I Stand Alone

Jay

25 & residing in NYC. Student of life.
Infatuated with cars, good reads, and the pursuit of knowledge.

To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are
and what you stand for, where you want to
go and why you want to get there. ~Kofi Annan

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Life & Times

New photoblog. Posting my personal pictures exclusively. 
The Little Red Lighthouse under the GW Bridge

The Little Red Lighthouse under the GW Bridge

Brendan Eich Steps Down as Mozilla CEO

Reblogged from wilwheaton

wilwheaton:

Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.

We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.

Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.

Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.

Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.

We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.

While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the web. So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better.

We need to put our focus back on protecting that Web. And doing so in a way that will make you proud to support Mozilla.

What’s next for Mozilla’s leadership is still being discussed. We want to be open about where we are in deciding the future of the organization and will have more information next week. However, our mission will always be to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just: that’s what it means to protect the open Web.

We will emerge from this with a renewed understanding and humility — our large, global, and diverse community is what makes Mozilla special, and what will help us fulfill our mission. We are stronger with you involved.

Thank you for sticking with us.

Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman

Sigh. This is what really everything has come down to. Someone does something that isn’t popular outside of their workplace, people find out about said something and come after them and invariably their workplace for employing them. Someone loses their job, company bows to public pressure, the angry people are satisfied that they won (i guess), and said someone has to live the rest of their lives in disgrace for not agreeing with what everyone else agrees with. Doesn’t matter if whatever it is that people are upset over has zero effect on how said person does their job. 

As much as people like to throw things under the banner of acceptance or tolerance or equality and all those other nice buzzwords, it really means nothing. In the world we live in, you generally must go along with whatever the prevailing thought is and accuse the other side of being insensitive and wrong about their beliefs and shame them into believing what you believe in. Free speech is no longer free. You are no longer free to live life as you see fit. 

Its not enough to treat someone with opposing view points with respect. Not even enough to accept those view points because they’re entitled to  have them regardless of how wrong they may be. You must agree with it unequivocally, lest you be shamed into submission. It’s sad really.

There are no winners here. Its terribly unfortunate. 

These birds were nice enough to let me take their picture at Riverbank State Park earlier today. 

These birds were nice enough to let me take their picture at Riverbank State Park earlier today. 

Catching the last rays of sunlight 

Catching the last rays of sunlight 

#3 train pulling into the station

#3 train pulling into the station

Looking at the sun set over Jersey from Riverside Drive.

Looking at the sun set over Jersey from Riverside Drive.

Cold as shit out but the logical thing to do is go to the store, then walk around talking pictures.

Cold as shit out but the logical thing to do is go to the store, then walk around talking pictures.

Was running errands and finishing up some last minute shopping today and got home about 40 min ago. It was clear, zero snow on the ground, just residual snow piles from previous snow and getting colder. What my outside currently looks like. Exciting. Snow for Christmas anyone?

In related news, some lady who doesn’t know how to drive or perhaps shouldn’t be driving decided she wanted to hit my car today, well not really my car it was my mothers SUV. Nonetheless, I was immensely aggravated and still am. Car is fine just a scratch. Her front end was messed up. Welp. 

What really made me more upset with the whole thing is my little cousin (8 yrs old) was in the back seat-on the side the lady hit- and she was just scared and crying and I felt bad. :-/. 

Merry Christmas Eve, and again safe travels for those traveling home or just out doing stuff.

Was running errands and finishing up some last minute shopping today and got home about 40 min ago. It was clear, zero snow on the ground, just residual snow piles from previous snow and getting colder. What my outside currently looks like. Exciting. Snow for Christmas anyone?

In related news, some lady who doesn’t know how to drive or perhaps shouldn’t be driving decided she wanted to hit my car today, well not really my car it was my mothers SUV. Nonetheless, I was immensely aggravated and still am. Car is fine just a scratch. Her front end was messed up. Welp.

What really made me more upset with the whole thing is my little cousin (8 yrs old) was in the back seat-on the side the lady hit- and she was just scared and crying and I felt bad. :-/.

Merry Christmas Eve, and again safe travels for those traveling home or just out doing stuff.

5 days in DC

-12+ hour days
- 3 hours of sleep a night
- reunited with old friends
- made new friends
- met some awesome people
- ate some great food. Half smoke anyone?!??
- made a few fantastic business contacts
- nurtured older business contacts

This trip did what it was supposed to do and I’m happy about that. Now to sleep for a couple days.

I bid you adieu DC, until we meet again.

Gloomy day in the burbs. Still a good bit of color but it’s fading fast.

Gloomy day in the burbs. Still a good bit of color but it’s fading fast.

2.5 hours of sleep. Sore throat and the end stages of a cold. But I’m 25 now, and on my way to Cali!!!

The little things. Excited.