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Did You Vote Today?
CHURCHofKINK, CoK, ENTANGLEMENT, ENLIGHTENMENT, INTELLIGENT
strawberryviper
Did You Vote Today?
Seriously.
It could make or break our friendship.
While I would prefer you vote for Obama,
I'd rather see you vote for McCain
Than not vote at all.
Seriously.
It's that important.
Vote.

Some thoughts about Iraq, the election and gut decisions
CHURCHofKINK, CoK, ENTANGLEMENT, ENLIGHTENMENT, INTELLIGENT
strawberryviper
I was reading Thomas Paine's Common Sense today (as we near election day, its always nice to revisit some of the classics that helped shape our nation) and a passage in said pamphlet struck me as being essential to why things just aren't working out in Iraq. In this passage, Paine is explaining why reconciliation with Britain is simply not possible given what had transpired between the colonies and the mother country. Paine felt that full independence was the only acceptable path forward, and here's more or less why:

"It is seldom that our first thoughts are truly correct, and that is the case here; for there are ten times more to dread from a patched up connection than from independence. I make the sufferers' case my own, and I protest, that were I driven from house and home, my property destroyed, and my circumstances ruined, that as a man, sensible of injuries, I could never relish the doctrine of reconciliation, or consider myself bound thereby."


The sober and striking clarity of this passage is particularly fascinating given our current clusterfuck of a government and media reality distortion field that is the American election cycle. Common Sense was first published in 1776, but the above text is just as relevant today for Iraq as it was then for the colonies that would go on to become the America we supposedly put first today. If one looks to Iraq and is puzzled by why we were not greeted as liberators, why the reconstruction is stalled and sputtering, then simply look at what one of our founding fathers had to say on such matters.

Even more striking and relevant to our modern dilemma, is his first line from the passage that states clearly, in a work of extreme intellect and not a small amount of bravado, that it is rare that our first thoughts, our first impressions, our gut reactions, are truly correct. That is not to say thin-slicing is not useful (read Malcolm Gladwell's Blink for a reasoned handling of trusting one's gut), but when matters are grave and do not require split-second decisions, a second look at the lay of the land can be of utmost importance.

Americans have spent the last 8 years watching a man of questionable intelligence spew out nonsensical gut decisions. We have spent the last 12 months watching one presidential candidate insult the intelligence of the the entirety of the American republic, and we've watched the other presidential candidate remain cool, calm, collected, and willing to take a step back, assess the lay of the land, and change direction when needed, and stay the course when warranted. Regardless of politics, simply looking at the mettle of each man, there is only one candidate with the character needed to handle what can only be described as a genuinely new American paradigm, and that person is Barack Obama.

Vote on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
(even if it is for McCain)
there is no better way to honor the sacrifice of our
fathers and mothers who willed this country into being.

My Grandmother's Obit
CHURCHofKINK, CoK, ENTANGLEMENT, ENLIGHTENMENT, INTELLIGENT
strawberryviper
Mary Ella (Newsom) Carenza

Carenza, Mary Ella (nee Newsom), 80 died Sat., Oct. 18, 2008, a result of stroke. Wife of the late Joe Carenza Sr. Mary Ella spent her life devoted to caring for her family and teaching. Beloved mother of Joseph S. Jr. (Diane), John R. (Dianne), Christopher J. Carenza and Mary Lisa Carenza (Peter Keenan; dear Nana to 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, dearest sister, aunt and friend.Services: Memorial Mass Mon. Nov. 3, 2008, 10 a.m. St. Mary Magdalen, 63109. Visitation 9 a.m. Private burial Jefferson Barracks National Cem. Mary Ella requested all expressions of love be made as memorial donations to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.

177
CHURCHofKINK, CoK, ENTANGLEMENT, ENLIGHTENMENT, INTELLIGENT
strawberryviper
For the first time since i was in "college" (read 1997)
i weigh under 180 pounds.

after todays run, i weighed in at 177.

for those of you that know me in the flesh,
yowza, that's skinny.

Fauxmantic Flickr
CHURCHofKINK, CoK, ENTANGLEMENT, ENLIGHTENMENT, INTELLIGENT
strawberryviper
i'm posting snaps here lately too if anyone is interested:

Fauxmantic's Photostream on Flickr

MIlan, Italy
CHURCHofKINK, CoK, ENTANGLEMENT, ENLIGHTENMENT, INTELLIGENT
strawberryviper
I'm in Milan for a couple days,
any suggestions?....

Hotel Lobby Berlin
CHURCHofKINK, CoK, ENTANGLEMENT, ENLIGHTENMENT, INTELLIGENT
strawberryviper
Hotel Lobby Berlin

Joseph Samuel Carenza III photo by Rafael Gayol

photo by: Rafael Gayol

More CameraBag effects
CHURCHofKINK, CoK, ENTANGLEMENT, ENLIGHTENMENT, INTELLIGENT
strawberryviper
Here's some examples of what CameraBag does:



Some examples using CameraBag:

Original image:



Helga effect:



1974 effect:



Cinema effect:



Lolo effect:



1962 effect:





what's cool is that it does the effects on the phone, which means you can slap the effect on and email the photo off without touching a computer. pretty sweet.

Camerabag for iPhone
CHURCHofKINK, CoK, ENTANGLEMENT, ENLIGHTENMENT, INTELLIGENT
strawberryviper
Just started using the iPhone app Camerabag

Cameabag for iPhone

this app mimics certain styles of classic cameras, pretty cool.
It actually makes the iPhone camera semi-usable.

Before:


After:


Basically it does some simple iPhoto style effects right on the phone.
For $2.99, not a bad app.

5 years, 4 months
CHURCHofKINK, CoK, ENTANGLEMENT, ENLIGHTENMENT, INTELLIGENT
strawberryviper



i've been on fotki for 5 years and 4 months

geez

it seems like just yesterday...