Category Archives: Lifestyle

Outraged by the Outrage

o-ROLLING-STONE-TSARNAEV-570I’m sure I’m in the minority feeling this way, but peoples’ outrage over the Tsarnaev Rolling Stone cover seems to be entirely based on context.  I don’t have a problem with it at all.  Journalism is journalism, no matter how you slice it.

The photo chosen for the cover is not “glammed-up”, in fact it is the same photo seen countless times in the media already.  When you do a prominent story, whomever you are, you put a picture of the central figure on the cover of your publication and this is nothing new.  I have to wonder how many people have taken the time to actually read the article, which carries an important message.  Rather, people are content to blabber on about the disrespect they see on the surface.  Too bad so few people look beneath the surface.  We are truly a nation dominated by childish ignorance.  I have nothing but respect and admiration for those who survived and responded to the Boston attack, but as a thinking man I have to say this latest “outrage” just goes too far. Continue reading

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Memory (Like the Corners of My Mind)

My work-provided iPhone 4 is getting on in iPhone model years.  It has 512 MB of RAM, which is twice as much as it’s predecessor the 3GS and four times as much as the original iPhone, but only half as much as the iPhone 5.  For a three year old smartphone model, 512 MB is okay, though that’s not much at all by modern personal computer standards.  Still, I find it interesting that 512 MB of RAM in my iPhone is 128 times as much as was in my family’s first Windows PC in 1990, and 256 times as much as was in that little IBM PS/2* that Neil Patrick Harris used to tap out a journal entry at the end of every episode of Doogie Howser M.D.

* IBM PS/2 as in the computer, not to be confused with later incarnations of gadgetry to be nicknamed “PS2.”

On Equality and Bacon

l_rainbow_ceramic_piggy_bank_money_boxAs the debate over same-sex marriage in Rhode Island ramps up yet again, I find that by-and-large, the strongest opposition is faith-based, rather than fact-based.  I want to be clear that I make no attempt here to address the topic of religion, but rather the religion-independent issue of basic human rights.

An individual’s pride in their faith and the desire to spread it is one thing, but imposing it on others of dissimilar faith or view is another matter entirely.  Isn’t freedom from that sort of thing really the reason this country exists?  There is plenty of precedence in our history of laws that straddle the line between church and state – or that flat out leap over it.  Yet for many years it has been possible to do your shopping on Sunday, and it has even become increasingly possible to purchase liquor on Sunday. Continue reading