You have entered the web home of Jonathan Arehart. I'm
a thirty-five year old gay male living in Austin, Texas. I'm about 5'10" with blue eyes
and long dirty-blond hair (usually in a pony tail). For those of
your interested in a bit more detail, I am currently single and a
scorpio with some libra thrown in just to be complicated. :-)
Below, are my ramblings, rants, ruminations, and/or hypothetical situations
about life. I will be frank about some topics, so if I discuss something
that offends you, please remember there is no requirement that you keep
reading. If you'd like to comment, my e-mail address is in the footer of
each page. Opinions expressed are solely mine and may change over time.
2013.01.31 at 05:55 PM CST
(Thursday, January 31st, 2013)
It seems all the writing/posting I have time for is bullet lists... Oh well.
Super Hexagon is an amusing /
addicting game, IMHO. This
reivew is pretty accurate. Thanks Joel, for the pointer!
sound of dialup, pictured is more than you ever wanted to know
about the handshake process for dial-up modems. You've used those, right? To
call you favorite BBS? Or via
SLIP/PPP to call your Internet provider? ;)
2013.01.17 at 05:55 AM CST
(Thursday, January 17th, 2013)
The MBP may not be so stable. I wonder if another RAM re-seat will get
it, and if I can un-dimple the base, and whether or not that will help.
After a bit, I've gone back to default GTK2 and GTK3 themes. The NeXTish
GTK2 theme I had worked pretty well except a couple of cases, as is usually
the issue, and I decided it not worth it to try to tweak the theme.
And finally, twoarticles
from Al Jazeera's opinion page.
2013.01.10 at 01:55 AM CST
(Thursday, January 10th, 2013)
2013 began with two wonderful parties, and continues tonight with some little
projects while at Epoch.
It seems to be cute male nerd night at Epoch. I don't know why, but the
concentration seems higher tonight than usual. The one nearest me as I write
is learning LaTeX on his
laptop running Debian.
I am not impressed by the state of theming of GTK2
and GTK3. The changes, for decent reasons, have resulted in many GTK2
themes with no GTK3 version. And the configuration tools change each time,
which wouldn't be a problem, if some didn't try to change themes for
both library versions and just generally fail. Oh well, I have themes I can
tolerate on the work lappy again, and know how to fix things now. A few
amusements from the process:
And yes, this means I have been running Debian and Window Maker for
over twelve years.
I have been reading/streaming Al
Jazeera English more lately and have generally been impressed when compared
to many other news sources. Their opinion page has also been
thought provoking, even if I do not always agree:
Just to be clear, I agree that Texas should not have enacted or be defending a
voter ID law. I also think that the interim district maps as well as those
over which the court decision was made are no bueno.
Finally, my iPhone is finally upgraded to iOS 5.1.1. Those of you who have
been waiting to avoid the text message cost can rejoice, as you can now
2012.05.29 at 05:45 AM CDT
(Tuesday, May 29th, 2012)
Today is finally primary day in Texas, not that it matters for the larger
national races, or even the state-wide races. However, there are local and
district level races for which it can matter. So go vote, dammit! You have
until 7 PM today to do so.
2012.05.11 at 07:25 AM CDT
(Friday, May 11th, 2012)
Related to yesterday's post is another essay on POTUS and his evolution having
one is from Pam
Spaulding. Also, am I the only one who hears the Zerg "evolution complete!"
recording each time this comes up? :)
I do think it is a good thing and it is phenomenal for a sitting US President
to declare such support.
However, after previous stances (prior to the 2008 Presidential election
cycle), stances during the 2008 elections, stances as POTUS, and now; it is
very difficult to not see the timing as politically motivated, more
than motivated by an actual change of thought/position/heart. Please excuse me
(and many others) if we're non-plussed when our fucking civil rights are
being used as playthings.
Others, including the presumptive Republican POTUS nominee in 2012, people who
backed the recent North Carolina amendment which passed Tuesday, and those
backing Texas' 2005 Proposition 2, are just as guilty of political motivation
when playing with civil rights. They are not alone. Need I mention NOM (to
whom I will not link)?
I fully grant that all of the above aside, such a move is not without risk for
things about which I do care, such as progressive/liberal stances doing well
overall in the upcoming elections. That said, it is a slap in the face (from
a member of another minority, no less (not to say that the GLBT community is
any better as we definitely have our faults/fails)) when this happens
the day after a state constitutional amendment vote about which POTUS had not
made a clear, strong statement. It is also a slap in the face when same sex
marriage is said to be a state's issue, while DOMA is on the books as the only
exemption to full faith and
Oh right, I do need to remind... I do need to remind people about DOMA and the
current state of equality. After I interviewed for my current job, it came up
in discussion that HR staff did not know that it isn't illegal in Texas to ask
about or discriminate based on sexual orientation in employment. Some of my
own family has wondered why I would bring it up in an interview (despite legal
protection or current lack thereof). And yesterday, a co-worker didn't see why
the North Carolina or Texas state constitutional amendments were such a big
problem until I mentioned DOMA. Then he was like, oh, yeah, the whole thing
(the amendments and DOMA and inequality in general) is crap. Yay for different
perspectives and for DOMA being old enough that people forget that I can't just
go to a neighboring state, get married, return to Texas, and all is sorted.
One of these days, maybe, the citizens of the United States will stop voting
on each other's civil rights, and just fucking recognize them... *sigh*
In other "news," I will be moving for better civil rights long before
Texas is dragged into actually having them (since I do not expect it will be
soon, despite the valiant efforts of many activists). And no, I do not yet have
a concrete time line for such.
2012.04.17 at 12:10 AM CST
(Tuesday, April 17th, 2012)
Fourth, I had interesting decisions recently. I did not post about it due to
the timing and nature of the decision. I am not yet leaving Austin, though
probably in the next year or three. And now we hope current situations
improve. (This is not to alarm anyone; I'm fine.) :)
2012.01.25 at 10:15 AM CST
(Wednesday, January 25th, 2012)
And now that 18 January's actions around the Internet appear to have helped, I
have un-blacked my site; though I changed the color scheme at the same time.
We'll have to wait and see if SOPA/PIPA remain dead, as
well as what sort of replacement bills emerge. (OPEN?)
We'll also have to see how ACTA goes...