alteregoliz: (lazy cat)
2016-02-03 09:00 am
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My One Star Amazon Review of the Feline Alarm Clock (Manufacturer: Loki Industries)

For the most part I have been pleased with the effectiveness of the Feline Alarm Clock. There are, however, significant improvements needed to make this product user friendly. For instance, there are several alarm options: "horking up a hairball", "tummy trampoline", "weight on a full bladder", "purring in your ear", "licking your face", "chewing on your fingers", etc. If you have two of these alarms, you can also get "cat fight on your chest". However, there is no option to choose which one you'll be awakened by - it's entirely random. The alarm cannot keep accurate time. Sometimes it goes off too late, but more often it goes off too early and thereby cutting in to a REM cycle. There is a tendency for the alarm to sometimes fail entirely even though there has been no interruption in the power supply. Many a morning I have awoken to find that the alarm has actually left the room entirely - what's that about?

I have to admit that despite its serious shortcomings, I am loathe to return my two versions of this product. Despite the lack of reliability, I find its other features (lap warmer, cuddler, familiar, etc) to be well worth the investment.

In summation, I would love this alarm clock if I could set it to a consistent time and option. Until then, you will definitely need at least one back up.

alteregoliz: (purple door)
2014-05-29 07:25 pm

Harvey Milk Stamps and the AFA

“Incensed by the release of a postage stamp honoring Harvey Milk, the American Family Association is urging its members not only to avoid purchasing the stamp…but to refuse to accept or open any letter or package postmarked with one.”

From a post by the AFA:

1. Refuse to accept the Harvey Milk stamp if offered by your local post office. Instead, ask for a stamp of the United States flag.
    2. Refuse to accept mail at your home or business if it is postmarked with the Harvey Milk stamp. Simply write “Return to Sender" on the envelope and tell your postman you won't accept it.

In response, a friend has suggested this: "I want to mail all of these people an envelope that looks like it has a check in it with a Harvey Milk stamp, and when they open it, it says 'A donation has been made to the Matthew Shepard Foundation on your behalf. MADE YOU LOOK!!!'”

So, if you’d like to join in...

Buy your Harvey Milk stamps here.

Donate to the Milk Foundation and/or the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Print a copy of your receipt(s) and add a note along the lines of 'A donation has been made to the Matthew Shepard Foundation on your behalf. MADE YOU LOOK!!!'

Put it in an envelope with the notation "DONATION" on the outside and use your Harvey Milk stamp to mail it to:

American Family Association
P O Drawer 2440
Tupelo, MS 38803

Enjoy!  :D

NOTE: I am in no way affiliated with any of the aforementioned organizations and they are not involved in this campaign in any way.
alteregoliz: (purple door)
2013-08-23 12:25 pm

"Letter to President Obama on Surveillance and Freedom"

Brilliant Wordpress find:

"I also remember that you called on us, your supporters, to stay active, to call you and Congress to task. I want to believe that you asked for this because you knew that your perspective as Commander in Chief would inevitably become skewed. So this is what I’m doing here: I’m calling you to task.

You are failing hard on transparency and oversight when it comes to NSA surveillance. This failure is not the pragmatic compromise of Obamacare, which I strongly support. It is not the sheer difficulty of closing Guantanamo, which I understand. This failure is deep. If you fail to fix it, you will be the President principally responsible for the effective death of the Fourth Amendment and worse."

alteregoliz: (animal portrait)
2013-08-15 07:00 pm

"Make No Gratuitous Enemies"

From a column written by EJ Dionne Jr at the Washington Post: Unearned Blessings

"The rule is: Make no gratuitous enemies," he said. "The key word is 'gratuitous'."

If you stand for something, you will always make enemies. That is part of the price of being principled. What you should avoid are entirely unnecessary fights that advance no cause but create bitter feelings. I’ll always think of it as a singularly important piece of political wisdom.

alteregoliz: (lazy cat)
2012-10-29 04:53 pm

Top Ten Reasons To Dislike Mitt Romney

This was recently forwarded to me from a long time friend and current Romney supporter. Since it is clearly written to show how Romney contrasts Obama, let’s examine it from that perspective:

(My comments shown in italics.)


"A lot is being said in the media about Mitt Romney not being 'likable' or that he doesn't 'relate well' to people. Frankly, we struggled to understand why. So after much research, we have come up with a Top Ten List to explain this 'unlikablility'."

