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Posted in <3, Save Dollhouse, Saving Dollhouse with tags , , , on October 29, 2010 by toresimonsen

I wrote the scripts for Eliza Dushku. I love her and they were meant as a gift to her. I asked her to marry me. She did not say no, but she did not say yes.

The attempt to save Dollhouse, for Eliza Dushku, failed.

I tried every method I knew or could think of to try to save Dollhouse. I tried everything from handing out fliers and collecting signature petitions to internet organizing. I tried to get help from a lot of people. Some people were willing to help save Dollhouse, while others were very reluctant.

Room 202 Meeting Room

The effort to express my love required enormous sacrifices. Losing my car was only the beginning. I lost many friends and even ended relationships with family members. I found myself railroaded in mental health facilities and without support from allies. Love is madness. This simple fact was understood and accepted thousands of years ago. Even in the Illiad, Homer wrote, “O immortal madness, why do you have this craving to seduce me?” Today, this is lost on us.

I became homeless. In some respects, this was a good thing. I have a better sense of who is my friend and who will be there when I need them. I also have a better sense of my capabilities.

Many people did support me. Some of these people, I have been able to thank. Others, I have not been able to thank, in part because they have supported me in ways I do not know. Do not think I do not appreciate that.

I was disappointed by the recent judicial decision in the legal challenge I brought. It is not the first time a judicial decision has not gone my way. However, it left me unable to justify the continued investment in my bar membership. In other years, I found a way to justify continuing to pay my dues, despite the lack of financial return. I no longer feel that such an investment is justified.

In any event, I did what I could do.

This is not the first time I have failed in a campaign.

This is not the first time my legal opinions have been ignored.

Still, I cannot help but feel the arrow of every regret. An effort like this recalls every failure and shortcoming of one’s entire life. I found myself haunted by the ghost of every mistake I ever made. Nevertheless, I pressed on.

I tested the limits of freedom and love and discovered there was not enough of either of them.

There remains the question of what to do next. For me, at this point, love is simply out of the question. Love asks, “What are you willing to give?” I gave everything, so I have nothing left to give. There are so many beautiful and intelligent women worth appreciating, but none that I can love. Consolation, but not love. I find myself exhausted. November is coming.

I will also take a break from blogging. I find the experience invites too many negative elements into it. (I know, dear Krishna, that where there’s fire there’s smoke, but I need to breathe.)

I find myself without inspiration and simply continue to do things in a rather joyless manner. My scripts sit behind glass.

Case Dismissed

Posted in Dollhouse and censorship with tags , , , on October 14, 2010 by toresimonsen

Regular readers know, I have been running a blog to save Dollhouse for Eliza Dushku, who I love.

I also spent several months homeless in Minneapolis.

In an attempt to save Dollhouse, I often handed out fliers to people I came into contact with. I also took photographs of a variety of events that I participated in.

I was confronted by a staff/volunteer at Branch 2 of Catholic charities who prevented me from distributing my fliers to save a television show. In short, I tried to take the staff/volunteers picture. I was told that I could not take photographs inside the shelter. The next day at Branch 3 of Catholic Charities, I tried to take photographs of people playing Madden 2010 on a Playstation 3 for a second time at Branch 3 and was again told no.

As a result of these denials, I sought a legal order to enjoin them from preventing me from conducting outreach to save Dollhouse and allowing me to continue to take pictures. I am also concerned about the taking of pictures of homeless people while they sleep.

The injunction evolved into a full blown lawsuit, which was eventually dismissed.

Readers may recall I stated:

“I am asserting that Catholic Charities invades privacy by video taping everything at the shelter. I also assert there is a first amendment right to engage in solicitation and free speech as a homeless resident at Hennepin County secure area. The fact that it is a charity and not the state should not make a huge difference. I maintain that fundamental rights cannot be outsourced by transferring the administration of programs to charitable organizations. Allowing charities to eviscerate the first amendment would effectively create a “charitable” curtain, isolating members of the homeless community and impairing their ability to communicate with the outside world. Disallowing photographs/media in this environment would also fundamentally impair legitimate news gathering activities.”

The judge ruled for Catholic Charities on all counts.

You can read the decision here.

Shelter Locker.

