Proposition 8

Apple takes an official public stance on Proposition 8:

Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8.

As someone who plans on getting married next year if it's still legal, I have a personal stake in this. I've personally given about $500 to the cause, and I've talked others into helping as well. The LDS church is putting a ton of time and money into making Prop 8 pass. It's good to see powerful organizations on the other side too, but this is going to be a close one. Give money, give time, or (at the very least) go VOTE.

Even better, no wait, AWESOME quote for today

"With respect to the debates, it's my belief that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who, in approximately 40 days, will be responsible for dealing with this mess. And I think that it is going to be part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once," Obama said. A hint of a smile crossed his face after he delivered that line. He then added, "I think there's no reason why we can't be constructive in helping to solve this problem and also tell the American people what we believe and where we stand ... So in my mind, actually, it's more important than ever that we present ourselves to the American people and try to describe where we want to take the country and where we want to take the economy."

Quote of the Day

“What, does McCain think the Senate will still be working at 9 p.m. Friday? I think this is all political — I wish McCain had shown the same concern when he didn’t show up in the Senate to vote on the extension of the renewable energy tax credit.”

- Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania said in an interview, referring to the scheduled start time of the debate, which McCain now wants to back out of (presumably because he's not prepared to answer questions about the economy)

Burning Man 2008

So... it's taken me a while to process my normal existence here after getting back from Burning Man. It's always weird returning from something as surreal as that. For anybody who hasn't gone, it's difficult to describe what Burning Man is about, or what it's like. I'll do my best.

We set up a theme camp this year. Nothing quite to the scale of the best camps, but it was something at least. With some pink-papered tarps, a fake pool, and some astroturf, our RVs became "Paradise Motel," a cheap roadside motel with, most likely, hourly rates. We set up a PA system, dance floor, and sno-kone stand. The sno-kones were especially popular. It was fun to spin for the random collection of people that stopped by. I also DJed at the big gay camp across the street from us, sandwiched comfortably between Nikita (Wednesday night) and Honey Soundsystem (Friday). It was a weird crowd, with raunchy gay sex and no music going on when I showed up. Since there was only dead silence (with the occasional moan and slurp) and the dancers weren't there yet, I had to start kinda mellow. What do you play in that setting? But by the time their generator died (whoops), there was a pretty nice dance floor going. They eventually got the power back on, but I figured it was as good a time as any to stop. I had blinky lights to go look at. One of my live DJ sets from Burning Man is up on my site, of course.

I was plagued by some rather weird stomach problems the whole time but, despite all that, I managed to contribute a pretty fair amount and have a great time as well.

Better Quote of the Day

"Don’t fucking question my Christianity you fucking idiot assholes. If you continue to have a problem, then talk to God about it, not me, you fucking racist homophobic misogynist fake Christian shitheads. God thinks it is funny that I swear so much. He said I could use his name in vain or whatever. He just wants me to use it. He loves me. So fuck you. And I guess he loves you too. Even though you are fake Christian assholes. If you were truly Christians, you would let gays get married, and send them fucking presents from Bed Bath and Beyond!"

- Margaret Cho