May 15th, 2008

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CC26 Photo Madness

I am sure glad I went indy on CC26 photography. I have all my photos, and they are all online on my web page and flickr. Several are in the current Drink Tank and I expect more may be in the next SFSF. So much good work was done by the CC26 staff to line up photographers, photo shoots and locations, but finding a viable hosting site for 20,000 images did not happen. There are a couple of sites, but they are not geared for the kind of massive uploads required. A pity.

Making a little detour on the way to work. Someone I set up a web site for is in town at her storage facility (which is only a few blocks from my apartment) and needs help recycling her three old PCs. I'll frag the hard drives and then bring them down to the recycling center, Saturday if I'm lucky. And she needs a hug, too.

Work has gone into high gear with our final phase testing, so I won't be able to duck out early any more. Rehearsal/show call time is a ridiculous 6:30 - 90 minutes before curtain. I've told the stage manager to expect me at 7. It only takes 10 minutes to get into costume and makeup for this show, there's no piano so no formal vocal warm-ups (I don't sing for the first hour so it would be a waste for me anyway). The set needs to be put back up but the part I'm needed for usually happens around 7.
 
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CA Ban on Gay Marriage overturned: Big whoop

The government should not be in the marriage business. Marriage is a religious institution which has no place in the law. If everyone is supposed to be treated equally under the law, there should be no special privileges or taxes for married people. I feel the same way about domestic partnerships.

Today's ruling should be a moot point. Anyone who wants to get married ought to be able to do so according to the rituals of whatever religion they belong to. Atheists can make up their own ceremony - the usually do anyway. Marriage is between two (or three or four or...) people, and the State ought to have nothing to do with who can and can't.

There are many places where marriage bleeds over into law, but it shouldn't, and there are work-arounds:
Inheritance: Write an effing will. Name your partner as beneficiary if you want. Existing laws cover this already.
Visitation rights: If there isn't a law in place which allows you do pre-designate people who are allowed to visit you when you are ill, let's get one passed.
Health care: If there isn't a law allowing you to add anyone you want to your health care package (with the appropriate fees charged for the extra body) let's get one passed.

Thanks to the high failure rate of marriages, there are already laws in place to protect the children.
There are already laws in place allowing co-ownership of property by people who are not related.
Anything else?

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AFT - Senate Gas Price Bills

May 15, 2008
News from Barbara Boxer, United States Senator from California

Dear Friend:

Californians have watched the steady climb of gasoline prices to an all-time high this year. Meanwhile, oil companies continue to report massive, record-breaking profits. The Senate recently took action to stabilize prices and protect Americans from price gouging.

The Senate’s action came on a vote to temporarily halt oil deposits to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This action promises to put more oil on the market and help ease rising gas prices as we enter the summer driving season. With prices at the record level, adding to the Reserve is also a costly proposition for the federal government.

Additionally, I am co-sponsoring S.2991, the Consumer-First Energy Act of 2008. This important bill would impose a windfall profits tax on oil companies to discourage price gouging and to help consumers offset the high costs of energy products, punish any country or company colluding in setting the price of oil, and limit excessive speculation in oil markets. It also includes a provision based on legislation I authored that would require the Federal Trade Commission to investigate possible manipulation of gasoline prices any time prices rise rapidly.

Americans deserve better than oil companies that gouge consumers in order to make huge profits. You can count on me to keep fighting to help Americans enjoy fair and reasonable energy prices.

Sincerely,


Barbara Boxer
United States Senator
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Too Darn Hot redux

It hit 100° here in Santa Clara about 45 minutes ago, according to weather.com. Cooled off to 98 now.

With temps like this, I think 'll ask the SM to give the cast his official "what we do if the power goes out during a show" speech.
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