Not What I Expected



December 31
Still above ground.


JANUARY 19, 2009 2:33PM

Is Rick Warren Right?

Well, it has been a long time since I've been tarred and feathered, so I thought I would make a controversial post, or at least ask a question that might be seen as controversial.

I tend to be somewhat socially conservative, but I've never had a problem with same-sex marriage.  … Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2009 11:07PM

Messages Gone Wild?

In the past I typically would get two or three messages per day. 

Yesterday I got 47 (yes, forty-seven) messages, some referencing posts that were created over a month ago.  One was for an October post.

Today it's 17 messages and counting.  Of those messages 7 came between 9:54 and… Read full post »

A new Open Salon member recently published a new post titled "The Secular Christian" in which he advocated the concept of "cultural Christianity" -- a version of Christianity without any particular dogma, and outside of the domain of "organized religion."  This is the core is his argument:

My coRead full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2008 6:09PM

My 25 Things

1)  My father was a falling-down drunk who quit drinking when I was three months old (so I was told), and he never touched a drop of alcohol after that, even though he spent years working as a bartender.

2)  My mother was a registered nurse all of her working life. … Read full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2008 2:02PM

Limiting Number of Posts, Revisited

Right now I'm looking at 9 (yes, nine) spam posts that were placed within four minutes, from 1:18 to 1:22, for the drug Zovirax.

What's interesting about these posts is that they are formatted so that they don't even look like Open Salon posts.  In fact, there is not even a… Read full post »

DECEMBER 23, 2008 9:23PM

Cell Phone Photos: A Zen Snow Garden

Here in Oregon I'm pretty much snowed in, just about immobilized.  But I was in a photo mode and decided to do some snow photos in the back yard.  I didn't want to go too far because the snow is almost two feet deep, with higher drifts in places.   

The… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2008 10:37PM

Cell Phone Photos: Portland Trip

The weather was kind of nasty today, so I skipped work and took the "Max," the local commuter train, into Portland, Oregon.  Here's a few cell phone photos:

From the window of the Max train, just west of the Gateway Transit Center:



The ceiling of Pioneer Place in… Read full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2008 10:08PM

A Cool Tool and a Cool Beer

This morning I read about an interesting tool that you can use to harvest and save information while you're cruising around the Internet.  It's called Zotero, and it's a free browser add-on. It works with both Windows and Mac.  I'm using it with Firefox, but I believe it also works with… Read full post »

What surprises me is not the number of spam accounts on Open Salon, but the fact that they continue to exist in spite of the posts being flagged multiple times. 

Since it appears that OS staff aren't very concerned about spam accounts, I thought it would be fun to provide… Read full post »

In 1972 I went to Richmond, Virginia with several friends.  Two of us hitchhiked from Oregon to Richmond (a story in itself).  Anyway, we all rented a house and then had to make money.

So we all went to a temporary labor office called Virginia Temporaries.  We were new, and all… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2008 9:08PM

Cell Phone Photos - Wandering Around

This morning at the transit center:

bus stop salon

Also at the transit center.  Anyone recognize the glove?

glove salon

A strange window . . . some kind of corrugated glass, for lack of a better term:

strange window salon

Construction equipment, with buildings in the background:

equipment salon

I usually don't take… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2008 6:19PM

Test -- Trying Out A New OS "Feature"

One of the things that I always wanted in Open Salon was a way to have an archive of information in one place.  The left sidebar allows us to display a biography, location, and links, but not much more than that.

But there is a lot more information that I'd like… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2008 9:18PM

OS Avatar for the Collage

Shit, do I look like that?  I guess so.  The little picture didn't look so bad. 
Please let me know when I can delete this so the ATF doesn't see it and raid my biker gang.  It looks like I'm a voting member of the Sons… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 19, 2008 10:35PM

101 Words: Learning English

Francisco and Maria came from Mexico to Oregon with their seven children.  At first they lived in a migrant labor camp, but soon got an apartment.  I got to know them and tried to help them out. 

Francisco was illiterate in both Spanish and English.  Maria had finished seventh gr… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 6, 2008 11:25PM

Four More Cell Phone Photographs

I took this with my iPhone today while walking to the bus stop after work:

pond wall

And this while walking back to work after lunch.  A while back I took another photo of this building.  I really like the textures and colors.

NOVEMBER 4, 2008 2:09PM

Prayers of the Dying

There's a very conservative religious blog that I check out from time to time.  It appears today that The Faithful are very concerned about the election results.  For these folks Obama is evil incarnate.

And so today they have banded together in electronic prayer in the hope of averting th… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 19, 2008 11:53AM

Confessions of a Hack Photographer

Over the last six months on Open Salon I have posted a number of "art" photographs taken with a cell phone, and in general I've received some nice comments on them.  I don't see myself as having any particular talent for photography, and I think that anyone can take a reasonably… Read full post »

I just finished reading Writing Raven's latest post "Palin's Reaction is Dumbfounding."  It is a very good piece that nicely summarizes the relevant points of the "Troopergate" report. 

But I must disagree with Writing Raven's main point -- that there was anything at all surprising about P… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 10, 2008 1:57AM

Watermarks - More Cell Phone Photographs

Here in Oregon we had a beautiful late summer, but the rain has returned, reminding me of the random effects of rain water on our urban structures. 

I haven't taken any photographs in a while.  I've had a lot on my mind, not very good things, and just wasn't… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2008 11:14PM

Pet Story

For years my best friend was Watson, World's Handsomest Black Lab.


Best dog in the universe, kind, gentle, smart, and loved children. But eventually he became crippled with arthritis. We did the best we could for him, but the disease continued.

As he got older it was… Read full post »

There have been several recent posts about religion and atheism and rather than making a "monster comment" on someone else's blog, I thought a post would be more appropriate.

Let me start by saying that I don't think there's anything necessarily wrong with atheism.

There are various kinds… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2008 2:29PM

The Next Secretary of State

With McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as running mate, the election of the Republican ticket is all but assured. The only question now is who will fill other important positions in the McCain administration.

I have been in touch with a highly-placed anonymous source in the McCain campaign, and have… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2008 2:01PM

Viral Politics and Liberal Culture

A virus (from the Latin virus meaning "toxin" or "poison"), is a sub-microscopic infectious agent that is unable to grow or reproduce outside a host cell. . . . Mechanisms at the cellular level primarily include cell lysis, the breaking open and subsequent death of the cell. In multicellular organismRead full post »

Note: the following was originally posted yesterday as a comment on "Core Meltdown" by Chris in DC. A couple of folks requested that it be posted separately, so here it is, slightly edited.

One month Palin doesn't know what a vice president does and next month she's a…

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AUGUST 30, 2008 1:33PM

Obama's "Battlefield Commission"

Much has been said of Obama's lack of experience. In fact, that's why I was a Biden supporter during the primary campaign. (It seems I was one of only a few. Question: how many Biden supporters can you fit in a phone booth? Answer: all of them. ) Anyway, my man… Read full post »