March 15th, 2010


The Federal Census is underway

With great pleasure we will be able to have our same-sex marriage counted in the 2010 census. Originally this was not going to be done but some good lawyering showed that it wasn't a DOMA violation. The Census bureau is doing a lot of outreach to the GLBT community and the Cambridge GLBT Commission is doing a bunch of things.

The big challenge is to get people to actually fill out their forms. The Census bureau has an App that lets you type in a ZipCode and see the 2000 Census results. It is pretty dismal in some neighborhoods. Among other things people don't trust the government; the Census bureau says that the information will not be released. (Interestingly it says that after 72 years the data will be released - I wonder where they came up with that number?).

A big question remains in our household before we fill out the form - in particular who is to be Person 1 and who is to be Person 2. Several choice methods have been suggested - I was the first person to live here rsc was party A in our marriage; RockPaperScissors. I wonder in opposite sex marriages what percentage of men are Person 1?

The form allows for 12 people in a household with no instructions about what to do if there are more than 12 people (some of our people are lobbying to be included, but since none of them can write or read we don't really have to deal with this).

Some sea creatures on land

Many of the turtles we saw were underwater but some were on land. I was swimming among them several times. There is a small creature on this turtle. I wonder if a small person could hitch a ride (forbidden of course). In another post I will have some tortoises. We did see Lonesome George - the last in his line, but he was in a dark spot under a tree so I didn't take a picture.

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On one of the islands we saw a whale spine. Apparently an accidently beached whale was discovered and they moved the skeleton to a readily visible spot. It certainly makes it clear that they are mammals. The discs are pretty interesting as well.

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