This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: Married couple Anthony John Makk and Bradford Wells of San Francisco have been together 19 years, but that matters little to the US government, which two weeks ago denied Makk, an Australian citizen, the right to be considered for permanent residency.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services turned down Makk’s application on the grounds that same-sex couples are not eligible to receive federal benefits per the Defense of Marriage Act. Makk, who is the primary caregiver of Wells, an AIDS-afflicted American citizen, has until August 25th to leave the country.
If Wells moved to Australia with Makk he would lose the critical medical coverage he currently receives.
“It’s infuriating. It’s upsetting,” said Wells. “I have no power, no right to keep my husband in this country. I love this country, I live here, I pay taxes and I have no right to share my home with the person I married.”
Though President Obama and AG Eric Holder have previously stated that DOMA is unconstitutional on equal protection grounds, the administration continues to enforce the law, and House Republicans have hired attorneys to defends it where the White House is unwilling to do so.
A spokesman for Rep. Nancy Pelosi said her office is working on behalf of the couple “to exhaust all appropriate immigration remedies that are open to pursue.”
(Fuck, Tumblr. That’s the last time I trust your android client to not eat my draft.)
Offering 0.3 Bitcoins per week to hire a sysadmin who can answer my questions about my new Arch Linux server. e.g. vim binds, Apache configuration, general Unix wizardry
Rate subject to change if we agree on something else
I had no idea that so many people were still buying CDs; there must be a whole world out there that isn’t digital.
Well, in a nutshell, I made it! CT to LA without spending a single dollar. Since then I’ve been exploring San Francisco and Portland. Somehow I’ve met fewer Bitcoiners in either of these cities than anywhere else, so I’ve been mostly sleeping in my car. Typing on that new Nexus S sucks, lugging around my enormous laptop sucks, and setting up my laptop in the car sucks - ergo, my lack of recent posts.
Portland is really sweet. It feels like a big city in a small town, in a big city… which sounds stupid but w/e. There’s cool people everywhere, and more culture than
a tub of yogurt an art museum.
Also, a kickass arcade called Ground Kontrol, with DDR, tons of arcade games, 20+ pinball machines, and a bar.
Also, parks everywhere, full of green grass, great weather, and beautiful women.
Also, the best street food I’ve ever tasted.
I was gonna keep travelling up to Washington and Vancouver, CA but I’m strongly tempted to stay here. This is apparently a common temptation, and the reason behind the impressive unemployment levels and homelessness in Portland. I’ve been starting to look for housing (preferably to be paid in bitcoins) and a job (preferably an engineering job in the solar sector.) If you happen to have leads on either of those, drop me an email - firstname.lastname@example.org
i found out that mspaint gets horribly bogged down when running in WINE on linux
I’m running Arch Linux with xmonad as a window manager. Currently I’m not using a login manager or a desktop environment. I want to avoid installing them. Can anyone answer these questions or point me towards docs that can help:
- Can I start specific commands (e.g. skype, rxvt) when xmonad starts?
- Where should I start to learn to code dynamic webpages e.g. python? I would like to include my tumblr feed, disqus comments, my twitter stream, google buzz stream, etc on therealplato.com but have minimal experience scraping feeds, api’s, etc. and I’m not sure where to begin
- Best Linux podcatcher?
I’m posting this on my new Nexus S. The soft keyboard will take some getting used to, but it’s faster than I expected.
I am currently in San Diego. I am really happy to be on the west coast. My trip officially ends when I hit LA but I am going to continue north. I am hitting San Francisco in a couple weeks then Oregon and Washington.
Today I spent my morning at Cafe Libertalia in San Diego. It’s a haven for libertarians and anarchists. I played some chess, talked to the owner, and helped him start accepting Bitcoins. So, if you want a coffee or ‘net access for Bitcoins in San Diego, tell them Plato sent ya.
I have adventures to share - skydiving, a flat tire, telling Penn and Teller about Bitcoin.
Updating this site is still on my todo list.
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Audio of my June 3rd interview on K-Talk in Salt Lake with Dale Williams, Clint Richardson, and Edwin J. Vieira. I didn’t cut out the commercials, if anyone wants to tweak the sound, send me the finished product and I’ll edit this. edit: done! thanks matt.collier. original audio here, new audio above.
