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Tiananmen Square Musings

Posted in Politics, Twitter on 2010/03/16 by Dashiell Barlow

I was musing on the protests in 1989 in Tiananmen Square today, and on people, after reading yet another story  about  the ongoing disagreements between Google and China.

Frankly I’d love to see Google leave China entirely, lead the wave  of technology companies to leave China high, dry, and alone. I’m not going to see that happen, just as I’m not going to see Apple detach from their partnerships with Foxconn.

However, that is not the point of this post. This post is about people.

Governments are getting very good at pacifying us. How many protests were there in the United States during the Bush Administration? Not enough. How many turned out for the few that happened? Not near enough.

I don’t see the urgency anymore, at least in my own country. Do we have no political and moral leaders who aren’t in office anymore?

Do we have no one that we would be willing to rise up and make our voice heard for?

Do we have no one that we would face down tanks for?

This saddens me.


Our nation was built — built! — by a small group of those willing to face down the most powerful nation in the entire world at the time.

A few of us still are, or were, willing to put themselves in harm’s way.

Remember Rachel Corrie, who died in Palestine/Israel.

Remember those that died at Tiananmen.

Let not their and other’s sacrifices ever, ever, be in vain.

( I thank @iRevolt for making  me aware of Rachel Corrie’s story. You can read about her blatant murder here and about the Tiananmen Incident here )


The Messengers Of Truth

Posted in Politics, Twitter on 2010/03/13 by Dashiell Barlow

There are people in our world who, regardless of person or reputation-al risk, regardless of  political or religious affiliation, put the lives and rights people as a whole first.


Not people who are this religion,  not people who are that political affiliation, people as a whole. While I try to be of this group of people. I fail a great deal more often than I’d like. I like to call the people who do not fail at this, “Messengers of Truth”.


One was my late Grandmother Dulcie, whose memory I hold in highest esteem because she was one of the people. But another example is @iRevolt. I suggest that everyone — even if you aren’t politically minded — follow her on that Twitter account.


She has opened my eyes to many things, and for that I thank her.

Zionism & Nazism

Posted in Politics, Twitter on 2010/02/27 by Dashiell Barlow

Now, some of you may have major issues with this post, so I will say this right up front. This is an opinion piece. I hold these opinions to be  flat correct. You do not have to, although I hope you will. I will also say I hold nothing against Judaism and it’s practitioners. This post is about Zionism.

Alright, into the blog post!

What is Israel?

Israel would have us believe it is a homeland for the Jewish people. A safe haven from anti-semitism, a nation in it’s own right, constantly under attack by “vicious” arabic neighbors.

But is this the truth?

I say that it is not. Furthermore, I say that even if I stand alone in this opinion  I shall continue it.

I say that Israel is an illegal nation. A nation that encourages apartheid, child murder. A nation that will not tolerate those who disagree. A nation to which the term “war crime” means nothing.

I say that Israel is a Nazi state. The only difference is which ethno-religious group is held to be “pure”. 

Do you not believe me? Go to your Twitter account and follow @iRevolt. She is an incredible source of unfiltered, unbiased information.

In other words, a source of the truth that those who uphold Zionism would like kept from us.

Look up Illah Pappe. Look up Norman Finkelstein. These are names of Jewish people who themselves have seen the truth of what Israel is, and moved to reject  it.

This is no conspiracy theory.

This is reality. 

I can not show you the “right” path here – but I am trying to open a door to a world with less lies forced down your throat unrecognized. Open your eyes to this, I urge you.


Look just a little deeper than the surface and you will find horrors floating just under a veil.

I don’t want to see any more pictures of children killed for no reason other than their ethnicity. Or their religion.

And there’s only one way to stop that.

Never cease looking for the truth, never cease working against the liars.


Scheduling & Podcasts

Posted in Projects, Twitter on 2010/02/12 by Dashiell Barlow

I’ve been thinking about scheduling certain posts here.

As things stand, Life & Sanity is a pretty random blog, with posts going up as I feel the need. Would anyone who reads this like to see scheduled posts every week? Does anyone have any reasons why I should (or should not) make that particular change?

