Archive for : August, 2013

Taking a quick day trip.

My friend Kim and I are going to a town about 20 minutes from here, to celebrate my birthday. We were going to go to the coast, but we didn’t really want to drive an hour and a half, and we’ve both been there a lot, so we decided to go to this little town about 15-20 miutes away. I’m not sure what we’ll end up doing there, but neither of us really haven’t been there a lot, so it should be kind of interesting. We should be leaving in a little while, and I’m not sure when we’ll be back.
My grandma called me yesterday, because she was having problems with Skype. I think she eventually got it set up, but I really wasn’t sure what was going on there for a while. Skype wasn’t set up correctly at first, because it wasn’t taking her to the place with all her contacts, instead it was taking her to the usage page, and the page with all the features. She said she was signed in, and I told her that she needed to be able to launch Skype from the desktop, but she said it wasn’t therShe also said it wasn’t in e. all programs, and I was like OK, that really doesn’t make much sense! She says it’s working now… I guess we’ll see.

It’s my birthday today!

Today is my 30th birthday. I went over to my parent’s house with my sister and my niece, we had cake a couple hours before we had dinner, because my sister was hungry. We ended up having barbecued hamburgers and potato salad for dinner, because when mom asked what I wanted them to make, that’s what came to mind. I ended up getting what I asked for, which was an external hard drive, but I got something I didn’t ask for, my parent’s got me a treadmill! I’m not sure I have the space for that one, but we’ll see. My mom thinks I do, but it will probably involve a full-scale rearranging of my furnature, except for the desk, because that’s the one thing that literally can’t be moved without 2-3 people moving it. I do regret one thing though, we didn’t really take any pictures, I didn’t have any pictures taken of me, my cake, or anything else today.

I started a lifestream.

Yesterday, I managed to get a lifestream set up on a domain that I’ve owned for about 6 months now, but until then, hadn’t done anything with. I set up a lifestream on! I used to do this, because I knew I didn’t want to do it on Tumblr, (and I’d have to set up a whole bunch of IFTTT recipes to make that work. It took a while to set up the domain pointing, because they were telling me to do it a bit differently than I’m used to, but I found the account on twitter, and asked them about that. The way they told me to do it did actually work in the first place, so I guess I was wrong anyway. It’s hard to explain, but in short, they were telling me to use a CNAME record, instead of an A record, I thought you could only use a subdomain like with CNAME records, but apparently that isn’t the case. Actually, this stopped working at some point, it was working yesterday, but I’m not sure when. I just changed it to use the IP address like they told me, so hopefully it will start working shortly.

Thoughts on Bradley Manning’s sentencing.

First I’d just like to say that the reason why you’re getting 2 posts from me today is not for lack of trying last night, because I did try and publish that post on the takedown notice I got 5 different times, including via email, but I couldn’t get Tumblr to publish any of my posts at all. Secondly I’d like to also say that I normally try to keep the Wikileaks-related stuff off of this blog, and just post links on my linkblog, but I’m making an exception here tonight, (as I sit here, it’s almost 11 PM PDT,) because I think this is kind of important.
This morning, around 7 AM my time, Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for releasing classified information to Wikileaks. All of us who have been following this since 2010 remember that when the judge issue the verdict last month, she found him guilty of 6 espionage charges, wanton publication, (which actually didn’t exist as a civilian or military charge until this case,) 4 “theft of government property charges,” and several other things that I know I’m forgetting. He’s also being dishonorably discharged from the military, and being forced to forfeit all pay, (I’m not quite sure how that works.) Links are here, and an article transcribing a lot of what Manning’s defense attorney said in a post-sentencing press conference, (which I was watching via live stream, so I’m not sure if there’s a recording of up yet,) is right here.
Yeah, there are reasons why I’ve chosen the political blog Firedog Lake, and the Daily Beast to link to. Kevin Gosztola
, the person who has been there pretty much every day for Firedog Lake, does great writing and tweeting, and so does Alexa O’Brien, the person who wrote the article for the Daily Beast. It’s been their tweets, live updates, transcripts, blog posts, as well as ones from, that have allowed me to not only follow this case from the beginning until now, (it’s end,) but link to them on my linkblog, which I may not have done as faithfully as I would have liked, (and yes I did get behind,) but I did end up linking to as much as I could. I have to thank them for their tireless efforts because it wasn’t CNN that was there, often times, it wasn’t the national, network news, or even the NY Times, usually, it was just them and a few others covering.
Now to the actual events of this morning. As I sat here waiting for tweets to come down, (as was an often occurrence in this case,) to find out what the sentencing was, I actually thought the judge would give Manning 60-90 years. The max he could face was 90; after she found that the government did overcharge him, and merged some of the charges. The prosecution asked for 60 in their closing argument, and the defense didn’t make a recommendation, they just asked “for a sentence that would allow for PFC. Manning to have a life.” Of course I was hoping that the judge would compromise, and give him less time than 60-90, but ultimately, I wasn’t sure what the sentence would be. 35 years is less time than 60, and it’s definitely way less time than 90, but it’s still way, way too much. He has already served 1293 days in prison, (that’s like 3 and a half years,) and almost 10 months of that was in solitary confinement at Quantico, conditions which were ruled by the judge to be “rigorous and unnecessary,” and ruled by the UN special rapporteur on torture to be “degrading and inhuman treatment,” (I may be putting this wrongly.) I suppose I could probably say that I was shocked but not surprised, and a bit saddened to hear of the sentence today. 35 years is too much time, like Manning’s attorney said in his press conference he represents murderers who get less time than his client. There are chances for him to get out of prison soon, but whether that will actually happen, no one knows. The attorney did say he was filling out a presidential pardon application, and in 3 years he’ll have a chance to be heard by a clemency board. After 7 years, the process of applying for parole can start and it happens every year thereafter, and good behavior credits are applied somewhere along the line.
In the governments closing arguments, they said, “there’s value in deterrence, you’re honor.” Meaning that they wanted to send a message with the trial, the sentence, and everything else around this case. Manning was actually charged with Aiding the enemy, a charge that could have had him sentenced to life in prison, but he wasn’t. I tend to think, and scripture tends to back me up on this, that there’s value in transparency. Not only that, but the government hasn’t shown any evidence from anyone being physically harmed from the leaks, not at trial, not at sentencing, not ever! One thing that was said in the press conference that stood out to me is that this would probably be a deterrent, well, I certainly hope not! Because if it hadn’t been for leaks, we wouldn’t know what the NSA was doing… now would we? I certainly hope that Bradley Manning can get out of prison in the near term, 3-7 years; of course I’d like to see if the request for pardon will be granted, but I’m not sure that’s likely. The Bradley Manning Support Network has created a petition on and a campaign site for the request, the petition is right here, and the campaign site can be found at:

