i’m famous?

a few weeks ago, there was a 35mm camera posted on freecycle, to which i responded. i didn’t hear anything for a couple of weeks, and i didn’t see the corresponding “taken” notice, so i responded again, and still didn’t hear anything, so i gave up on it and went on to other endeavours.

today, i got email from an anonymous, unknown person. the email address was “false <[email protected]_____.com>” (i have deleted xes mail carrier) – although the return path was to “[email protected]_____.com” – informing me that the 35mm camera was still available, if i wanted it, although it came along with a couple of pre-conditions:

if you are the Seattle musician who sells incense, you will have to allow me to take your photo and buy a pack of your Tibetan incense.

things that make me go hmmmmm…

this has me wondering… in the past, i would think that this person is likely a cop, or some form of “law enforcement professional” who is looking for a way to get me to voluntarily connect my physical appearence with one or more email addresses, as a part of some unknowable investigation… it may well be exactly that, even now, although the probability is somewhat less than it would have been in the past.

however, i also have to keep in mind that i am not completely unknown in this community, and xe has pretty much nailed several defining characteristics of me, which are known by people who know who i am: seattle, musician, and incense… so xe could be one of those people who has stopped and talked to me at the fremont sunday market, or any of a number of different art car shows where i’ve sold incense… it could also be someone who has seen snake suspenderz, or, possibly, the fremont phil… and there have been literally tens of thousands of those kind of folks.

one way or the other, i imagine that this is what really famous people have to deal with all the time. which makes me think that it’s probably a good thing that i’m not that famous, because i’m too paranoid for that kind of shit. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

another week closer to the eschaton…

I Talked With an Algerian Last Night About NDAA, He Said Expect People to Start Disappearing – ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Tea Party to America: Merry Christmas, Fuck You – In a few days, House Republicans will be off counting their own tax cuts (about 50% of House Republicans are millionaires), vacationing on their yachts, and betting each other whose jet can make it to St. Bartโ€™s faster – while 160 million Americans try to come up with an extra $1500 to cover their tab.

We Killed Your Daughter; You’re Under Arrest – an act of vehicular homicide — one involving “gross negligence,” and therefore a felony… committed by a police officer clown, who, because of the fact that he is a police officer, is not going to be charged with anything. if my 4,000 pound car ran over some one it would kill them, but if i was one of the aforementioned above, their 4,000 pound car probably would hurt anyone… right?

Time to end the war on drugs – Sir Richard Branson says “Decriminalization does not result in increased drug use.”… too bad nobody’s listening, especially in the united states. ๐Ÿ˜ quite the opposite, actually: Kafka Surrenders – if the police illegally stop you, detain you, and beat you, you aren’t permitted to resist. just roll over and take it. submit. also, Do Private Military Contractors Have Impunity to Torture? – “this question has not yet been settled in the courts of the United States.” that’s a good thing to know… ๐Ÿ˜

President Obama’s Puzzling Silence on Marijuana Policy – if he were to say “fuck it, let’s legalise pot” he would gain back all of the support that he’s lost over the past few years, but the likelyhood that he’s actually going to do it is slim to none… ๐Ÿ˜ Jurors Need to Know That They Can Say No – jury nullification is the first step, but before you can get on a jury, you have to either lie (a felony) and say that you won’t support jury nullification, or you have to lie (a felony) and say that you’ve never heard of it, because if you state that you are a supporter of jury nullification, they won’t let you serve on a jury.

RIAA and Homeland Security Caught Downloading Torrents – more than 900 unique IP-addresses at the Government organization through which copyrighted files were downloaded… will they answer for their piracy? RIAA’s Response To Infringement Via Its IP Address Is To Say Someone Else Did It – so the excuse that’s not good enough when everyone else uses it, is good enough when it comes to the RIAA… hmmmm… can you say “double standard”? i knew you could…

at the same time, Internet circumvents anti-piracy bill before it even passes – moral: never tell a geek that he can’t have something.

TSA Confiscates Woman’s Frosted Cupcake – TSA clowns take woman’s christmas treats because they say they are a threat to national security…?

winter solstice

Now is the solstice of the year,
winter is the glad song that you hear.
Seven maids move in seven time.
Have the lads up ready in a line.

Ring out these bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.

Join together beneath the mistletoe.
by the holy oak whereon it grows.
Seven druids dance in seven time.
Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.

Ring out these bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.

