Memorial Day Weekend in Vermont.
Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park
Last month, the New York Times published an article about rules proposed by the FCC, allowing Internet Service Providers (companies like Comcast/TimeWarner and Verizon) to charge for access to faster internet. Some people are referring to this new allowance as “internet fast lanes”. To a business, charging for premium service sounds ok, but in this case foreshadows the end of an equal opportunity internet. These rules effectively change the playing field for companies and startups trying to reach an audience on the internet.
Consumer groups immediately attacked the proposal, saying that not only would costs rise, but also that big, rich companies with the money to pay large fees to Internet service providers would be favored over small start-ups with innovative business models — stifling the birth of the next Facebook or Twitter.
I found this following statement intriguing and inspired the title of this post. I think internet is an important part of the fabric of our society and should be considered a public service (or utility).
The court said that because the Internet is not considered a utility under federal law, it was not subject to that sort of regulation.
On May 15th, the FCC’s proposed rules moved to public consultation, where people can comment on the rules. It appears that as I write this post more than 25,000 people have commented to the FCC about these rules. I read ten comments, and all of them opposed the new rules eliminating net neutrality.
For those who don’t want to write a full comment, there are petitions available where you can do express your point of view simply by lending your name.
Frosty morning tulips, at the Stone House.
I think I found my mission statement.
He should know.
Thai Palm Tree.
Fishing for fashion.
Rush hour at Hong Kong harbor. I guess China manufactures stuff (or something).
Singapore at night. Bought 15 dollar beers to get this view. :)
Chaloklum, Koh Phangan, Thailand
Koh Phangan sunset.
Subway feet during the commute.
For those of you who are wondering if you can have it all. The answer is yes, but there’s a catch. The arc of life is long, so don’t expect to have it all at the same time.
We took an overnight camping trip to Floyd Bennett Field. A small campground in Brooklyn that’s near the old runways and some old aircraft hangars. I forgot my camera, but I found some good pics on flickr.
Came across this treatise on love today.
Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses. You build up a whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life… You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ or ‘how very perceptive’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. Nothing should be able to do that. Especially not love. I hate love.
-Neil Gaiman in the sandman
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