Friday, September 30, 2005

Knitting tomorrow...

... but today, something I found something else to post:

Another type of MEME
1) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, liposuction and air conditioning.

2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britney Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.

7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

8) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.

9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans...
Re-post this if you believe in legalizing gay marriage

Monday, September 12, 2005

One Sock, Two Socks...

White Sock...

Blue sock?

My sockapal2za socks are finally done, just a week short of the deadline. Since I ran out of yarn on both socks and had to use a different dyelot to finish (not to mention that the dyelot I started both socks with didn't seem to match, either), I decided to dye these socks after finishing them. I used 1 packet of Rit dye in "Navy Blue," though I either didn't leave them in long enough, or navy and cream makes indigo on someone's colorwheel. Either way, I love the color they turned out, and am really pleased with them overall. They went out in the mail today, Global Priority, to someone in Europe.

Summary: Unst socks from Nancy Bush's "Knitting on the Road." I cast on 90 stitches, adding an extra purl stitch after each 14-stitch pattern repeat, using Paton's Kroy in color 461 ("white" but really cream), eventually dyed using Rit in "Navy Blue." For the foot, I chose to switch to a ribbed pattern that mimicked the columns and arches of the lace and the purled columns I added. Started 7/9/05, finished 9/7/05.

Friday, September 02, 2005

New Orleans

If you've got a few minutes, read this article.

Then read this one.

Am I missing something? If the president insists that we, as a country, can take care of ourselves... then why aren't we taking care of ourselves? Why are we turning down money and aid that we obviously need... since we just finished stripping that money and aid away from the place that is now a disaster area - away from the very thing that might have lessened the extent of this disaster? Can someone explain this to me in a rational way that doesn't involve the words "Iraq," "oil," or "war"? ('Cause I don't think Iraqi elections are a real comfort to the inhabitants of the Superdome at the moment...)

Donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.