Resolutions, Webdesign & Things

I was talking to T today about New Year’s resolutions and I decided that I need something a little different from my usual “I won’t procrastinate” motto that I try to stick to and then put in the closet to do later. So, after reading the latest issue of A List Apart, I’ve decided that my New Year’s resolutions are going to be more along the lines of technology-related. Here’s a list I’ve come up with:

– Move to a new host that is WordPress-friendly.
– Move my Coyote Dreams blog from Dan’s site to the new
– Redesign and recode with Web Standards being the first thing of mind.
– Revamp and add content to that brings in a variety of different readers.
– Have readers: This means actually writing content in the blog worth reading about!

Other resolutions that are slowly filtering into my mindset are anywhere from the lines of hit lvl 60 on both my warlock gnome and my tauren druid before the year is out, start drawing more – not just painting, writing stories for both my Atlantis series and my new Stories from the Paradise People series, getting something published even if it’s just in a magazine, working out more (yeah, right), and get an Outdoor Education internship as well as an English internship. I’m also trying to tell myself not to be so literal, stubborn, hypocritical, and hard to deal with, if not for my sake, but for T’s. She does it now (though I still don’t know how), but she puts up with me. I want to try to work on it though since the ringing in of 2007 means that this is the year I’ll be moving in with her (not for another 6 months but oh well).

This year, I think the biggest resolution I’m setting for myself is to be harder on myself, goal-wise. I need to motivate myself and stay with it (which I suppose will go hand in hand with not procrastinating so much).

Of course, I’m also going to try not to be so sick and catch every bacteria and virus in the line of touch. But I’ve already seemed to lost that battle being sick and still running a fever and throwing up. Wonderful isn’t it?

Come on 2007! Bring it on! I’ll sneeze on you and bring you down with me. This is going to be a good year.

Now, if you’ll excuse me. I’m going to go pass out since I’m still feeling really groggy and ill.

After November 7th

Interesting article.

Just a thought.

Edit: That article is no longer up but it was about what could be done after the November 7th elections: you can read more about that here: Fair Wisconsin.

WI Residents Vote No! Equal Rights!


On November 7, 2006, Wisconsin residents will be given the chance to vote on a proposed amendment to the United States constitution. The constitutional ban states:

“Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.”

There are two parts to this ban. The first part focuses on the issue of same-sex marriages, and will refuse to recoginize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples. Not only is this against our freedom of choice, it also takes away the equal rights that homosexuals, like heteorosexuals and every other person on Earth, is born with (or should be born with). Our civil rights will be stripped.

Now this isn’t the first time a minority’s rights for marriage have been questioned. In 1964, a different, but very similar, constitutional ban was voted on in Wisconsin. This issue was for banning the marriages between black people and white people. It was an intense time before the results were made public: the final count was too close for comfort, but, thankfully, it failed with a 48 to 52 count.

In that same year, the Civil Rights Act was inacted to prohibit discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, gender, or national origin. Later, in 1965, President Johnson issues Executive Order 11246, which enforces affirmative action for the first time. The ban on same-sex marriages is taking that Civil Rights Act and throwing it away. Our rights to marry who we love will no longer exist. I have heard several arguments as to why this ban is a good thing. I would like to address them here.

First, I have heard that same-sex marriages are wrong because the BIBLE says so. Now before we go any further, let me point out that THE CHURCH AND STATE ARE SUPPOSE TO BE SEPERATED FOR A REASON! Religious reasons should have nothing to do with this ban at all, and yet this is the basis for the amendment. So the bible may say a few things against homosexual relationships, but it also says you’re not allowed to wear clothes made of two different fabrics. And that if you work on Sabbath you should be stoned to death and that cutting your hair is against the will of God. And many of the stories that mention homosexual relationships at all, are looked down upon because those individuals have done something other than love someone of the same gender (should we really get into the gang rape of Sodom? This passage is often refered to as an example of homosexuality being punishable by God, but it’s really about abuse and not the sex itself).

Not everyone believes in Christianity or Cathlocism, and to use religions as a reason for homosexuals to not get married is against the amendment that gives everyone the freedom of religion and for religion.

Another argument I have heard, is that a homosexual couple cannot raise a family. Which to me is just bull. Who says? I know many gay couples who have raised wonderful children, and tons upon tons of straight couples who children are utter demons. I can’t even consider this a real reason because it’s far too reaching for me to even consider.

Another popular excuse is that it is simply not natural. And all I can really ask to that, What is natural? Is it natural to take medication for a headache? Is natural for a woman to get a breast reduction? Is it natural that human beings are killing each other in war? You answer me what you think is natural. For me, Love is natural in all forms.

The only benefit to this ban, as pointed out to last night, is that it will continue to segregate people (and is only beneficial to the people who are for segregation), and it will pull in more conservative votes. But in doing so, it will deny over a 1000 rights to couples who can no longer be safe under the legal protection of a marriage certificate.

Now, if you’re still completely against same-sex marriages, I will discuss the second part of the proposed ban:

“A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.”

