BMT Day 55: Happy Birthday, Rebecca!
Thursday July 09th 2015, 9:57 pm
Filed under: Family, Leukemia, Liberty!

I must confess that I really wanted to write about the Confederate battle flag today, why it’s being taken down, and the failure of politicians and especially the media to get it right. Unfortunately, I’ve felt progressively worse through the day and have had the fighting spirit knocked out of me.

I decided to expand on something just as important to me–obviously for very different reasons–that I posted a bit of on Facebook earlier today.

Boo & Me on Maine Beach
This picture shows just how huggable a little peanut can be when you need a hug from a little peanut (if that sentence doesn’t make sense to you, I apologize). I love you very much, Rebecca and want thank you for keeping me going this year. You’ve made time to listen to me and encourage me. You’ve made sure I was all right, and when I wasn’t, you made time to talk to me about why not. Your insight is boundless and I always know I can turn to you for ideas, whether it’s on feeling better or suavely ushering everyone out of my hospital room when you sensed I needed a break. I hope we can celebrate together next year, too.

Love you, Boo,
–Brother.



BMT Day 42: Marriage Equality! People Posting On My Blog! I Need A New WordPress Blog Theme!
Friday June 26th 2015, 6:25 pm
Filed under: Attack Of The Internet!, Friends, Leukemia, Liberty!

First off, I want to remember that today was the day we achieved marriage equality in the US.  What a wonderful feeling!  Now if we can just tackle racial and gender equality, we’ll be golden. 
Second, thank you for the overwhelming response to my last post.  I especially liked that so many people commented directly on my blog (on my blog not about my blog) instead of on Facebook.  Facebook comments are good, too.  But it’s nice to get comments at the bottom of what I’ve written.  I didn’t respond to everyone, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t read or consider everything. It’s just hard to respond to everyone.  Consider yourselves all thumbs-upped.

Which brings me to this. I think I need a new blog theme that lets folks respond in a hierarchical fashion and also lets people subscribe to either individual posts or my entire blog.  I switched to a new one earlier this year, but it turned out to have a lot of bad code in it.  So if anyone has a WordPress theme in mind or good theme libraries that’re more current than mine (not hard, mine’s over ten years old), please recommend away!

Finally, today, I was told by my psychiatrist today that I needed to write at least one sentence in my blog a day and publish it.  I thought I was just going to write, “very tired, can’t sleep… going to try again.”

Instead, that’s just what I’m going to do now. 

Thanks for reading!

–Reid.



Writing, Tweeting, Losing Sports Championships. Plus! Special Bonus: Is Being A Dictator All It’s Cracked Up To Be?
Monday February 03rd 2014, 9:28 pm
Filed under: Denver, Liberty!, Me, Myself, and Reid, Sodapopcornculture, Who Knows?, Word Nerd

I’ve been wanting to write a lot lately, but I have a pinched nerve in my neck. It’s referring pain down to my thumb and forefinger, through the ol’ carpal tunnel, which I believe Chris Christie conspired to close at some point recently, for all but two tendons. In lieu of writing, I tried dictating to Siri, but that just didn’t feel like writing. Because it wasn’t. It was dictating. If there’s one thing I know for certain about my skill set, it’s that I’m a much better writer than dictator (to which the good people of Sincostan can attest).

Then I figured out I could just mash at my iPad screen for an experience similar enough to writing, but without the pain of actually typing. So here I am mashing away! mashmashmash!

Last night, the Broncos were crushed by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. As a Denver native, I am obviously a sad fan. I’ve been tweeting about it:

1) As a #Broncos fan, I feel just like Mitt Romney on Election Night. Winning: inevitable. Losing: ha ha! impossible! We’re fools, Mitt. Fools.

2) Hard watching #Broncos blow championship in a night, but way easier than watching #Rockies take four to do the same. Plus that was baseball.

To understand that second one, you need to know, first, that yes, Colorado has a Major League Baseball team (the Colorado Rockies) and that, second, yes, they somehow bungled their way into the “World” Series.

Going into the Series To Determine Which Team Is The Best In The World Despite Its Only Participants Being Based In The USA Save For A Single Canadian Team (how worldly!), the Rockies had won 21 of their last 22 games. Unfortunately, the Rockies’ opponent was a real baseball team, the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox clobbered the Rockies in a “best of seven games” series. The Red Sox were best in all of the only four games that had to be played.

