November 04, 2004

Changes

The election was a disaster. I had tried to be optimistic, but it ended up backfiring. I feel substantially worse for my efforts. “Four more years of a nation led by criminals.” I just returned from a candle-light vigil on the Diag. The tone was reflective, somber and defeated.

It really confuses me how these things work. It reveals how tenuous my grasp on the human creature is. There are people who’s support for Bush I can understand, but the vast majority of them, to me, make no sense. These are not all stupid people. Yet they vote for a man who surrounds himself with cynical, evil people. He managed to turn the tidal wave of good faith following September 11th into a torrent of hatred. (On this note I feel I must make a slight aside. I really hate the way the events that occurred on September 11th, 2001 are exploited for personal and political gain. I try not to make points using them, as I think the ability to do so has oft been misused.) People don’t feel safer now, yet a large margin of those voting for Bush cite terrorism as their reasoning, as if he’s the solution not the cause. Bush’s supporter’s second largest issue was moral values. Moral values? This is what our presidency comes down to? Completely disregarding my disagreements on pinning the ‘moral values’ badge on George W Bush, I see moral values as a relatively shaky position for electing our commander-in-chief. I don’t mean to suggest I advocate sociopaths, far from it, but it seems to me that the decision to vote with moral values in mind comes on the coattails of religion. Religion has no place in politics. Its been said before, I stand behind it 100%. Nothing good comes out of religion and politics. Do people really think this country was founded with seperation of church and state in mind simply to keep Jesus out of the classroom? No! I don’t care if my president prays. Thats his business. I don’t care if he believes in god! I don’t care if he worships a golden friggin’ toaster. I care if he makes the right decisions, and when he does so, I want him to act with a clear, intelligent, unbiased, and well informed mind. What happens when you add religion to this mix? Throw clear, intelligent, and unbiased out of the mix, because theres no room for logic when god’s involved, just ask a philosopher. Want proof? Lets look at what else became of our election…

This election, 11 states had some form of gay marriage ban on the ballot, including my own. Every single proposition passed. But thats not enough. They all passed with huge margins! For a long time now, my philosophy on life has been loosely based on the old and cliched adage “live and let live.” The way I interpret this is essentially “be utilitarian whenever it makes sense.” Thats why I don’t understand the gay situation in America. Gay marriage is nearly uniformally illegal in the United States. It was before this election, it will remain so afterwards. That in and of itself to me makes no sense. If tomorrow every gay couple that had the desire to get married (or if you are so sensative about the symantics, call it a civil union) could, what would change for the rest of the country? My life would certainly be no worse. For those couples, though, it could cause vast ammounts of happiness. Can anyone honestly argue that it causes them more harm than it would help these people? What must you believe to want to cause undue suffering on someone simply because their way of life is different from yours, in a way that doesn’t even affect you!

Whats done is done for now. Whats left is to make the best of the sour grapes we’ve been handed. I’m quickly growing weary of the Democratic party letting us down. There need to be changes. We need to start early. Soon, the Republicans will likely control all three branches of the federal government, as far as I know the first time such a thing has happened in history. I fear the future, but vow to take as proactive a stance as possible.

Enough about the election. I’ve been busy with plenty of other things lately, hence the lack of updates. As you can likely see I’ve changed the program I used to blog here. I’ve made the switch to WordPress, and I must say I’m very happy with it. It has a lot more features, and a lot more power. I finally have threaded comments (the ability to reply to a specific comment instead of just the post), users can now register if they want (completely optional), the entire site is XHTML compliant, and all the new interfaces I have to manage it are very slick.

Finally, I received a call from AMD today. For those who don’t know, AMD is Intel’s only real rival in the (x86) microprocessor business. While I never actually submitted my resume electronically (which is how they tell you to do it), but I did give 2 copies to their representatives at the Job Fair I attended earlier this year. I missed the call, so I’m not entirely sure what the situation is, but if nothing else, its amusing, especially as I was contacted on the 26th by yet another Intel Engineer (yet another Michigan alum, named Jeff Abramson) about yet another position. The constant activity on this front has never ceased to amaze me, although I feel strange having to turn down even interviews for positions that mere months ago I would have been dying just to be considered for.

“The best-laid plans of mice and men
Gang aft agley.
And leave us naught but grief and pain
For promised joy.?
-Robert Burns

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Collapse Comment by Zensation
2004-11-05 02:32:44

So, for someone i hardly know, i have suprisingly similar views. Funny how things like that work out. Ya the election is a bummer, and yeah it sucks that america is holding down yet another minority group. I guess since i havnt “talked” to you in around 3 years, congrats is in order for all your sucess and i hear that you are gonna play wow so i guess ill see you there. On another side note, Snow crash is a great book, but i felt let down by the ending. Its 230 and i should be finishing a paper, but oh well.

ps is it creepy that i read your blog, cause i havnt kept in touch at all so its almost like spying, anyways it kinda creeps me out and im the “perv”

pps I think your dates are all fucked up, unless its intentional, then i just dont get it.

Collapse Comment by MrWonton
2004-11-05 14:48:37

First let me say, damn you’re creepy, perv. In all honesty, blogs in general are relatively voyeuristic, which is probably why they caught on. When theres some sort of window open to one’s life, its hard not to look. That said, while it may have been 3 years, its nice to know you’re still around. Thanks for dropping a message.

If indeed you have similar views, I pity you. Most obviously, I pity you for being let down, as I was, and for being the minority in a majority ruling democracy. But I also pity you for being crazy, because I think you have to be to have similar views to me, and the world is unkind to the crazy.

Three years… man thats a long time. It sounds about right though. Scary to think how much has happened in those 3 years. I appreciate the congrats, I’ve been pretty lucky recently, and I’d be the first to admit it. I hope to pick up WoW, but it may be till the end of the semester before I have any reasonable amount of time for such things.

Yes, Snow Crash is a wonderful book, one of my favorites. Neal Stephenson is almost uncomparable when it comes to writing entertaining adventures, which is why I got a few more of his books recently. As for the ending, that is his style, at least so far as I can tell from the 2 books of his I’ve read. I’ve heard it described many ways, but most accurately something like this: His writing progresses at such a breakneck speed, branching off in so many directions, that when the time comes to finally end, theres really no way to slow down and bring in all the branches. He puts it a slightly different way.

Finally, thanks for the heads up on the dates. Looks like I need to re-read the man pages for the php time() function. They should be fixed now. There are bound to be other inconsistencies with this new layout and system, as I have really done very little to test it, so any other meaningfull feedback would be appreciated.

It was good hearing from you Rex, mayhaps I’ll see you when I move out to Massachusetts this Winter.

 
 
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