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    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011

    Bam, bitches.
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011
    I did too! Even if it was ridiculously short due to my massively piled up Thursday.
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011
    God, to meet Whitechaplains. Maybe if ever I'm in NYC again or something.
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    I just sat at my dining room table in front of my laptop and got paid £100 for it.

    I usually do that for nothing.

    Oh, there was a part where I did some sub-editing as well. And on my break I played a round of Left 4 Dead 2 on Xbox Live with friends.

    I wish I could maintain this sort of self-employment forever.
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    @govspy: Is there a particular reason why Santa Muerta related things aren't allowed?
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011
    That evil thread is gone, that is something wonderful.
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011
    Well...I had a good day at Fan Expo and ended it all with a bit of Drinkin' and Smashin'

      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011
    @ oldhat - OH. MY. GOD. What did I tell you about crossing the streams? Your hammer is more powerful than your tee-shirt. If you had a shield, I'd marry you.

    @ dorkmuffin - he's pretty awesome, huh? THINK OF THE JOY YOU COULD HAVE IN TORONTO. Plus, no hurricanes. (Tornadoes, maybe. Earthquakes, sure. ME, even. But no hurricanes.)
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011 edited
    I've met more new people that I've actually known for a while but never occupied physical proximity with this week than I ever did before. TORONTO! MANHATTAN! Here is the roster of chaplains it has been my pleasure to encounter:

    Allana (FIRST TIME!)
    Mister Hex
    Greasemonkey (FIRST TIME!)
    Dorkmuffin (FIRST TIME!)
    Glukkake (FIRST TIME!)
    Artenshiur (FIRST TIME!)
    Jon Skylar (FIRST TIME!)
    Joanne Leah (FIRST TIME!)

    Plus a couple of friends of the above, an old friend of mine, and another new friend from a different online community.

    And as a bonus the earth sent a hurricane to make me stay here in Manhattan until Tuesday.

    It has been a good vacation.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2011
    Well, last Saturday I messed up and went in for work at the wrong day. However, today I got a paycheck for my wandering around, probably because it shouldn't have happened in the first place. It isn't a lot--three hours--but still. Paycheck!
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    Technically, Santa Muerte isn't a recognized religion, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Originally, the BOP only recognized a few major religions, like Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc. Over time (and usually after a lawsuit) the Bureau began recognizing other faiths.

    The following list is incomplete, because I know we recognize Mormonism, Satanism, and others, but this was the only list of recognized and "approved religions" that I could find:


    Now let me state that the concept of "approving religions" bothers me, but I do understand the reasoning, although I do not understand exactly why Santa Muerte is treated differently.

    Basically, at one time, the concept of Freedom of Religion in prison was pretty much universal. Then some jackass invented his own religion involving mandatory sex with women, and dinners with steak or lobster, then sued the jail for refusing him to practice his faith. After that, prisons became very skeptical about what religions they would allow, or what practices they would allow those religions that were recognized.

    Recently, we had a training session, led by our chaplain, who explained that any religious paraphernalia regarding Santa Muerte was contraband. I disagreed on the grounds that (technically) it is no different from Santeria or Voodoo, being that it is a culturally significant version of Catholicism, and just because one doesn't like it, doesn't make the religion less valid.

    Because Santa Muerte is so closely connected with the Mexican and South American drug cartels, none of the higher ups are losing any sleep discriminating over this.

    What I see happening, is eventually, someone will sue the Feds over it, and the Feds will lose, and then it will be recognized. The majority of people in the Federal system that are being discriminated over this are usually illegal immigrants, most of which are more concerned over their criminal case than their religious freedom. They're more likely to just keep practicing, get caught, take the reprimand, and then keep practicing; never once worrying about suing anyone, until eventually they're deported and forget all about the Bureau.
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    @govspy: That's one clever jackass. That is sad though. Thanks for the explanation.
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    Oh, the jackass didn't win.

    The prisons basically say (most of the time) that you can invent whatever religion you want. But the prison is under no liability to provide you with the means to practice your faith if it comes into conflict with any other prison policy.

    Also similar to the guy who started a Union for Inmates. He was allowed to form a union, technically. But policy states that we don't have to allow the union to meet (because inmates are banned from forming meetings), he isn't allowed to create any sort of pamphlets (inmates are not allowed written communication, unless certain circumstances apply, like parent/child, husband/wife, or siblings), he's not allowed to hold recruitment drives or charge union dues, form demonstrations, strike, or generally anything unions do. So basically, he's allowed to say he's in a union, but in name only.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011
    Mixed my First Spoken Word Gig. It went rather well, all things considered. (That's the good bit)

    (Now for the advice.) If you ever find yourself on stage in front of a mic and the soundsystem starts to border on the edge of feedback, you may think this is a volume problem, and start talking/singing more quietly. In this case your diagnosis is correct, but the corrective measures are the exact opposite of what you should do. So: LOUDER, pleas. My yesterday was full shy poets who just went real quiet. It was kind of heartbreaking to hear people come up to me to ask if I could turn the poets up a little.

    But still. A good day. Also! I did a short bit of soundscaping for a LARP yesterday, and had forgotten a whole bunch of adapters and cables and whatnot, so just went nuts with a guitar amp and a cable, twisting it around in my hands, poking it into power cables, etc. First No Input Gig: achievement unlocked.

    And oh yeah, I have recently given my phone number to a random encounter for the first time in my life. A cute girl kept shooting me looks at the usual haunt, and upon departure she totally made a heart with her hands at me. Another First right there!

    Oh right, and we're plotting something with Whitechapel's very own Bryce Midas.


    All you people with Weather: Stay Safe.
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    Yesterday/Today I had a fourteen hour conversation about everything with one person and also designed a story game about a family run circus at 1am in the morning.
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011
    Just finished booking everything for my bands first out of towner! :D
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2011
    Paddling down Coyote Creek with my boy sitting on the front and my girl in the back was the highlight of my weekend.

    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2011
    I'm near the end of Assassin's Creed 2. I haven't completed a game in a while. It'll make a change from getting stuck and abandoning them.

    Looking forward to playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
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    Yesterday, the boy at the 24 hour store gave me a drawing of a cat. He said he'd been waiting for someone to give it to. On the back he'd written "I hope this brightens your day!"
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2011
    Well, I'm going off dairy again. This time it may well be permanent after September. I'll have to give a proper goodbye to pizza and fancy, smelly cheeses that I enjoy with wine, but in the end it's for the best. When I did the No-Dairy experiment last year I had never felt healthier. Time to do it again, methinks.

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