it’s official / camPAIN 2008

it’s official. if you haven’t been checking my calendar (and really, who does?) after thanksgiving i will no longer be a supervalu employee. the concept scares the shit out of me. after 2 years of being a salaried employee making middle class wages with decent enough benefits, it feels like i’m jumping out into ice-cold, shark-infested waters and it’s sink or swim. we’ve done all the planning, conceptualizing, and preparing we can do, the only thing left is to just jump in and hope for the best.

i will go in that monday after thanksgiving to fill out paperwork stuff, wednesday and thursday do whole foods training and then go on the schedule. i have no idea what the future after that holds. i only hope the commute doesn’t suck too much and that i have time to do graphic design which is still the intended primary source of income. oh, and that i make enough between the two to keep our heads above the water. i’m training erin on photoshop now, with regards to building a site template. it’s time to truly prove our/my worth and put my money where my mouth is in terms of being creative for a living.

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after reading some more about dennis kucinich on his campaign site, i’ve decided to leap onto the support your candidate bandwagon. i’m not sure what that means yet, exactly, other than the fact that i want to make some iconified graphics to put link things on a web site (and i noticed there aren’t any, so i figured i could do that, put my skillz to work). little mini banner things is what i was thinking for blogs, sigs, myspace, whatever.

anyway, there’s a couple reasons i’m doing this. one is i agree with his politics. or actually his policies match up with my politics. i also think that it’s time to get behind a candidate. i usually am really slack in terms of researching my candidates. i did go to a talk on the spitfire tour with several people talking about ralph nader and the “if we just get 3% of the vote we will have real funding to launch an actual federally funded campaign” argument and for my part i really did believe in his politics. but i knew it was a lost cause. i also knew in my gut that bush had no chance of winning, and i was right — cuz he cheated. but that’s besides the point. anyway, i tend to just pick the lesser of the evils without really knowing about what they really stand for. if hilary ran and was the democratic candidate, for example, i would possibly vote for her just to make her the first female pres, even if i didn’t really agree with her political stance (and really hate how she’s jumped on the video-games-are-evil bandwagon). also, looking at his political history, this guy has major f’ing cajones. seriously. he’s not afraid to take a stand even when it’s an unpopular one when it’s the right decision to make, and he seems to really have his constituents’ best interests at heart and listen to their needs. it’s worth taking a look at his website to check out what i mean. so he’s someone i can get behind and feel good about it.

and probably he’ll lose anyway because i’m isolationist like that…

i always want to be more politically active and involved but then my laziness takes over and it’s bad. so this time i’m going to be at least somewhat informed. and active. so there may be buttons coming. also, i didn’t realize i was f’ing democrat. i swear i was green. but i guess the D’s have a better chance of, you know, winning elections…

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select your candidate

erin, being my source of all real news, has shared this with me:

it’s a quiz on your views on the major hot topics and matches your answers with the republican/democratic presidential candidates who match best with your views.  kind of good for someone like me who hasn’t paid attention to such things.  apparently my (and erin’s) candidate is Dennis Kucinich.  good to know.

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series of tubes

ok. apprently i’m behind the times. apparently, it’s already old news that the internet is a series of tubes. my lack of knowledge of the series of tubes phenomenon can only be explained by positing that those tubes got clogged and my personal internet did not arrive until this morning.

that’s right ladies and gentlemen, i am joining the blogging REVOLUTION and writing YET ANOTHER blog post on this SERIES OF TUBES we call the internet about the internet being a series of tubes. if your personal internet has been clogged as well, and you are not familiar with the “series of tubes” phenomenon, i will explain. there’s the net neutrality amendment, which has been debated for a while. it failed at a dead heat, neither side got a majority vote. preceeding this, alaskan senator ted stevens explained the internet so a layman could understand:

There’s one company now you can sign up and you can get a movie delivered to your house daily by delivery service. Okay. And currently it comes to your house, it gets put in the mail box when you get home and you change your order but you pay for that, right.

But this service isn’t going to go through the internet and what you do is you just go to a place on the internet and you order your movie and guess what you can order ten of them delivered to you and the delivery charge is free.

Ten of them streaming across that internet and what happens to your own personal internet?

I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?

Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially…

You’re asking now that to tell people who do have these systems that they can not ask that someone pay for the increased capability provided for what — for business. I don’t have to have that kind of speed they’re talking about, in terms of speeds that they’re going to put in the internet. But people who are streaming through 10, 12 movies at a time or a whole book at a time for… consumers… those are not you and me, those are not consumers, they’re the providers. And those people who provide these things and use the internet for a delivery service, rather than for a concept of communication, that’s the difference…

Here we have a situation where enormous entities want to use the Internet for their purposes to save money for doing what they’re doing now. They use FedEx, they use the delivery services, they use the mail. They deliver it in other ways and they want to deliver it vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a truck.

It’s a series of tubes.

And if you don’t understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.


……..this is yet another example of the people who legislate these things have NO F—ING CLUE WHAT THE F— THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT!!!

This is why we need g33ks in politics like Pete frickin’ Ashdown to knock old, crotchety incumbents like Orrin Hatch (who a few years ago “propos[ed] that copyright owners should be able to destroy the computer equipment and information of those suspected of copyright infringement, including file sharing. In the face of criticism, especially from technology and privacy advocates, Hatch withdrew his suggestion days later, after it was discovered that Sen. Hatch’s official website was using an unlicensed JavaScript menu from United Kingdom based software developer Milonic Solutions.” -wiki As a side note, wiki also says this, in the article on Hatch: “One year later, he proposed the controversial INDUCE Act that attempted to make illegal all tools that could be used for copyright infringement. According to many critics, this act would effectively outlaw the internet and personal computers, giving unprecedented legal leverage to media companies.")

I will close with a few helpful and related links. Let’s hope your internet does not get clogged.

Pete Ashdown’s campaign wiki
Series of Tubes blog on ChezLark
Series of Tubes wiki