MUNI Pigeons

Pigeons on the N.

I file this under the "accident in slow motion" category, where you are not quite sure what it is you are seeing, and by the time you figure it out, the window for the appropriate reaction is long closed.

These pigeons were very cute, walking up and down the isle. It wasn't until we were nearing the station that I started to worry they would get trampled. But instead of getting trampled, when the car filled up, they hung out under a seat. People didn't even know they were there.

They traveled all five miles from Folsom and Embarcadero to Carl and Cole, possibly beyond (that was my stop). 
 

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Now they are coming after us

…and by "us" I mean me and my husband Alex and the other 18,000 same sex marriages that were legally performed prior to November 4.  The Yes on 8 campaign wants to invalidate 18,000 same sex marriages – they've filed a brief with the California Supreme Court to that effect today.

The sponsors of Proposition 8 asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to nullify the marriages of the estimated 18,000 same-sex couples who exchanged vows before voters approved the ballot initiative that outlawed gay unions.

The Yes on 8 campaign filed a brief arguing that because the new law holds that only marriages between a man and a woman are recognized or valid in California, the state can no longer recognize the existing same-sex unions.

"Proposition 8's brevity is matched by its clarity. There are no conditional clauses, exceptions, exemptions or exclusions," reads the brief co-written by Pepperdine University law school dean Kenneth Starr, the former independent counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton….

The measure's backers announced Friday that Starr, a former federal judge and U.S. solicitor general, had signed on as their lead counsel and would argue the cases.

Remember how so many people in the Yes on 8 movement said they weren't interested in going after the marriages that already had been performed?  More lies in the avalanche of lies that came from the Yes-on-8 bigots.

Aren't these people supposed to be against divorce? Now they are filing a suit to direct the state to divorce me? THIS SUCKS.  

I haven't told HP. He is across the room playing on his Macbook and he looks so happy.

I'm not going to tell him. No reason to share this misery.

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Gay Star Trek Episode

This is actually kinda hot.

UPDATE: I had to remove the video because it was auto-playing on some computers and it started out with a steamy scene. So here's the link:  http://tinyurl.com/5bdn38  The video is halfway down.  I dare you to watch it!

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Group-posting to Twitter and Facebook (and other microblogging sites)

Last week I posted this frustrated-sounding blog entry.

I can post a status update to Facebook on my cell phone by texting a message to a specific phone number.

I can post a status update to Flickr on my cell phone by texting a message to a specific phone number.

Why hasn't someone figured out a way to text a message to a number that will put my status update on both?

This week, a friend forwarded to me a great post by HighTechDad which explained that not only was this service out there from competing companies (competition = faster development), it does way more than just the Facebook and the Twitter.

Understand the Offerings
Read the site descriptions and see what they claim to offer:

Ping.fm – “Ping.fm is a simple service that makes updating your social networks a snap.” Drilling down:
Use AIM, GTalk, iGoogle, WAP, iPhone/iPod Touch, SMS or E-mail and let Ping.fm relay your message to a multitude of social networking sites.

Hello.txt – “HelloTxt::We are Status.” More details:

HelloTxt is an aggregate of microblogging services through which the user can insert their messages on all main microblogging services in a simply and simultaneous way.

Pretty similar, no? Let’s continue!

Look Beyond Just Posting
Another critical thing to look for is if the service is trying to do more than simply hook into these other Social platforms for posting your statuses or messages. Both Ping.fm and HelloTxt.com will continue to try to “one-up” each other. One difference right off the bat is the ability to customize which set of Social Networks receive your messages. With Ping.fm, you can create custom groups for various types of services. With Hello.txt, one is able to select and de-select individual services per post.
Another big difference between these two is the fact that HelloTxt.com seems to be making a play at having two-way communications. They have a section of their site called “Status Snap” which actually pulls in updates from two of the popular social sites (Twitter & Facebook) with others promised to be added soon. This is the first step towards making this a full two-way aggregator.
On the other hand, Ping.fm opens its API for integrations as well as offering an ability to post updates to a custom URL. A smart developer could then create a script that parses the Ping.fm messages for further use elsewhere.

So, that post helped a lot. Thanks HighTechDad!

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I’ve been slapped in the face

Obama’s first big mistake

Rick Warren's presence on the inauguration stand is a slap in the faces of the millions of GLBT voters who so enthusiastically supported him,” Naff wrote, referring to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. “This tone-deafness to our concerns must not be tolerated. We have just endured eight years of endless assaults on our dignity and equality from a president beholden to bigoted conservative Christians. The election was supposed to have ended that era. It appears otherwise.”

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UPDATE

OK, I'll see your Rick Warren Invocateur and raise you one William White Navy Secretary:

"The secretary's job is a civilian position, so it would not run afoul of the ban on gays serving in the military, but it would renew focus on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy as President-elect Barack Obama prepares to take office. 'He would be phenomenal,' said retired Gen. Hugh Shelton, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 to 2001, pointing to Mr. White's extensive background as a fundraiser for veterans' and military causes. Retired members of the Joint Chiefs have contacted Mr. Obama's transition team to urge them to pick Mr. White, and members of Congress said he would be a good choice for a service secretary. 'He's very capable,' said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat, whose district includes the Intrepid Museum, a retired aircraft carrier berthed on the Hudson River in New York City."

More here in the right wing Moonie Times.

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Faster than waxing…

But probably more painful.

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