February 8th, 2013
October 2nd, 2012
I'll admit it, the idea of watching the shuttle go flying by one last time was emotional ... not that the shuttle had reached its last legs, but that I fear that this is a high-water mark, and that our abilities in space will start to decline. Maybe the people who watched the moon landings felt similarly when they realized that moon bases and Mars weren't going to happen as they were promised.Everything is beset by budget cuts and lowered expectations. How do you inspire people in that kind of environment.... calling all problem solvers...
September 5th, 2012
September 3rd, 2012
Who would have thought my life would have changed as radically as it had in the last year? I was so damn sick last year - so very troubled. But not this year. This year was amazing. This year, I burned...
The photos are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23009763@N
July 14th, 2012
I don't wish harm on anyone, and I don't salivate at the suffering of a disaster. But if it's going to happen, I have the need to go out there and be someone who does something about it. It's a gift that I can, and I don't think I'll ever take it for granted again. (this pic was at the Waldo Canyon Fire)
January 10th, 2012
I was too cheap to go to Sea of Dreams on my own this year, so I spent some time with Rockmed and worked medical for the event instead. Had a lot of fun and got to listen to some great music...even had a few medical calls in the process. Happy New Year, and I hope everyone's 2012 will rock
December 11th, 2011
I went to joedecker's SF Night Photography workshop last night. Had a great time, great company, great food. I took a photograph here and there...My set is here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/densaer/se
My only complaint was that, unlike the famous Oregon workshops, there was a rather lack of negative clarity involved!
October 12th, 2011
It's still a bad law. And I oppose it.
Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.
Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.
Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.
What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.
The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.
So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.
If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.
What to do?
- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.
- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.
- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.
- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.