Happy 5th Annual Blue Beanie Day

November 30 is Blue Beanie Day. Still fighting bad code and using web standards.

Stop SOPA and the PROTECT IP Act

Here’s a copy of the letter I sent from http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa/

To Bill Flores, Kay Hutchison, John Cornyn
NOTE: Each recipient will only see his/her own email address.
Subject Please stop S. 968 and the PROTECT IP Act!
Message Dear [Recipient],

I am writing to you as a voter in your district. I urge you to oppose the House version of S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act. The PROTECT IP Act is dangerous, ineffective, and short-sighted. The House version — introduced by Rep. Goodlatte — is far worse. Over the coming days you’ll be hearing from the many businesses, advocacy organizations, and ordinary Americans who oppose this legislation because of the myriad ways in which it will stifle free speech and innovation. We hope you’ll take our concerns to heart and oppose this legislation.

Sincerely,

This is to stop H.R.3261 – Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and S.968 – PROTECT IP Act of 2011.

The Texas Senators are Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn.

The District 17 representative is Bill Flores.

I urge you to contact your congressmen and tell them these bills are bad. They are the first step toward eliminating online freedom of speech and innovation.

Easy Rider, Vanishing Point and Network

Two great movies every one should see. Although Easy Rider (1969) received more acclaim, Vanishing Point (1971) is the film people can’t seem to forget. They are driving films going in opposite directions: Easy Rider is Los Angeles going to New Orleans (hippies meet voodoo), and Vanishing Point is Denver going to San Francisco (mile-high meet hippies). Easy Rider is chock-full of stars. Vanishing Point has relatively unknown actors.

Another one I just thought of is Network (1976). In 2000, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

Movember

The Art of Shaving and Movember.com have teamed up to sponsor Movember:
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

I joined as teamsiems, and I’ll take a picture of my mustache once a week to show my progress. You should join my team, donate to men’s health, and follow this Mo Bro as I help by growing some facial hair.