It seems that Exodus International, the “largest Christian referral and information ministry” in the ex-gay movement has hired Liberty Counsel, “a legal organization dedicated to advancing its organizers’ conceptions of religious freedom the sanctity of human life and the traditional…
I finally got a chance yesterday to pick up a copy of Susannah Gardner’s new book, BitTorrent for Dummies… …because of the excerpt on page 229: The mention was included in “a list of sites that provide public domain media…
Ben Godfrey and his girlfriend Louise are going to be cycling across Cambodia in November to raise money for Oxfam. How cool. He emailed me to say that he was going to use a photo I took of the Smiling…
Warning: This post contains images of human genitalia that some readers might find objectionable or otherwise not safe for work. Today Boingboing linked to a photograph of two towers created by artist Jack Daws using only McDonald’s french fries and…
This one tickled me all the way in the back of my brain. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it first. Thanks to Zortnac for exposing Exodus’ inherent contradiction. Or how about this totally inflammatory (and yet hi-larious) idea…
Saturday morning I woke up after a late night in honor of St. Patrick. I had two hours to clean up and get the apartment ready for my sister who was flying in from Ohio. Laundry. Bathroom. Laundry. Kitchen. Laundry.…
Sunday was also beautiful, so after a jaunt around downtown Santa Rosa and some purchases at the Barnes and Noble, we headed off to Point Reyes. We stopped at the Marin French Cheese Company on the way for a quick…
Today Katie and I took a trip around West County, first to the excellent Renga Arts in Occidental (cause she’d remembered it from an earlier post) and then out to Jenner, where the Russian River meets the Pacific. Katie at…
Twenty days ago I received a cease and desist letter from Liberty Counsel, a law firm representing Exodus International, a group that claims to offer gay people “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ.” They demanded that I…
Yesterday morning, Santa Rosa’s local news station, KFTY TV50, interviewed me about my Exodus billboard parody and the ACLU’s involvement in defending my freedom of speech. A friend of mine, Kyle Rankin, conveniently the author of Linux Multimedia Hacks (published…
My old cellphone developed an annoying affliction. Since St. Patrick’s Day, when someone called me, every so often they got the following message: The PCS telephone number you’ve dialed is temporarily not in service. Message 262. 3. Since I dial…
I’ve been working on this for an obscene amount of time. I’ve been working on it for so long, I can’t even remember when I started it. I think it was back in February, and then I got interrupted by…
In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans’ Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage.
Yikes! Matt Mullenweg: We’ll be passing a million tables in a day or two, so I’ll let you know how it goes. (emphasis added) #
Something is happening in Kenya: Media shutdown in Kenya — TV station, newspaper torched more on wikinews: Kenyan TV and newspaper raided by masked police #
Another kickass PD front page headline: BUSH WAS WARNED
Quote of the day on Guantanamo: Any message given, that any state can just override some of the basic habeas corpus-type provisions, is going to be very welcome to tyrants elsewhere in the world, now and in the future Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams #
Ooo, but this is a good quote too: Mr Buffett also said his board was prepared to oust him should the need arise “from my decay, particularly if this decay is accompanied by my delusionally thinking that I am reaching new peaks of managerial brilliance”. #
Etech vicariously: Scaling Fast and Cheap – How We Built Flickr
One big lesson learned about database scalability is that 3rd normal form tends to cause performance problems in large database. Denormalizing data can give huge performance wins.
How easy it was for Osama bin Laden to turn the America into a totalitarian, fundamentalist regime:
How many lives will be ruined before this tyranny is reversed? #
On Google’s acquisition of Writely: Google wants to build the “Just Enough Office” because that’s really want the people want. #
This is why I don’t need television. I can read the news (via the web) and stay totally up to date. #
Fuck this pointless, pointless war.
The picture of [Ali Shalal Qaissi] standing hooded atop a cardboard box, attached to electrical wires with his arms stretched wide in an eerily prophetic pose, became an indelible symbol of the torture at Abu Ghraib. “I never wanted to be famous, especially not in this way,” he said, as he sat in an office in Amman. That said, he is now a prisoner advocate who clearly understands the power of the image: It appears on his business card.
hehe, from the Onion: Rotation Of Earth Plunges Entire North American Continent Into Darkness #
Interesting, but will it scale? Distributed BoingBoing, for those blocked by censorware #
Shelley Powers on RSS 2.0:
I went to a casserole party tonight.