Finally, it’s worth noting that I find watching baseball to be incredibly boring. Not as boring as watching golf (how the hell can anyone watch golf?!), but pretty damn boring. That is, unless I physically attend a baseball game with friends. Then it’s a nice outdoor social event with a game of baseball going on in the background. You even have to stand up occasionally–it’s good exercise!

mashmashmash!

–Reid.

P.S. This was originally just going to be copies of my two tweets, but it kind of got away from me. Mashing seems to soothe my writing cravings.

P.P.S. “Sincostan” is the cleverest and only math joke I’ve ever written. Or noticed, that’s probably more appropriate. Come to think of it, Sincostan isn’t even really a joke. Unless you consider portmanteaus to be jokes. Which I know you don’t. It’s okay, my feelings aren’t hurt.

P.P.P.S. Huh. I don’t have a dedicated “Sports” category. I wonder why that’s never come up before. I don’t have one for “Math” either. Weird.



Breastfeeding In Public: A Non-Offensive Blog Entry About A Non-Offensive Topic
Friday August 09th 2013, 5:23 pm
Filed under: Friends, Liberty!

Over the past several years, several of my friends (women, mostly) have been giving birth to babies, a particularly popular group of people to whom birth is often given. I have reason to believe the exponential increase in friends with babies correlates directly with the exponential increase, over the same time period, in the number of articles I’ve seen posted on Facebook about the controversy surrounding breastfeeding in public. Although I’ve been aware of this issue my entire life–having once been a baby, myself–I’ve never understood its detractors.

Of those people who are offended by seeing a woman breastfeeding a baby in public, I don’t understand what part of them is offended. Does it strike them as raunchy? I’ll admit that I’m passingly familiar with the concept of women’s breasts being sexualized. I mean, I’m pretty sure I heard that somewhere. But breastfeeding babies isn’t that–it’s something different altogether. And I truly don’t understand why people have trouble making that distinction. Women have been breastfeeding babies for as long as women have been having babies (a really, really long time, scientifically speaking). It seems like an absolutely, downright crazy part of life to get upset about.

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things in life to get upset about, if you want to expend your energy that way. Breastfeeding in public just doesn’t seem like one of those things. In fact, if anyone wants a list of reasonable things to get upset about, you can send me a hundred dollars ($100). I won’t send you anything in return, especially not the list of reasonable things to be upset about that I just implied I’d send you upon receipt of your (my) hundred dollars. Then you’ll understand what it feels like to have something reasonable to be upset about.

Thanks to Jesse Hilb Akos for inspiring this particular post today, and to all of my other friends who are mothers (women, mostly) that are vocal about this subject.

–Reid.



Review of Yesterday’s Regrettable Mistakes
Thursday April 18th 2013, 8:09 am
Filed under: Denver, Liberty!

1) The Senate rejected a bill popular among 90% of Americans that would’ve strengthened background checks on gun purchases.

2) Several news outlets incorrectly announced that a dark skinned man was identified as a suspect in the Boston bombings.

3) Meteorology’s classification as a science was called into question yet again in Colorado.

The difference is that meteorologists are tasked with the difficult job of predicting the future. The Congress and the news media are supposed to work with facts that exist in the present. Let’s do better today. Go team!



Legislator Threatened With Gun Violence If She Doesn’t Stop Trying To End Gun Violence
Monday February 25th 2013, 11:57 pm
Filed under: Liberty!

Because he disagrees with gun control legislation, this man threatened Colorado state Rep. Rhonda Fields and her daughter by writing, amongst other things, that he hoped “somebody Giffords both of [their] asses with a gun.”

Clearly a very clever man, he used Rep. Gabby Giffords’ name as a verb that apparently means “to indiscriminately shoot men, women, and children in the head, with intent to cause maximum carnage.” He also wanted to make it clear that he didn’t just want them shot, but shot “with a gun.”

This story is even more horrible than it initially appears to be. Back in 2005, Rep. Fields’ son and one of his friends were shot at a July 4 party. Three people, including her son’s friend, were killed in this incident. But her son survived. He survived, only to be shot and killed, himself, along with his fiancĂ©e, before he could testify in court against the gunman that killed his friend.

