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"I'm Not Dead." --John Young as "The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't" in /Monthy Python and the Holy Grail/

And I'll likely be migrating this way.

Time to finally give up one Evil Digital Overlord (FB) for another Evil Digital Overlord (G+).

Reference: http://dangerousminds.net/comments/facebook_i_want_my_friends_back
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Congrats on joining the fexodus. I'm tempted to myself, as extracting all the content I want to see from their pages is becoming an exercise in mental exhaustion. (Y'know, back in the day, we solved this with blogs and rss aggregation... Pity that hit relevant limitations wrt. semi-locked content and go-anywhere access not playing nice with eachother.)
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Yes, I'm alive. Many months running, I've been swallowed alive by my latest project -- Programming Manager for VeteranCentral.com -- More news when I have time to actually say more. That is all, for now. I'm busy. Too busy. But I'm loving it.
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Excellent single topic movie.

So as I asked earlier: what is the best districting system that we could pass into law via citizen's referendum?

More: http://www.indiewire.com/article/jeff_reichert_on_gerrymandering_watch_it_now_free/
For the first time, Gerrymandering exposes the most effective form of manipulating elections short of outright fraud. Watch free movies and documentaries at SnagFilms.
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At one point, as the movement spread, I commented that, "It's now on every continent except Antarctica." I was wrong.
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Occupy Antarctica.
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What frustrates me most about G+ is continually finding awesome new people who are, technically, afoul of the G+ name policy, yet are awesome people regardless of their nym. (At the same time, G+ officially accommodates celebrities that run afoul of the G+ name policy. But the "average" nym is punished?) Really, Google... Please... Stop being evil.
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My axe to grind is that I signed up using my "real name" as defined by their very terms -- Fenwick Rysen is a name I'm even identified as in (California) state court documents -- then Google pulled a bait-and-switch that demands government ID if they challenge my username. (A check that I can't pass.) And, if they challenge my name and I fail their check, I lose access to non-G+ services tied to this account. I've watched it happen to other users. I've been actively using this gmail account professionally as Fenwick Rysen for 7 years, and put many eggs in this basket. So I'm less than thrilled. They're not playing fair. Which is their prerogative, but still... Not nice. Not nice at all. It's pushing me to get my own vanity domain fully functional, because this is suboptimal.
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Easily one of the most beautiful things I have seen in a very long time.
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wow... thought provoking! - weird, too... thanks for sharing. :)
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Aaaaand, I'm back to reading Swami Vivekananda's Raja Yoga... Do the work you love; love the work you do.
Park Pacifica, Pacifica, California
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I hope your work for VeteranCentral.com is going well... I started to reread the Bhagavad-Gita... and what you wrote above reminds me of Chapter four "Jyâna Yoga (ज्ञान योग): the "path of knowledge" < http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/Gita/chapter-04.html > ... so I just thought I would share that... & also BTW, I just got two new beautiful swords! (One katana, and one straight blade, a small to medium sized "long sword")... and I would love to show them to you, and talk, and... the list is long... when can I come up to your part of CA and see you (and +Barry King) ??? Please let me know! - AND see the email I sent you! OK?
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For my friends who were there, and for those of us who couldn't make it.
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Burning Man like you've never seen it!

I love tilt-shift photography and video. This video was taken at Burning Man 2011, and the whole thing was created by James Cole, Jason Phipps and Byron Mason.

(Make sure you crank up the resolution to at least 720!)

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Oh cool! You can see my model airplane flying around in some of the frames near 8:07. Use a high res version full screen and pause the frame a few times. If you look to the right, you'll see a triangle of color in the sky dancing around for a few frames! That's me!
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NEWS JUNKIE POST. Home; Headlines; US News; World News; Politics; Opinion; Business; Entertainment; Environment. About Us; Contact; Advertise With Us; Comment Policy; NJP On Twitter; NJP Facebook Fan ...
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A good chart helps put things in perspective. Yes, it's that bad.
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One more political post for the day before we get back to the fun stuff.

I've heard a lot of people saying, "I don't care about the protests because they don't affect me personally."

That's true. You may have a job right now. Things may be fine for you right now. You may not care about your neighbor.

But take a look at this graph. How many years do you want this to go on, and what do you think are the odds you will be personally affected before this is over?

Would you rather speak up for more regulation before you lose your job, or after?
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DEAREST GOOGLE:


"Dearest Google, I would rather share exactly what your policies do to me specifically, and why they make me so angry with you.

You gave me the partial reality of privacy with your Circles feature. With that I could freely have a circle for subjects that may not be as palatable to everyone in my complete set of circles. I could band all of my Star Wars fanatics together and gush over pictures of slavegirl Leia costumes all day every day without ever once having to worry about my more Jesus minded relatives or acquaintances ever being the wiser. But this form of privacy only works to that end--to the end of exclusion, and so there are really only a limited number of reasons to really engage Circles in this way (and frankly, the most frequent way I’ve seen them used (not by me) is to violate your terms of service via the distribution of pornographic images). Your Circles actually ultimately silence me or censor me as much as not having the option did before. I am annoyed with that. But I’m not even here to talk with you about what simply annoys me about you Google..."


"Dearest Google, you are breaking your word to me, to all of us. You /are/ being evil. You have joined the Dark Side and if you come back I will forgive you. I love you, but I’m an abuse survivor and I know I deserve better than this from you.

No one gave you the right to define me."
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My Nym Manifesto


Dear Google,

How to even describe how cool it was to get my Google+ invite so early into the beta test. For the first time ever I got to be one of the cool kids and play with one of the cool new things before anyone else did. I felt like a king dangling my precious G+ invites before my friends’ noses.

