aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Sunday, July 13, 2008
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Saturday, July 12, 2008
E.Webscapes is for Dummies: Stay away from Lisa Sabin-Wilson
NOTE: THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY DATED APRIL 13, 2008. I HAVE CHANGED THE DATE TO PERMANENTLY PLACE IT ON THE ARCHIVED HOME PAGE OF THIS SITE. I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT LISA WAS WILLFULLY NEGLIGENT AND SHOULD BE HELD LIABLE FOR HER AWFUL BUSINESS PRACTICES. UNSUSPECTING CUSTOMERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE NO SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE TO PREVENT THE SAME THING FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.
In October of last year I contracted with Lisa Sabin-Wilson and E.Webscapes Blog Design Studio to “tweak” my blog design, move this blog to a new host, and upgrade my blog software. Sabin-Wilson is the author of WordPress for Dummies, and blogs at Just a Girl in the World.
Prior to contracting with Lisa to do the work I read the FAQ posted on the E.Webscapes site, browsed the portfolio, followed her blog, listened to the podcast of a presentation she did at a conference, and contacted one of her blog clients for a reference. I thought I did my due diligence. I thought wrong.
My experience with Lisa was very bad. Very bad. I opened a ticket with E.Webscapes on October 21, 2007. I paid for services on November 3, 2007. I was told to expect a 20-30 business day turn around. I received a full refund (with $50 extra) on March 26, 2008.
The full story of my business relationship with Lisa Sabin-Wilson and E.Webscapes is contained in the extended entry of this blog post. I am happy to provide detailed documentation to back up my claims upon request. I am posting this reluctantly in order to help stop this kind of thing from happening to other bloggers.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I loved it. So did the NYTimes. Brian sees “unfortunate bigotry” in the “shockingly obese” humans on the Axiom. Slate’s Explainer wonders will cockroaches really be the last survivors on Earth? (No.) Here’s the movie’s official site.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
One day more…
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Playground by the Sea
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Links for 2008-07-05
I’m off to the beach again today…
ON TMV TODAY:
Green Screen Challenge: McCain gets interesting, the results come in.
ON TMV YESTERDAY:
Helms dead at 86: a harbinger of things to come, Long live the Millennials!
ON TMV WEDNESDAY
Starbucks fumbles, should be more like Georgia’s Home Depot!
Teach your children well, on blacks and whites raising kids
About ‘Gay’. And some speculation on why the Religious Right insists we’re ‘homosexual’, trotting out that first undergraduate research paper again! (Well it did get an ‘A’)
ON TMV TUESDAY
Study: there aren’t many blog readers in the ideological center, my intuition is wrong. And my own behavior is apparently NOT typical. (I self-identify as liberal-leaning; I’m told I’m center-left-conservative—whatever that means)
Tom Schaller says: The South Will Fall Again, I still say he’s too much of a numbers guy.
Networks exaggerate economic woes, Stossel again. While I don’t entirely agree (I should write a post but I’m going to the beach!!!) he makes some great points. Suffice it to say that in this country we have no ability in the mass media to look at anything beyond the immediate. What were facing now is beyond the immediate.
Off to the beach. Posting will be sporadic at best!
Monday, June 30, 2008
Links for 2008-06-30
I’ve gotten behind…
TODAY ON TMV:
- The Murky Evidence For and Against the Death Penalty as Deterrence, Wolfers and Sunstein from an OpEd in the WaPo find that they were misunderstood by the SCOTUS.
- Georgia Supreme Court considers proportionality in sex offender case, we can only hope they’ll do the right thing in this sad story of a young “sex-offender”.
YESTERDAY ON TMV:
- Craig & Vitter co-sponsor marriage protection amendment, Dan Sweeney says, Chutzpah Defined!
- Silent Witnesses provide a “human spiritual firewall” at Central PA LGBT Pride events, my high school friend at last year’s at Hbg pride.
- Gay plot for hijacking America uncovered! Pat Boone says gays are like the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the cunning communists.
- Gay trend watch: wed on vacation, honeymoon at home! Planning for my 10 year anniversary next spring.
- The itch explained, on a type of nerve that is specific for itch.
- On bans on handheld cellphones while driving, California’s getting a hand-held cellphone ban. I still want automated driving (though it probably isn’t as close as I thought).
- Sunstein’s Nudge, “Choice Architecture”, and Obama, I’m glad Sunstein’s an Obama adviser!