This was my shelter lock.

You may also want to listen to Mayor RT Rybak.

I focus on the part where Mayor RT Rybak claims, “What we did with that was we coordinated all these services together and put a phenomenal person named Cathy Ten Broeke in charge of all that laid out a multi-point program that one by one by one we’ve been executing.”

Freedom of the press- analysis?

FYI, Homeless people, like myself, could store our things in lockers during the day if we were paid guests of the pay for stay section.

Here’s a look inside the “private” Branch 3. This photo shows the empty inside, but anyone standing on the sidewalk would be able to see the people inside.

Here is a photograph of people standing on the street, visible to all the passing traffic, while waiting to get into Branch 3. People are often waiting outside. I have used a paint program to hide their faces.

Here is an example of what happened to one of my signs, prior to the initiation of the lawsuit.

Some readers will recall that I asked Minnesota Rep. Margaret Anderson Kelliher (DFL) whether homeless people should be videotaped while they sleep in homeless shelters. My efforts were featured in a City Pages article. You can watch the video to see her response which is carefully crafted but open minded.

I also attended the Minnesota House committee meeting at Health Care and Human Services Finance Division. I took the opportunity to testify. I focused on the deprivations of fundamental rights and censorship threats to democracy.

You can watch my testimony here.

More background on the legal case can be found here.

You can also watch my hastily thrown together proposal for Eliza Dushku.

One other Administrative Note.

Posted in Dollhouse and censorship with tags , , , , on September 8, 2010 by toresimonsen

My on-going dispute with Twitter, in which they shut me down for apparently using Twitter to of all things, Tweet, has left the Dollhouse Twitition in rather bad shape because anyone trying to click on creator of the Dollhouse twitition (e.g. Tore Simonsen) gets this ugly message.

Not much I can do about that though.

Regular followers of my posts on Dollhouse and censorship will recall my on-going disputes with Twitter. My old accounts, as well as the followers, were never recovered.

Joss Whedon Autographed Unofficial Script from Comic-con

Posted in <3, Save Dollhouse, Saving Dollhouse with tags , , , , , on August 7, 2010 by toresimonsen

Here is a photograph of the Joss Whedon autographed unofficial 4th script. The scripts were written by me for Eliza Dushku.

Eliza @ Signing with your brother Joss

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 24, 2010 by toresimonsen

I want to marry the real Eliza Dushku not your avatar. I would love to see the real Eliza Dushku now.

Update: Joss Whedon physically autographed my DVD of Dollhouse and the copy of the fourth script which I plan to give to Eliza Dushku and I asked him for help marrying Eliza Dushku. I am still trying to give all four scripts to Eliza Dushku as a ring. His brother Jed is also releasing his first movie Last Stop.

Kevin Pereira Attack of the Show Signing

Posted in Dollhouse and gaming, Dollhouse and media with tags , , , , , on July 23, 2010 by toresimonsen

AOTS host Kevin Pereira signed the petition to save Dollhouse. He said he was a huge fan of the show.

I appreciated his support and again provided Kevin with another press release.

Kevin Periera of AOTS signs!

I also got my picture and his autograph.

Me and AOTS host Kevin Pereira at Comicon

There is of course the litigation involving taking photographs of people playing Madden 2010.

My central goal is always to express my love to Eliza Dushku.

Io9 interviews Enver Gjokaj

Posted in 1 with tags , , , on March 20, 2010 by toresimonsen

IO9 features Enver Gjokaj on his latest internet project.

A few things worth noting in the Io9 intereview, in which Enver says:

“We’re definitely not Joss here, but I was inspired by Joss and by Felicia, the way they got out ahead of the ball on the cutting edge of controlling their content.”

It is very clear that life would be much simpler if fan funded efforts to keep shows alive on the internet existed. This could bypass many difficulties with sponsors and the networks themselves. It could be done- certainly with Dollhouse.

The interview also goes on to talk about how great it was for Enver to work on Dollhouse:

“I’m kind of looking for the next project,” adds Gjokaj. “It’s really hard, after Joss, to find a show you want to do.” He’s already turned down some projects because they didn’t seem like the right step after Dollhouse. “Dollhouse was an amazing experience for me.”