Monthly Archives: June 2007

Highschool Surveillance Camera Captures 2 Girls Kissing, Adults Freak Out

Cue the ‘teen sex panic’ dynamics:

A security camera captured two girls kissing, but it’s what happened next that sparked a surveillance debate. The dean of students said he saw two girls kissing. He checked the surveillance tape then shared what he saw with the parents of one of the girls. They then pulled her out of school, which then pulled the peninsula school district into a big controversy. “They weren’t harming other students, so I don’t think the administrators had a right to show it to her parents or anybody else,” student, Laura Varadi said. “I think that they didn’t use the cameras like how they should. They should only be used for safety I think,” student, Jade Egelhoff said. “We obviously made a mistake,” Superintendent Terry Bouck said. “We’re here to make sure our kids, our staff and parents are safe, but we’re not going to be monitoring public displays of affection, etc.” But some parents ask “Why not?” The Holmes said surveillance cameras are a way of life. Helping prevent crime, identifying suspects and just giving folks a sense of security knowing the cameras are always watching.

I don’t know about you but the last thing ubiquitous surveillance cameras give me is a sense of security. Maybe a sense of the hammer coming down on anyone at anytime for anything…

Roswell Deathbed Confession: I Saw Bodies

The PR officer at the time of the Roswell crash just passed away: (

Haut died last year but left a sworn affidavit to be opened only after his death. Last week, the text was released and asserts that the weather balloon claim was a cover story and that the real object had been recovered by the military and stored in a hangar. He described seeing not just the craft, but alien bodies.

Windows Open

It was cool enough last night to have the windows open so the house smells a bit fresher than usual. I’ve also lit the oil burner thingy and so we should have a nice citrus wafting through the air.

Do you pronounce ‘waft’ so that it rhymes with ‘raft’ or ‘loft’?

Was working on an ebook last night and realized that I pretty much don’t want to finish it. Mostly I just need to update it. I’m doing the Product Factory, plus I’m a team leader and so I know that I’m supposed to be creating a ‘signature product’ and a WordPress ebook really isn’t a particularly ‘signature’ product. It has been done to death and the realization I had last night is that while everybody wants to know how to do things, they honestly don’t want to learn how to do things. Not because they are lazy or dumb but because they just want to get to the point and get started. Those that like to tinker have hours of free tutorials and such. It isn’t competitive – it would be repetitive.

I IMed with Sharonista (who(m?) we are trying to trick into coming up for Market Days) and have made some newer plans for a new product – something much more exciting that sort of keeps in line with my broader branding.

I really don’t like talking about branding. I think it is so boring. I’m a bit tainted from reading Naomi Klein and the like – I see branding as a diversion. I know it isn’t. But everyone seems to jaw on and on about how damned important branding is and to me it all just comes down to being distinctive and consistent.

I’ve been generally bored with most of the stuff around me lately. Plus, I’ve found I’ve moved way too far over to the left-brained world and need to come a bit back to creativity-land.

I wish somebody would add Denis de Bernady’s WordPress hooks to the main WordPress codebase.

Post Parade Report Out

Woman in van during Chicago Gay Pride parade 2007.

The parade was fun. It actually seemed to start on time this year, though there were several long gaps where nothing was coming down the street causing the crowds to gradually enroach from the sidewalk to the street. Several dozen pics on Ron’s camera that is at his place so I’ll try to get those up on Flickr in the next day or so. Overcast gave way to sunlight and I got a sunburn and a nice pattern of my tank top burned into my shoulders.

As always, Dykes on Bikes remains the perrenial favorite. And as always, PFLAG, the veterans and the teachers always moves my heart. The loudest screaming was as a peace activism group went by with huge banners demanding a stop to the war and impeachment. Much agreement with that.

We got to the gym late and missed seeing all the guys pumping themselves up for the floats. That’s always fun. And so today is the slowest day of the year at the gym as everyone is hung over or still tweaking from a long weekend of revels. We came down Halsted after dinner just to gawk at the crowds and blocks-long lines for all the bars. By then the streets had been swept and it was like the parade was a distant memory.

The next big holiday (aside from the 4th) is the Market Days street festival which is like the parade but inside a concentration camp – it doesn’t move. It is the one time a year I get to eat funnel cakes so I am looking forward to it.

I couldn’t sleep readily last night (we’d had a long post-parade nap) and I just sat up thinking about Cheney’s claim that he is separate from pretty much the entire government and I wonder what he is hiding and that I probably obsess too much about this stuff but it is like you can’t believe it when you turn on the television each day and another step towards authoritarian control has installed itself maybe not for immediate use but another step that will be very difficult to take back.

Much up in the air with work. This server move seems endless and has continual setbacks. June has been a very molasses-esque month. It feels like everything technical has been twice as hard to do. Maybe it is the humidity that makes it feel so slow and labored.

Until I get our pics up you can browse the Flickr pics of Timothy, EMR, Cargo Cult Science, Gerald, Cynical Idealist, Evan, and Troy.

Texas’s Healthcare Implosion

From USA Today:

Texas is the case study for system implosion,” says neurosurgeon Guy Clifton, founder of the Houston-area group Save Our ERs. The problems here, as elsewhere, are many. Small employers are dropping health coverage. Federal and state subsidies don’t make up the difference. Illegal immigrants represent 21% of the county’s public caseload, even though they represent only about 6% of the area’s population.