Now, the other point is podcasts. I’m very interested in starting up a podcast that would cover all things nerd/techie/etc. But I need people — a podcast by myself is just me talking, a lonely narcissist to your ear. So, if you’re interested in starting one with me, or if you have one, my areas of knowledge match up with a slot you need to fill, get in touch!

In either case — contact me over on Twitter.

iTweetMyTunes (Review)

Posted in Mac, Music, Software, Twitter on 2010/01/20 by Dashiell Barlow

I recently found a new utility for tweeting my iTunes tracks. This is actually something I’ve been looking around to find for a while, now.

I had been using an inelegant, clumsy, and buggy AppleScript to update my iTunes twitter account (which is @dmbarlowsiTunes, by the way(.

Now? Well, now I’m using a much better solution.

It’s called iTweetMyTunes.

Using iTweetMyTunes is an easy, behind-my-notice experience, which is exactly what I want from a solution for this.

The preference window is the only actual UI that’s associated with the program. Here’s an image of it.

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Setup is painless – just put in your Twitter account, choose between Automatic (and a number of minutes) and manual updates.

Automatic will mean that iTweetMyTunes will tweet your song at the mark of however many minutes you chose on the slider.

Manual means that iTweetMyTunes only updates when you click a menu bar item.

I really like this piece of software. It’s well done, it’s painless, it does what it is supposed to.

I do, however, have 2 suggestions for the developer that I feel would improve this little utility.

1 – Add a Automatic per-track option. As in, every time a track change & plays for, say, 20 seconds, send a tweet. That play time is important because often one will flip through songs, and that’s not necessary to tweet.

2 – An option to have this run as a menubar utility. I for one, would prefer to have iTweetMyTunes run up in my menubar. With so little UI, and as a utility, I feel it ought to have that option.

In any case.

If you want to tweet from iTunes, this is the single best solution I have found.

Lies & Death.

Posted in Politics, Twitter on 2010/01/13 by Dashiell Barlow

I just read this article from Wired.

I am outraged. Absolutely outraged.

First; a story.

When I was 17 years old my mother, my stepfather, and my shrink decided it would somehow be “good for me” if I spent a little time in a mental ward. One was picked.

I was railroaded into going voluntarily. I was lied to. I was told, in a nutshell, that if I did not go I would be forcibly committed.

I was more terrified than I have ever been in my life.

These are three people that ought to have known me a little better. Known that my main fear is loss of control.

I was in that ward for 12 days. 12 days in which I was constantly terrified because I had no control over when I would get out. Where I would be for the next, entirely indefinite, amount of time.

I was a zombie. A fucking lifeless zombie. That was the closest in my life I have ever come to suicide. I’m not a suicidal person, but I was quite close to serious consideration.

The point of this story is that I know a) how psychologically tormenting being in a ward can be in the UNITED STATES! which is a far better situation than China, and b) how easy it is for a parent to be sold on something that might make their child “better” from the very-likely-imaginary “problem”.

And there’s a problem in that last paragraph.

I said “far better situation than China.”

What is the situation in China? Let’s go back to the Wired article.

After the beating, Deng Senshan was carried trembling to his bunk, shouting, “They’re killing me,” and bleeding from his mouth, ears, eyes, and nose. The counselors left him there for hours before dispatching a car to take him to the hospital. At around 3 am, 14 hours after arriving at the camp, he was pronounced dead.

Look at the last two sentences again again.

The counselors left him there for hours before dispatching a car to take him to the hospital.

At around 3 am, 14 hours after arriving at the camp, he was pronounced dead.

This young man is dead. And it’s the fault of the Chinese government, who are taking no more than meaningless steps in response.

This is unacceptable.

I say the Chinese should rise up in protest and overthrow their government or force it to change.

There must be progress from this outrageous state of affairs.

Politics & Twitter

Posted in Twitter on 2009/12/14 by Dashiell Barlow


I describe myself as a loud liberal. That’s a pretty good description of me. If you are familiar with this blog you know that.

So many wingnuts on Twitter.

I don’t mind the wingnuts themselves. I don’t even mind debate with them!

What I ask for, however, is reason.

Instead I get insults. That’s bothersome, and it gets to the point where I myself degenerate into insults. Which is also bothersome.

I want dialogue.

Get rid of the fucking mud!


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