Praise be to the distant sister sun,
joyful as the silver planets run.
Seven maids move in seven time.
Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.
Ring out those bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.
Ring on, ring out.
Ring on, ring out.

another week closer to the eschaton…

this week’s “another week closer to the eschaton” post has been censored as a protest against the “rogue sites legislation” (ie, SOPA or internet censorship) currently being considered by congress. if you want it to change, better call your congresscritter, now, ’cause obama has reversed himself (again) and said that he won’t veto it, and if that is the case, then things are likely to get A LOT worse soon… ๐Ÿ˜

Census data: Half of U.S. poor or low income and Federal Unemployment Benefits Drug Test Bill Introduced – ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

When they took the fourth amendment,
    I was quiet because I didn’t deal drugs.
When they took the sixth amendment,
    I was quiet because I was innocent.
When they took the second amendment,
    I was quiet because I didn’t own a gun.
Now they’ve taken the first amendment,
    and I can say nothing about it.

also, The U.S. Hands the Terrorists a Big Win – i have been saying exactly the same thing since september, 2001… maybe someone will take notice before it’s too late.

i hesitate to do this, simply because of the fact that it’s one of the rules of internet that whoever brings up nazis (or, in this case, the KKK) first, automatically loses whatever debate is going on, but at the same time… Mitt Romney Parroting KKK’s Anti-Immigrant Slogan Reflects His Extremist Platform of Mass Deportation – i don’t care how awful he is, obama is not going to use slogans that the KKK uses in an attempt to get us to vote for him… ๐Ÿ˜

Kucinich on Defense Authorization Act: It "Authorizes Permanent Warfare Anywhere In the World." and How Congress is Signing its own Arrest Warrants in the NDAA Citizen Arrest bill and Legislating Tyranny in America – Enactment of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act means anyone anywhere, including US citizens, may be indefinitely held without charge or trial, based solely on suspicions, baseless allegations or none at all.

How Terrorist ‘Entrapment’ Ensnares Us All – when the government gets in the business of playing along with terror plots, it’s not just justice that suffers โ€“ but our safety

The Real Definition of Terrorism – “if the U.S. invades and occupies your country, and you respond by fighting back against the invading army… then you are a terrorist.”

Must We Permit the US Military to Detain Americans without Trial? – short answer? evidently, yes. also, A Dangerous Woman — Indefinite Detention at Carswell and Police employ Predator drone spy planes on home front – to help arrest a family of sovereign citizens, for stealing six cows, these are the first US citizens to be arrested through use of a drone used by police in the US… first of what is undoubtedly going to be many, many, many… ๐Ÿ˜

Department of Homeland Security Aircraft Aided In Massacre Of 73 Jamaican Civilians – is it just me, or has the DHS suddenly taken on a surprisingly and alarmingly schutzstaffel-like quality…

Universal Censors Megaupload Song, Gets Branded a "Rogue Label" – they don’t “own” the copyright to the video, but they got it taken down anyway, and they want more: SOPA Is "Unconstitutional", Would "Criminalize" the Internet … Modeled On China – but SOPA will pass, because not enough people care, and even more people think it might be a "good thing"… ๐Ÿ˜

meanwhile, BP Awarded $27 Million in Leases for Gulf Oil, Gas Exploration – instead of being prosecuted and prevented from doing any more business, BP gets rewarded for creating the largest oil spill in history… ๐Ÿ˜›

Feds Link Water Contamination to Fracking for the First Time – oh, by the way… they’re going after your water, too…

More Proof Fox News Is Not News: The Russia/Greece Mashup and Fox News Viewers are the Most Misinformed: A Seventh Study Arrives to Prove It – in case there were any lingering doubts…

Basque government regulates cannabis sale and use and Study shows medical marijuana laws reduce traffic deaths but Woman busted for cooking meth inside Tulsa Walmart – this is why cannabis will never be legal in the US: there are too many idiots who don’t even use cannabis that make it impossible for the rest of us. ๐Ÿ˜› also, Want to end Mexican drug gang violence? Legalize drugs and the cartels will collapse

bleah… but more from a mental standpoint than from a physical one…

yesterday was the one year anniversary of paddy’s departure. moe has a tribute over here.

along the same lines, we just found out yesterday that ziggy, our youngest ancient cat (he’s 16) has three tumours in his lungs. we could do stuff to prolong his life, but it would be for us, and not for him. we can make him more comfortable if things change, but we may end up having to euthanise him if he gets too uncomfortable. at this point, he’s comfortable and happy and he could have as little as a few days, or as much as several months, but we don’t know. it’s getting to the point where i almost expect at least one pet to croak around xmas… as much as i am ambivalent about xmas, i hope it doesn’t become a tradition.

we finished the first half of this year’s panto performances today, and we voted on what panto we want to do next year. the list is down to four: The Princes and The Pea, Sleeping Beauty, Rumplestiltskin, and Rapunzel… with the possibility of doing two of them (á la “Rapunzelstiltskin” or “Sleeping Beauty and The Pea” or something like that)… i’m still interested in doing “The Brementown Musicians” (naturally) or traditional-but-culturally-obscure ones like Dick Whittington’s Cat, or Dick Turpin… oh well…

another weekend of panto performances…

i keep meaning to make some hobo nickles for holiday gifts. they only cost a nickle and people really appreciate them. look it up. i may post pictures, if i get around to making some… eventually…

another weekend of panto performances start tomorrow. i have to be there at 1:00, which means i have to leave around noon, and i probably won’t get home until 10:00 or so… then it’s the same thing on sunday, only* i have to be there at 11:00, so i’ll probably leave around 10:00, and i’ll probably end up getting home around 7:00 or 8:00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*this is the reason why i keep my schedule on my computer, rather than in my head… ๐Ÿ˜

completely random rant

i subscribe to a lot of news sources by RSS. usually, most feed-generators give the author one of three choices for their feed: post the entire article (which i do), post the first few sentences of the article and provide a link to the rest, or provide only the title and a link.

