Comic book writer Aubrey Sitterson blocked me on Twitter

Aubrey Sitterson, the current writer for IDW’s G.I. Joe comic book series, has blocked me on Twitter. I’ve never interacted with him. I’ve never sent him a tweet or mentioned him in a tweet. That said, he’s blocked me.

I don’t get it.

Considering how important G.I. Joe toys were to me as a child, the idea the writer of G.I. Joe would block me on Twitter, Donald Trump’s favorite social media platform, makes me a little sad.

Just a little.

Update

Comic book writer Aubrey Sitterson.

The mystery has been solved. Aubrey Sitterson blocked me on Twitter because I follow Diversity & Comics on Twitter. Evidently he is using a bot that blocks anyone who follows Diversity & Comics on Twitter. I’m totally fine with that. I don’t read his comics, nor do I listen to his music, so I guess it’s fine.

Draft dodging Donald Trump’s transgender military ban

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce he was reversing the military’s transgender policy:

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This announcement was news to the US Joint Chiefs who were reportedly blindsided by this Twitter announcement as they were never consulted about this matter. The current policy is to allow openly transgender service members to serve in the US military. From the Department of Defense website:

Effective immediately, transgender Service members may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals.

For me, the most powerful word in that sentence is the word serve. Donald Trump never served in the military, In fact, after graduating college in 1968 where he played tennis, football, squash, and golf, he received a 1-Y medical deferment. It meant he was exempt from military service. The reason? Bone spurs in his heels. While thousands of his peers were trudging off to the jungles of Vietnam. Donald J. Trump and his rooster feet stayed out of the military. Before the draft was abolished in 1973, Donald Trump received five medical deferments, precluding him from ever getting drafted.

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Donald Trumps feet in 1968.

How someone like this, a coward who refused to serve in the military when his country needed him, can now try to stop other Americans from serving not because of anything they’ve done, but because of who they are, is really quite perverse. It’s un-American and it’s the opposite of patriotism.

Good patriotic Americans don’t get in the way of other good patriotic Americans from serving their country.

I doubt this ban will ever go into effect. That’s probably why it was announced on Twitter. It will get blocked in the courts as being unconstitutional, which it most definitely is. I think it was announced on Twitter to placate much of his base, the transphobic Christian evangelicals who helped elect him president.

 

Can you make a living driving with Uber?

I signed up to drive for Uber almost a year ago. I started a small freelance WordPress development business and thought driving for Uber would be a nice way to augment the money I made from doing web development work. I didn’t take my first Uber passenger until September 16, 2016. At first I averaged driving about three or four days a month, never going over four hours a day. I then tapered off to driving once a month for a couple of hours. For me, Uber was truly a part-time gig. I drove not so much to make extra money, but to get myself out of the house and away from the computer. It was a nice break from looking at code and dealing with customers.

I decided last week I would start driving every day for Uber. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t think WordPress development is something I want to do long-term. It’s hard to make a living with WordPress. The reasons are many. My specialty is with eCommerce. I worked for First Data for over seven years, a majority of that time supporting the Payeezy eCommerce payment gateway. I published a WordPress plugin made specifically for Payeezy and I’ve generated a work modifying and customizing the basic plugin. Most of my clients have been other web developers. They work for clients who hire them to integrate their website with Payeezy. These developers then find my plugin on the WordPress plugin repository and contact me if they need something customized. I also created a paid plugin that adds Payeezy transaction record keeping to WordPress. I’ve made s few bucks from that, but not a lot.

In retrospect, one of the problems is the basic plugin available for free through WordPress. It does most of the things anyone with a WordPress website and a Payeezy account need. My biggest competitor in the freelance Payeezy integration market is my own free plugin. It’s hard to compete with yourself and it’s especially hard to compete with free.

Another problem I’ve run into are the organizations in need of my unique skills. I do a lot of work for religious organizations. Not all religious organizations are created equally. Although I don’t agree with the beliefs of any of them, some are worse than others. Working for some of them makes me feel like a complete hypocrite.

Another problem are the political groups. Last month an organization dedicated to raising money for Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential election approached me for work. The idea of doing anything to help fund a second term for that orange moron made me feel nauseous.

Speaking of nauseous, the largest job I’ve ever been approached with was an escort business. Each escort needed her own website with her own Squarespace payment form. I got the impression the number of escorts were in the hundreds. If I took the job, it would almost certainly be my only job. With that many websites, I doubt I would have time or resources to do work for other clients. I turned it down. The last thing I wanted to do was make money in the sex trafficking industry.

