Homework time with Ian

One of my great pleasures has become the time I spend with Ian while he does his pre-Algebra homework. It has been great watching him learn and grow as he learns the mental discipline of practicing skills, whether they be math or bass guitar. Provided he is in a good mood. Which he is. For now…

Make it Stop…

Today is mid-term Election Day and we have been inundated with ads here in Colorado. Supposedly more ‘outside money’ has been spent here than anywhere else in the country. I’m tired of it, sick and tired of being bombarded with ads.

I turned in my ballot almost two weeks ago and most of the political snail mail stopped but not TV ads and certainly not the carpet bombing of political emails.

We are not even turning on the tv tonight. Somehow, I think we will be hearing about the results. For weeks.

A Complicated Anniversary

Today we observe the anniversary of the CIA’s 1973 Chilean coup as well as the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York, NY, USA.

Is anyone else besides me *really* tired of hearing the phrase “Homeland’ used to refer to the USA? I mean, it just creeps me out with the similarity to ‘Fatherland’. You know…?

Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do?

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.

Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?

On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.

If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10th

Everyone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown

Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

now that Bodhidharma has come to the mountains, he found that Coyote was waiting here, too…

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