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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pentagon Study Says Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

The pentagon released a study today they have been doing over the past year on the effects of repealing don’t ask don’t tell, and allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military. It turns out that 70% of those actively serving in the military would be okay with gays serving in the military, or don’t care if they do. The average poll of Americans throughout the country shows that 58% to 60% of Americans would be okay with the law changing to allow gays to serve.

It’s interesting to note that more people who actually would be affected by this law changing approve of the law changing versus those who would not actually be effected by the law at all.

So what is the hold up now? Old while male Republicans like John McCain have opposed allowing gays to openly serve, as well as a small minority of old white male Democrats. The majority of Democrats want the law to change, and a few open minded Republicans want the law to change, and President Obama has stated he wants the law to change.

The people opposed to the law changing have said they wanted to wait till the study was done before voting on it, well the study is done. According to one news report, “Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, who have both said they support repealing the law.”

The majority of Americans, those in the military, and members of congress want to allow gays and lesbians to serve in the military, yet a minority of ignorant right-wing conservatives are preventing a law from changing for the better - As usual.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mitt the Rat Does Dishes

Mitt Romney in an obviously staged picture, so as to pretend he is just like one of us normal Americans. You know he is totally thinking to himself, “hurry up at take the picture so I can hand this back over to the maid.”

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

TSA Gone Wild

You will need to select the image to actually see it.

Courtesy of the Rooster and Graph Jam

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

National Opt-Out Day

I won’t be flying this tomorrow, but I want to support those who are flying tomorrow the 24th and participating in National Opt-Out Day.

For those who don’t know, National Opt-Out Day is a day, where everyone flying should choose to get patted down instead of submitting to the full body scans. The idea being it will slow down the screening process and irritate the people doing the screening.

“Big deal,” you might be thinking, “I don’t care if some douche hired off the streets looks at my junk.” But before you go through with the body scan, just think of this as a continuing step to slowly giving up our rights and freedoms.

Why does the N.R.A. fight every attempt at gun regulations even though it might be something that it worthwhile? Because they understand that as they give away one right, someone will try to get them to give up another one later.

- Remember the days when people could actually walk each other to the boarding gate and see each other off.
- Remember the days when we didn’t have to take our shoes off to go through the screening?
- Remember the days where you could carry on liquids and didn’t have to bag your mini-shampoo?
- Remember the days when you could carry finger nail clippers or a pocket knife?
- Remember the days when you could have a lighter?
- Remember the days when you could fly without having someone stick a finger up your ass to find out of there is a bomb up there? It hasn’t happened yet, but who is to say it won’t.

As we give up each freedom, we are one step closer to letting those we fear win. If someone is serious enough, they will achieve there goals no-matter how secure we think we are.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Buy Nothing Day

One week from today it will be that day again. That day, where people wake up as early as possible to run to the store to be first in line, or as close as possible. The day where they fight over that last parking spot, swearing and cussing at the person who beat them to it. That day where people trample over those who fall, or move to slow. That day where people fight over the discounted items, beat one another, insult, and attack one another for those Chinese made products. That day were people will wait in line forever, get stuck in the parking lot, swearing at everyone else while not noticing that they are also blocking traffic.

Yes that’s right, it will be black Friday. The day after the day where we hang out with family and have fun, so we compensate by being consumerist cheapskates. It’s black Friday, the day we have off of work just so we can drag our fat asses to Wallmart and buy as much as we can fit in the SUV.

Or for some, it’s not Black Friday. For some it’s Buy Nothing Day. A day I have celebrated every year since I heard of it, and even the years before, just to avoid going to crowded malls and interacting with the epitome of the American consumer. For me, Buy Nothing Day will involve spending more time with family and loved ones, playing games, socializing, and not spending money or crap I don’t need, nor do the people who might receive it at Christmas.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bill Nye Drops and Everyone Tweets

Further proof that our society is doomed to failure.

Last night while doing a speech for an audience at the University of Southern California, Bill Nye "The Science Guy" collapsed.

You would think that a few people would have gotten up and checked to make sure we was okay, or offer help, but, according to this story, everyone in the audience began tweeting, facebooking, and taking pictures instead.

It would be nice if karma would react to situations like this and just drop the ceiling on the students in the auditorium.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Windows Phone 7, iPhone, Android Get Barbequed

Because they are having a hard time selling the product based on features, apparently they have decided to try marketing it as heat tolerant.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

WTF California?!?

In case you haven't heard this, California, one of the most liberal states in the nation, voted down the opportunity to legalize marijuana with prop. 19. I'm going to assume the reason it failed has to do with people figuring their current method of obtaining it is just fine, versus, people who actually think it is a bad thing.

Read more in the SF Gate

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Dash Trash Tales vol. 2

As a vender Microsoft doesn’t provide an office or seating area for the vender. The thought process is, they work for another company so that company should provide the office for the person. This can be done by either providing them a place to sit at wherever there office is, or Microsoft will let the company pay for an office on the campus. Most vender companies don’t do this as it eats into their profit. On my last V- assignment as Microsoft I usually had to be in the building, this had to do with meetings or just being available as needed.