- Disney’s involuntary contribution to the peaceful evolution in China, pirated DVDSs…
- A rare look inside the Gill Action Fund, this Advocate article got much less attention than it deserved!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Links for 2008-06-23
TODAY ON TMV
- No evidence of “pregnancy pact” in Gloucester, it was bad journalism. (Or possibly a principal excited to be talking to Time magazine!)
YESTERDAY ON TMV
- Stop threatening to put kids in jail for sex! A writer in the Savannah Morning News wants the girls in the non-existent pact (see above) thrown in the slammer.
- On Corporate Complicity in the Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, more from Douglas A. Blackmon’s “Slavery By Another Name”
SATURDAY ON TMV
- Barack Obama and the Muslim misinformation, some ask why Obama doesn’t attack the central issue in the Internet misinformation game. That is: what’s wrong with being Muslim?
- Solitary not solitary any longer. Now it’s “single-occupancy” just like torture’s not torture!
- On Google and our brains. Smart questions. And Carr’s disappointing answers. The Atlantic article was a missed opportunity. Carr always asks good questions; seldom comes up with good answers.
- Google Maps meets ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Drive a car around Google Maps.
- Is Kindle the iPod of eBooks? No, no matter that Bezos almost convinces The Philadelphia Inquirer it is. But it helps real book sales, eBooks never sell out (and you can get free previews), and you can change your font size among other features.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
At the beach last weekend
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Links for 2008-06-21
ON TMV THIS MORNING:
- Douglas A. Blackmon on Bill Moyers Journal - Blackmon’s book, Slavery by Another Name – The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, will be the topic of innumerable posts from me. Painful but unavoidably important.
ON TMV FRIDAY:
- Douglas A. Blackmon on “the age of neo-slavery” - wonderfully articulate, terribly sad, very important. Better, actually, than the ones he did on Open Source or Moyers, and, interestingly, this transcript from the voice of the revolutionary communist party of the USA.
- Georgia on their mind! An InsiderAdvantage poll gives John McCain a single point lead over Sen. Barack Obama in Georgia, putting us very much in the news.
ON TMV THURSDAY:
- What I did on my summer vacation: BRAG 2008, the Doug video already posted here. Actually, on my new Vimeo channel I’ve put higher quality cleaned up versions of all three BRAG videos. Vimeo is terrific!
- Intelligent Design in Louisiana, It’s ba-ack! Dressed up this time as “academic freedom” for the k-12 set.
ON TMV WEDNESDAY
- Obama. Georgia. & Indiana? More on Obama in Georgia. Except for Nate Silver who says not Georgia, Indiana instead!
- Free Use: A Remembrance, includes links to video of me from 1991. My niece tells me I was cute then…
- Obama backs Barrow - I do too, for the same reason (don’t want to lose the seat).
- Back Story on How AP and Drudge Retort Come to Terms - Bob Cox’s side. I have stopped saying anything. Bloggers are in a swarm; I don’t agree with Cox that AP could have accomplished anything more in that atmosphere so I think they did right (though I haven’t read every little bit of it). I’ll write mroe when things cool a bit.
- Accused Treated as Adult in Gay Student’s Killing, I’m sick that this kid is going to be tried as an adult. His hateful act reflected adult bias, not his own.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Just keep on riding…
Doug does BRAG 2008 from Joe Windish on Vimeo.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Links for 2008-06-17
I’m on St. Simons, where I came to meet Doug at the end of BRAG. I’m working on the last video of my trilogy—it should be ready soon—and getting some good R&R. So again I’m behind on links…
ON TMV YESTERDAY:
- AP, Blogs, set to get to work on Fair Use, discussing Fair Use guidelines for bloggers with AP.
ON TMV SUNDAY
- Life’s a beach, this & that from the beach (includes a review of the documentary about Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy)
ON TMV FRIDAY
- AP comments on Drudge Retort DMCA takedowns, ver batim
- Here we go again: AP Files DMCA Takedowns Against Drudge Retort, the first of my AP posts—AP filed takedown against blogger for copyright infringement.
- Michelle Obama Watch - launched! Dems aren’t gonna take it this time!
ON TMV THURSDAY
- Defending Webb the Confederate, worth defending and worth further exploration. Talk about topics we can’t talk about!!!
BACK TO THE BEACH! Which reminds me… I was bit by a spider so I have a giant welt and am taking Doxycycline. I’m covered from head to toe in sunscreen, I’ve got a huge hat, and I won’t be tanning anytime soon…
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Links for 2008-06-11
ON TMV TODAY:
- An argument against the perceived benefits of locavore behavior, Stephen J. Dubner v. Michael Pollan.
