March 13, 2011

Dispatches from Nowhere - 03-13-2011

I know. I'm late.

This is not unusual. It's Lent and I should be thinking about Lenten things but I'm hung up on the recent court decision protecting Fred Phelp's particular brand o' (legally protected) hate free speech.

So as disgusted as I am by Phelps particular message, I think I understand why the court ruled in his favor. Free speech means ALL speech, not just that which we like to hear. I had an ethic professor once that drove this point home over and over again. Free speech is all speech, including speech you don't like. (with certain exceptions, like fire in a theater, and other documented situations) As he said, what's the counter to speech you don't like? More speech.

Here's the thing, If we don't like his message, why aren't we out in droves drowning out his particular brand o' (legally protected) hate free speech with our
particular brand o' (legally protected) love free speech?

In the past I've made proposals that we should drive like porn stars, and settle major disagreements with dance offs (I've still got dibbs on Timberlake and Federline you bastards) in this case I'm asking that we look at Fred's published schedule and get out with there our own counter protests to drown out his particular brand o' (legally protected) hate free speech.

I mean, this isn't rocket science folks. We learned how to deal with his ilk in kindergarten. We sing a song, one I bet most of you know: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYjcNR7W-Ow&feature=related

(or something by Neil Diamond - you choose. I trust you.)

What I want to see in the media is that every time, Fred and co. are out to spread their particular brand o' (legally protected) hate free speech, they are drowned out by a million (ok a few hundred) like minded people singing a pop song that tells us that it's OK and that our song (and message) is more important and will not be snuffed out by some dude and his particular brand o' (legally protected) hate free speech.

Posted by Matt at 3:36 PM

February 15, 2011

oops

You know, one day I'll remember that I have this site.

So lets see what's happened? I joined faceborg. Finished my masters degree. Started a jewelry business, acquired an apprenticeship with a master goldsmith, kept on rocking in the free world.

You know. I slacked off.

It's what we do.

Somewhere along the line, the archives of snapshot got broken so I needs to fix those soon-ish and I need to set up a new website for the new business. (we are on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TwistedWireArtisans but we still need a real page)

We also need a logo.

and more time.

anyway. We are headed to California in a few months for a week and change. Hopefully that will be a relaxing trip.

More in a bit.

Posted by Matt at 11:25 AM

September 13, 2010

Oh my lungs

I think this is three weeks now that I've been dealing with this lung thing. It sucks. I always feelike I'm breathing through layers of gauze and I sound like a 20 year pack a day smoker. It's gross.

On the other hand, I still managed to move my carcass 5 miles today at an average of 11 minutes a mile.

So there is that.

Yesterday we celebrated my steph's b-day by seeing the latest Cirque du Soleil show "Ovo" (which was fab) and then dinner at Joe's Crab Shack. Dinner was nice except the kids playground was populated by the sort of kids that shriek over and over and put my nerves on edge.

You know, when my kids start that sort of shit, I don't say "oh, how cute!" I pull them, ask them to stop and behave. If they still don't get it, I pull them. Just because there is a playground is no reason to let all semblance of behavior go. Maybe it's just me.
Due to the aforementioned noise, we moved dessert outside and had lovely conclusion to dinner.

Today, I need to file and polish steph's ring and maybe make something cool. Oh, I should probably work too. Pshhht. Like that is important.

Also, happy birthday to my lovely wife. I do hope it's as awesome as possible.

Back in a bit.

Posted by Matt at 1:50 PM