Archive for February, 2010

Love > law and politics.

Posted in Dollhouse and censorship, Dollhouse and homeless, Dollhouse and media, Save Dollhouse, Saving Dollhouse on February 26, 2010 by toresimonsen

Last night, I attended Drinking Liberally where I had the opportunity to speak to Minnesota Rep. Margaret Anderson Kelliher (DFL). She is the speaker of the House of Representatives. She is currently running for governor of the state of Minnesota.

In any case, I asked MAK two short questions. I would have liked to ask her more. The questions were jotted down on a bar napkin at the 331 club.

Questions for Margaret Anderson Kelliher on bar napkin. A-SIDES.

Questions for Margaret Anderson Kelliher on bar napkin. B-SIDES.

All of the questions were:

What is the incentive for charities, for example Catholic Charities to end homelessness, when there is so much money in maintaining it?

If charities get paid on a a per capital basis when dealing with the homeless, is there any financial incentive to reduce the homeless population?

Pay for stay at Branch 2 operates on a use it or lose it basis. A homeless person has to spend al of their money or they lose it. If they get a 1 week voucher -they cannot bank it. Does it make any sense to take money from homeless people this way?

Why are there smoking rooms in homeless shelters?

Should homeless people have rights to free expression?

Should homeless people be videotaped while they sleep in homeless shelters?

Many of the questions are worthy. In the end, I chose only two questions to ask owing to the limited amount of time one has to ask important questions.

If charities get paid on a a per capital basis when dealing with the homeless, is there any financial incentive to reduce the homeless population?

Should homeless people be videotaped while they sleep in homeless shelters?

You can watch the video to see her response which is carefully crafted but open minded.

Again my goal is to save Dollhouse for Eliza Dushku who I love more than anything. Please help me save the show.

What you can do to help save Dollhouse:


Save Dollhouse by signing the TNT petition online to save Dollhouse.


Save Dollhouse by sending TNT EMAILS to save Dollhouse.

*NEW* The twitition to save Dollhouse is here!

Update your status to point to this page!

If you want background on the legal case, you can find the documents online.

The full legal documents are available here.

One final note: as a result of the sobriety requirements at the shelters and their policies of random PBT, I am unable to drink at all, much less liberally.

Another setback

Posted in <3 on February 24, 2010 by toresimonsen

I received a procedural setback which will require more work. Here is the order.

Traffic, meanwhile, continues to slow on the blog.

Decline in traffic

There is some indication that there is internet life in other areas.

Situational Awareness

Posted in Dollhouse and homeless, Dollhouse and Jobs with tags , , on February 23, 2010 by toresimonsen

I attended the lottery last night. It was packed as usual. There are always far more people in attendance than can actually win. My name was called early on the waiting list and I am number one at St. Stephen’s. I stayed there last night. I am hoping to stay there throughout the week. I will just have to take it on a day by day basis. You never really know though.

I could have opted for Our Savior. I would have been number two. If you get in, its for the full 28 days. As tempting as that is, last Friday, I called in to check on the bed status and no one answered the phone. I do not want to do my part only to have the shelter let me down.

Call log to Our Savior. They never picked up the phone.

I decided I would opt for a shelter where I have had better luck. St. Stephen’s has typically been luckier for me on the waiting list.

In the morning I went over to Branch 3.

It appears the computer lab is now closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. I was unable to get a sense of progress at the computer lab.

Branch 3 was very busy. There were people playing cards, heated games of dominoes, as well as selling radios and electric razers. Meanwhile, a passerby waved to the people inside. At Branch 3, people retain all the privacy of a goldfish in a fishbowl at Branch 3 (which is also being monitored by security cameras).

After breakfast I went to St. Stephen’s for the job club.

St. Stephen’s job club continues to roll along. This time Lynn and her crew are trying to connect people with jobs with the Minnesota Twins. It is not clear how many homeless people are going to be hired, but organizers are hoping for at least 30. There are a number of barriers, including the drug test. As I explained before, shelters are highly conducive to second hand smoke. This includes dope. Many people in the shelters smoke dope as their drug of choice because they cannot drink without possible fallout stemming from the breathalyzers. My guess is that some people will lose out on legitimate employment opportunities because of someone else’s habit.

The good news is that the staff at St. Stephen’s indicated that a prior criminal history would not necessarily exclude people from working for the Twins. According to St. Stephen’s staff, applicants will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

It is now possible to get a bus token if you attend the Tuesday job club.

On the job front, there will be another job fair at the Minneapolis Convention center on March 3, 2010. This one will be from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.

The one area in which none of the job clubs is taking the lead appears to be the social networking arena. A recent article in Job Dig highlighted the importance of social networking in getting a job. Job Dig says:

“According to a CareerBuilder survey 45% of employers are using social networking sites to screen candidates. That’s a lot of employers – many of whom you might want to work for!”

It appears that social networking is a critical part of job searching. Most job centers continue to try to restrict social networking at precisely the time when employers are interested in those skills. It also give employers as sense of candidates that goes deeper than resumes. Although there are risks in social networking, the continued prohibition on the use of computers for social networking purposes appears to be the biggest one.

Smile- Free Dental Care.

Posted in <3 on February 23, 2010 by toresimonsen

Shamblott Family Dentistry will provide free dental care this Friday. According to their website:

“Celebrate late this year – the last Friday of February, almost two weeks after Valentine’s Day, Shamblott Family Dentistry will again spread goodwill and cheer to the local community with a Dentistry from the Heart (DFTH) event. This year’s DFTH will be the fourth annual event offering gifts of free fillings and extractions to the first people who show up at Dr. Scott Shamblott’s office in Hopkins.

On Friday, February 26, Dr. Shamblott and his staff will provide free dental care to those in need. DFTH began in 2001 as one dentist’s charitable act for the Tampa Bay community.”

The event begins at 7:00 a.m.

Shamblott Family Dentistry is located at:
33 10th Avenue South #250
Hopkins, MN 55343
Their numnber is: (952) 935-5599

Save Dollhouse

Posted in Save Dollhouse, Saving Dollhouse on February 22, 2010 by toresimonsen

Save Dollhouse. What you can do to help save Dollhouse:


Save Dollhouse by signing the TNT petition online to save Dollhouse.


Save Dollhouse by sending TNT EMAILS to save Dollhouse.

*NEW* The twitition to save Dollhouse is here!

Update your status to point to this page!

If you want background on the legal case, you can find the documents online.

The full legal documents are available here.

Eeebuntu problem solved.

Posted in <3, Dollhouse and Linux with tags on February 22, 2010 by toresimonsen

After a significant period of time, my EEEbuntu is up and running again. I am very happy to have my linux OS back up and running.

For people who wanted to see what the error was, you can watch the error on video. There is a lot of reflection on my notebook. Sorry about that. All this really shows is what happened when I logged in- an inky black screen of nothingness. No GUI.

In any case, a solution for my 1005PEB problem was worked on on the forums. Thanks to Tortel for helping with the problem. If you have a similar problem, you may want to check it out.

I still have plenty of work to do to get the linux system in shape. I need to work on getting Skype up and running next.

Use it or lose it.

Posted in <3, Dollhouse and homeless with tags , on February 21, 2010 by toresimonsen

I placed my deposit for a week at Branch 2. Something most people do not realize about Branch 2 is that it does not allow people to keep their deposits. You either use your money or you lose it. This means that if I get in to Our Savior tonight (I’m on the waitlist), I will effectively lose the full $30 I just placed at Branch 2 starting today. Since the number of vouchers I receive is finite, it would make a lot more sense if there was a method of apportioning the money to keep people in pay for stay longer.