i really don’t understand why people would do anything other than the first option, although it likely has to do with cookies and hit counters and google-ratings and suchlike things, but what really irritates me is when i get a link – like this one – which links to an article which i find interesting, but it’s not the whole article… ๐Ÿ˜ it’s only the first of three pages, and you don’t find that out until you’ve read to the bottom of page one, only to find that annoying little “1 | 2 | 3 | Next page »” link and the even-more-annoying “View as a single page” link, which usually results in the entire article re-loading from the beginning, which means that i have to figure out where i have read to already before i can continue reading. some places don’t even bother with the “View as a single page” link, which means that, in order to read the entire article, i have to search for the “Print” link, which, frequently, isn’t there… it gets REALLY annoying when (as in articles by The New York Times) where they don’t include the “view as a single page” or “print” links, and the article is 7 pages or more… and the most annoying thing of all is when the “print” link only prints the first of a multi-page article, and not the entire article… at that point, i generally give up and move on to less annoying material.

my impression is that the reason why they break articles into pages is to make them more like printed magazines, but they’re NOT PRINTED, and breaking them into smaller bites only adds extra “clicking” and encourages loss of interest (which is why i choose the “post the entire article” option). i’m sure that they think there is a logical reason for this, but it’s annoying and they shouldn’t do it.

wow…

okay, i’ve been REALLY busy over the past week, ending with a snake suspenderz gig and four panto performances in the past three days… which, oddly enough, has already resulted in my having, in my hot little hands at this very moment (well, not this very moment, because i’m typing – and that rather badly, because of the fact that my hands are cold – but you get the idea) cash and checks amounting to more than $250… and i’ve got another $100 being transferred to my bank account from paypal…

today i took an order from Rev. Mary, who called me on the phone this morning inquiring about aparajita… she didn’t say who she was, but she was raving about how much she likes it, and said that she wanted to buy 5 boxes. we talked for about half an hour about how much incense has changed since the 1960s and the “new trends” in incense. she then said that she would order from the site. when the order came in, it was for 12 boxes, which makes me think that it may be about time to contact that guy in india who has been spamming me with requests for the past year, who i finally convinced to shut up and go away…

anyway, back to rev. mary… i had no idea who she was when she called. i have since (obviously) discovered who she is and where she’s coming from. i’m rather amused that an old-time gospel preacher’s wife has latched onto my incense, but i’m not sure that she could be even more bizarre than i first imagined. she’s an old lady (the picture on her web site was taken at least 20 years ago, judging solely by what she sounds like), and it could very well be that she’s a “reformed” hippy, or, possibly one of those weird cross-breed hippies that took jeezis instead of LSD… or, she could be pre-hippy, a real old-time gospel preacher and just really like quality incense regardless of what religion its maker and seller belongs to, OR she could be really ignorant of everything (although how one could order incense from hybrid elephant and not come away with the impression that i might be hindu is somewhat beyond me, it may be that i am a little too close to the subject to be very objective) and has no idea that i’m not a “christian” as well…

anyway, she ordered 12 boxes, which means that i only have 10 left… and that’s including my “personal” stash…

another week closer to the eschaton…

About that boot on your throat… – “All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force.” — George Orwell

SWAT Raids, Stun Guns, And Pepper Spray: Why The Government Is Ramping Up The Use Of Force – “…a group of Tibetan monks inadvertently overstayed their visas while touring the U.S. on a peace mission. Naturally, immigration officials sent a SWAT team to apprehend them.”

TSA strip-searches 85-year-old woman in wheelchair – and then lies about it… also, FBI’s new definition of rape ensnares TSA agents as serial rapists – according to the “new” definition of rape, the federal government’s TSA agents are serial rapists… i wonder how long that’s going to last before there is an “exception” made for TSA agents… or when they decide to “redefine” rape again… ๐Ÿ˜

Are you fucking happy?BP says Halliburton ‘intentionally destroyed evidence’ after Gulf oil spill – really, who is surprised by this?

Police Try to Dissuade Elderly Woman From Defending Herself Against Home Invasion – self-defense used to be a civic duty, but now they’re encouraging an elderly lady to submit to a home invasion, because they’re not there yet… right, and when they got there, they probably would have arrested the lady and let the burgler go free… ๐Ÿ˜

US Government Bans A Specific Brain Function – if you take any substance that is a CB1 agonist (like, for example, TYLENOL) you can be arrested… we’ll see how well that works once the government discovers how many things that can bind with cannabis receptors in the human brain. until then, don’t expect things to get any better.

10 Signs You Might Be a Slave – ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Widespread Smart Phone Spying is ‘Unprecedented breach of digital privacy’ – this is why i don’t even want a “smart” phone…