Wednesday, November 23, 2005

glenn mitchell show

the glenn mitchell show was a two-hour call-in and interview show about the real world that ran on kera. it ran from noon to 2pm, in two one-hour segments. guests included motorheads, computer gurus (including such names in my life as wynne wagner, author of the opus bbs system), ex-presidents of the united states, sports people, linguists, local politicans, book authors like patricia cornwell, and everybody in between.

he died in his sleep on sunday november 20.

his, and many people's (including mine), favorite portion of the show was the first hour on friday's: everything you ever wanted to know -- all questions answered, all knowledge revealed. it was an open air hour where you could call and ask any question you didn't know the answer to, and hopefully someone in the audience would know the answer, and call. i managed to answer a couple questions over the years.

he made talk radio an intelligent thing to listen to, rather than a cult of personality.

it was obvious listening to him that he was seriously interested in everything. he actually read the books written by the authors on the

i, at least, will miss his show. and i can hope he's now in a place where all his questions are being answered, and all knowledge revealed to him.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

where is xa-speaker

some people have googled and hit here looking for www.xa-speaker.org.

xa-speaker is (was?) a site that kept downloadable audio of speaker tapes for various 12-step groups.

it seems to have disappeared.

i no longer mirror for it; that arrangement disintegrated some time ago, mostly through lack of communication and follow-up.

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

texas prop 2

our marriage amendment passed 3-1. in my little precinct it failed by about 30 votes (out of 545 cast).

so now the question is:

am i still married?

other useful notes: i spent yesterday using the school's network. cnn is not censored, nor is news for nerds. stuff that matters. but i am, as is julie.

cecily isn't blocked, though.

Saturday, November 5, 2005

the amendment

texas constitutional amendment 2 (up for vote this coming tuesday november 8th) is intended to prevent gay marriage from coming to texas.

but it proves that not only are the christian fundamentalist wackos who pushed this through the legislature (including governor goodhair) homophobic bigots, they are stupid homophobic bigots.

check this out. here's what the constitutional amendment says:

ARTICLE I Sec. 32. (a) Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.
(b) This state or a political subdivision of this state may
not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to
marriage.

read that again.

carefully.

it defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

and then outlaws it.

this almost makes it worth voting for.