I briefly talk about Bitcoins and my roadtrip but the majority of the discussion revolves around the Federal government, and how it’s seized power, and how we can fix this problem within a constitutional framework.
It’s 10PM, I’m camping out in the woods for the second night running. National Forests are public land, for public use. I’ve been told by a few people that you can “primitive camp” in them as long as you’re off the roads and you park somewhere sensible. I’m not entirely sure what primitive camping entails, but I carried my tent into the woods and pitched it which seems primitive enough to me.
I drove up a long, winding road (Utah Rt. 190) as I looked for a place to camp. It wasn’t promising. The road snakes through canyons and gorges, and most of the landscape is sheer outcroppings of granite. The less steep bits have pines and birches, and there’s still patches of snow on the ground. Most of the snow has melted; the road follows a stream that’s pouring violently downhill towards Salt Lake.
I eventually found an acceptable-looking slope off to the left of the road, with an area to pull my car off to the right. I set my emergency brake (to avoid rolling downhill into the stream.) Some reconnaissance found a nice sheltered spot between three large pines. This seemed like the flattest place I’d find, and daylight was fading, so I went back to my car, carried my gear up the slope, and pitched the tent.
The slope of the ground makes things interesting. I’m in my sleeping bag, on a camping pad, on a thick blanket for insulation. The camping pad and sleeping bag are slippery so I keep sliding to the bottom right corner of the tent, where a large tree root can conveniently prod my ribs.
However, I’m warmer than I was last night. I was planning on camping at a Wyoming rest stop, but there was a sign that said NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING 24 HOUR VIDEO SURVEILLANCE. So, I decided to try this National Forest thing, and drove south 30 miles into Utah, into a different bit of Wasatch National Forest. I arrived around midnight, at elevation 7810 feet. My fingers were numb by the time I got my tent up. I didn’t think to use the thick blanket for insulation, so I was colder than I’d prefer all night.
Lacking a cell connection and Twitter, I wrote some notes on my phone. These are all from last night [i.e. night of 5/30/11]:
1200 am My car with peanut butter and peanut butter m&ms, Utah forest wildlife - tent should be otherwhere than in between?
1230 warm and toasty, milky way is awesome, camping pad is thin and too short - check mcmaster carr
1240 todo: learn to speak that robot-parseable language
1245 it’s cold outside my sleeping bag (i was turtled up inside)
1255 why can we pick gunk out of our eyes but not our noses? its the same stuff
0122-0130 wrote a haiku:
Tried to zip zipper
Dark tent, by feel, come on, zip
Oh, two halves, wrong half
There’s a pine tree creaking ominously above me as the breeze picks up. The temp is dropping too. I’m gonna call it a night.
Bitcoin Roadtrip leaves Denver
PLATO’s Homemade Tortillas
These are simple and delicious. Wrap up chicken, beans, meat in them, or slap some butter and jam on them. Or, tear them up and put them in soup. This recipe’s from my great grandmother.
Makes 10 10” tortillas (or more smaller tortillas.)
Combine 3 cups flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt
Add about 1/2 cup milk, mix. Water or soy milk works too. It’ll be too dry at first - keep adding splashes of milk until the dough is too tough to stir, at which point, start kneading with your hands. You want a dough that’s just past smooth and just into sticky. If it gets really sticky, add more flour and knead it in. Add more milk if it’s too dry.
Break the dough into pool-ball sized chunks for 10” tortillas or golf-ball sized chunks for 6” tortillas. Dump a handful of flour on your work surface - a clean countertop has more room than a large cutting board.
Grab a ball, roll it around in the flour so it’s not sticky, and roll it out with a rolling pin. Keep flipping it over and rotating it to get it into a circle. Roll them as thin as reasonably possible without breaking them.
Toss the rolled tortilla onto a hot skillet or frying pan. I use 5 on a 1-10 scale electric range. The surface should start to bubble within 10 seconds, if it doesn’t, it’s too cold. Wait a total of about 25 seconds and flip the tortilla over with fingers, a fork, or a spatula. The bottom side should be cooked with a few browned or blacked spots. If it’s burned already, your range is too hot.
Cook the other side another 25 seconds or so. Some black’s OK but most of the tortilla should still be off-white. Taste it - it should be soft, not crunchy. If it’s really chewy, they’re either rolled too thick, or not cooked long enough.
Toss your stack of finished tortillas in the oven to keep them warm. Enjoy!