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Monday, September 29, 2008



Citibank (which doesn't have free checking) took over my bank. If they try to take my free checking account away, I'm switching to ING.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


The Joy has Departed

The grey clouds obscure the blue sky
The joy has departed
Rain turns meadows into muddy flats
The joy has departed
The bluebird has flown south for the winter
The joy has departed
The frost of autumn chases the warmth of summer
The joy has departed
She puts on her coat, and walks out, never to return
My joy has departed

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


ACTA Update

Over 100 organizations have signed a letter demanding more transparency in the ACTA negotiations.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Dilbert Presidential Survey

Scott Adams released the results of a survey of economists he commissioned as to who would be the better President. Most non-partisan economists favor Obama.

Thursday, September 11, 2008



I remember where I was when the planes crashed.
I was heading into Mr. Rabuffo's Advanced Biology class. I had heard in the halls that "a plane" crashed into the Trade Center, but I thought it was a prop plane or something.
Mr. Rabuffo had the TV on, with the Trade Center burning. Everyone just stood there staring, jaws agape. He turned off the TV and explained for a minute how quickly they could evacuate those buildings. Then an announcement came to turn all the TVs on. That's all we did that day in school-watch the news. The bell would ring, we'd go to one class, watch the news, then go to our next class and do the same.
My Dad works in NYC. Though he doesn't work near the Trade Center, let alone in it, I have never been so glad to see him come home (after what he said was a very quiet train ride) as I was that day.

Monday, September 01, 2008



Comcast is capping Internet usage. I'm not a customer anymore, so I don't have a dog in this fight. However, I still think it's a bad idea. It shows that broadband Internet companies need to be regulated like the local utility monopolies are. Where I used to live, Comcast was the only way to get broadband-DSL was not available. Most people have, at best, a duopoly for broadband (cable or phone).
Congress should enact legislation that classifies cable Internet as a telecommunications service-which it is (I get TV, phone, and Internet from Cablevision), overruling the Brand X Internet case and fostering some competition. If these caps become commonplace, it will just stifle innovation-what if there were caps imposed on the top 1% of users in 1998?

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