Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ted Kennedy Passes

I'm happy he held on this long. Even those who hated Ted Kennedy had incredible respect for him - it was often their respect for him that led to their hatred. That says a lot about a person.

Take care, Senator.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Baseball Quote

As a Mariner fan, I appreciated this:

“Chicks who dig home runs aren’t the ones who appeal to me,” he said. “I think there’s sexiness in infield hits because they require technique. I’d rather impress the chicks with my technique than with my brute strength. Then, every now and then, just to show I can do that, too, I might flirt a little by hitting one out.”

h/t USSM

Monday, August 17, 2009

What? I Didn't Update???

What's wrong with me. I thought I did, twice. Weird. Maybe I need to get a team together to post on this website more often.

I want to take a moment to discuss how the economy has impacted the freelancing lifestyle. I have been able to support myself for well over a year by freelancing. Essentially, I make more money than most people do for less work, but unlike full time jobs, any day I could not have work and I make no money. So while I make more per hour, I also run the risk of having no work and not making a dime. All in all, it evens out in the end.

When the economy crashed, everyone worried about whether or not I'd have any work - if people can't afford to pay for the things they need, why would they dish out money to pay high priced freelancers what they can get for free from their employees that they are already paying. This turned out not to be the case. In fact, the work seemed to increase, as layoffs left people (and companies) needing to find people to do the work for them as it was needed.

But recently that work has stalled. Why? Because all of those people that got laid off decided they no longer want to look for work. Instead, they have flooded the freelance market and are willing to make almost no money just so they can afford their bills (and because they are not sure how much their work is really worth to companies). So now, even though the economy is improving, these underbidding freelancers are actually harming the freelance economy. Essentially now, to get work, I have to get paid far less than the work is usually worth, and I STILL run the risk of not having work on any given week.

It kinda blows. I make more than enough to get by, but in a way all of these forced freelancers are lowering wages in the freelancing economy the same way people complain about migrant workers and Indian outsourcing. Hopefully the economic swing will get these people employed and things can go back to the way they were, but I won't hold my breath,

Friday, August 7, 2009

Cool, But Not Enough

More than a dozen Central Area drug dealers voluntarily walked into an auditorium full of police and prosecutors Thursday night and were presented with an ultimatum: Stop selling dope or prepare for prison.

Confronted with photos, video clips and binders full of evidence gathered in a yearlong operation along Seattle's 23rd Avenue corridor, from Madison to Jackson streets, the dealers were promised they wouldn't be arrested, prosecuted or sent to jail for 20 months or more if they embraced the job training, educational opportunities and chemical-dependency treatment being offered them.

Hooray for Seattle - combining both good law enforcement with progressive punishments. But for a city that clearly understands that drugs are not the worst thing in the world, they need to be on the forefront of legalization of marijuana and the creation of better treatment centers. It is usually a lot to ask of a city to make such sweeping changes in a short period of time, but in Seattle these things are long overdue, and the fact that the laws and practices haven't caught up to liberal values of the city is disappointing.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Should Puerto Rico Become a State?

Apparently this is coming up again in Congress. Congress is doing it the right way - they are voting in order to give the vote up to the Puerto Ricans, and then, since that vote is non-binding, they will re-vote in the future to meet their wishes.

Still, I do not see how it is necessarily a bad thing. I suppose it runs the risk of soaking up more government resources, and we do not get to have that nifty 50 number, which has served us well (though there are a few states I'm willing to drop to make room for Puerto Rico). Still, it has been part of the US for years, to the point where you do not even need to have a passport to visit it. I think it may be time to add it to the list.