29 August 2006

It is over

Thank the Lord. JD has finished her disseration and life has returned, more or less, to normal again in our house. No longer are weekends sacrificed to the God of Education. They are now spent doing things together again. It has been really difficult for both me and JD but I think we have learned lessons for next time.

Next time, I hear you say? Yes. JD wants to do a Phd. to become Dr. D. This takes another 3 year (ARRRGGGHHH) of studying. Not something I look forward to but I guess if we both take the lessons we hav learned this time around, things should be a lot easier.

But now, we are off to Holland for a long weekend. My folks are celebrating their 1000-or so-year wedding anniversary and we are going back to Vlieland. As a very young child, I spent a few holidays there. Most of the time I was too young to remember but I have seen the pictures and I look quite happy in most of them. My sister is extremely excited because she remembers much more than I do. She remembers running along the beach in the pouring rain, playing in the playground on the wooden see-saw etc.

The playground has now probably been made "child-friendly" (read: all risk of getting a scratch has been removed for fear of a law suit) with plastic equipment instead of the nice big wooden beams we used to play with.

Hopefully the weather will hold. The islands in the north of Holland are not known for their good weather.

In fact, a few years ago, they demanded that the weathermen on TV & radio stopped saying that the weather in the country was going to be fine, except for the Islands! They felt this was giving them a bad reputation. They wanted him to simply say: In most of the country, the weather will be fine. According to them, this covered the weathermen for any eventualities of bad weather.......


In the mean time, have a look at the website for my rugby club, Old Leamigntonians RFC. I have been working really hard on it and I am almost pleased with the result. All I need now is for the design to be changed and make it look a bit more rugby-like.

10 August 2006

OutsidePride update

I couldn't resist and I wrote the lovely people of Outside Pride an email:

Dear Outside Pride people,

First of all I want to express my support for all the staff who now have to mop up the mess Mr. Hake has created with his email rant. You are the ones who have to wade through the spam, which I am sure will not be landing in HIS email box but in yours.

As opposed to Mr. Hake though, I am not afraid to supply you with a return email address. And since your website promises to send me a reply as soon as possible, I will be looking out for a response soon.

I want to strongly object against his email in general. Quite aside from the homophobic content of the message, he has violated the privacy of your clients by abusing the mailing list to further his own personal agenda of hate.

I am interested to know how many of your clients actually appreciate getting this email, even if they do agree with the contents of it.

Further more, I am quite worried about the mental health of his children. He seems to consider Cold Case and Without a Trace to be Family Viewing. We ARE talking about two police shows that discuss rape, murder, sexual abuse and graphic scenes of violence, right? Or is he talking about different shows? These shows are on later in the evening so his children must be going to bed quite late. This is something the Child Protection Services might be interested in as it may be seen as neglect and bad parenting?

I am interested in the textbooks about homosexuals. Can he please give me some titles so that I can buy them for my children and educate them on the contributions gay men & women have made to the United States? Especially when it comes to gardening, I think you will find a large number of gays & lesbians who have really pushed the sector forward.

Can you also please let Mr. Hake know that he really should check his spelling and grammar before sending out emails to his clients? It is so unprofessional to have obvious mistakes in your corporate communication.

CBS is not a public broadcaster so sending them complaints about public broadcasting will only make them laugh.

Now I am not a Christian-phobe but I must really strongly object to Mr. Hake using his mailing list to further his own agenda. I am not asking for his opinion about private matters. I really do not want him to flaunt his religion in my face. What he does behind closed doors is his free choice, but do not try to convince me that believing we were all created by some kind of spirit who can hear the individual prayers of 2 billion people 24/7 and answer them all, is normal behaviour.

I personally think that he needs help so that he can learn to understand the error of his way. So that he can learn to make his own choices and not shun all responsibilities by saying: it is what God says. Because God does not say gays are wrong. Remember David, who loved his friend more than he loved a woman?

I think Christians are brainwashed, deluded and sick.

But I am not using my mailing list to spam thousands of people with that thought.

I look forward to a response from Mr. Hake. A personal response would be appreciated, not some standard one that everyone gets.

