Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Sites Twenty Three

I am sorry, given time constraints, the Scott Young post will have to be delayed until next Sunday. In the meantime, enjoy these selected non-profits.
The ACLU, the king of liberal nonprofits, has many amazing articles about progression in personal freedom. Electronic Frontier Foundation, prescribing the same rules and regulations to the internet is silly, given that the very nature of it is different than that of the real world. Exactly how can we become more democratic? The freedom to truly own our software is also a divisive issue. Like patenting the human genome, open-source software sparks interest in many

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Sites Twenty-Two

This week's Sunday Sites will be mixed in themes, sites which I collected over my Spring Break. Given the free nature of Wikipedia, it is prone to plagiarism, which is unethical. A boon for those who need alternatives to expensive, mainstream products.;subject;1 The Future of Zelda, and of Video Games in General Deleting Earth, wait, didn't we already do that at the Industrial Revoloution? A bit of a follow up to April Fool's Day, stuff I was waiting to post. This largely inspired me to write my April Fool's Blog Post

Next Week's Sunday Sites will focus specifically on the Scott Young blog. Good luck!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Line up here for indvidual freedom, guranteed.

As I found this article in the SF Chronicle archives for 1969. The article's copyright has not yet expired, thus, I am not free to post the text in its entirety here. So I will just provide the link to the archival article at SFgate.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunday Sites Twenty-One

Happy Easter to everyone at My Back Pages, and Passover to those who celebrate it. This is the first Sunday Sites in ages, so enjoy. The Photoblog is the sparsely updated visual arm of My Back Pages, my Flickr photostream is where all the images come from.;_ylt=AhFckKxC0lZ3srUsYWxueKEDq594 A religious holiday like this, celebrated so prominently throughout the US, makes us come to wonder whether or not this nation endorses one faith over another.
Does freedom of speech entail the right to defame religions?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

AdBusting the Prius

The Toyota Prius might in fact be the ultimate white person product, it is modern, expensive and gives you the idea that you are helping the environment.

~Christian Lander

Often, there is a social connotation that comes with the use of a hybrid car. That by driving such a car, you are helping the environment. Thus, this lends bragging rights to those who use such cars. However, nothing can be further from the truth.

While I advocate such products for the fact that they are friendlier to the environment than traditional gas-guzzlers, one must understand that such a product still produces pollution, and as of now, no motor vehicle is friendly to the environment. We are still far from achieving a goal of mainstream Zero-Emissions Vehicles, only then, can we say that we are helping the environment by driving.

Thus, the belief that driving hybrid cars is helpful to the environment is a slippery-slope. Now, by no way is this intended to strike back against hybrid vehicles, but rather, debunk such a myth.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Happy Birthday to My Back Pages

I started blogging one year ago on this day. 74 posts, 20 Sunday Sites, a name change and 6 comments later, here we are.

I have changed a lot over the past year, and this blog has been a major catalyst for that as well as evidence of it. Starting off with some minor, poorly-written meditations on The Catcher in the Rye to my recent manifesto on my justification of same-sex marriage, this blog has changed and matured significantly.

This blog made its debut under the name Some Thoughts, but would soon be renamed My Back Pages, after the Dylan song of the same name. The song itself is a manifesto against preaching, a sign that Dylan has changed from his old self. The song would come with great backlash from longtime fans, persevering, Dylan would proceed to become his own, authentic self.

The motto of this blog has always been Question the Answers. That has always been the intention of each of the blog posts I have written here. To question many of society's social norms and irrationally held beliefs.

So thank you for reading. Both those who have joined me for the whole year and those who have just joined. Thank you. This next year will bring new questions and fresher adventures, and will be, generally, more awesome than the last.