Top Ten Reasons to Dislike Mitt Romney )
alteregoliz: (antique serious)
2012-09-30 08:54 am

Are you sure you're Pro-Life?

I remember having a conversation many years ago with a coworker/friend about the difference between Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice. She had declared to me that she was Pro-Life "because that was the choice she had made" - yes, she really said it just like that. She had been faced with an unwanted pregnancy when she had her first child and she had decided against abortion. I explained to her that that didn't necessarily make her Pro-Life. She looked genuinely puzzled, so I explained that it was perfectly possible to be personally against abortion and still Pro-Choice, that being Pro-Choice was not about promoting abortion, that it was about allowing each woman the freedom and opportunity to make that choice for herself. And as my mother later said, "How would she have felt if she hadn't been allowed to make the choice for herself?"

I have known a few friends who have had abortions. All of them (with the exception of the one who was raped in broad daylight in a college parking lot) were very conflicted about their difficult decision. All of those women, including the rape victim, are now amazing moms. One is still with and married to the college boyfriend who was with her to make their decision together.

I have never been faced with an unplanned pregnancy myself, but I have had a couple of scares in my lifetime where I thought I might be and I knew I wasn't ready. I have also been in a situation where I was nearly raped and it gave me a chance for more in-depth consideration of what I would do if I ever became pregnant by a rapist. I have some inkling of how tough that decision is in any circumstances.

I haven't publicly discussed this before so it may come as quite a surprise to many who know me: at some point in my mid-20's I came to the conclusion that I oppose abortion. I concluded that, whether or not I believe a fetus is a person, I believe a fetus is at least the potential for new life and it should be treated with the same high regard. I would like to believe I would have been able to live up to that belief if I were ever faced with making such a difficult decision, but to be realistic I must admit that I don't really know what I would have done if it had ever been a reality.

At no time did I ever imagine that it was my place to expect someone else to live by my belief system. With my realization of my personal belief, I found that I was even more committed to the Pro-Choice cause.

I have a number of family members who believe themselves to be Pro-Life. I understand their personal position, but I would ask, "Do you really believe it's your place to make that decision for someone else?"

Food for thought.

edited 09/30/2012 3:11pm

alteregoliz: (serious)
2012-09-07 02:48 pm
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What, Me Worry?: Slut Shaming and the Rape Culture, Redux (by Suki Valentine)

I was walking to work earlier, as I do every day. It was about 11.10 am and as I advanced down 16th Avenue toward Pike Street, a car drove by and screamed "Slut!" from their open window. 


Read more... )
alteregoliz: (candle)
2012-03-25 09:25 am

Watch For It

I have been adding my voice to the millions online that are angry about the absurdly extremist positions the GOP leadership has been taking during this election year. I have given money when I could to support those groups that fight for those who are under attack. I have been watching for my opportunity to take action.

This has not been easy. I have many obligations that keep me busy and there are so very many issues that deserve effort, I honestly don't know which way to turn. One thing I am sure of is that an opportunity will come my way soon. With the attacks coming from every direction, it's bound to happen. And I am watching for it. I have a feeling I am not the only one.

If you feel the way I do, then join me, watch and be ready. When your chance comes, grab it, pounce on it, do it.

This from my Dad today... )
alteregoliz: (highland games donald)
2011-12-15 01:51 am

Happy Birthday Lord Panthere

Today would have been Donald's 48th birthday.  It's been almost two years since he died.

Happy Birthday, Love.  I miss you.
alteregoliz: (Default)
2011-08-17 11:04 pm
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Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS

Originally posted by [ profile] deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.

Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.

alteregoliz: (Default)
2011-08-17 09:08 pm
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Having crazy dreams of late...

Yesterday morning, on his birthday, I had a dream about a very good friend and his girlfriend getting married.  (No, it wasn't [ profile] buz, it was [ profile] tresdon )  They wore matching tan shorts, green shirts, he had loafers and she wore a cute little pair of flats.  This was important for some reason.  They looked very cute.


This morning I had a dream that I was pointing my camera at a friend to take a picture and when I looked through the viewfinder I saw a wasp. I realized the wasp was inside the lens and remarked upon it to my friend, asking how the hell could a wasp get into my lens?  She asked if I had swapped the lens since the last time I used it and I responded that I hadn't.