Google+ has almost everything I want in a social network; from the outset it filled all of my needs: Twitter length vapid banality, super casual Facebook-like interactions, an innovative new way of blogging where, on a post-by-post basis I could control who could or could not read my posts.

Though few of my real or Facebook friends have yet to rush here and join me, I’ve discovered a community with far greater engagement in actual discourse than I had in previous social networks. Google+ was the Shangri-La of online discourse and while a far smaller number of people currently follow me here than in my other places, a much larger number of those people interact with me and each other in an exchange of ideas far superior to those other places.

That is why it hurts me when I read anyone at Google or allied with your fascistic “real names policy” suggest that someone who doesn’t like it can freely use other services to fit their needs--because those other services no longer fit our needs. And worse, lack of abiding this policy does not deny us just Google+, so don’t pretend at being benevolent.

These are however the beginnings of debate points you’re already highly inundated with and aware of and I’m not writing this to engage you in debate or talk about the injustices your policy serves to other people. I’ll leave you back to re-reading them and re-engaging with them. Dearest Google, I would rather share exactly what your policies do to me specifically, and why they make me so angry with you.

You gave me the partial reality of privacy with your Circles feature. With that I could freely have a circle for subjects that may not be as palatable to everyone in my complete set of circles. I could band all of my Star Wars fanatics together and gush over pictures of slavegirl Leia costumes all day every day without ever once having to worry about my more Jesus minded relatives or acquaintances ever being the wiser. But this form of privacy only works to that end--to the end of exclusion, and so there are really only a limited number of reasons to really engage Circles in this way (and frankly, the most frequent way I’ve seen them used (not by me) is to violate your terms of service via the distribution of pornographic images). Your Circles actually ultimately silence me or censor me as much as not having the option did before. I am annoyed with that. But I’m not even here to talk with you about what simply annoys me about you Google.

I share a name and home state with a man who sexually molested many children. Your anti-pseudonym policy as it is currently implemented harms me. Operating without a pseudonym opens me up to be wrongfully harassed by the victims and families of these victims when they publicly search his name and end up finding me.

Fuck you for that.

And while I’m on the topic, my own son was also a victim of sexual molestation. Because of your policy, when his abuser leaves prison he can find us again via my name and put my child and myself at real risk of repeated assault. The loss of freedom to be pseudonymous in the best network for social interaction puts us in danger should this monster decide he wants to be vindictive towards his victim for sending him to prison.

Fuck you for that.

I live in a nation that unlawfully detains its citizens, investigates people who dare publicly question their government, racially profiles its citizens and blacklists them from public transit based solely on their names as well as any number of other violations of our civil rights and your policy forbids me from educating others to these atrocities from the safety of pseudonymity.

Fuck you for that.

I am a member of the LGBTQQA community and live in a very conservative city. This alone subjects my children to the possibility of harassment (completely ignoring the possibility of my own potential harassment or physical endangerment) at the hands of close minded and bigoted peers, educators, employers, etc. The more I dare write about anything sex-positive or related to the gay community, the greater the chance of my exposure and this potential for harassment. This makes my only safe option under your policy self-censorship: speak publicly or not at all.

Fuck you for that.

I am a cancer survivor. I have been free and healthy for almost seven years now. The story of my illness and overcoming it has been valuable to so many others; it has inspired others to fight their own illnesses. Your real names policy leaves me exposed to the reality that publicly discussing my cancer history puts me at risk when I want to attract new insurance providers and makes me unattractive to potential new employers. I must either be silent or risk my own livelihood.

Fuck you for that.

There was a short time of my life where I used illegal substances, and a far greater time now that I have been clean. I now like to educate others on the dangers they expose themselves to through these activities and am a more engaging voice to these discussions because of my personal history. Your real names policy leaves me exposed to the reality that publicly discussing my former drug use puts me at risk when I want to attract new insurance providers and makes me unattractive to potential new employers. I must either be silent or risk my own livelihood.

Fuck you for that.

You have created the greatest tool I have yet to encounter for online discourse. You have simultaneously silenced me. You tell me I am free to take my voice somewhere else, somewhere that allows people like me but nowhere else is as good as this place is for fitting my needs. I can stay and choose to risk myself and my children, or not talk about anything that is in some way important to me while operating under my “real” name. Sure, there are other things to talk about, but I don’t want to talk about those things. I don’t give enough of a damn about Apple or Androids, about sharing cat videos and patting every other tech geek on Google+ on the back. I want to talk about the things I want to talk about, as do so many others.

My name is me. It is mine to give as I so choose and how dare you, how dare you, tell me whether my name is acceptable or not. You are not the aesthetics police, Google. I hate the fucking polo shirt I see in every other Googler’s profile but I don’t tell you that you can’t wear the facade you choose. So stay the fuck away from mine.

Dearest Google, you are breaking your word to me, to all of us. You are being evil. You have joined the Dark Side and if you come back I will forgive you. I love you, but I’m an abuse survivor and I know I deserve better than this from you.

No one gave you the right to define me.
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A member can invite you in ahead of the waitlist. My email is thewritestuff@gmail.com I need you to send me the address you want invited and I'll send the invite when I get up in the morning 
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  • University of Phoenix
    BS Information Technology (Web Management), 2000 - 2005
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
    AA General Studies (Anthropology focus), 1994 - 1997
  • Santa Rosa High School
    Diploma, 1991 - 1994
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