1. Sophie Lancaster memorial album released.

    23 June 2010

    I've spent a couple of weeks trying to figure out what I wanted to write about this, partly because it hits so close to home. I quietly followed the murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007 because what happened to she and her boyfriend hit a little too close to home for me. Because it happened in the United Kingdom it really didn't have much of a media impact in the States, though word can and did get around. In summary, Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby of Lancashire, both of whom were part of the gothic subculture in the area …

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  2. US Legal System puts the kibosh on warrantless seizure of laptops at the border.

    23 June 2010

    For a couple of years now the US Department of Homeland Security has reserved the right to confiscate the laptop computers of US citizens for forensic analysis upon re-entry to the country after traveling abroad. It didn't matter if you were on one of their watchlists (and who isn't these days?), it didn't matter if you'd mouthed off to a security guard, it didn't matter whether or not they had probable cause, they could do it and possibly never return it to you depending on when the got around to going through it and how they felt that morning. It's …

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  3. Heart disease isn't the number one killer in the United States. It's WTF.

    22 June 2010

    You know, one of these days Lyssa is going to walk into my office and find me stone dead, keeled over my laptop clutching my chest, possibly with blood streaming from my nose and mouth and steam spraying wildly from my ears.

    The Republican Party of the state of Texas has just published its official party platform for the year 2010 and they're going out of their way to make certain people feel welcome. It starts off pretty normally for them, about traditional marriage being founded upon one man and one woman, nevermind history saying something completely different (though that …

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  4. Quickie: not a real post.

    21 June 2010

    Still alive.

    Very busy at work and at home.

    Just getting over being sick, but unfortunately Lyssa's caught it and is fighting it off.

    Behind on, well, everything, from watching Sir Derek Jacobi reading parts of Shakespeare's The Tempest with operatic interludes sung by a countertenor to going camping with some close friends.

    Was shocked and amazed by Snoop Dogg doing filk last night.

    Silliness and madness abound in equal proportion.

    Oh, and I have a backlog of pictures to post and things to write about. I'm going to try to clear half of those things this week, if I …

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