My first takedown notice.

I tried to publish this post like 5 times last night, but Tumblr wouldn’t publish any of my posts, either here or on my other blog, so I’m trying again this morning.
I got my first takedown notice in 10 years of blogging yesterday. It was for this vary blog! It wasn’t one of those DMCA takedown notices, where some organization/individual wants you to remove something because they think it infringes some sort of copyright they think they have, it was well, get this… an SEO takedown notice. is saying that because I didn’t use a rel=”nofollow” tag on a link that I posted 4 years ago today, it’s against Google’s rules, and since they have a pagerank of 5 out of 5, and I have a pagerank of literally n/a, they think me having their link on this here personal blog, in which I write about pretty much everything, and mostly whatever I want, is somehow a penalty against their glowing pagerank. The full email is as follows:
Subject: Help Needed for Google Penalty. Response Requested.
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:53:07 +0000


We wish to thank you for linking to our site from Unfortunately, it
has come to our attention that this link is against Google’s Webmaster

It is important for us to bring our site into compliance, as we have been
contacted by Google.

Please add a rel=”nofollow” or remove our link from this page and any other
page on your site. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Thank you,

OK, they’re going after this post,”> which was a list of things I thought I might want for my birthday back in 2009. I was looking at ordering from back then, but it turns out they sell things in bulk quantities, like 5-20 pound quantities, that would be way too big for me. Instead I use and love! Anyway, I have no plans to remove the link, because I don’t take requests for censorship lightly, in fact I tend to take a hard stance against that kind of thing when anyone else does it, so for me to do it just because someone else asked me to… would be kind of ridiculous. I’ve also never used rel=”nofollow” before, and don’t really care about pagerank, because I blog both to post links of interest on my linkblog, and for fun, and so that I have an archive of what I’ve done in life on my personal blog. Pagerank and SEO just comes last to me, and while the site should be easy to navigate for me using a screen reader, and that generally promotes fair SEO practices, Google changes their rules every 6 months, and I just don’t have time to keep up with them!

In this boo, I explain exactly how I record boos using the Audioboo website. #audio No, I don’t know what that weird sound is.

I filled out Sunday school forms today.

Today at church, I had a couple people help me fill out the necessary forms to become a Sunday school teacher. I’ll be assisting with the 5th and 6th grade girls class, with one of our pastor’s daughters as the teacher. When I asked her what she wanted me to do, she said she just needed another person there with her, so hopefully it will just mostly be talking to the kids, singing songs, and stuff like that, but I’m not really sure yet. We ended up staying late at church anyway, because the people who brought me home had their daughter prayed over, because she’s leaving for bible college soon. We ended up staying through worship, and like most of the first half of the second service. I needed to stay a bit late anyway, because I wanted to find the director of the healing rooms, (now called Prayer Seeker’s CafĂ©,) to ask for a third reference on my Sunday school paperwork, I had references from the 2 people who helped fill it out, but the director and his wife come second service, and I needed to find them.

My Apartment manager came by today.

He was actually here for a little bit yesterday, to measure the hole in the wall, and under the sink, so that he could patch them up. He said that now he isn’t going to put a sink in my kitchen, “because I don’t have time, and you don’t have patience.” He finished the work today, lecturing me as he left about how we don’t work for the property management company, they work for us, and a few other things. He wants to send me a bill for something he says I broke, and he had to fix, but ultimately, that just happened suddenly one day, and I actually wasn’t the one to touch it, (it was the top drawer in my kitchen counter, and it had been falling apart for a while, but it still worked, until the bottom fell out on my caregiver when she pulled it out one day.) I didn’t apply any extra pressure to the drawer, hit it, or slide it out at a weird angle to make it go off track so that it would break, or anything like that, but I still have to pay for it. Yesterday, as he came in and left, he didn’t say anything, and today, he did the same thing as he came in.

I’ve been sick for 5 days.

I woke up on Friday morning with a soar throat, and ended up having that for a couple days. Then it got worse, and spread to my sinuses, then it got even worse, and spread to my chest. I ended up going to the store to get something for that on Tuesday. It’s gotten better since then, so hopefully I’ll be better in the next couple days. Even the daytime medicine I got makes me fall asleep, so I’ve been sleeping a lot, which is good when you’re sick I guess, but I just want this to be over!