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One fish two fish red fish YOUR MOM [14 Aug 2010|06:14pm]
Internets - I have a dilemma!

So I have this LiveJournal thing you see... and I've had it for quite some time... but I don't really use it anymore. As it turns out, more and more, the type of things I would write here - the more personal, well thought musings, etc, are things I prefer to share with a select number of people I see and talk to regularly. The rest of the stuff I would put here generalizes to the day-to-day minutia of my life, for which as a method of blasting said out to the internet, twitter and facebook seem uncannily suited.

So my dilemma - to keep livejournal or ditch it.

I already have a secondary blog set up, which eventually will be mostly technical and filled with details of some R&D work I'm eventually getting around to. However, I believe my personal blog may soon become a relic of the past....
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On the "Gay Agenda" [06 May 2010|05:45pm]
More and more, I've been thinking - what exactly is the [predominately] right-wing Christian problem with us? It goes way beyond prejudice, there's a real fear - the irrationality of which is so severe it makes me wonder, where in god's name (no pun intended) does it come from?

Then it dawned upon me - they're mostly gay themselves.

I don't mean this in the "those that are the most concerned with other's sexuality are most concerned with their own" kind of way - although I also believe that to be true. But with each anti-gay activist that is "outed" I really believe the following:

It's not that they're gay and realize it. It's that they are gay but for their life, they honestly, and truly believe that they are straight. That's why they believe the temptation of homosexuality is so strong - that our efforts to be recognized and accepted so dangerous. They really believe that every other straight guy out there is just as tempted by t3h buttsex as they are; so tormented by our existence and cry for acceptance.

I've met many straight guys that "oppose homosexuality" but not like these people do. They think it's gross, and cringe at the thought of messing around with a guy - but they don't go out of their way to stop it. In fact, when presented with a sound logical argument, most of them agree that there's no good reason we shouldn't get married. Taking it up the ass however, just isn't their thing - and I can respect that.

It's speculation, yes, and pretty hard to fix - but it makes a lot of sense, to me anyway.
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Hrmph [17 Apr 2010|07:22pm]
It's been a really long time since I updated LJ, and quite a few things have changed in my life... oh man... this is gonna be a long braindump of an entry.

Where to start. Well... I became single in December '09, long story short, the ex left me for someone else. However, I have actually kinda been enjoying single life. There are a few downsides - the house is empty and I miss cuddling, but on the plus side, I've well realized that things are for the better and I now have the opportunity to really find the type of relationship I want.

Of course, there's been some angst manifest from this search. Intelligence is key - in my previous relationships I've always tried to get involved in my partner's interests, but it's never really been reciprocated for lack of interest or ability. Geeks have a culture, and dating someone that's familiar with that culture, is a good decision for me - there HAS to be a common ground intellectually or else it's always going to be one-sided. Sexual compatibility is also pretty important. Despite having always gotten really positive feedback of my dom/top abilities, and having enjoyed it - I really am so much more comfortable as a sub/btm, and a potential partner of mine needs to compliment that. Twice now, guys wanting me to be "more vers" have caused tensions. I'd really love a total top. Alas, it seems the set of guys that are both intellectually compatible, local, and sexually compatible is empty. I'm happy waiting though, since when I do find it - it will be worth it.

So right now, in summary, I've been taking things one day at a time - if something presents itself cool, if not, whatever. I have more important things to worry about than chasing guys. Even though I'm wired for LTRs, most guys just aren't worth my time.

Some other things have changed, I've been working out quite a bit more, and am a bit more slim and muscular than previously... it's still a pretty slow process, since I've just began to summon the motivation - but I'm hoping it becomes more and more regular. See pic:

Work has been going well. I really enjoy working for Computing Services. The environment fits my personality well, and despite a far administrative process overhead, there's still freedom to explore interesting projects on the side which is nice.

Spent last weekend in Portland, OR visiting friends from DEFCON which was awesome. I usually only get to hang around those types once a year, so it was a really nice surprise to get a chance to have a lil mini-con event and just geek out and enjoy the community. I'm definitely looking forward to August!

And of course - this weekend is Carnival which has been pretty awesome thus far. This is the first year that I haven't been involved in booth in some way shape or form, so being able to actually enjoy carnival, as opposed, to stressing out over booth is AWESOME.

