• My letter to 3rd District School Board Representative Gibson in support of Superintendent Kamras

    Boardmember Gibson,

    I’m a 3rd District resident with two kids in RPS, writing to express my strong support for renewing Jason Kamras’s contract for as long as he’s willing to stay here.

    RPS during COVID has been nothing less than superb. Superintendent Kamras’s communication and empathy have brought a level of stability during this crisis that has made it possible for me to keep a modicum of sanity as a parent. His emails are so good, I forward them to friends and family in other parts of our country as examples of how a school system can do things right. I can’t think of the last time I was this proud of one of my public leaders.

    RPS is better than it was four years ago and there’s every indication that four more years with Superintendent Kamras will continue that trend. As my representative, I urge you to work towards and vote to pass an extension of Jason Kamras’s contract for at least four more years.

    Sincerely,

    Sam Davies

  • Today, works such as The Great Gatsby enter the public domain in the US: Public Domain Day 2021 - Duke University School of Law

  • If I lived in the Soviet Union, I’d treat my obstructive sleep apnea with a CCCPAP.

  • Hello universe. Today may we all be granted a moment to pause, breathe, and be.

  • Rejoice! Today is the shortest day of 2020.

  • I’m surprised my web search for Pikmin-related Gantt charts turned up so few results.

  • I’m much better at organizing 8th grade homework at 40 than I was at 13.

  • There’s nothing quite like the dulcet tones of remote-learning, elementary school recorder class trilling through the neighborhood on a cold December morn.

  • My best friend at work died of cancer this past weekend. I miss her. I wish I could’ve had an opportunity to say goodbye. I wish that just once I would’ve been able to convince her to let me buy her lunch instead of the other way around.

  • Dang I wish I could justify buying one of the new M1 13” MacBook Pros for myself.

  • Spent the day listening to The Cranberries. A hardwire in my brain takes me directly to riding the school bus in 1995, escaping into my Discman.

  • You want an Apple Watch challenge? Set your “Stand” goal to 16.

  • Tomorrow will be the first time in 20 years I won’t have a Macintosh capable of running the latest OS.

  • The work of democracy should be more considered than 280 characters at a time. We can slow down the discourse without slowing down our efforts demanding justice. Lessig calls this the Slow Democracy Movement.

    Listen to an example in his Another Way podcast.

  • I regularly get this song from Square One TV about probability stuck in my head: www.youtube.com/watch

  • It’s not the thing we care about the most, but the thing we had to care about first. Virginia will have drastically less partisan redistricting in 2021! Virginia redistricting amendment approved by voters - The Washington Post

  • The ERA has already been ratified

    I consider the ERA already ratified and is presently the 28th Amendment. The date limiting clause is in the resolution submitting the amendment to the States, not in the amendment text itself.

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission by the Congress:

    “ARTICLE —

    “Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

    “Sec. 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

    “Sec. 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.”

    Congress does not have the power to set a date limit directly. Congress only has Article V power to propose amendments, not to dictate how those amendments are ratified. It can make (and has made) a date limit part of the amendment text itself, basically forcing the States ratify the time limit when ratifying the whole text. See the 22nd Amendment, Section 2:

    This Article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission to the states by the Congress

    Congress can say “here’s a new rule to vote on” and part of that rule can be the rules of passing that rule. But it can’t say “here’s a new rule to vote on and here are the new rules to follow when voting on that rule”.

  • Look at the Red Mirage/Blue Wave scenarios on this site to prepare yourself for Election Night: Election Night Scenarios – Electoral College FAQs

  • Lessig’s new mini-season on all the ways the electoral count can go sideways. podcasts.apple.com

  • I’d really appreciate it if they stopped putting out “20th anniversary” editions of albums I listened to in high school.

  • One positive aspect of parenting a virtual schooler is getting to drink a beer during Back to School Night.

  • Hammock + Beer + Book = Happy Birthday!

  • Happy birthday to me! Opsec be damned!

  • Sometimes I make unnecessary Venn diagrams

  • The fact that my president has no problem lying about little things and big things and still can’t answer the question “Do you denounce white supremacy?” with a simple “yes” is chilling.

    It’d be so easy for him to just lie.

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