Civic Temple: Alpha Release

After several drafts wherein I try to explain my reasons for doing this and then decide that typing variations of “Fuck everything,” over and over again isn’t an introduction, I’m going to keep this short and sweet.

Has your inclination to call or write your various government representatives taken an uptick of late?  As in, a major uptick?  Do you want it to, but find yourself intimidated by not knowing what to say or how to say it?  Here’s a thing that might help.

Currently, it’s a spreadsheet with a bit of setup you need to do initially, and a tiny bit you need to do for each specific issue.  However, once you’ve got that going, you’ll have phone, letter, and email scripts for your various officials – no need to look up scripts a hundred different places online.  Better, they’ll be scripts that are personalized to you out of the box, so you don’t have to put too much thought into rewriting the generic scripts circulating.

This is just the slimmest fraction of what I want to do with this project (thus the Alpha designation) but it’s a start.  Long term, I’m hoping have the beautiful, unholy hybrid of something like the Submissions Grinder or Duotrope and Habitica.  Want to help?  Let me know.  I can do this all by myself, but it’ll be a looooooong time before it’s actually done.

Anaea goes Twainian

In A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court there’s an episode wherein the titular Yankee gets into a contest of comparisons with a local wherein they compare average salaries. The local gets paid better and considers himself the winner. The Yank follows this up by asking about local prices major expenses such as food, points at that the cost for those same items in his area is so much lower that the overall standard of living is higher. The local doesn’t get it and stupidly continues on in the belief that he is the winner of the contest whereupon our Yank punches him, because sometimes that the only way to make sure the argument ends the way it ought to. I didn’t really understand this reaction when I was a kid and read it, I thought that surely Twain was calling Yankees a brutal lot who can’t handle losing an argument. Upon recalling the incident this morning my opinion has changed rather dramatically. There really are people who need to get punched in order to settle the argument properly. For example:

I seriously need to stay off the news