Month: July 2010

Ruminations on Waterfire

So tonight we met friends at Waterfire Providence. Well, it’s kind of always been an attraction to the inner pyromaniac in me.

That said, I can recall when it first started you got nice sparse crowds, it was quiet and serene.

Apparently it has become a draw for subarbanites too. And very nattering and no longer serene. It’s like you temporarily transplanted the entirety of the state into an area that is about 1.5 miles long.

The truth about the anti-equality crowd

As I’m sure everyone is aware the oxymoronically named National Organization for Marriage has been touring a handful of states and presenting their Bigot Cavalcade.

The Cavalcade is performed by perennial bigots like Brian Brown, Maggie Gallagher, and a host of new characters particularly Catholic bishops and priests.

In their St. Paul stop they spoke to a priest who not quite as slick as our local equivalent here in RI, brought up something interesting. He said that gay people weren’t born that way but formed.

This brought up by readings of Heretic Tom’s blog. Tom is a former Catholic priest who is now openly gay and for the most part atheist.

In it he talks a lot about his formation as a Catholic priest. I think the nearest civil equivalent is compartmentalization. The vast majority of priests are very deft at that skill. Just as how Tom reminds us that there are a plethora of gay priests out there, despite the Vatican’s best efforts to purge the ranks.

But the upshot of all this is the mindset of the bigots. I recall the phrase “Do as I say, not as I do.” That’s right. This is pretty much the hallmark of the anti-equality crowd. It can also be summed up as the thought that “I got mine, screw you and yours.” or the term “assholes”. So they don’t want to be called bigots anymore? I think Asshole works just fine.

NOM – The Oxymoron

If they are really the National Organization FOR Marriage then you’d think they would be out making ridiculous statements to deny LGBT people our full measure of equality.

Instead NOM is just a group of religious bigots who want to see their version of a hateful, petty and vindictive god rule over everyone else especially those of us that are LGBT.

But what if I don’t accept your god. In fact I’ll tell you that your god doesn’t exist.

And I note with some great degree of glee that Maggie “The Loathsome” Gallagher is looking rather porcine and haggard lately.

And Brian Brown needs to shut his pie hole. We’re not violating YOUR rights buddy boy, but you’re violating ours and every time we get in your face I cheer!

Day 3 with the LG Imprint

I really like this phone. I’m learning more and more about its capabilities.

Granted the net speed is 144 Kilobytes, not too fast but not too slow either.

I’ve setup my weather and news feeds on it. Not a lot of options for news sources but the web browser does work with the local rag.

Text messaging and email on this thing absolutely rock. That keyboard makes it so easy to tap out a message in a flash.

The sound quality on it is excellent. CDMA spread spectrum sounds REALLY GOOD!

I believe Spring carries a version of this phone. It’s called the LG Remarq and Sprint gives it away for free, and yeah you’re locked into a several year contract for that.

The Imprint on the other hand cost $109 but it’s MINE. And there is no contract. As long as I want to use the service I just keep paying and it is all good.

It’s the model for cell service that I always advocated. Granted it costs double what I think it SHOULD cost but consider the last cell I had was a T-Mobil and for the same cost per month all I got was 1,000 minutes of voice.

For the same price I get a host of features. Unlimited voice, unlimited texts, international texts, So it’s a wash.

And as for Keyron’s phone – I was gonna put him on the cheapie plan but realized Loopt wasn’t included. Still, I’m toying with dumping the Vonage line because the phone number I use most is a Google Voice number that just shunts calls to the cell now.

Firefox Woes Again

So I noted I had waiting mail on yahoo. Logged in and watched it hang. Though that was odd so I killed the Firefox task and restarted. Same result.

Also getting messages that software update couldn’t work, etc. This was Firefox 3.6.7

Downloaded 3.6.8 and on end of install it wants to fucking reboot the computer. Three words for the Mozilla crew: WHAT THE FUCK!

Rejoining the Cell Carrying Herds

Once again I have a job where a cell phone is required. Of course not on the company’s dime but mine. Then again I’m told that the level of on-call activity is such that 1 call during my week of rotation on would be a huge volume of calls.

I’d already decided to go with MetroPCS. Stopped in Friday afternoon. The whole process to buy the phone took about 10 to 15 minutes. Not too bad and I walked out with a fully charged and active phone.

I like their $40 to $60 plans that include unlimited voice and SMS as well as web, email, etc. I went with the $50 plan. The only real difference $5 extra gets me is the ability to connect to ANY email server.

That $60 plan is for if you’re using a Blackberry. Guess you have to pay a premium for that Crackberry huh? One thing I really like is that when they say $40 they mean $40, not like the example of Vonage where their $24.99 plan turns into $35 after all the fees, taxes and bogus charges laid on.

Didn’t sign up for international calling because most of our clients for this office are U.S. centric.

Ended up getting the LG Imprint. It’s biggest attraction was it’s price, $109 as opposed to over $200 for the Crackberry.

Interesting phone.

LG Imprint Phone
LG Imprint Phone

In the photo it’s fully extended. It’s a slider and is half the size when slid down. It’s roughly rectangular when closed. It’s .6″ thick which is a bit on the thick side and weighs a scant 3.81oz. Fits nicely in my pocket too.

For such a small phone it does have a full keyboard. It’s great for text messaging and email. Also has this little feature called Loopt. You add your friends and you can see where everyone is due to the fact that every phone out there today sends out GPS data.

The web browsing and camera on the other hand are OK to use in a pinch. The camera will be useful for those quick shots but I’ll keep the Sanyo in the pack for those times when you want a little more than 1.3MP. Also has full on Bluetooth support. Sure enough, I paired my Motorola Rockr S-9’s and they work flawlessly.

I’ll be getting one for Keyron too. In fact it’s interesting when I got a new computer I had to get one for him. I get a new phone, I have to get one for him.

They do offer a slight break for family plans and at that point I may just disconnect the Vonage line entirely. It’s becoming too expensive in my view.

And I have a Google Talk number that I can point at the cell so it’s all good.