog from my pager, so hopefully will be blogging more often.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

day two, smoking reduction plan

as many of you know I have a love/hate relationship with smoking. On the one hand I consider tobacco indispensible for, say, long conversations. On the other hand, well, it sucks. So I decided to create what I call the Peace Pipe rule: I will only smoke at celebrations and during those aforementioned long conversations. The LC part of the rule has more to do with me enjoying smoking with certain smokers and not wanting to "lose" that - you know? So I figure this way I keep my lungs pretty clean while still having the occasional bit of fun.

Continued posting on the subject will ensue... anyone else here try to quit smoking? Wonder if we should start a deaf ex-smokers online support group blog thing.