Well that's all for now... I think I might have to start posting more regularly.
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Ugh why WHY do I read the comments after reading a seemingly innocent and interesting news article [25 Nov 2009|08:08pm]
Global Warming.
Why is this a debate? Seriously.
Maybe I'm just jaded, but really, shouldn't scientists be focusing on finding out the truth? I mean if some scientist claims there's data that contradicts the norm, isn't it retested? previous works reviewed?
I'm not really surprised though... the USA seems to be pretty full of wargarbl lately. Like claiming "biased data". This phrase makes my head hurt. Scientific data, should, by definition be.. well completely objective. Either polar ice is melting or it's not. This is not a matter of belief or corporate kickbacks... it's boolean. Temperatures are either warmer or not. More unstable or not (comparable to some known value).

Seriously, someone needs to bitch slap some sense into people, and move the fuck on. Same goes for evolution, and a whole host of highly-debated issues which have objective answers and debate is a waste of time.

Gay marriage should probably also be on that list. Really, either it's great for the economy, taking care of kids no one wants to adopt, etc or it's not. Or am I giving too much credit to the objective nature of this? Is this really a huge moral issue? Being raised non-Christian, I never saw it as one. Christians (specifically Conservative Christianity) are the only groups with organizations aggressively fighting this (Focus on the family, all the ex-gay ministries, etc). Maybe when I see more Jewish and Hindu "pro-family" organizations I'll concede that this is anything more than stupidity and imposed religion.

As for the other issues - hasn't evolution been observed in bacterial samples? Am I just living in an ill-informed bubble or haven't these things already been proven and we need to move on?
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If I ever started a biker gang.... [14 Nov 2009|01:31pm]
It would be called the "Deprecated Functions" and it's patch would look like this:

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For all my bear friends..... [14 Nov 2009|12:37pm]
Poll #1485398 How do you type woof?

How do you type woof?


I personally use "woof" unless it's at the beginning of a sentence (rare), and sometimes "WOOF" for emphasis.

I left out the "I don't use woof/ think it's stupid / bears don't woof" option - suck it.
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Two posts in a day - unheard of [08 Nov 2009|10:13pm]
It occurred to me that the problem with US cellphone companies is that they're still stuck in the paradigm that ISPs were in 10 years ago. You had AOL, CompuServ, MSN, and a few others that basically provided the same service, but each company had something nifty that you could only get on their software and their service. Thankfully, now your ISP really gives you an IP address, and you can do mostly what you please with it.

I'm hoping cell companies go this way soon. The idea that some number of phones, with essentially the same hardware and operating system can have drastically different functionality is absurd. If you're going to embrace an open operating system like Android, fscking open up the crap you ship with it, or don't bother shipping it at all. Customers shouldn't want to buy your headset because you wrote an app you can only get with that provider, that totally fails at the point, especially when you can charge money for a download of it on the app market - e.g. I should be able to have blur on a driod, or Google Navigation on a G1.

Really, I'm just hoping someday that I can just go into a Best Buy, get a headset I choose (ideally with an OS I choose) and put it on a network I choose, like I can essentially do with a PC now.
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DUDE! Look at that *DOOR*! It's so big and RED! [08 Nov 2009|04:37pm]
So it's been several weeks since I've checked LJ, and several more weeks than that since I've posted. This is a good thing, really, because I've been spending most of my time hanging with friends and doing stuff IRL. Not that this entry is about to do many of these events justice, but to give you an idea of what's been going on with me...

September was pretty uneventful. Spent most of it working, or, if it was the weekend, just hanging out.
October, however, was much busier. We spend most of the weekends last month out of town. The first weekend, we went to Buffalo and visited with Eric's friends and family, and, like we always do, had a great time. The next weekend, we road-tripped down to Kentucky (Specifically Florance, KY, which is, basically, across the river from Cincinnati, OH) and went to Eric's friend's bachelorette party. Drunken partying ensued, and a good time was had by all.
The next weekend after that, there wasn't much going on except spending Friday waiting for the Best Buy guy to come fix our tv. You see, we have a DLP rear-projection unit, and the imaging module got fucked up. Of course, by "fucked up" I mean, there were about 300 white "dead pixels" all over the screen from where, I imagine, the stupid little mirrors on the DLP chip decided they didn't want to move anymore (I don't know this is what actually caused this, but based on my limited knowledge of how DLP works, it seems reasonable). Anyway, they replaced the imaging module and all was well.
The last weekend in October, was spent road-tripping yet again to KY, for the actual wedding, which was pretty, and a lot of fun. There are great pictures of us being drunken idiots in our hotel room. The wedding was Friday, the next day, our room looked pretty disastrous. We spent most of the time before checkout cleaning up. After we checked out of the hotel we headed all the way up to Buffalo for a haloween party. The party was fun, some friends from Pittsburgh joined us, and we had a great time getting drunk and playing Apples to Apples. Best pick of the evening: "Funny - Berlin 1945". Back to Pittsburgh Sunday and spent the remaining hours relaxing.
Of course, partying has it's price. Coupled with the drastic temperature shift (84F in KY on Friday to 30ish in Buffalo Saturday night), Eric and I got the flu, which made most of last week miserable. However, I'm feeling a lot better now, and eager to return to the office, because I still, in fact, love my job.
This weekend we took pretty easy, embracing our re-found health and such. Rooted my G1 on Friday. Really glad I did. I'm running Cyanogen's It's damn fast and seems to be a lot more responsive. Installed the Andriod 2.0 theme today, for a lookse at some of the new animations and such... seems pretty nice. I lost a bit of the performance, but it still seems snappier than stock. I can't explain why I hadn't rooted my phone sooner. I think I just hadn't been bored at home with the flu yet :P
What's left on the agenda for the remaining hours of the weekend? Cleaning the house, installing a new radio in Meg's car, and getting ready for work tomorrow.