- Economics: Which Way for Obama? behavioral economics is his way! Matt Stoller parses his Raleigh speech.
- Gay relationships offer insights for healthier heterosexual marriages, because our relationships are “far more egalitarian than heterosexual” relationships.
- Our digital fate is better represented by Google than by government, on “white spaces” and why the NAB is lobbying the FCC to keep it from you & me!
- I was really bugged by the glee David Brooks seemed to take in trashing Scott McClellan’s “intellectual mediocrity” over and over again as he did the rounds commenting on McClellan’s book. So I took my own small glee watching over and over and over again as everyone took note of Brooks criticizing Obama because “he doesn‘t seem like a guy who can go into an Applebee‘s salad bar and people think he fits in naturally there.”
- Those of us who live in the rural hinterlands know that Applebee’s doesn’t have a salad bar. Here’s my April 1, 2005 post on Applebee’s, which “passes for haute cuisine in our town” and was started in Atlanta by 2 brothers in 1980.
- Stephen Colbert thinks it’s unfair that the Confederate flag has to sit behind the American flag on “the flag bus.” To fight this prejudice against southern heritage, Stephen brings the Pledge of Allegiance into Confederacy-approved compliance.
- Crooks and Liars quotes Stephen’s pledge, “I pledge allegiance to a couple of flags of the United-slash-Confederate States of America, and to the Republic for which they stand (or stand against), one Nation (until further notice), indivisible (for the time being), with liberty and justice for all (or y’all).”
Doug does B.R.A.G. - In The Pampered Zone
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Links for 2008-06-08
I’ve yet to get the hang of this daily links thing. I will yet…
ON TMV TODAY:
- Business Week: Consumer Credit Arbitration — you lose! There’s binding arbitration hidden in your credit card agreements. The arbitrator on 99% of all agreements is one company—a company in cahoots with the credit card companies. The coda is the bleak bankruptcy statistics for this year. :-(
- The implications of Obama’s 50-state campaign in Georgia, I’m still betting against the political pros. But hedging my bets just the same.
- Bill Moyers admits bias, it’s my bias too!
YESTERDAY ON TMV
- Not just great cars. Great advertising too! Cool live Honda skydiving ad.
- Bilderberg meeting attracts prominent pols, media, & business leaders. And conspiracy-minded paranoid speculation. “Paranoid” in the headline probably was unwise…
FRIDAY ON TMV
- Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for the link!!!
- Obama’s LGBT outreach call and commitment to the community - the campaign held a blogger conference call… “acknowledged Hillary Clinton voters’ participation and importance in the primary process.”
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Links for 2008-06-05
ON TMV TODAY
- Sandra Day O’Connor: Game Designer, Congratulations Alex, on a job well done! Wish I’d been there…
- Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr on The Colbert Report, also a link to his John McCain Green Screen Challenge and an unanswered call for TMV readers to point me to fun mashups of the three political speeches from Tuesday night.
- Gay marriage, the GOP, & the albatross, The California court rejected a stay of last month’s ruling on gay marriage and NY lawmakers are fighting to block Governor David Paterson’s directive that the state recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Lots of other links thrown in too.
- Osborn to be put to death tonight in Georgia: Case calls right to competent legal representation into question, I honestly thought we wouldn’t do it. We did it. I continue to hold out hope that we are at the beginning of the end of our punitive era.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Links for 2008-06-03
HOME SWEET HOME
We got back Friday, but there was storm damage. Nothing major. A tree down in the driveway, debris in the yard, outdoor lights and furniture damaged. The nephew’s car. We’re lucky. Spent the weekend cleaning up. The beginning of the week settling back in at work. The hit sultry southern summer’s almost begun… and I’ve got lots of links catching up to do!
ON TMV TUES 5/27
- Google says Viacom’s lawsuit against YouTube ‘threatens’ the Net, including a useful clarification of the difference between content and communication.
- Same-sex marriage momentum, 51% of Californians think gay marriage should be legal
- Republicans, The Colbert Bump & Same-Sex Marriage, Tony Perkins on The Colbert Report
- Linguist Geoff Nunberg on the meaning of “marriage”, I get peeved when they put quotation marks around the word “marriage.”
- Kiss your cable box goodbye, they’re building it into TVs. Now what about the Internet!!!
FRIDAY (on the road) SATURDAY
- Topsy-turvy: Republicans for Obama… Today’s Hillary protesters?, ah, the Democrats.
- Vanity Fair on Bill Clinton’s “sometimes questionable associations”, skip the post, go directly to the article.
