Voting is a Right

Everyone in Texas that thinks our new Voter ID law is a good one, should read the Kuff’s digest of a recent article from MSNBC.

voter registration cardThe telltale numbers: The “free” Election Identification Certificates written into the law were provided as an option for the estimated 600,000 to 750,000 citizens who didn’t have the needed documentation.  371 had been issued by the Thursday before the election.

The current Voter ID law is going to cost the state money defending in court, whether it prevails or not.  (I would love for there to be an organization that tracks legal defense costs of legislation.  If you know of one, let me know.)

I would love for there to be an organization that aids those in need of a Texas ID, whether an EIC or other.  (If you know of one, let me know.)

I would challenge those who thing the Voter ID law is a good thing to assist one of the 100s of thousands of disenfranchised voters to obtain the necessary identification.  If it’s so easy to do, it should take much work on your part.

Everyone Loves a Marathon

I’m listening to NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. You should too; it’s fabulous.  For discussion this week is the recent Simpsons splat onto the new FXX.  If you’ve been under a rock, Fox has created a new cable channel and arranged licensing of all things Simpsons to them.  As part of that, they ran a 12-day marathon of all Simpsons episodes back-to-back

Simpsons FXXThose discussing this event had widely varying (all interesting) opinions.  One thing they did all seem to agree on was that the public and concurrent nature of the event was something that we have tended to lose in the Era of Time Shifting and the Season Dump.  The communal experience of the event, like a sport or appointment television, would bolster the enjoyment of the show.

This has always seemed a missed opportunity of streaming services to me. Particularly Netflix, but also Amazon Prime, Hulu, and others, always dumps a full season of a new, sometimes hotly sought after, content onto their service.

Season One Poster

Season One Poster

Surely there are those that binge watch the full season, often over the upcoming weekend.  But inevitably everyone you know who is watching it is out of sync with you.  I think the services could obtain more fan excitement and perhaps media coverage if instead they ran a marathon, then dumped the whole thing.

Pick a time and stream the whole thing, back to back.  Alternately, you could stream a few hour each night a la mini series of old.  Make the past episodes available for streaming thereafter for those who can’t make the live event and want to catch up.

This would create huge buzz in social media, something content generator love.  It seems a total no-brainer to me. Why hasn’t it been done, yet?

Synchronize the Binge. #sinchronizethebinge

Bicycling: Heights to Montrose

I frequently cycle between the Heights and Montrose. Often taking the most obvious Heights/Waugh corridor.  The stretch of road from Washington south over Buffalo Bayou, then continuing on Waugh past Dallas to W. Gray is a bit harrowing for some. I don’t have issues with it, and have taken the route both day and night.

But there’s another route I take that’s a bit east of that – closer to town.  Close and parallel to Studewood/Montrose.  It’s a bit less harrowing for those who are timid about Waugh and doesn’t add distance if your endpoints are on the eastern peripheries of these neighborhoods.

map of route

Heights-Montrose Bike Route (click to embiggen)

Going from the North to South, from the Heights, first take the MKT path south past I-10.  Immediately take a right after passing under I-10 on the sidewalk before approaching the Target shopping area.  This will lead you along the sidewalk on the south side of I-10, up to Studemont. Continue reading

The Drugs I’m On

I’m still suffering some lingering effects of a virus that seemed itself to only last for a few days, though it’s been nine since they symptoms first started. These are the drugs I’m on:

the anti-flegm active ingredient in Mucinex – C10H14O4

guaifenesin chemical structure

guaifenesin

everyone’s favorite sign-your-name-here the-government-is-watching behind-the-counter methamphetamine precursor – C10H15NO Continue reading

The Pixies Superabound

I just finished watching the latest episode of Covert Affairs on Hulu (they really should make it available on Apple TV devices – i have to stream it on my computer, redirected to my TV).  Hang Wire.  All the episodes this season have been named after Pixies song titles.  (Previous seasons were Led Zeppelin, R.E.M., and David Bowie.)

That man is a liar / The day is like a warm night / Salt rusts the cold line Continue reading

Mantle of Leadership

Yesterday Texas Governor Rick Perry announced he is not running for reelection.

It was an announcement he was expecting to make after the legislative season, but was forced to make in this second special session because the Republicans tripped on their hubris trying to pass oppressive abortion laws at the last second of the first special session.

Magic The Gathering: Mantle Of LeadershipHe needed to get this announcement made because all the other Republicans in Texas politics need to start shuffling for their job upgrades and needed to know his plans so they could make theirs.

Last week Perry announced he had something to announce. Since then, people have been speculating. Most Texas watchers supposed he would be doing as he did. It humored me that CNN reported in the other direction. Continue reading

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