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Becky Thomson
02 April 2009 @ 05:58 pm
Last Saturday GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) presented its award for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment to Keith Olbermann for his "Special Comment: Gay Marriage Is a Question of Love.” I remember watching that live, and how the intensity of Olbermann's words against the passage of Proposition 8 moved me to sobs.

In his acceptance speech, Keith's first words were to apologize: "I'm sorry I didn't say all that the week before (the election)." Many of you may find the last 3:30 of this entertaining:

This is the segment for which Olbermann won the award. I'm not sure I haven't already posted it, but if I have, it deserves repeating:

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Becky Thomson
01 March 2009 @ 07:02 pm

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Becky Thomson
25 February 2009 @ 09:58 am
Philip José Farmer passed away this morning at the age of 91.

I can't really say that I'm grieving, because I thought he had died years ago. But I'm saddened, as I have been a fan of his novels since the 70s. His Riverworld series is true genius and absolutely unforgettable.
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Becky Thomson
09 February 2009 @ 10:01 am
The Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund has filed legal briefs defending the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and seeking to nullify the 18,000 same-sex marriages conducted between May and November of 2008. On March 5, the California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in this case.

Please take a few moments of your time to visit the Courage Campaign website. Watch the "Fidelity: Don't Divorce..." video. Then add your signature to the letter asking that the Court invalidate Prop 8.

Then I hope you will pass this on to anyone you think might listen.

Personally, I always thought Proposition 8, which added the words "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized" to the California State Constitution, is a travesty. And I believe it only passed because of the misinformation proponents propagated. But it had not really hit me before that all of those same-sex couples who were married in California in 2008 will now be forcibly divorced.

That is intolerable.
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Current Music: Fidelity - Regina Spektor
Becky Thomson
06 February 2009 @ 09:41 pm
It's hard for me to imagine that there is anyone reading this who doesn't know already, but Seattle has withdrawn their bid for the 2011 Worldcon because they are unable to secure an agreement with their facilities. For all of their venue and date options, there are already other groups who have outbid them for the space. I really feel bad for those people who have worked hard for years on this bid, and they have my sincere sympathies.

My congratulations go out to the Reno in 2011 Worldcon committee, who are now uncontested, but I know that this was not the way they would have chosen to win.
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Becky Thomson
04 January 2009 @ 06:21 am
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Becky Thomson
31 December 2008 @ 08:25 pm
Happy Hogswatch All and may Gods Bless Us, Every One. (Atheists
may ask for the vegetarian alternative.)

Terry Pratchett
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Becky Thomson
31 December 2008 @ 05:10 pm
My gods!

What. A. Year.

Was it really only a few months ago when I spent every day slaving over and worrying about Denvention?

Scariest & Worst Moment: Having to be pulled out through the back window of my totaled car while in Really Significant Pain.

Happiest Moment: November 4, 2008, 11:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Saddest Moment: The funeral of Jacob, a 13-year-old boy who was a close friend of my goddaughters, who died in a freak accident.

Proudest Moment: Fitting into a Size 12 jeans. Or possibly looking back and realizing I had successfully run the Denvention Con Office.

Angriest Moment: Realizing my goddaughter was sneaking her cell phone to school.

Favorite Toy: There are too many to choose! The new Roomba, my 2008 Honda Odyssey, XM Satellite Radio, the 48" TV with cable DVR... and there's the Wii I have yet to investigate.

Favorite Book: Hopefully something I will read before it's time for Hugo nominations.

Favorite TV Show: Real Time with Bill Maher. No contest.

Favorite Movie: At the moment I'll say Iron Man, but I plan on seeing many 2008 movies on DVD.

Favorite Song: Realize by Colbie Caillat

2008 was the year that the simmering economic recession finally reached critical mass, and "bailout" became one of the most overused words in the English language. It was the year of Sarah Palin, who can see Russia from her house.

It was the year that Terry Pratchett announced he has Alzheimer's, and released Nation, and became a knight. And the year of the Birmingham Discworld Convention, where lady_twatterby dressed me in pinstripes, and I stayed in the bar until 5:30 A.M. every night.

In January, Sean (my son), Tom Veal and I toured Scotland, England, and France. In June, my late husband's health insurance ran out and my meds began costing $1,008 per month. We redecorated the spare bedroom for my goddaughter, and then I moved into it. The hot water heater in the house I own next door fell through the floor. A couple weeks ago we had the biggest snowfall Sean has ever seen.

But ten years from now I think the thing I will remember most clearly about 2008 will be the words "President-Elect Barack Obama."

My gods! What. A. Year.
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Becky Thomson
04 December 2008 @ 12:32 pm
Tom Veal and I are getting my goddaughters a notebook computer for Christmas, and they have specified the Apple 13.3" MacBook. She wants a Mac because that's what they have at school.

I am having real trouble buying this thing. No one in this household nor theirs has ever had a Mac. The girls are going to need help, and none of us are going to know anything, and furthermore, none of us are really interested in learning. Also, I'm worried about software. This one, for example, comes with 22 programs, and I've only even heard of three or four of them!

The more I think about this, the more I think that we should go with a PC. I Do Not Want to give an 11 and 12-year-old something this technical with which I am totally unfamiliar. The girls are on my computer and laptop as well as Elizabeth's all the time, so they know their way around Windows and the common MS programs.

Okay you Apple lovers out there - Try to convince me to get the MacBook. I really do not see any advantages.
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