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Archive for September, 2010

One Nation Rally this Saturday

Posted by thearrow on September 30, 2010

Before we get to the fun rally with Jon Stewart, there’s a serious one coming up this Saturday. I’ll put my amateur photographer hat on and try to document it. Enough passive kibitzing while watching Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. Time to move our behinds and show that Democrats and reasonable people can make their point, too, not just the Tea Party crazies.


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The Rally to Restore Sanity

Posted by thearrow on September 17, 2010

This is where I’ll be on October 30, with camera gear in tow: Jon Stewart’s rally, Man, I can’t wait! After all the Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and other vomit-inducing Tea Party crap, this is exactly what we need. And no, I won’t ask you to pardon my French. I’m also going to Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive 😀

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Suggestion for a Smart Phone App

Posted by thearrow on September 10, 2010

I’ll start by saying that I’m not a big fan of apps for the simple reason that I just don’t have time to play with them. When a friend switched to iPhone she said it’s much more conducive to using apps, which might explain why I don’t do it on my Droid phone. While probably true, I don’t intend to drop a wad of cash every month for AT&T’s data plan and dropped calls.

That said, I would LOVE to be able to capture web addresses with the phone’s camera, store them, and make them clickable. That’s an app I’d definitely use. There are a lot of websites promoted everywhere you look in DC (on buses, signs, ads), not to mention the now ubiquitous Twitter and Facebook icons for those businesses. I always stumble upon web addresses for interesting organizations that I’d like to check out later, but I never jot them down and I never remember them.

I need to point my camera phone to them, click on one button, and check the websites later.

So there, app developers, take this idea and run with it!

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How Very Christian of Them

Posted by thearrow on September 7, 2010

From the Associated Press: US church to go ahead with Sept. 11 Quran burning.

Dude, what happened to Christian values that you are purportedly preaching, like not taking revenge? If you despise the Islam so much, why do you imitate the exact same behaviors you despise in it and instigate others against it? If you think you’re better than Muslims, how does burning the Quran fit in that? I don’t remember Jesus preaching that it’s okay to despise someone else in the first place! Quite the contrary, he preached forgiveness even for enemies (a tall order, no question about it). If someone burns a Bible, how would that make you feel? How do you think enraging Muslims over this can do any good?

Thankfully, a lot of organizations and level-headed people are taking a stand against this. Not to mention that the White House and General David Petraeus are concerned about the consequences. But no, the nut job pastor is determined to do this. In the name of Jesus, I suppose.

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Radar Kitty

Posted by thearrow on September 3, 2010

A little furry someone (actually, a big furry someone) knows with amazing precision when I’m just starting to wake up. First I thought he figured out the timing, but as my waking up started being less predictable, happening any time between 6:00 and 7:30 a.m., I realized Mr. Jinks hops on the bed for morning love at the exact time when I’m extracting myself from sleep. You know, that moment when you’re only slowly figuring out you’re not sleeping any more and you’re trying to hold on to whatever you were dreaming.

He’s right there, with small meows if he sees I’m also stirring. It’s time for love, so he flops on one side, glued to me, and waits to be petted. As you can imagine, my days start great!

So I’ve developed a theory that cats tune in to some brain energy waves and that’s how Mr. Jinks knows when he can come in.

I’d be very curious to know if other cat owners have experienced this.

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