The Portsmouth NodeJS Meetup group had its second meeting this Wednesday. We used Electron to put an app icon in the menu tray. Next week we’ll be interacting with MySQL databases using NodeJS.
NSFW – Sev and Derrick talk about perving out at the gym and the sexual fetish called race-play and the deeper psychological issues that might cause it. Why was Sev into really pale white girls during high school? A Philly Club Owner Uses N-word and says black people ask for free drinks. A kid chose the pronoun “your majesty.” Tonight we introduced David H (not to be confused with co-host David G). Steven joins us at the end and shares a hookup story. We also listened to a band called Bear vs Shark.
Introducing SEV! The crypto-anarchist entrepreneur. Sev, Remington, and Derrick talked about being the product of social signals and following the path of least resistance — struggling to be true to ourselves and what that means in the context of masculinity. How is YOUR behavior affected by what you were told is–or isn’t–acceptable? Sev is watching Narcos but says Rubicon is a super-good show for libertarian types who question the people who call themselves the government. We talk about gay muslims and the origin of the word “radical” — which led to our discovery of the Radical Fairies global gay anarchist environmentalist movement. Yes, it’s really a thing.
Stuff we didn’t get to tonight, but you should check out anyway:
I could technically still be in jail today on the same “crimes” from the movie.
Derrick J’s Victimless Crime Spree, a full-length feature documentary about my 5 arrests in Keene, New Hampshire, unleashed itself to the world on YouTube 5 years ago today. It’s been viewed on YouTube over 175,000 times.
The world has changed since then. Recording law enforcers is now commonplace. Enforcers in a dozen more states now leave peaceful pot smokers alone. The top series on Netflix is a show about prison overpopulation. Everyone knows that the people calling themselves “the government” spy on their computers, emails, phone calls, and texts, but digital privacy is now possible for all thanks to new apps and devices with built-in encryption. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are now beginning to come into wide use.
There’s a lot of reason to be hopeful. Now more than ever, the world is ready for you to question your obedience. Dozens have told me the movie inspired them to move to New Hampshire. That’s the most rewarding part of the experience. In the end, I was facing 9 years if convicted of all charges (none involving a victim). I was sentenced to 540 days in jail, and I ended up serving 60 for my “crime spree.”
Friends made it possible: Ian Freeman (producer), Beau Davis (editor), and the people of the Shire Society who inspire action. I hope Victimless Crime Spree inspires you to achieve more freedom, peace, happiness, and the object of your dreams.
I keep one in my car and one on my keychain. In an emergency, like being pulled over or witnessing an arrest, I press it and dozens of first responders are alerted. They instantly know my emergency and location.
This is 21st-Century security. With beauty and simplicity that seems inspired by Apple, the Cell 411 Panic Button might be better-named “the Relax Button.” Finally I can relax knowing that in an emergency, I don’t need ten types of hand-eye coordination to alert first responders. One press of a button is all it takes.
My friend Link posted about it to Facebook:
“One of the coolest features is that it’s drop sensitive. Do you know how many thousands of people pay for subscriptions to emergency button services so someone will come help them up when they fall down? And now they can have that functionality for free in a way that calls people they know and trust who won’t automatically take them to the ER and drive up medical costs just to cover their asses!”
The buttons can be purchased for $25 each, and they come with accessories for easy every-day carry. Here is how the retailer describes the device:
The Cell 411 Panic Button connects to your Cell 411 application running on Android or iOS smartphone wirelessly over Bluetooth, providing users with a quick and easy way to alert your friends, neighbors, caregivers and loved ones in the event of an emergency. It can be carried in your pocket or bag or worn on the wrist or around the neck with the available accessories.
After pressing the Cell 411 panic button, an emergency alert will be sent out to the chosen cell or group of friends you configured. Your GPS location will be sent to your Cell 411 friends in real time, so they can come and assist you with turn by turn direction.
My friend Josh sent me a letter affixing only a 2-cent stamp to the envelope. Surprise: It didn’t arrive.
But then he sent another letter with a 2-cent stamp, and on the envelope in red ink he wrote out the text of the law that requires 2-cent letters to be delivered. That letter was delivered to my mailbox. “Pretty cool,” I thought. I had heard that there is an old law on the books that letters can be sent for only 2 cents (if they are addressed a certain way), but I had never experienced it for myself. It really worked.
Josh sent another 2-cent letter, but it wasn’t delivered. Then he wrote to the postmaster and explained the law. His next 2-cent letter was delivered.
I’m going to mail him a 2-cent letter back. Let’s see if it gets delivered! What do you think of this exercise? Does it “hurt” the post office to follow the law?
Steven Zeiler was just on the phone with a local journalist talking about businesses in Portsmouth accepting bitcoin! Earlier this week, he helped a local restaurant start accepting it, and a few months ago, he set up a Bikram Yoga studio to take bitcoin as payment. It’s easy!
The NH Pink Pistols, an LGBT-themed firearms group, practiced shooting targets at Granite State Indoor Range in Hudson yesterday. 8 people came to shoot. Last month there were 5 of us, and the previous month only 4. The range was clean, the staff was friendly, and the range was easy to use. Apparently the facility is less than 2 years old. We each shot individual targets for practice, but we also played a game of Battleship using a creatively designed target. Afterwards, some attended a Liberty Meetup in Nashua, but I had to run — I had a date at Street — a Portsmouth restaurant that now accepts bitcoin!
New, unexpected people came to this event — they must have heard about it from Facebook. The NH chapter of Pink Pistols is “officially closed” because we don’t have board members and bureaucracy to the satisfaction of the national group. I will wait for a few more successful meetups before I re-establish the group as “official”. I had a fun time, we tried out each other’s firearms, we got some practice with our own, and some even learned techniques to improve their shooting. If you’re LGBTQ and live in the Shire, please join the NH Pink Pistols Facebook Page for updates on our group and the location of our next shoot.
Here is video from yesterday’s event
This week a guy stopped in front of my house in his truck and took my photo. As he drove away, he said, “The Coast Is Queer.” I’m not exactly sure what any of it means. I shared this story on Facebook, and Will Coley responded that there was an academic paper by the same name. He had me on his show to chat about it. At one point, his mic drops, and I am left to riff about freedom and life and awesomeness. But Will returns to save the day and finish out the segment, closing on a point about how the media colors our perception of people and groups, like gays or muslims. We all fight stereotypes.