Archive for September 2011

Everyone on That Side of the Bar

This audio joke is NSFW. It it’ll have you ROTFL. Joke recited by Jessie Z.

Everyone on That Side of the Bar.

Briones Park

In June I went to Briones Park with Charlotte. It was very relaxing. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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US Air Guitar Regional Championships

Back in June I went to the US Air Guitar Regional Championships. I will let the image speak for itself!

IndeBENdence Day Party

Ben Cowden is setting out on his own in the kinetic art world. Good things and great art will come of this, I am sure. But first, he threw a great IndeBendence Day Party with a panoply of home brewed beers, ducky races and the like!

from the invite:
-Eight different kinds of home-brewed beer!
-Cocktails from the Corpse Reviver!
-Handmade Bavarian pretzels!
-Diorama making!
-Rubber ducky races!
-Raffle of sculpure and cool stuff!
-Et cetera!

It’s Going to be a Great Year

I’ve decided that this is going to be a great year.

I got a -lot- of birthday greetings this year. Sure, a part of it is that Facebook makes it really easy to send birthday greetings. But darn it feels good to know you have friends.

In August I started taking classes as prerequisites to get into a 2 year Radiation Therapy Technology program. It feels really good to be in school. It has a beginning, middle and end, and a lot of people say they are very happy with the career afterward. I had found myself floundering a bit careerwise; it feels great to point myself in a direction I know will yield results and go. It really bugs me that my career wasn’t going well. It certainly wasn’t for lack of trying! But the future is looking up. And there’s a host of little good things associated with school. I’m taking an American History class and I’m just astounded at how cool it is to see the United States coming together before my eyes. It’s great going to a good and inexpensive gym on campus.

Concerning BART Protests

There’s been a lot of hoopla about the BART police disabling the cell phone system in the BART stations in order to disrupt a planned civic action inside stations against BART. BART said from the beginning that they would allow protests outside the paid fare area but not inside due to safety concerns. I think the formula goes like so: crowded station + angry protesters + platform edges + moving trains + 3rd rails = danger.

After the busted civil action, protesters claimed a violation of first amendment rights. Let’s take a look at that:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


A man is pulled off a commuter train at the Civic Center BART station in San Francisco after climbing on top of it during a protest against the July 3 shooting by transit police of Charles Blair Hill, in this July 11, 2011 file photo. (Eric Risberg/AP Photo)



I see that bit about freedom of speech. And I also see that bit about assembling peaceably. What do you see?

Protest all you want. Don’t do it in train stations.