Posts Categorized: ideas + opinions

A Study in Character, the Hoarder Edition

Yesterday, my brother’s girlfriend Christine and I were discussing various bits as I read out news headlines from the Guardian at large.

Me: Ooooh.. front page… a man is hoarding snakes.

Christine: He is a teacher from Costa Mesa.

Me: The Guardian is a newspaper based in London.

Christine: He is a teacher. Probably from Costa Mesa.

Me, clicking through to the article and reading the main headline: Oh. He. Is. A. Teacher. And he is hoarding over 400 dead and dying snakes.

Christine: SEE! I TOLD YOU SO! I know hoarders, they are are always teachers. I watch hoarding on TV, they are always teachers.

Me, continuing to read the article: He is from Southern California.

Christine: COSTA MESA!!!

Me: Actually Santa Ana.

[Santa Ana is the city adjacent to Costa Mesa.]

Net Neutrality Explained Brilliantly by John Oliver

Net Neutrality explained brilliantly by John Oliver on his new show, Last Week Tonight. Watch the video to both laugh and be educated on a very important issue.

Great quotes from the video, plus a wee bit of commentary from me:

“Maybe, Maybe it is because of their lack of competition that we get such shitty service…” – John Oliver on Cable / Internet providers in the U.S. – “Yet, and yet, the download speeds we get lag behind Estonia!”

This is all too true. My best speed from TimeWarner broadband was 34 mbps down and 5 mbps up. Last summer when I was in Helsinki, my rented apartment’s wifi was 76 mpbs down and 54 up. Lick that TWC.

“O.M.G. How are you still SO DULL!!!! And that is the problem, the Cable companies have figured out the great truth of America: If you want to do something evil put it inside something boring. Apple could put the entire text Mein Kampf inside of the iTunes user agreement and you just go… Agree.. Agree… Agree…”

“This is the moment you have been made for…” – John Oliver on Internet Commenters

It is time for all of us to ask our government to break up the monopoly of one cable provider per city. Go make your comments at fcc.gov/comments, go do it now!

Has the Internet become too Slick?

Dooce writes today:

“During the panel I shared a sadness I’ve felt about the increasing lack of independent storytelling online, how so much of the content being produced now is all about images and beautifully styled vignettes. So much of the web has become a giant Pinterest board”

While I don’t read many lifestyle blogs, I have noticed that many of the food blogs I have read for years are now more like a slick food magazine than a blog. More and more of the bloggers I know have either gone professional or they have stopped blogging.

I enjoy the holdouts who are not sponsored and who are blogging/writing/sharing their passions for the joy of it, even if their passion is also their profession. A few of my current favorite blogs are:

Myth & Moor
Astro Bob
Box Elder
Poemas del rio Wang
A Totally Impractical Guide to…
Moby’s Los Angeles Architecture Blog
Leonid Tishkov: art in progress
Fixing the Hobo Suit
The Bitten Word

What are you reading these days that is good storytelling or blogging for the love of ideas, a subject, or just for sharing one’s life?

In Other News…

Local Passion vine flowers blooming...

In other news, the last 13 days:

April 15th – Tax day AND go to Chicago for super cool HERE Maps and Human Automated Driving demo day. Write up on the HERE day coming to a browser near you very soon.

April 17th – Ms. Jen moved away from Seal Beach for good, due to the damp/mold causing too many migraines and sinus headaches. Ms. Jen waves a fond goodbye to her fave little town by the sea with very good night star viewing. Ms. Jen does not wave a fond goodbye to the evil black mold that lived perniciously through out the town.

April 17th – May 17th – Ms. Jen sits on a house in West LA area whose inhabitants have buggered off to Europe for a month.

April 24th – Ms. Jen and this blog both have birthdays.

April 25th – 28th – Nokia Devices and Services finally is subsumed into Redmond’s Borg. Nokia HERE Maps and Nokia gets new CEOs.

April 26th – Real rain, yes – wet water, fell from the sky for a bit in the greater Los Angeles area. Followed by big wind and a nice chill.

Evening of April 28th – Ms. Jen still loves all of you. Ms. Jen does not love the Santa Ana winds that just started and the heat predicted for the next two days.

April 28th and forward – Ms. Jen is available for new career opportunities, esp. one that will include relocating and mobile.

Photo of local passion vine flowers taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia Lumia 1020.