Monthly Archives: April 2011

What Silence?

Am going to need my flame-retardant suit for this, I’m sure.

Today is “Day of Silence,” a pro-LGBT event in which participants take a vow of silence for the day. The goal is to raise awareness of the verbal harassment LGBT youths. It’s an absolutely fantastic cause, but I think some people, including the Day of Silence organizers themselves, are forgetting what “silence” means.

Day of Silence is a rebellion against the senseless name-calling by refusing to speak for the entire day. The expectation, then, is for there to be a noticeable quietness about today compared to most other days. In certain social circles, at least. Yet this is the opposite of what I’ve seen today.

Maybe I’m taking this too far, but isn’t Twitter considered a form of communication? And email? And facebook? Are LGBT kids not harassed there, as well? Can they not be called names in type instead of talk? So why then is Twitter so much noisier with people talking about Day of “Silence”?

People I follow on Twitter who normally appear once every few days are suddenly filling my Twitter feed with comments and re-tweets about the day. Most of those re-tweets are from @dayofsilence. One of them was even to advertise a Day of Silence radio special. I really hope that “radio special” is naught but dead air.

I admire and support everyone taking part in Day of Silence. The bullying and harassment will not stop unless we raise awareness to parents and teachers. These people need to teach their kids and students that bullying is wrong, and no one is any less of a person due to their sexual orientation or anything else that might set them apart as “different.”

Having said that, I still strongly believe a great number of people have misunderstood “silence.” The fact that #dayofsilence is trending on Twitter right now should be enough said. On the one hand, I’m happy it’s getting more publicity. On the other, it seems a bit counter-productive to have so many people talking about Day of SILENCE, doesn’t it?

Adventures With Ishy: Tech Support Edition

My mother’s wireless router suddenly stopped working after four years. To get internet at all, she has to plug the main PC directly into the modem. This means she can’t use the shiny laptop I bought her for Christmas, and I’m stuck on this ancient PC when I come to visit.

Since I’m here for the night, I figured I would try to get her router working again. I didn’t expect to fix it — I don’t know much about routers — but I had to try. It’s already broken, what’s the worst I could do? Break it more?

Aside: I know most of my readers aren’t technicians, so I’m going to be vague on the tech-related details. If you are a computer nerd like me, don’t shoot me for the inconsistencies.

I know the Comcast modem works perfectly fine, as the PC is connected directly to it and has no problems with being online. The Linksys router, however, didn’t seem to be working. (modem = wired internet, router = wireless internet). Basically, the computer would claim to have connected to wireless internet, but couldn’t actually load any webpages (or get a ping).

Let the troubleshooting begin! Read the rest of this entry

Becoming a Hermit

It’s a bit of a joke among my friends that I am a hermit. Tom refers to my place of residence as my “cave,” and will go through great lengths to drag me out of it. My introverted nature means I get nervous around large groups of people, especially if I don’t know anyone. Then when you consider the fact that I don’t have the time or money to go out much, my cave really starts to look more like a prison.

Now multiply that by ten and you’ll understand why I’m officially becoming a hermit.

I’ve been going through orthodontic work for the past ten or so years to correct a misalignment in my jaw. This misalignment makes it impossible (or at least painful) for me to eat most forms of solid food. All of this orthodontic work has been leading up to the surgery I need to correct it. I had a consultation with the oral surgeon this past Tuesday and left feeling rather heartbroken.

My orthodontist says I’m ready for surgery, but the oral surgeon says I am not. I’m also currently in a bit of an insurance snafu, in the sense that I don’t have insurance. But it turns out that doesn’t really matter, as there is this rather involved process of x-rays and molds before I can even get my surgery done, which insurance would not cover. This process will cost a wonderful amount of $2000.

So now it’s epic fund-raising time. I have a surgery to fund, student loans to pay back, and a shiny new apartment to pay for. My plan to accomplish all this involves two jobs and a strict no-spending budget. Everything I don’t spend on rent and groceries will go into my savings to pay for my surgery or my schooling.

Between that and my busy work/school schedule, I’ll rarely if ever get to see my friends. Chances are, I’ll be too exhausted to do anything but sleep when home anyways. This also means I may neglect my blog even more than I already do. Consider it like a game: Will Ishy post today??? Correct guesses win virtual confetti!