In order to find a place to sit I would usually roam around the 3 story building I worked in, until I could find an office that was vacant. This is generally accepted practice on the Microsoft campus and the teams who those offices are assigned to don’t mind, because they aren’t being used. Usually what happens is when that office is going to be assigned to someone, someone comes by and lets us know that we need to move out. This can be done in person or by leaving a note on the door. It’s also usually done nicely, with the person crashing in that office that day saying “no problem” and finding a another empty office the next day.

One day I was crashing in an office when a team’s admin came in along with a couple other people. She asked me why I was sitting there, I explained, and she said I needed to leave. I was like, “ok, no problem, is someone moving in then?”

Admin – “No, we want this office open.”

Me – “Oh, usually in this building people don’t mind people crashing in empty offices.”

Admin – Well, that may be for other groups but this is our office and we don’t want anyone in it.”

We had a couple more words but there really wasn’t anything I could do, after all, orange badges don’t get much say in things like that, especially when they aren’t even working with that team.

Besides the lady being a total bitch in her attitude, another interesting thing about the experience was that one of the guys came up to me after she left and apologized to me saying, “I sympathize, I was a vender before. “ I seem to talk to people regularly that were once contractors or venders, who sympathize with the plight of the orange badge, they just don’t really seem to do much about it after that. Apparently they view it as the college hazing experience that people should go through before receiving the honor of the full time employment.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Dash Trash Tales vol. 1

I did a post last year about how working at Microsoft as a V- or A- was like being black in the south during the 1950’s. Obviously, I don’t believe that statement to be true, but the post was intended to be sarcastic commentary in the way that blue badges tend to treat orange badges, intentional or not. Since that post I’ve had a few contractors get rather offended at the post.

So I’ve decided to back it up with stories of life at Microsoft as a V- or A-. If you have one you’d like to share good or bad, feel free to leave it as a comment.

This story was told to me by a co-worker. He is now an FTE but this story takes places during his time as a contracted (CSG) employee.

He worked on a team that had a couple of contractors, and there was an employee event within his organization. Wanting to make sure that everyone was included his manager invited him and the other contractor to the event. When they showed up at the event there were a couple of people at the entrance, who were actually checking to make sure people coming worked for the company.

FTE/bouncer – (seeing the orange badge) sorry this event is for FTE’s only

CSG’s – Well, “manager” invited us.

FTE/bouncer – No, sorry, if they told you that they were wrong.

CSG’s – (not wanted to make a deal out of it) Okay, no problem.

As they were walking away they heard the Admin/bouncer say to one of the other people standing there, “Dash trash.” For those who don’t know, this is a generic insult used at Microsoft when referring to contractors.

The only saving grace in this story is as they were walking away, the manager who invited them, walked up as asked why they were leaving. Upon finding out what happened the manager went up to the FTE/bouncer’s informing them of who she was, who her husband was (who happened to be even higher up in the company) and asked those FTE’s who their manager was.

I can assume that there was some follow up with the FTE/bouncers manager. And the CSG’s in question did get to participate in the event.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

November 2nd is Finally Here

Ahhh yes! It’s Tuesday. Fantastic. Why am I so happy it’s Tuesday? Because it’s also November 2nd. Why am I happy it’s November 2nd. Because today is the end of this year’s elections. Maybe the people I wanted to win didn’t, maybe the initiatives I wanted to pass didn’t pass, but I don’t care. Because I am sick and tired of all the damn ads when I surf for porn, I mean surf for useful information on the internet. I’m tired of the signs and crap in peoples yards, and I’m tired of the commercials when I turn on the television or radio.

Maybe it’s me, but it seems like every year the news and hype about each election grows. It could be that the news stations no longer actually report on the news, in finding that letting people rant opinion draws more ratings, but I’m getting sick of it.

Especially considering that no matter how many people protest, or who is in office, things don’t really change that much. The system sucks, and someday I’ll have that boat in the Caribbean so I won’t have to hear about it ever again.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity – Seattle Edition

I posted a few weeks ago about the Rally to Restore Sanity that Jon Stewart hosted, along with the Keep Fear Alive Rally by Stephen Colbert. Well, this last Saturday it happened and I attended the Seattle event, held at Westlake Center.

The day started off fine and as I left the house, along with three friends, the day was sunny. Unfortunately the rain slowing began as we drove to downtown Seattle. And by the time we parked the car and walked to the event (already in full swing) the rain was pouring down. Yet, I have to give Seattle residents props on their ability to ignore the rain and cold. Signs were held high saying things like…


All the while we stood and watched a webcast of the event in Washington D.C. which appeared to be having a very nice and sunny day. The webcast occasionally had its pauses and hiccups, as they often do, and the rally was a lot like watching The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, but all in all it looked like the crowds were having a good time. And with an estimated attendance of over two hundred thousand, at that event along, I would say, Stewart and Colbert have a much cooler following than Tea-Bagging Beck

And of course, you can’t have a rally to promote normalcy and sanity, without having busloads of the insane coming by to protest the rally. And this event wouldn’t be any different. Four vans full of religious nutcases swung by, and dropped some crazies of to preach at the pedestrians walking the wet streets.

Apparently the Mayans ware wrong. The world isn’t going to end in 2012, it’s going to end this spring.