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Mr. Glyph Runner
17 September 2009 @ 01:08 pm
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Take time to read over one of the most significant documents in the planet's history:
Current Location: Grand Forks, ND
Mr. Glyph Runner
Equality in society and the workplace is something women have been fighting, protesting, and even burning their bras for decades to obtain. While I agree there should be equal pay for equal work, an equal expectation of personal responsibility, and equal voices in decision making and voting, I do not think we, as a society, should ever expect men and women to be 100% equal in everything.

One particular place this has come to mention is in relationships. When you take a look at currently popular dating advice sites, you will find women lamenting their status as "single." Oddly enough, the idea of a woman being unable to find someone to date or even marry is quite amusing to me. When it comes to relationships, women and men are in no way equal. In fact, women hold most of the decision power in this regard; this is Nature at her best. While most humans would object to being equated to the animal kingdom, mating in Nature is entirely at the discretion of the female; so too does this exist for homo sapiens.

If we pick the cliche of going to a bar to find someone to meet, what do you typically find? Women are clustered together, away from the men, primped up to attract the attention of the men. The men, meanwhile, attempt to impress the women in various manners, whether through a display of character, fashion, or finances. Ultimately, whether a lady decides to go with a particular gent is entirely that, her decision. She will decide if he has sufficiently impressed her, made her laugh enough, if he has enough money, wears the right clothes, etc.

Now that we've oversimplified the concept of women choosing their potential mate, we look at the long-term difficulties of today's world of relationships. As well-stated in Kristine Gasbarre's article, "Dating 101: Why Am I Still Single?, women "feel they need to be completely self-sufficient in their happiness." There's a major problem with this, though. Men are also raised with the expectation they are required to fix problems, be the provider, etc. How is a man supposed to feel involved in a relationship if he 1) does not really have a major say in who he gets to choose, 2) has to beg, do undesirable acts, and lie to remain in the relationship," and 3) constantly have to be concerned that he has upset or annoyed his significant other in some fashion or another?

In addition to this lack of power in the relationship, men are also not interested in the same things as women (cutesy emotional needs, excessive time commitment, and extraneous activities to "enhance" the relationship). Emotions are not something most men handle well, particularly because most of us are raised with an expectation to control our expressions and emotions, or only display "manly emotion[s]" (Shields, S.A., "Speaking from the heart: Gender and the social meaning of emotion, 2002). As for time commitment to the relationship, it's not that men don't want to put lots of time into a relationship, it's just they're too busy trying to meet the demands of the female for financial stability, increase their social standing, and generally doing whatever it takes to ensure he does not get yelled at or "nagged." Finally, the old adage of "if it's not broken, don't fix it" comes into play regarding extraneous activities, or "fluff." Most men are pragmatic and don't see a need for unnecessary additions.

Yes, that's also another oversimplification, but it serves well to illustrate the point that women are not equal in a relationship. Instead, they hold a massive amount of control and power in the relationship. Men and women operate on different levels and in different fields. Men are less likely to be concerned of emotional needs, are much more involved in "what works," and don't often need (in my opinion) "fluff." How can a relationship be built 100% equal when men and women have completely different needs?
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Mr. Glyph Runner
27 April 2009 @ 12:03 pm
(Original) Published April 26 2009 - Grand Forks Herald
Corrections by John "Sam" Osborne

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By: Ann Bailey, Grand Forks Herald
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Mr. Glyph Runner
24 April 2009 @ 04:17 pm
Sweet!! April 24th and we have snow falling :D Now, if only it would actually accumulate. Who needs Spring and Summer, anyhow?! ;)
Mr. Glyph Runner
23 April 2009 @ 11:00 am
Whoa! A street sweeper in Hawley, MN?! They didn't do this last spring. Perhaps this is a sign that spring has truly arrived?
Mr. Glyph Runner
21 April 2009 @ 05:00 pm
Seriously craving Frito Pie right now! Nom nom nom!!
Mr. Glyph Runner
Quick Action Items:

Petition to amend the Food Safety Modernization Act
Direct Link:

Contact your U.S. Representative and tell them to stop
Suggested form letter:
Dear Representative xxx,
I am writing to implore you to oppose HR 875 - The Food Safety and Modernization Act - and to urge other US Representatives to do the same.

This bill, which was introduced by Congresswoman Rosa Delauro, will mean the end of all farm-to-consumer activity in our nation. Interestingly, Ms. Delauro’s husband is the political consultant for Monsanto - a giant agribusiness. I have to question whose interest Ms. Delauro is promoting by introducing this bill with its innocent-sounding name.

It is imperative that giant agribusinesses like Monsanto do not take over our food supply. We must support small farmers in our nation. Our future of food depends on it.

Thank you for taking time to consider my concerns and for acting in the best interest of consumers and small farmers.


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Additional reading:
Food Police, Criminalizing Organic Farming and the Backyard Gardener
Full Text of H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009

Mr. Glyph Runner
17 March 2009 @ 08:08 am
G'morning, folks! Modified the running to four sets of "walk 1/8 mile, jog 1/4 mile." 2 weekends of illness hit the lungs so I had to do it.
Mr. Glyph Runner
11 March 2009 @ 11:44 am
Winter decided to stick around for a bit longer, and did so with a howling vengeance. As part of my job, I get to brave the countryside roads when law enforcement is saying, "Stay home, don't go anywhere, because we don't want to have to rescue you," so I can capture video footage of blowing snow and reduced visibility. Fortunately, the Grand Forks area didn't get hit nearly as bad as our neighbors to the south, so I was able to drive around relatively safely. The key is to limp along at 15 to 20 miles per hour, get out periodically to make certain that big white swath across where the road should be is actually still the road, and pray that no one is driving up behind you really fast.

Blowing Snow and Blizzard - March 10, 2009 near Grand Forks, ND (video) Meridian Environmental Technology, Inc. © 2009

The video here is almost 2.5 minutes from yesterday afternoon, when the accumulated snow was blowing even harder than the morning section of the storm. Most of this footage is taken along Demers Ave about 4 miles west of Grand Forks, and then the dirt road portions are my journey south on 18th St NE, trying to get back into town. This 14 mile round trip took nearly one hour of driving.

Link to a Google Map showing my route.

Mr. Glyph Runner
01 March 2009 @ 05:21 pm
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