While still puzzling over this some random man came by and snatched the camera out of my hands.  I chased after him yelling that I needed my data card.  He pulled the lens off the camera and yanked the stuffing (yes really) and wasp out of the lens.  I think the wasp flew away.  He tossed my data card on the ground where I picked it up.

He handed me the body of the camera back, smiled and walked off with my mutilated lens.  I remembered I had another identical lens so I put it on my camera.  I went to the camera store where I asked how it was possible for a wasp to get inside the lens.  They asked me if I had swapped the lens.  O_o  No I had not.  They had no answers.

Somebody explain that one please.  Oy vey.

alteregoliz: (panthere @ VMB)
2011-08-15 01:44 am

Video Tribute - Lord Panthere

I first met Donald in March of 2006.  We had our first date in October of that year.  He died in January of 2010.  I knew him not quite four years, we dated for a little over three.  He's been gone over a year and a half now, but it seems like yesterday.  He had such an enormous impact on so many who knew him.

I've had it in mind for a long time now to put together something using this song.  It speaks to me very clearly of Donald and his impact on my life.

I am grateful for the time I had with you and for the world you opened up for me.  I'll always miss you, Love.
alteregoliz: (serious)
2011-08-14 11:27 am

Will the *REAL* Republicans please stand up?

And take your party back?

I grew up in a Red State.  The Great State of Wyoming.  Small towns never suited me personally and those are the only kind Wyoming has.  Also, I love the ocean and always knew I needed to live near the sea.  As a result I always knew I'd be leaving Wyoming some day, but I still love it.  Wyomingites have to be a special kind of "tough" and there's no other place like it in the world.

While living in Wyoming I had my issues with the politics.  I did grow up in the only Blue county in the entire state.  Yes, there really is one.  But even there being "Blue" was more about labor issues than social ones.  Still, I was glad to be in the county that was more likely to support women's rights than any other.

What I do know about my Republican friends and family:  they are intellectuals (yes, even the rednecks), they are not homophobes, they don't really care who marries who, they aren't pro-lifers, they are supportive of women's rights.  They truly care about this country.  They believe in small government on all fronts.  You know, old school, sensible Republicans.

I love the Alan Simpson rants you can find on the web these days.  Now there's an old school Wyoming Republican.  Whether or not you agree with what he says, he does care about what happens to this country and he's not afraid to say what he really thinks.  Admittedly not the best speaker ever, but at least he's willing to call his own party on it's bullshit.

What I really find appalling about the Republicans these days are the front-running women in the current and last election.  Palin and Bachmann.  Are you f*#king kidding me?!  There have to be a super-ton of intelligent, capable, awesome Republican women leaders out there.  It's impossible that there aren't.  And *this* is what you give us?

Seriously. WTF?!

What's the deal?  Do the smart Republican women not want to put themselves out there in a political climate that demands they denigrate womens' rights and abandon all intelligent discourse in order to get elected?  Well ... I can't say I blame them.  Is it a pipe dream to hope that someone with some common sense and a true love for the wellbeing of all our citizens takes the Republican lead soon?

C'mon folks, please?  Pretty please with red sugar sprinkles on top?
alteregoliz: (panthere @ VMB)
2010-11-17 08:38 am

Lord Panthere Art Show - January First Thursday Art Walk

jan 2011 art walk

From Starfish Studios:


Starfish Studios Presents

Lord Panthere: The Art of Donald Robertson

One year ago today Donald Robertson graced the walls of Starfish Studios with his photography. As per the request of his family, we will once again be showing Donald's amazing work.

Thursday, 06 January 2011 · 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Starfish Studios
619 Western
Fourth Floor South
Seattle, WA

'Darkness is your friend, you can see the truth in the dark, light however blinds you from the truth.' - Donald Robertson, 2003.

alteregoliz: (highland games donald)
2010-07-24 03:35 pm

The Highland Games

The approach of the Enumclaw Highland Games brings up a lot of fond memories.  This was one of Donald's favorite annual events.  His memory will be with us as we celebrate again next weekend.  Hope to see you all there!

Been going through some old music collections lately and this song came up...

I Will Never Be The Same )

alteregoliz: (lazy cat)
2010-07-21 10:29 pm
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let's face it...

...after Monday and Tuesday, even the calendar says W T F.  :-/