Just the idea of making websites for escorts depressed me.

Sheri and I are going to Myrtle Beach in early September. I’ve decided that when we get back, I’m going to start looking for a regular job. I don’t want to go back to working in a call center, but unfortunately, I’m good at doing call center work. The only thing that could stop me from seeking a regular job is if I can make a somewhat decent living driving for Uber. That would mean driving every day. That would probably also mean driving Friday and Saturday nights. I may even mean driving down to Washington DC and driving Uber passengers down there. Before I do that, I want to make sure sticking around Hagerstown isn’t a viable option.

Yesterday was a good day. I made $114.53 on seven trips. That doesn’t include the $10 cash tip I received from the rider I drove down to Baltimore. The way Uber works is you make a lot of money driving long distances, even if you’re only paid one-way.

I was logged into the Uber Driver app yesterday for almost seven hours. I made nearly $16.36 an hour, not including the cash tip. If I can make something close to that every day, I wouldn’t need to find a regular job after our vacation. The problem is, most days I wont get a trip down to Baltimore or Washington DC. These trips do happen, just not every day.

I need to do a long-term analysis over the course of many days and weeks before deciding if Uber is something I can do full-time. I’ve all but given up the idea of making a living from WordPress.

It’s either Uber or back to a call center I go.

Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned yesterday. Evidently Spicer was not at all pleased with New York financier Anthony Scaramucci appointment as White House communications director. If I remember the things I learned from watching the West Wing, communications director is the press secretary’s boss. Spicer quit because he didn’t want to work for his new boss.

I respect that.

I’m not familiar with Anthony Scaramucci, but I’m certain he’s an asshole. I find anyone willing to work for Donald Trump to be morally suspicious.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t respect anyone in the Trump White House. I don’t understand how anyone could work for Donald Trump. I especially don’t understand how anyone could defend the actions and comments of Donald Trump, one of the main responsibilities of the current White House press secretary.

Taking over as White House press secretary is Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. She was one of Spicer’s deputies. Being that she’s from House Huckabee, I’m sure her ability to distort the truth is already naturally quite high. She’s been filling in for Spicer for a while now, so I doubt there will be much of a transition.

Now that Sean Spicer has more free time, he’ll be able to attend more anime conventions. Evidently he’s an anime nerd. Good for him.

Visa wants businesses to go cashless

Visa is encouraging food related small businesses to stop accepting cash for payments and to instead accept only credit cards. Visa is calling the program “The Visa Cashless Challenge” and is willing to pay qualified small businesses up to $10,000 to make the switch.

From the press release:

Visa will be awarding up to $500,000 to 50 eligible US-based small business food service owners who commit to joining the 100% cashless quest.

I think this is a great idea. The sooner we move away from physical currency, the better.

The concept of physical currency is antiquated. Cash money is inefficient, dirty, impracticable, and prone to fraud. Cash is the preferred currency for criminal activity. Cash is used by both the terrorist and the drug dealer.  Cash is used by people who don’t want to pay taxes or child support. Cash is king for all sorts of criminal enterprises.

Cash money is filthy. It’s rife with all sorts of germs and deadly pathogens. The herpes virus is most often passed from one person to another, not from toilet seats, but from cash. When someone tells me they have herpes, I assume they bought something with cash.

Donald Trump would not feel the need to build a gigantic wall between Canada and the United States if we had a cashless economy.

I think we’d be a much better country if we moved to a cashless society. As an added side benefit, a cashless economy will also make things easier during the End Times. In the Bible, it tells use that during the end of the world, we will all have to take the Mark of the Beast. If we don’t, we will not be able to buy or sell anything. According to the Bible, even slaves will need to have this mark. Once we switch to a cashless economy, we’ll pay for our purchases using the number on our right hand or our forehead.

Moving to a cashless economy just makes since.

A Darth Vader helmet fit for Donald Trump

There’s no denying our Commander in Chief has a weird fascination with gold. That’s why this Darth Vader helmet would be perfect for him. It’s made from 24-karat gold and weighs a whopping 33 pounds. If he wants it, he’ll need to go to Ginza Tanaka in Tokyo on May 4 and fork over $1.4 million for it.

If that’s too much money, maybe he can get Mexico to pay for it.