Posted in <3 on October 24, 2010 by toresimonsen

I was looking for a photograph which would express how I felt. I looked through a series of older photographs I had taken. I was hoping for one which expressed some degree of love and I found a photograph which I thought did just that. A star and a heart.

The picture was actually a part of a bigger picture. I cropped it and edited it slightly. You can notice that in the upper right hand corner, the pavement now repeats. I eliminated a stray chalk line fragment and an orange piece of paper from the photograph.

Now, however, I find myself focusing on the cracking concrete that scars the heart. It is very subtle. How could I have not seen that while I was working on the photograph? Or did I and simply ignored it because it expressed on a deeper level what I felt. I have no answer. In any event, that was the photograph I chose.

Waiting for a reply!

Posted in <3 with tags , on October 23, 2010 by toresimonsen

Proposal here.

Steel (Women of)

Posted in Dollhouse and Mental Health Issues with tags , , , , , on October 22, 2010 by toresimonsen

I want to talk briefly about two people that are in the news.

First, I want to talk about Lindsay Lohan. It would be hard for me not to admire her.

She is currently engaged in a battle with the legal system that highlights the failures of current policy towards drug use and treatment strategies.

Long forgotten in America is the holding of California v. Robinson , 370 U.S. 660 (1962), which held that the creation of status offenses, such as addiction, are unconstitutional. It viewed drug addiction as an illness and felt it would be cruel and unusual punishment to punish someone with an illness.

It is very hard to overcome addictions. Coercive models create what Anthony Burgess would call a clockwork morality.

It is not clear that coercive environments are successful. In many cases, defendants, frightened by the thought of prolonged incarceration, waive their rights to trial in order to enter treatment programs that they will probably fail.

A person suffering from addiction will have setbacks. It would be idiocy to punish them for failing, when a certain amount of failure is expected in that environment.

I hope people find a way on their own terms to overcome these problems with the support of friends and family.

The state had no duty to treat Lindsay Lohan or anyone else. However, having undertaken the duty, it does not seem it is necessarily Lohan’s fault if they failed to treat her effectively.

I appreciate Lohan’s activism on the matter and I hope scarce resources are not wasted on her incarceration.

The other person I want to highlight is Marisol Valles Garcia. She is the twenty year-old who recently became a police chief in Mexico. The Mexican drug war has cost roughly 28,000 people their lives.

Owing to the violence of the cartels, only Marisol was courageous enough to become the new police chief.

Although she is confident that she can make a difference, I feel the policies in place are fundamentally misguided and place her life at unnecessary risk. I can only hope she does not become a victim.

I appreciate her activism and hope for her safety.

Both Marisol and Lindsay have found themselves trapped in a long standing war which has failed to satisfy anyone involved. They have earned my admiration for taking risks. Their duty is not to become victims.

Society’s duty is to change. A commitment to change the policies will require an honest assessment of ourselves. The current prohibitions fail to achieve real results and it costs lives.

In any other situation where failure resulted in widespread death, it would be considered a scandal. Unfortunately, we call it the status quo.

Neuromancer’s Dedication.

Posted in <3 with tags , , on October 21, 2010 by toresimonsen

Neuromancer is a truly great book by William Gibson.

Catching up with Tore Loves Eliza

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 by toresimonsen

I often repost summaries of the top stories on my blog to allow people to catch up with what has been going on.

Rather than do that, I will instead link to some of my other accounts.

I have a somewhat outdated website. (I maintain the blog more.)

You can check out my channel on youtube.

You check me out on Tumblr.

You can catch up on some older stories on Reddit.

Similar stories are also on Digg.

You can follow me on Twitter, but I no longer use Twitter much because of the account closings and suspensions. (This has hurt the efforts of the twitition.)

I am also on Facebook (as well as several other services).

If you are a gamer, you can watch my Xfire videos.

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Penthouse founder dies of cancer.

Posted in Dollhouse and cancer with tags , , on October 21, 2010 by toresimonsen

Sad to hear that Bob Guccione died of cancer. I used to read Penthouse- for the articles.


Posted in Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 by toresimonsen

I’ve lost a lot of “friends” over the last year. Such is life.

Update: It looks like I didn’t lose a friend today. They just moved over to linkedin for job searching.

I need to edit my profile a bit. I am not sure how I can get rid of the Minnesota Bar part. Currently, I am slightly behind in my dues, but I do not see the benefit in maintaining my law license under the circumstances.