Archive for the ‘Activism’ Category

A friend mentioned to me today, on the subject of paid vacations in the U.S. compared with other countries, that someone he knows has a daughter living in the U.S. who thinks of it as a big labor camp, with people going years without vacations.

My response was:

“It’s a great place for a small business owner. The government schools are designed to create a population that does whatever it is told to do and believes whatever it hears.”
Ref: http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/

My conclusion is that I should either be a business owner, get a sweet government gig with lots of “benefits” and room for financial growth or get out of Dodge. Preferably the business owner option.

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Might be the Toyota Starlet.

I’d love a new, air-cooled Beetle though. It’s probably the real king.

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Natural Selection

I was thinking the other day about the perceived increase in the number of people with cancer. Let’s say today cf. fifty or seventy-five years ago. Maybe it’s fact, maybe it’s not. Let’s assume for now that it is a fact that today we have more people afflicted with cancer. And other serious diseases.

I was thinking that part of this is likely that since people with these diseases live longer due to advances in medicine, they’re more likely to reproduce and propagate their disease-prone genes. Interesting thought.

It’s probably also worth considering how much this would change if the treatments focused on the root causes of such diseases. Sure, someone can be prone to something but that doesn’t mean we can’t defeat that ailment if we address its exact source, meaning the person and their presumed-hereditarily-disease-prone offspring could be free of the disease despite genetic predisposition.

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I read this Inc. magazine article online yesterday. In it, Jason Fried described for me what I consider to be my personal ideal scene working environment. I really came away from this article with a feeling of calm.

I like to make note of how I come across things like this. In this case, I was looking through Twitter feeds, I believe, searching for someone. And some tweet mentioned this article. I track the 37Signals blog in Newsstand via Google Reader, but I seldom read it.

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While driving home around 8:30 last night, I couldn’t send an email from my iPhone via Edge. Couldn’t browse the web either — I tried it as a test.

Today, still no Edge for email and web. But I can update feeds with Newsstand.

Today, however, when I tested web browsing, I got a web page saying

To connect to the Internet with the device you are using, you’ll need a webConnect data plan.
Please call Customer Care at 1-800-937-8997 to make
sure you have the correct webConnect data plan

I’m very disappointed. Currently, I’m a very light Edge user. I have a 100MB per month $9.99 data plan from T-Mobile and since 3 August 2009, I’ve used 33.1MB (2.5MB up, 30.6MB down).

I hope this is actually a temporary outage, but I’m not holding my breath. If this continues, I may just switch back to AT&T. Blech.

This is a material change in terms of service. If I leave, I want out of my two year T-Mobile contract without any penalty fee.

Here is a discussion of this I found via google.

Good news: This post from that discussion worked around it for me!

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The following is my longstanding firm policy in the event someone asks me for any kind of contact information about another. I’ve written it as instructions to make it easily reusable:

1. Tell the requester that you don’t give out others’ personal information without permission, including the requester’s own personal information.
2. Tell the requester you are willing to attempt to tell the person that the requester wishes to reach them and to give them the requester’s contact information. Be clear that you are not delivering any specific message beyond the requester’s desire to reach the person and perhaps, at your discretion, the general reason for the desired contact.
3. If the requester wants to do this, then
        a. Get the requester’s contact info.
        b. Inform the requester that you will not provide him a confirmation that you successfully delivered the message and that you will not be providing a return message. This is a one-way, blind street with zero feedback always. You are not a two-way messenger but are in fact just doing the requester — and possibly the other person — a favor.
4. When delivering the requester’s contact information, be clear that you’re not interested in whether the person is going to contact the requester. That is most assuredly not your business.

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This emailed article which I received today inspired me to do this. These guys are doing something that really makes sense and I support all most or all of the campaigns of theirs that I’ve read.

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