Well tomorrow is the day. I will be finishing school up tomorrow and graduating, then it's check out of here time. Run around pick up all my records, pack the last few items in my suitcase and head for the airport. I will be landing, and off the plane by 930pm or so, and then on to bigger and better things. I am hoping when slavegirl call's the movers tomorrow they say that our stuff is in. It would be great to have a real tv, and stereo....a real computer...not that my mac powerbook isn't real, but the PowerMac G5 Quad is better, and it's a full size screen. Even at 17" this one is pretty small, especially doing the kind of design work I have been doing on the Hawaiipal.org website. You get your color pallets and tool bars all open and it takes up quite a bit of screen real-estate. As I told slavegirl last night, I can see why the designers and artists like the 30" monitors. Until now I couldn't understand why anyone would need anything so large. Man, you open up Adobe Illustrator and you could use that much space easily....LOL.
So I titled my post: Save the Internet - Stupid people, and if you have made it this far you are probably wondering why I would do such a thing. Well, let's start with the stupid people part, although it is with out a doubt lesser of an issue, I realized that if I really wanted to make money writing, that this is the genre that I would never run out of subject matter on. I came to this realization actually yesterday, when I saw on CNN this woman called 911 to try and get a certain police officer back to her house to ask for a date.....he came back alright, and arrested her. She now faces up to a year in prison, and a 6,000 dollar fine. I mean how dumb do you have to be? And what's worse is we are breeding it. Although technology and free markets are the greatest, they are making it so that even the most modest income families can afford to have everything done for them....I see this more and more as I meet the young kids that are coming into the service....and there are so many of them that have NO IDEA how life really works....or how society works outside of the x-box 360 and mommies house. Ahhh well, like I said if I can just figure out how to channel this, I will have a record breaking career.....maybe my books might become big time box office hits....I mean someone had to write Dumb and Dumber (not too bad...pretty funny actually) but then they made Dumb and Dumber'er WTF were they thinking?!
Ok so the next item I wanted to talk about is one that effects all of us even more than stupidity....I know it's hard to believe that anything could effect us more, but if you like a free internet, and I am talking about free in ALL the senses of that word; FREE in that it is just there free for the taking You only need pay for the connection to it. FREE in that you can pretty much do, say, or find anything that you want on the internet. Well, there is a threat to this freedom out there that I felt compelled to mention. It's called the US government and telecommunication companies. What they are doing is trying to regulate what we look at and how fast we do it. For example, www.hawaiipal.org, being that we don't pay big bucks to a company to make us a sponsored link, would not load, or receive the same amount of bandwidth to view the site as a paid sponsor would get. This is a concept known as net-neutrality (well lack there of). AND that's where the threat is. There is a bill that has already passed through the house of representatives that will allow telecommunications companies to do exactly that....the sites and organizations that don't pay them (even though the content is there already) will not get the same fair use as the big companies that pay to be "front runners". So now it's up to the senate, and it's not looking real promising. We all need to go to savetheinternet.com sign the petition, call your senators and tell them to vote this crap down. I know all three of you that actually read this will do something....LOL. SO I tried to do my part. Find out more at that website.....or listen to a brief description of the problem by the Net Ninja at www.askaninja.com. I know other blog sites let you put video in your blog, but I don't think I can on this one...but here's a link to the vid too If I can't get it to display here : Ask A Ninja: Net Neutrality