- Religion & Science, God & Politics: not such strange bedfellows after all, the “not precisely related” link is an important one.
- Apple moving from .Mac to Me? Adobe too?, I worried that this one was too techie for TMV. I only hope the Apple rumor is true!
- On Bill Clinton’s critique of the Vanity Fair piece about him, Jack Shafer’s, not mine.
- Race, reason, and the Democrats in the 2008 primary season, more of me saying that we’re not as racist as we’re afraid we are… and that Obama can win Georgia.
- Nunn: it might be time to take another look at ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’, and why he won’t be Obama’s VP pick.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Links for 2008-05-26
A family visit to my old Pennsatucky home in which the words “socialist” and “communist” were bandied about with abandon to describe me and the positions I hold and vile racist jokes were casually told in the living room has tested my “tolerance” and made me understand the truth about Josh Marshall’s Upcountry post in ways I never thought I would.
Later a fist fight broke out (I wasn’t involved) and my brother called my gay nephew (his son) who lives with my partner and me the old French derivative word meaning a bundle of sticks or branches, though, of course, he intended no such meaning.
We won’t be visiting home again for a good long time.
And I hope you’ll understand that I’m way behind on both blogging and links…
ON TMV FRI 5/23
TODAY I took a holiday.
- Tomorrow I’m off to FALLING WATER so there may be no blogging again. I am on vacation, after all!
- Actually this link says blogging is both good for you and an addiction, so they’re going to do a study…
- On the IP beat, Adidas claims it owns stripes!
- Old by now but not to be missed, Keith Olbermann’s “Special Comment” about Hillary Clinton invoking Bobby Kennedy’s assassination:
Because a senator—a politician—a **person**—who can let hang in mid-air the prospect that she might just be sticking around in part, just in case the other guy gets shot—has no business being, and no capacity **to** be, the President of the United States.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Links for 2008-05-22
Today was my last day in NYC so I’m late with links.
Last night we went to see the absurdly enjoyable, gleefully theatrical riff on Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” on Broadway; afterward we went backstage to meet one of the amazingly talented stars, Arnie Burton. Dinner at Vinyl rounded out (groan, couldn’t resist) the night.
ON TMV TODAY:
- DRM ALERT: Don’t give Microsoft the remote control - Bad Vista! Following reports that digital television viewers were blocked from recording the new season of NBC’s “Gladiators”, Microsoft confirmed that it is preventing users from recording the show.
- Georgia: publication features Obama in crosshairs on cover for article on white supremacist threat, spiralstairs @ Daily Kos and Blogs for Democracy have this too. Very alarming.
- Teen Alex Phillips puts girlfriend’s nude shots on MySpace: Child porn? - this is something I would typically give the full post treatment but given that TMV is skittish about such things I’m not sure where to go with this important topic. The kid was seriously out of line. The answer is NOT a child porn charge.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Links for 2008-05-21
Today Doug and I celebrate our nine year anniversary!
And last night we went to see a performance by the man responsible for our first date. That man, Emmett Foster, was supposed to have dinner with me on that fateful night ‘lo those many years ago. But he had theater tickets so he wanted to bow out and suggested instead that I have dinner with Doug. I did and the rest is history.
Emmett was terrific last night at the Laurie Beechman Theater of the West Bank Café. He was performing in a comedy cabaret along with a couple of friends, Pat Candaras and Nancy Giles, who I hadn’t seen in a long time so I was thrilled to catch, and some unexpected acts—Matthew Cooper of Valerie Plame fame (who did a fun Al Gore) and Walter Shapiro of Salon.com—and a number of other performers. We had a fantastic time!
Meanwhile, at home a not tornado hit with baseball sized hail knocking down trees in our front yard, breaking my nephew’s windshield and generally causing mayhem. On to links…
ON TMV TODAY so far…
- My first post edited for content. I had originally titled it:
- Kasparov Interrupted by flying dick, they chopped it down to Kasparov interrupted
Protesters had a “radio-controlled penis” interrupt an address by former chess champion Garry Kasparov. I posted it, with the video (deleted and replaced by a link) as a kind of light-hearted joke post. I alerted the TMV editors because I wondered if it might cross their boundaries, but I didn’t really think it would. Now I know....
- Racism and sexism: it’s time to change the paradigm - this is Richard Thompson Ford speaking at Google on his book, The Race Card.
- There was lots of talk about racism and sexism last night. Here’s a really good compendium of links to pieces dealing with the sexism/gender issue in the Democratic presidential primary campaign, Trumping reality with the sexism card.