This has nothing to do with same-sex marriages. This part of the ban has to do with everyone. This statement referrs to civil unions and domestic relationships. If a man and a woman are living together, they are able to file for a domestic relationship, which gives them many rights while not having to go through marriage yet. A domestic relationship and a civil union, when recognized, allows partners to be under the same health care or insurance and gives them more protection than just living together would.

Take this recognition away and things can get scary. There is a difference between domestic violence and battery. Domestic Violence (for example, if a boyfriend hits his girlfriend and they have a recognized domestic relationship) is given harsher punishments. An automatic restraining order is enforced and the abuser has a much better chance of jailtime, and, in some places, the abuser must pay support for medical costs or property damage to the abusee. Many courts also make the abuser attend counseling, relinquish all firearms, and attend a treatment program. Battery, on the other hand, is a crime and can include harsh punishments to the abuser, but the abusee will not receive the support and benefits as she would in a domestic violence case. Without the recognition of a civil union or domestic relationship, there will no longer be such a thing as domestic violence.

This has already been seen in states like Ohio where court judges ruled against a domestic violence case saying that the ban did not recognize the straight couples’ relationship.

If you’re against the first part of this amendment, take a look at this second. It’s banning the unions of straight couples as well. Who does this benefit? In that matter, who is hurting if they are recognized?

Equal rights are beginning to change. Whether negatively or positively, it’s up to you. On November 7, you make the decision. Vote No. Spread the world. Educate people. Many don’t know what this issue is about, and they certainly don’t know about the reprocutions of voting for a ban against equal rights. Help the world spread the word on Voting No.

In an attempt to help spread the word, I’ve made a few buttons you can use to post in your journal, on your userinfo, on your website or your blog, anywhere! Please use them wherever you want and link back to Fair Wisconsin and let the world know that you intend to Vote No.

Button One Button Two

Badge One Badge Two

Small Banner One Small Banner Two Small Banner Three

Large Banner One
Large Banner Two

Large Badge One Large Badge Two

Take whichever one you want and how many you want. It doesn’t matter. Just get the word out there. We won’t take YES for an answer!

For more information on this topic, please visit Fair Wisconsin and learn more. If you’re not from Wisconsin, post this anyway. You may have friends on your friendslist who are from this state. Everyone, regardless of where you are from, should pass this one. For everyone. Hell, if you want, just copy and paste this entry at your will (as long as you make mention of where you got it) and put it where you want.

Thanks for putting up with another one of my good causes. This is important to me. It’s important to my girlfriend. It’s important to my friends and to every single person this will effect.

Pass it on.

Flickr Update and Snow Fall!

Halloween is over. Snow, you may come down now. I expect a good three feet before Thanksgiving.

In other news, have some photos! My flickr account has been updated.

Wisconsin Point

I’m gonna go play The Sith Lords now.

In Memorian of The Croc Hunter

Here’s a copy of a letter I sent to the Irwin family.

Dear Terri, Bindi, and Bob,

I don’t think I could possibly say anything new that hasn’t already been said here. But I’d like to offer my deepest regrets and heartfelt sympathy for the friends and family of the late, great Steve Irwin – most of all to the three of you.

Growing up, I was deeply inspired by people like Steve, and Jeff Corwin, and Marty Stouffer, and Jane Goodall. My mother helped grow a love for nature and all wild things in me, and my passion to raise awareness intensified by watching the Croc hunter in his glory.

I started going to college to be a biologist, but not long into it I changed my mind and I’m currently working towards becoming an Outdoor Educator in hopes of reaching out to children and showing them that life is precious and we need to appreciate the nature and wildlife that is around us.

I can’t begin to express how Steve Irwin helped fashion my beliefs in conservation and animal rights. He has been my inspiration longer than anyone else (other than my mother). I’m still not able to fathom a world without him. I guess I took it for granted that one day I would be at the Australia zoo shaking his hand and thanking you both in person. I’ve always believed that I would do that once I got out of college; my plan was to go down to Australia and visit the zoo as much as I could. I guess I waited too long.

He’s achieved immortality though. He has left behind a legacy and the urge to save the animals from harm. He has done what many have tried and he did it with a passion that was unrivaled in all senses. I am only one of many who will miss him forever.

Steve, you rocked. Thank you for everything. I wish I could do something to help your family in their pain, but all I can offer is just simple words of how your life inspired my own. Wherever you are, I’m sure you’re stirring up excitement and love for animals, and giving those angels quite the thrills.

Thank you, Crocodile Hunter. Thank you. And to Terri and your kids: I admire your courage and your bravery and the passion you have all shared for what you love doing. What you have given the world is priceless. Your lives have helped and touched more than just animals. Thank you.

Nikki Jeske

His death hit me a lot harder than I thought possible for someone I’ve never met. I’m numb from it. Animal Planet has been on my TV 24/7 the last week. I’ve been watching all my Croc Hunter tapes and, yes, crying over the loss of this great man.

The world got a little less-wilder when he left.