Kind regards,

OutsidePride hates fags

This story has been doing the rounds for the past few days and it is too good to miss.

The CEO of a company called OutsidePride (Come on, tell me what your first thought is here?) has sent his clients his regular newsletter. Tony Hake usually chats about how to order seeds, how to fertilize your garden and how to help your grass grow.

But this time, the tone of his missieve was slightly different than the usual one. This time, whilst watching Cold Case & Without a Trace on CBS, he flew in to a rage. And this time, he felt he should reach out to his clients and speak to them directly about personal matters. What better way to reach many peopel than to use those wonderful email addresses of all those clients who have bought seeds and fertilizer from you?
OK, your company website says that the email addresses wil never be sold and that your privacy will never be invaded, but surely signing up to the newsletter means that they can send you whatever they want?

And so Troy Hake sat down and wrote the following email to all his clients:

This is not your typical newsletter from Outsidepride.com, Inc. In fact, this is the first one in six years which is not business related. I apologize for cluttering your inbox with an unsolicited email; however you are free to unsubscribe just by clicking the link at the bottom.

I want to share with you my television viewing experience the other night on prime time television. I ask those of you who agree with me to go to www.cbs.com and go to the bottom of the page, click the feedback link and express your opinion. I know the vast majority of you will agree with me as all polls indicate. We are the majority, not the minority as the liberal media would lead you to believe.

My wife and I sat down to watch television the other night with our children. Cold Case was on which is normally a fairly enjoyable show to watch; however, the last half hour of the show dealt with a young man who wished he had asked his male friend to come with him (long story short). The show ended with the two men hugging and obvious intimation they had discovered their gay feelings towards each other. The very next show was Without A Trace. The whole last half hour of this show was about two lesbians who were struggling with their feelings of lesbianism. It ended with full acceptance from one father and the two lesbians making out. Yes, they were kissing right at the end of the show on public prime time television. So much for wholesome family television.

Now, I am NOT trying to bash homosexuals and I am not a bigot; however, I feel homosexuality is morally wrong and should not be "promoted" as what is the norm for society. Text books are being rewritten as I am writing this to "highlight" every homosexual who has made a contribution to society. There are teachers who have been asked to make sure students know that, "This person in history was a homosexual." History is being rewritten to promote homosexuality and prime time television is doing its best to make homosexuality a "normal" behavior. If homosexuality was the norm, civilization would have ceased to exist thousands of years ago. Procreation takes a man and a woman. There was Adam and then there was Eve, not Adam and Steve.

There are literally tens of thousand of you reading this email right now. If you are tired of the way public television is going let CBS know! It will only take about 1 minute of your time. Again, just go to www.cbs.com and click the feedback link at the bottom. It is time the majority speak up and not let the minority run this country. The majority can bring back the Christian heritage this country was founded on because it is, "In God We Trust."

Thank you for your time,

Troy Hake
Outsidepride.com, Inc.

So imagine you have bought fertilizer off this bloke and signed up to the newsletter to keep informed about the latest developments on artificial shit. Well, this is it, it seems.

Now I have a few issues with this email. Apart fromthe homophobic-side of it.

1) Since when are shows like Cold Case & Without a Trace wholesome family viewing? They are about death, murder and violence.

2) What makes him think all his clients agree with him, just because they bought seeds, weeds & fertilizer?

3) What makes it morally right to spam people?

4) WHat made him so angry? I am sure there are far worse things on TV, with far more explicit homosexuality than these two men hugging and these women kissing each other? (Note: Perhaps not in the US, but in Europe certainly!)

5) He might want to look in to changing the name of his company. The name alone makes me think there is something gay going on there.

Maybe we should send this man an email: troyh@outsidepride.com

21k Today

No. That is not my new salary unfortunately. But my age according to Jane. Apparently you stop counting the years after 21 but you just add a letter to it. What happens after you reach 21z I am not sure. But I am feeling a little old. THe hairdresser cut my hair in a horrible cut, I can see the grey when I try to do my hair in the morning and the mirror shows me a picture of an 'older lesbian', the ones I used to look at when I was younger and think: surely by hat age you no longer have short spikey hair.

Oh well, the future is here and now. Great.