- Hamilton Jordan, “a fun-loving political operative who helped propel a virtually unknown politician from the Georgia statehouse to the White House,” died last night in Atlanta. He was 63.
- In this piece—Earth to Democrats: Black votes count!—I almost dared to dream that Georgia and the South could go Blue this election season ("I’m left wondering if, hoping even, that with Blacks having moved back to the South, this religious, rural, evangelized, conservative Southern region that flipped from Democrat to Republican might surprise everybody and just as quickly flip right back").
- At lunch yesterday with my old Mediapolis colleagues they pointed me to this Marc Ambinder post:
Did you know that a half a million African Americans Georgia are eligible to vote but haven’t registered? The Obama campaign knows this. And they plan to register these voters by November
Dare to dream!
Stretch (a fantasia)
The poster in the theater lobby
the theater lobby
17 Clinton St, NYC
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Links for 2008-05-20
Breakfast yesterday at The Dish. The best French Toast! There I ran into my dear old friend Gretta Schiller. She’s lived in Chelsea for 25 years. I worked with her on Before Stonewall and tell just a bit about that here.
Last night we went to see Stretch (a fantasia) that “imagines the final days of Rose Mary Woods,Richard Nixon’s loyal secretary. Observing the 2004 presidential election from her swing-state nursing home. Thinking about power, and loyalty, and lying. And having some very strange dreams...”
The NYTimes review calls Kristin Griffith’s performance “commanding,” I liked the stoner boys too.
Dinner before at Frankie’s 17 has Doug and me talking about a hot dog joint for TJ. Don"t ask. Photo’s here. I’ll probaby post one or two on the blog later.
ON TMV Yesterday:
ONE SO FAR TODAY:
I have to assume everyone in Georgia’s already heard about this one:
Jesus H. Christ: State GOP Chair Claims McCain Is ‘Kind Of Like Jesus’
Sonny prays for rain, she calls McCain Jesus. The Georgia GOP should keep it up! It’s the best get out the Democrat vote effort I can imagine…
Monday, May 19, 2008
Links for 2008-05-19
I’m happily ensconced on 23rd Street in NYC!
Saw my dear friend Alex perform (beautifully, Bravo!) at Central City Chorus last night. Then had dinner at Suevos (?) on 17th St. in Chelsea. Heaven.
On to links…
SATURDAY AT TMV:
NOTHING SUNDAY (a rare day off) ONE POST SO FAR TODAY:
I’m pleased to see that, six months after being released from prison, Genarlow Wilson says college life is treating him just fine. If you’re not familiar with his case, some background here, here and here.
There was a clemency rally held for Troy Anthony Davis in Atlanta Saturday. Troy sits on death row in Georgia despite the recantations of seven witnesses who testified against him, despite the fact that no murder weapon was ever found and no physical evidence linked him to the crime, and despite the fact that he has maintained his innocence throughout. Learn more here and here.
I have a post at TMV about a 60 Minutes a segment on the Dallas DA and the Innocence Project that featured the story of James Woodard, who became the longest of any inmate in the nation to be cleared with the help of DNA evidence when he was released from prison last month.
We have innocent people in prison. We should err on the side of innocence, not guilt. The standard is guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. I do not understand how there can be no reasonable doubt with the facts as they are in this case.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friends and regular readers have said they find it difficult to find my posts at The Moderate Voice. What I will try to do is post links here every day to my posts there, along with links to articles of interest I’ve read that I may not have posted about. We’ll see how it goes…
This one took a while…
We’re not as racist as we’re afraid we are
I’m working on a follow up to it. The post was motivated by Edwards’ endorsement of Obama. In it I say something like “Obama’s done a good job on hope but not so good on our fears...” The completion of that thought is he’s doing about as much as he can. We now have to step up to it, do our part. Edwards did that with his endorsement. I’ll say it better in a post to come…
Jon Stewart on the West Virginia primary (very funny!)
Oh, brother… UPDATED: He’s a father of 2 girls… Obama’s sweetie “gaffe”
Now I’m off to NYC for vacation. I will try to update links every day so that you won’t have to go fishing for my posts at TMV!
PS - My take on Huckabee: the way they say the gay marriage decision will turn out Republican voters… that is NOTHING as compared to the way this will turn out Democrats. At the NRA convention no less, and in the context of what he was saying, it is so utterly and completely disgusting and revealing of the mindset and undermining of what they are trying to do. The news this week was already filled with stories on Republicans self-destructing. Huckabee was right on cue.