People will stare. Make it worth their while → Alexander McQueen | Pre-Fall ‘10-‘11

pickyourheadup:

-Carl Jung on Sigmund Freud.

The End of Net Neutrality?

  Recently, I read this article by Marvin Ammori.

  In it, he outlines how internet service provider/telecommunication companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon are attempting to make court injunctions in the USA to allow them to make discriminatory choices in who they provide service to, and how good that service is. In short, it means that they can boost or degrade the level of service, the connection speed and IT support, for, say, a website like Wired or Yahoo on their own terms, be that for a higher price or for personal reasons like a difference in ideology or opinion.

   Currently, there is a nondiscrimination rule to prevent an exploitation and selective distribution of telecom resources. To me, this is another case of a capitalist, industrial mindset, trying to ill exploit a resource for humankind, as referenced in Ken Robinson’s article on climate crisis and it’s relation to education and information.

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   To us westerners living in the first world, we are (or should be) in the full swing of the Information Age. With ever-advancing technology, we can very easily provide a flat, fair tool for education and information exchange via the internet and related new media. The internet set the ground for altruistic sharing of information, and art/media, yet time and time again, laws are passed or proposed that will ultimately lead to a prohibition on information, backed by people with overly money-hungry ideals. This has ranged from SOPA and ACTA, and private deals with ISPs and large websites like Youtube to give companies immediate and hair-triggered tools to claim copyright breach at the drop of a hat.

   But laws and acts like this one will hamper the foundations of the internet; the very speed and accessibility of websites. In the future as software continues to develop and become more resource intensive, something like this will cripple large portions of the internet, making the sites that can afford to make deals with their ISPs look like BluRay, next to sites that can’t, look like Betamax. It will create a resource disparity for the information age, the same way industrial exploitation has created First and Third world countries as we understand them today.

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  Paying attention to how our physical, old school societies and legal systems react to this shows that this stems from a problem in our fundamental understanding of “fairness”. To many people, it seems perfectly fair to do something like act exclusive with a service you can provide equally, at little fluxuating cost, choosing the most profitable option instead for your own sake. To these people, the concept of “with great power comes great responsibility” is only a piffy line you could only hear in a comic book and not something to take seriously.

  For the longest time, these companies have continued to make a profit, hence why they’re still here, yet it is not enough for them. And they can use our own legal systems, systems that never foresaw the conditions we live in now, to hamper advancement and the progression of global society into something truly fair when it comes to the sharing of information.

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  I feel like we should all enjoy our shrinking island called the internet before it sinks back into the polluted ocean that continually tries to drag it under it’s sludge. Either that or pray that there’s a miraculous shift in consciousness before it makes a mess of the digital landscape too.

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neil-gaiman:

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

PLEASE. 

Please do it. This one is important. You may not think YOU are important (you are, by the way) but if your representatives know that you care about how they vote, and if you call, and the person before you calls, and the person after you calls… then they vote to keep the internet the way it is. 

DOOOO ITTTTTTTT (said in the reassuring voice of the thing under your bed when you were tiny)

American followers, for the love of God, fill in those boxes.

Wooo it’s Egypt Week on Discovery and there’s not an alien in sight!

fuckyeahcostumedramas:

Gina Torres in ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ (1995).

fuckyeahcostumedramas:

Gina Torres in ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ (1995).

dreadpics:

Dreadlocks have been discovered on mummies in Peru, dating back to sometime between A.D. 200 and A.D. 800, and Aztec priests dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries traditionally wore their hair in matted locks

dreadpics:

Dreadlocks have been discovered on mummies in Peru, dating back to sometime between A.D. 200 and A.D. 800, and Aztec priests dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries traditionally wore their hair in matted locks

imsozarry:

OMG I KNOW WHY THEY ZOOMED IN KUVIRA LIKE SHE WAS SUCH AN IMPORTANT CHARACTER LOOK :O

she’s a love child!

OOOOOH MYYYY GOOOOOD

Hope you feel better!
Thanks, and I do! At least a 7/10 right now. I slacked off a bit, didn’t run as long or as fast as normal, but even that’s enough to just wake my body up, make me feel stronger than I would if I just moped around all day. Honestly, the biggest challenge when it comes to exercise like that isn’t how physically strong your muscles and lungs are, it’s how strong your mind is. When I get around the mid-way point, that little bargaining part of my mind starts to voice up and say stuff like “weeeell you did do squats last night so I think you deserve a break. It’s fine if you just call it quits now, walk home, and relax”. But if you can get that bit of your mind to shut up, or overpower it with the more determined voice, you feel like this:

God damn, exercising to the point of even a little tiredness can’t be understated as a mood improver. I’m going to go punch a horse now.

"Millions of people have decided not to be sensitive. They have grown thick skins around themselves just to avoid being hurt by anybody. But it is at great cost. Nobody can hurt them, but nobody can make them happy either."
Osho (via thisispresence)

God, I want to bed feeling shitty, woke up feeling worse. But, I’m going to go for a run in an hour or so, so let’s just document what kind of different that makes.

Right now, I’d say I’m at a 3/10.

that place in london?
No, Dublin.

So Temple Bar is/was on fire and I’m OK with that. It’s an overpriced tourist trap anyway.