Litmus Tests

What if litmus tests become common?” asks Dave Winer. Go read it. It’s short. I’ll wait.

In applying for a board position, I was asked a litmus test question. I answered truthfully, “I don’t agree with all of these statements.” I specifically pointed out my disagreement and why. And I still got the position. But I might not have.1

Those of us who value diversity need to be willing to answer honestly. After all, if an organization won’t hire me because of my human rights values, do I really want to spend the majority of my waking hours around narrow-minded bigots?2

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not advocating all should have the same values or that I would work only with those who share my values. I like Andrew Sullivan’s view:

If we cannot live and work alongside people with whom we deeply disagree, we are finished as a liberal society.

Gay marriage seems to be a dangerous topic these days. But it shouldn’t be.3

  1. And as an unpaid, volunteer position, the monetary impact on me would have been nil. I’m not tooting my horn too hard here. But it was a position I wanted. 
  2. Yes, I understand intolerance of intolerance. But integrity should limit one’s tactics. 
  3. Here is my post on Prop 8

Biking Recap for March 2014


Three months in, and I’m still averaging more than 100 miles per month.1

My March Bicycling Accomplishments

  • March was a lighter month on the bike for me. Between getting sick, a couple of business trips, some vacation, and some days just not feeling like getting on the bike, biking didn’t have much of a chance. And I’m fine with that. I still probably biked more than you did. :-p </snark>
  • I put the shorts back on. I was starting to think I was slowing down over the winter, which seemed strange because I was still biking quite a bit. Then, a week ago, I put on some new “dress” shorts with a nice shirt2 and rode to work. It was still brisk in the morning, so I wore my rain pants over top. But at lunch and on the way home, just the shorts — and I was fast!!3

Mileage Summary

miles biked march 2014

DistanceTime / Bike
60Biked in March4
372Bike in 20145

How is your 2014 so far on the bike?

Keep pedaling!

  1. How’s that for positive spin? ;-) 
  2. Could this be the clothing equivalent of a mullet? Business on the top; party on the bottom… 
  3. Well, at least faster. Fast enough. 
  4. 2,294 – 2,101 
  5. 2,294 – 1,922