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1. Sarah and I wrote a crapload of parody poetry. About David Hasselhoff.

You think we kid? Oh we don't kid about the Hoff, baby. Read it and weep.

2. Bike porn. Clinton Street Theater, 9 p.m., this Friday. I'm definitely going to be there. Who else is going? Various friends have submitted at least two films. One's an interspecies (inter-element? inter-organic?) love story about a man and his fixie, the other's actually porn. Like, people porn. With the fucking and all. You should accompany me, yes yes. You know you want to.

3. The Bus Project's Wheelies award. I designed their website, and I'm volunteering there Saturday night. Alas, not free--tickets are $24--but I have plenty of tickets to sell if you want them, and the Bus is a pretty nifty organization to support.

YES

Nov. 7th, 2006 11:23 pm
misshepeshu: (cowbell)
Ted Kulongoski re-elected.

Measure 43 defeated.

Measure 44 passed.

Santorum wiped clean. (Yeah, yeah, I had to take that shot. You know I had to.)

Ben Cannon, who has volunteered extensively with the Bus Project, won his seat in the Oregon state Senate. (He's my age. That boggles my mind, that somebody so young could win a state Senate seat.)

+25 seats in the US House of Representatives.

+3 +4 seats in the US Senate. (C'mon, bitch-asses, we need only three two more. ONLY TWO MORE. FUCK.)

Spent the first part of the evening at the Bus Project, making last-minute Get Out the Vote phone calls. We bandied about catch-phrases like "Just vote already, motherfucker", though we were considerably more polite to the people once we got them on the phone.

Watching Scott, a recent Reed graduate and Bus Project staff member, guilt people into voting nearly brought a tear to my eye. He was especially masterful with other Reed students. "You're a Reedie, right? Look, it's votes like yours that we need. You are critical to this election. There are ballot measures that directly affect young people like us, like measure 43, which covers parental notification for abortion procedures. The ballot drop box is available until 8 p.m., which is less than an hour from now. Do you have a car? No? Well, go find a friend with a car. No, seriously, no excuses. Do it." It was bullying at its finest, and I saw him pull this off three or four times. Dude's got skills.

Back to obsessively checking on the races in Virginia, Missouri and Montana.
misshepeshu: (cowbell)
The Trick or Vote website I helped redesign is finally live. GLEE. Go go go take a look--even better, sign up to be a Trick or Voter. Bitches.
misshepeshu: (Test Tube)
Thing 1: Scientists and Engineers For America: A political advocacy group geared towards scientists and engineers. They even have a Bill of Rights for Scientists and Engineers. (Hot damn, that has got to be one of the sexiest collection of words in the English language.) My two favorite items:

6. Appointments to federal scientific advisory committees shall be based on the candidate’s scientific qualifications, not political affiliation or ideology.

7. The federal government shall not support any science education program that includes instruction in concepts that are derived from ideology and not science.


HOT! So sign up and/or contribute to the cause, if you're so inclined.

Thing 2: Check out this Trick-or-Vote handbill. Know who helped lay that out? Yeah, that's right, bitches. *thumbs to chest* ME. I didn't create the art or decide on the color scheme, but I laid it out and chose the fonts, go Team Moi, woo hoo. I have a bunch of printed out postcard versions of this, and I'm all squealy and excited because LOOK MA I HELPED MAKE THAT and yeah, I'm ridiculous like that.

The line-up on that handbill isn't final, by the way. We're hoping, hoping, hoping to get a brilliant MC and headliner; we'll know by next week, and if we do get who we hope to get, y'all should be able to hear my squeeing from clear across the country.

Thing 3: Tonight, I learned about Candidates Gone Wild. I'm enough of a dork to find the whole thing very, very amusing. Gubernatorial candidates subjected to a talent show and questions from the audience, accompanied by music and funny films? I'm there. If any of you wish to accompany me, I highly, highly recommend that you come (attending the event would be good, too, of course); tickets are only $4. I only wish I could vote.

Thing 4: My friend Jimmy, who's in Israel right now, called me today and left me a loooong message that starts out "Hello, your royal hotness" and ends with him singing along to "Mozzarella Swastika" by Adam Green. He wasn't even drunk. It's just...yeah, I have totally awesome friends.([livejournal.com profile] heyokish, aren't you jelus? Admit it, you are!)
misshepeshu: (Communist Party)
As some of you know already, I'm currently volunteering for The Bus Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing voter participation as well as some progressive advocacy. I'm doing some website maintenance and little bits of design work. My current Thing for them is Trick or Vote, or, as I like to think of it, Canvassing in Drag and Getting Away With It. (Once we have the handbill all printed out and official, I'm-a link to it because I HELPED DESIGN IT wheeeeeee.)

They're desperately in need of volunteers--not just for canvassing, but for EVERYTHING. They're overworked and understaffed, but the energy they have is infectious, and compared to some of the horror stories I've heard about other non-profits, these guys actually seem to have their shit together.

Anyway, any of you interested in volunteering with me? Trick or Vote meetings currently run from 7:45 to 9:15 or so every Wednesday, and they often feed you, especially if you volunteer to do some phonebanking before the meeting. [livejournal.com profile] qalephd has already been suckered in stepped up to the plate, and [livejournal.com profile] theotherjay has very kindly said I could give them his e-mail. I'd love to see some more of you there, if you're able and willing.

And you don't have to volunteer for Trick or Vote in particular, of course. The Bus Project has a pretty daunting list of Immediate Volunteer Needs, from cleaning the office to maintaining the servers to software engineering to designing flyers to the ever-unpopular tasks of canvassing and phonebanking--there are plenty of things for you to do.

Also, and somewhat relatedly: I'll have an hour, hour and a half to kill between getting off work today and picking up [livejournal.com profile] qalephd at 7:30 for the Trick or Vote meeting. Anyone want to kick around downtown between 6-ish and 7:30 with me? Get a drink, browse around Powell's, stroll around the Park Blocks and molest the pigeons?

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