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Rain to beat the band

Friday, May 19, 2006
Just thought I would share with you that we, here in Massachusetts, are getting MORE rain and its not stopping in any future day as per the weather forcasts. Good thing we live on a mountain is all I have to say.

more MA rain 3


more MA rain 2


Cant do potting, everything is all waterlogged.

more MA rain 1


The view from the window.

Last year we had really bad rain and this is what happened then (you may remember this from a previous post!)

Washed out Road-1


Washed out Road-3


Washed out Road-2


We should do a drive by to see how this spot is doing.

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Save the Internet protest day - May 16

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Save the Internet: Click here


"What we have here is a failure to communicate" - Captain, Road Prison 36 "Cool Hand Luke".

Ok, maybe not YET but it may be on the horizon.

We global blogizens assume that the internet is a democratic and free space. Its not and there are market pressures at the hubs of the large backbone providers to split the internet into first class commercial citizens and second class proletariat.

Just to clue you in, we are the proletariat.

Why?

Not just because we are wage slaves, per se, but because we are not huge multinational corporations willing to pay bucks to hardwire a distinction between them and.. well... US.

How you say? Seems that the backbone providers are offering to split the "pipes", giving the big guys fast service and the rest of us slow service.

On first principles, this is offensive but not surprising. A multinational corporation will be a multinational corporation, bless their little ferengi hearts (NOT).

On second principles, it brings we proletariat closer to obsolescence, something we are rising out of with the current net.

Today is a net-wide protest against this change. You too can spread the news by blogging about it at your blog.

Get your blogging tools at this link

Learn more about it:
Save the Internet
Sign up your blog as part of the protest
Robert Reich on this issues


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Noggin Nemesis - The Backyardigans and The Wonder Pets

Sunday, May 14, 2006
KD photoshoot 2


Must .. Block .. Backyardigans ... before I completely lose my mind.

Noggin, the Nickolodeon preschool channel (best part = ZERO ads), has lots of good stuff that is consistently within the developmental range of our toddler. It is much appreciated but I MUST find a way to block to the following shows: The Backyardigans and The Wonder Pets.

Why you ask?

Because they DRONE ON in monochromatic and repetitive melodies (on different topics) that would serve well for torture interrogation techniques (that would contravene the Geneva Convention for sure).

Don't be mistaken by the good review for wonder pets in it's wiki-entry. A chimp could write better and DIFFERENT scores for these episodes (and THE SAME THING HAPPENS IN EACH ONE).

I can imagine that if they had the Backyardigans or Wonder Pets to blast during the Waco siege, we would have had a different outcome. Everyone would have run for surrender on the first day.

A beautiful example of a musical show that totally GETS it and doesn't make you want to rip your eyelids right off your own face is Jack's Big Music Show. My goodness its like comparing twinkies to apples, saccharine to fructose, ABBA to New Order, ok, I think that's far enough.

I must figure out how to block individual shows on a satellite channel without blocking the entire channel.

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