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This (full article: http://www.365gay.com/blog/besen-drop-the-washington-crack-pipe/) [01 Jul 2009|12:00pm]
Political discourse has become an aphrodisiac that has seduced our community away from equally important issues. Perhaps it is time we go into rehab and free ourselves from the Washington crack pipe. It is a cheap high that rarely lasts and often leaves us broke and unsatisfied.

We all wanted King Obama to sweep into office, wave his magic wand and make discrimination disappear. I really wish he would, but it is clear that he won’t - or at least not as quick as we desire. So, why don’t we pry ourselves away from DC for a moment and try using our resources in alternative ways?

Anyone remember AIDS?

Ever hear of the multi-million dollar ex-gay industry that pumps out reams of propaganda to portray gay people as sick and “sexually broken?” Few people seem to notice, even though these groups spread harmful myths and poisonous stereotypes that impact our daily lives.

What about increasing funds to help GLBT youths who are thrown out of their homes? Or, scholarships, so these teens can succeed in life and maybe one day run for Congress?

How about focusing on the abuses against GLBT people overseas?

The aforementioned issues will not get you on a Congressman’s speed dial. It is unlikely that you will win a sparkling trophy or have a marble bust made of your head. The cable shows may not be dialing you at a frenzied pace. But, you might have a disproportionately positive impact and even save a few lives.

The other problem with our political addiction is that it breeds bad messaging. We are coming across as a powerful lobby that is demanding action as payback for money and votes. While there is a place for such muscle flexing, it masks our true agenda.

The immediacy of our cause has to do with the trauma we all faced as children. Now that we are strong, we don’t want one more GLBT teen to commit suicide while Congress dithers. It is unconscionable for another youth who dreams of serving his or her country to be turned away while Obama plots his reelection. It is an insult - right down to the core of our soul - when our government tells us that we can’t marry the person we love.

Our movement is not about Obama’s career, nor the happenings in Congress. What we seek is to reclaim our basic dignity and end needless suffering - both goals that one is unlikely to achieve solely in the glamorous quicksand of Washington.

By Wayne Besen, columnist, 365gay.com 07.01.2009 11:00am EDT
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On Twitter and Such [22 Jun 2009|10:45am]
I turned off cross-posting of twitter to my journal - I don't post here that often, but figure that "longer, but more infrequent posts" are more conducive to a journal than daily one-liners. If you also want to follow me on twitter, I'm pfriedma there as well.

Recapping events of the past few weeks, there's not too much to discuss.

Pittsburgh Pride was awesome... I don't remember specifics because Eric and I drake our faces off and thus most of the weekend was a blur. At the last Burgh Bears meeting we met some awesome lesbians around our age and saw them again at pride. Suffice it to say, we had a lot of fun and got a chance to hang out with some really fun people.

The storm last Wednesday made me sad. The storm itself was actually very nice (I love thunderstorms) however our surge-suppressor for our file-server didn't do it's job, and the machine fried. Hopefully the data (our pictures, movies, etc) is still intact, but I won't know until I get a machine with 4+ sata ports to rebuild the RAID array. Anyway, if you tried to access my AFS cell and were greeted by sadness, that's why.

Not much new to report otherwise...

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8pm? How about a summary of my day? [21 Jun 2009|08:04pm]
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