Threatening Rep. Fields with gun violence was not only extremely cruel in light of her family’s tragic past–it was also a painfully stupid way to argue against gun regulation. People like this only serve to make people that want more gun control want even more gun control. This man is not mentally ill, he just thought it was okay to threaten someone with a gun to get his way.

–Reid.



Tweet: Guns & Vaginas
Wednesday February 06th 2013, 3:16 pm
Filed under: Liberty!, Tweet Tweet

I don’t understand why the President had to fire a gun to discuss guns, but lawmakers don’t even need vaginas to take away women’s rights.



Rebecca Returns Victorious, A Bizarro Trivia Night, and The FIVE Basic Tastes?!
Thursday November 29th 2012, 11:48 am
Filed under: Family, Friends, Knowledge Junkie, Liberty!

This Tuesday, our trivia team was bursting with knowledge. Perhaps this was due to our special ringer, recently-returned-home victorious Field Dictator Director of northern New Hampshire for the Obama campaign, my sister Rebecca! I’m exceptionally proud of her and all the hard work she did to get the President re-elected. So maybe I’m just a little biased–the whole trivia team was really on the ball. Plus we had Rebecca! So it was both.

After the first six rounds, we were kicking some ass. Lots of ass, in fact. We had three perfect rounds in a row. We were in first place, with a decent lead over our nearest challenger. Honestly, this is very unusual for us. Normally, after six rounds, we’re doing okay or just fine, but we really tend to pull ahead in the seventh and final round. Even in championship tournaments, we always rule as kings and queens over good ol’ Round Seven.

This week, however, the monarchy fell. We bombed Round Seven. We racked up a bunch of negative points and knocked ourselves out of the money. It was a really weird, bizarro trivia night.

The question that really did us in (and which continues to haunt me) was, “To which basic taste group does MSG belong?” The question’s grammatical correctness was almost certainly not as beautifully as that… but I suppose that’s really beside the point. Anyway, I answered that MSG was “salty,” with which my team agreed, hands down.

The real answer was “umami.” I did not know that this was even a thing. But it is. For some reason, something about the word “umami” doesn’t really seem to fit in with the words “sour,” “sweet,” “bitter,” and “salty.” It turns out that “umami” is a Japanese word that means “savory.” It also turns out that we already have a word for that in English. I mean, if it just means “savory,” why not use the English word for “savory” (“savory”) instead of the Japanese word for “savory?”

Also, what exactly is savory? I’d say it’s something that makes me go, “Mmmm… this tastes good.” Surely, though, each individual person must have different things that make them say, “Mmmm,” right? So it would seem very hard to be scientifically objective about this taste category. Bitter I know–I’m always bitter.

It turns out this is just another one of those things they’re teaching kids in elementary school these days that’s way different from what we learned in elementary school. Five tastes! Five oceans! Eight planets! What is happening to our education system?! And more importantly, do you know any fifth graders who might want to join my trivia team?

–Reid.



Thank You Veterans And Families Of Veterans
Sunday November 11th 2012, 11:56 pm
Filed under: Family, Friends, Liberty!

Thank you to my cousin Ivan Martinez. Thank you to my friends Matt McDole, Henry Berkowitz, and Melissa Bland. Thank you to all veterans. Thank you to all the many families of veterans. Thank you for the sacrifices that each and every one of you have made and continue to make. What you do does not go unnoticed. I hope that one day, we can properly show you the entirety of our gratitude and the the depth of our respect by providing all veterans with everything they need–and deserve–when they return home.

–Reid.



xkcd: Electoral Precedent – A Web Comic About Presidents And How I’m Tired Of Dumb Stuff
Sunday October 21st 2012, 11:30 pm
Filed under: Attack Of The Internet!, Liberty!

I really like the web comics over at xkcd, because they’re usually very clever and/or very relatable.

This particular comic (look down), posted last week, happened to particularly strike my fancy (don’t worry, we exchanged insurance info). Maybe it’s because I’m a huge presidential history nerd (I guess I could’ve simply said “nerd” and that would have sufficed… oh well). I don’t mind political analysis based on things like numbers and facts and the truth, but I’m really, really tired of analysis that is just dumb. I realize that this is a bold stance and that I am very brave to stand like this. Thank you.

PRO TIP: If you have trouble reading the comic because it’s too small, you can click on it for the original, big, readable version! If you have trouble reading this comic because it bores you or you think stick figures are lazy cartooning, you should probably just keep that to yourself.

–Reid.