Yes, I know, I thought they didn’t exist either, but Leona was deadset upon bringing them back. This first round involved a lot of cheese. Next round I suggested be a whitetrash casserole party, where one of the primary ingredients of every dish has to be some sort of processed junk food. We may want to pick up this cookbook for reference. #
I still love Achewood: Man, fuck those guys! The hell they’re gonna say how this Fight is won! BRING ON THE JEEPS GOD DAMN YOU! (but you’re gonna have to jump all the way back to January 25 to get what the heck is going on…it’s worth it though) #
This is genius:
Ex-Gay Watch, which also received a cease-and-desist letter from Liberty Counsel for republishing my parody, had the Los Angeles-based law firm of Irell & Manella send Liberty a response letter on their behalf today as well. Here’s a choice bit:
“Just as the ex-gay movement often uses weak science in support of its agenda, so Exodus is using weak law to curtail Mr. Airhart’s freedom of speech.
Interesting, an online poll (containing a few factual errors that I left a comment about) asking the question: Do you agree with Exodus Ministry’s intellectual property claim or with Justin Watt’s free speech defense?
So far I’m winning. Ha! #
Oh, I’m happy the Trixie Update is back: It’s all the process — just being able to zone out and grind a crayon into oblivion for an afternoon. #
I just did a quick on-camera interview this morning with the folks at Santa Rosa TV50 (KFTY). Does anyone have a way to digitally record that channel tonight at 7 and 10pm?
Don’t hate me because I don’t believe in your Judeo-Christian god: Atheists identified as America’s most distrusted minority #
Yeehaw, the story made USA Today: Christian group backs off case against blog parody #
File this under: Token Braille for seeing people.
Justin Watt, aka the hetero hero for our homosexual brothers and sisters everywhere #
Tricky research: insecure kids look for the reassurance provided by tradition and authority, and find it in conservative politics. The more confident kids are eager to explore alternatives to the way things are, and find liberal politics more congenial. #
For the record, my name is Justin Watt (not Watts), but this morning I made the New York Times! Both Sides in Parody Dispute Agree on a Term: Unhappy (page C7 in the print version, which includes a screenshot of my blog displaying the parody) #
Check out Leona’s crazy awesome pictures of the Sutro Baths in SF:
WordPress plugin to consider… Autorelated plug-in
If you use WordPress and insert an absolute link from one of your posts to another post on the same weblog you’ll find that a “pingback” is generated and will appear in the comments of the post to which you linked. In my opinion these links are ugly and are not the right way to automatically group together interrelated content on the same site (intrasite links are most definitely not “comments”).
Gettting the death penalty is the new black: Rather than rotting in a jail, [Zacarias Moussaoui] might consider the ultimate martyrdom to be being put to death by the American infidels #
Mesmerizing indeed: Watching half of Nicole Richie, and her panties, blink in and out of existence (priceless) #
Whoa: In ESPN.com’s 2006 Men’s College Basketball Tournament Challenge, Pleasant had one of the four entries among three million with U.C.L.A., Louisiana State, Florida and George Mason in the Final Four. #
Clearly this book needs to be on my reading list: Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement
(thanks Dawn and her mom!) #
Oh my god, this is so the cutest thing evar! Love ‘n’ Hate Mittens
I wish there was a way I could get a print copy of the Orlando Weekly. This column contains one of the best (and snarkiest) journalistic writeups of the whole affair to date.
In the Bay Area Reporter:
Blogger wins round against Exodus
by Robert Akers
Last September, I was reading some blogs and stumbled upon the post that included the image,” said Watt, who is not gay. “I wanted to respond, but I wanted to do so in a way that communicated why I was offended, not just that I was. The inspiration to parody the billboard occurred to me almost immediately
A more, ahem, blatant parody:
Ben Hammersley on buying social networking sites for the purpose of advertising to a captive audience:
Because I couldn’t believe it myself, I took a screenshot #
Mark and and his bro David have prescribed PreEmptin to the Huffington Post’s Contagious Media Festival.