Keep Your Head Up & March On

Tupac Shakur:

And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it’s time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women
And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies
That will hate the ladies that make the babies
And since a man can’t make one
He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one
So will the real men get up
I know you’re fed up ladies, but keep your head up.

The Populist Approach

The Economist:

All populists are at heart conspiracy theorists, who pretend that easy solutions exist to society’s woes and have only not been tried to date because elites are wicked and deaf to the sturdy common-sense of decent, ordinary folk.…

This new vision for popular government, with its patriotism tests and demands for total allegiance, is not tolerant of dissent or even of those expressing qualms.

The Never President

John Cassidy:

We’ve never had a President who has adopted the public persona of a professional wrestler, baring his teeth, railing at his opponents, and trying to fling to the canvas anyone he deems to have crossed him, even members of his own party. We’ve never had a President with a far-flung business empire that he has refused to give up, placing him, according to many ethics experts, in contravention of the Constitution. We’ve never had a President who seems to spend most of his time watching cable news and firing off salvos on social media. We’ve never had a President who openly expresses admiration for an authoritarian Russian leader while simultaneously pouring scorn on U.S. intelligence agencies.

Finally, it’s hard to recall a President who had such little interest, or expertise, in the details of governing.

Never my President.

Sick Day

I am taking today off to get away from all the madness. I am going to spend time with my kids and unplug from TV, internet, and social media. It’s so depressing that we had gone from a historic leader to a horrific liar. The bar could not set any lower. Dark days are ahead, but let’s not allow the president “of birtherism, of Mexican ‘rapists,’ of Muslim registries, of ‘grab them by the pussy,’ of bankruptcies and lawsuits and colossal conflicts of interest” fucking up America.

Protect the Republic

David Remnick:

[T]he Constitution is not by itself an insuperable barrier against the authoritarian temptation… A President can at least try to constrain freedoms, issue racist decrees, intimidate, coerce. And, if that becomes the case, it will be on us, resolute citizens, to protect the republic—to demand, as [Benjamin] Franklin said, that we keep it.

Keith Houston: Shady Characters

After reading Houston’s The Book, I went back to read his previous Shady Characters with a much deeper appreciation. The backstory of the typographical marks including the pilcrow (¶), the interrobang (‽), the octothorpe (#), the ampersand (&), the @ symbol, the asterisk (*), the dagger (†), and the manicule (☞) is informing, enlightening, and inspiring. The beautiful hardcover, which is highly readable in Hoefler Text, reserves a place on my bookshelf to remind me these characters whenever I work on my typographic design.

Scalia Law Sites

In the past six months, I had been working on creating a network of websites for Scalia Law School. The goal for this project is to provide the law school community an online presence that is consistent with the Scalia Law branding. The experience was challenging and rewarding at the same time.

In the initial development, I was tasked with moving existing WordPress sites from our GoDaddy dedicated server to our in-house server. Instead of moving each individual installation of WordPress, I wanted to take advantage of WordPress MultiSite. In addition, I wanted to create a network of websites that looks and feels like the Scalia Law branding.

Rather than creating a theme from scratch, I relied on WordPress’s Twenty Sixteen as a starter. Other than the thick border around the edge of the browser, the simple and clean design of Twenty Sixteen allowed me to create a child theme for customization. The theme for SLS is fairly straightforward.

The challenging part was to convinced stakeholders to be part of this network. I am glad that twenty six websites has been on board and only one rejected the design. I expected the resistance to be higher, but one out of twenty six is not bad.

A Racial Bully

Steve Harvey’s insensitive joke about Asian men didn’t offend me. I heard worst as a kid. I just find it ironic for a Black man to be dismissive about race. He should understand the pain of racism unless he has forgotten about Black history. Even if he’s not a racist, being ignorant about another smaller minority group makes him a racial bully. Chinese is not the only Asian population. Think before you joke.

The President Who Reads

Michiko Kakutani:

During his eight years in the White House — in a noisy era of information overload, extreme partisanship and knee-jerk reactions — books were a sustaining source of ideas and inspiration, and gave him a renewed appreciation for the complexities and ambiguities of the human condition.

I can’t wait to read his memoirs in the near future.

Lost a Traffic Court Case

Wasted two hours this morning in court and ended up losing the case for the speeding ticket. Even though I presented my evidence and made the case, the judge took the cop’s position over me. What more can I do? He did reduce to a $40 fine plus court fees. It was a learning experience and will help me prepare for the next time.

I hope I won’t get another ticket in my life, but how can I avoid it if the cops are out there to get me? I also find that some cops are hypocrites too. They have no problem stopping you for small mistakes even though they don’t follow the law themselves. I have seen several times when the cops flashed their lights to get pass the red light and turned them off like nothing happened. They made u-turns when the sign indicates no u-turn. They don’t stop at the stop sign and yet they would have no problem stopping us for stopping at a stop sign a second too fast.

As long as I am on the road, this is what I have to deal with. I am not going to let them get to me. I have earned the maximum of 5 safe driving points in Virginia so my record is still pretty good.