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Mormon church, Utah senators lend their support to bakers refusing to make cake for gay weddings The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a majority of state senators have signed on to friend-of-the-court briefs in support of a Colorado bakery shop owner who refused on religious grounds to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. In response to the article above, I see a lot of people say “Well don’t businesses have the right to refuse service to anybody?”   Actually, no. Federal law dictates that a public business cannot discriminate against somebody based on their race, color,…

I’ve never really agreed with the adage “Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it.” Partly because I believe that history will always repeat itself, partly due to the fact that it’s unreasonable to expect everyone to study it to the level that would allow total avoidance. I do agree that knowledge of history gives you a better perspective on the trends of the world and can help you see them in a new light. For example, let’s look at the Mormon Pioneers. When they crossed the country to settle in Utah, they were being taught (or had personally…

Last year I was privileged to be able to attend a conference in Philadelphia for my media work. We had a limited budget for this conference, and it was important to me that I take a few of my co-workers with me, so we found an AirBnB near the convention center to stay at for cheaper than the hotel prices. The reviews for this place were pretty good, the location and the pictures were nice, everything checked out. I sent a message explaining who we were and why we were staying there, and got approved to stay there. About a…

It was pretty early in my life that I decided I wanted to make games. I didn’t really know anything about making games, but I loved the way they layered story, puzzles, and exploration into a single package that also gave you the feeling of adventure and progress. Now that I know more about game making, I realize what I wanted to be at the time was a Game Designer and Writer. At Elementary School recess I would gather my friends together to tell them the story of the day, explain the dungeon they were in, and we would play…

This week is the Inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.  I have to laugh a bit… Remember last year when people said that as a joke? This last week people have been preparing to end “Transition 2017” and move fully into this new administration. Which includes President Barack Obama, who gave his farewell speech this week. He took office when I was 14, I didn’t know that much about politics. I thought he was alright. People didn’t seem to like Bush anymore, although I thought he had done fine under the circumstances. Bush was the only president I had really known,…

This last week I posted the following poll on my Twitter feed: Poll: Do you trust congress to represent the will of the American people and act in their best interest? Please answer and RT. — Jarom Solar Norris (@JaromNorris) January 3, 2017 As it currently stands, 84% of the vote is “I do not.” Unfortunately, with only 26 votes, I’m not going to even pretend that this is representative of the American people, or even that it made it outside of my political bubble. Plus when you add in all the problems with this poll, including the comment by…

2016 is over, and I spent a lot of time writing and re-writing this column to decide exactly how I wanted to honor it. The general consensus is that it sucked. Trevor Noah described it as “The year that started with Zika and then went bad.” The rest of the internet made its opinion clear via memes, images like the one above, the infamous /r/fuck2016 subreddit, and more. The other day I shared a link to this article on Twitter. I think it gives some good arguments for exactly why internet communities feel like 2016 was so surreal. And it kind…

It’s Christmas morning and I’m writing this column from the guest room at my parent’s house. I’ve decided to begin my New Year’s resolution a week early, and once again attempt to write a regular blog. I’ve always liked the idea of the newspaper column, and so I’ll be trying to model this weekly tradition after that. Which should be interesting, since I have actually read very few newspaper columns in my life. Christmas has always been a huge and wonderful tradition in my home. Having been raised Christian, American, and Middle-class, the month of December has always been filled…

  This is a bit of a silly thing, but it’s been on my mind.   On May 21st, 1980, a theater in Seattle aired Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at 12:01am, at least nine hours before any other theater would be showing the film. The first person in line to see it got there 24 hours before the showing and dressed as Luke Skywalker. The theater completely sold out.   This seems to be the first known example of a major Hollywood movie premiering at midnight. Before this, the only movies that ever aired at midnight were cult…