Archive for January 2012
One of the things I’d like to do with this “blog” is post pictures of the things I am able see/visit/experience while traveling. I take all of my pictures on my phone, which is in part why there was such indecisiveness in the title of this hopefully ongoing category of posts (I couldn’t decide on the vagaries of “Life Through a Phone, or Life Through A Lens, or The Pictures I took on My Phone’s Camera…”). So consider this, Life Through A… Something. Maybe someone will give me a suggestion – who knows.
Anyways, I stayed in the Bay Area last weekend, and so I tried to see as much as possible. My phone died a number of times, and I certainly didn’t take pictures of everything I was fortunate enough to see, but here is a dump of some of what I did get shots of:
Starting with Alcatraz Island:
Here is what I want to do: I want to say something intelligible and profoundly correct about what is happening in regards to SOPA/PIPA. I want to be righteously angry about how anyone could ever propose to take away any of our most basic freedoms by proposing H.R. 1981 or what it has most recently been proposed as: “The Keep Every American’s Digital Data for Submission to the Federal Government Without a Warrant Act”. I want to write something about these topics that makes infinite sense to everyone.
*Side Note: I also want to write these next few statements without coming off as a pretentious, pompous ass (Insert: “Too Late” joke here).
I cannot do these things.
Besides the obvious, (and not phishing for compliments) I am not a good enough writer to do so. And even if I were, I still do not believe I could do so.
My reasoning: As these “anti-piracy” bills have come to occupy our current social/political attention, I have been confronted with the idea of a life without the internet as it is today – which includes its vast and ever evolving potential for continued innovation. I grow extremely frustrated and distraught with this thinking (*Can I call these daymares? Nightmares for daydreams?) [At this point, I thought about trying to put some kind of clear point to go along with my own feelings. Wikipedia as always, delivered: “”Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge”] I won’t belabor my point – infinite access to different information, multiple points of view/frames of reference. All allowing us to be consumer’s of information (“traffickers of information” #namethatreference) and if we do it right, cultivate our own quasi-original opinions and further the reasons behind our actions.
(Not that we cannot already do these things in different fashions, but there is none so intuitive and all-encompassing as our use of the internet right now).
What was my real point? I don’t even know enough about these issues to respond the way I would like to. It’s hard to have the amount of time it would take to fully verse myself on these topics. And so my real point to all of this was to post a good number of links to articles about the topics and the organizations/people on both sides of the issue.
In no real particular order:
1. Via Reddit: The Activism Team at EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) did an AMA at Reddit today. It is bevy of information. It has just about everything you might want to know about the current threats to our internets/what you can do and how you can stay active/aware. Really interesting stuff. (*For my non-reddit friends, feel free to get lost in the AMA section. There have been really cool ones from people like Megan Ganz – a writer on Community and Matt Jones – an actor on Breaking Bad).
2. Via Wikipedia: Learn about the EFF
3. The EFF’s Blog
4. Via TheNextWeb: SOPA/PIPA and the new threats.
5. Via TechCrunch: Anonymous Reacts to the take down of MegaUpload
6. Via Mashable/TED: An emergency TED talk: “Defend Our Freedom To Share (Or Why SOPA is a Bad Idea)”
7. Via Mashable: Is Anonymous targeting Facebook?
8. Via CNET: Umm, so is Anonymous targeting Facebook?
9. Via NedHardy: The PirateBay responds to SOPA
10. Via DeepLinks: More from the EFF and our ally Ron Wyden
11. Via KeeptheWebOpen: Advocay
I won’t saturate my market too much, so 11 is all for now. I expect this topic to be an on-going discussion.
Thanks for reading.
P.s. I could not be digging on this Florence + the Machine remix more right now…CLICK HERE
When I have started “blogs” in the past, I have usually begun with a post along the lines of: “In the Words of Why.”
Seeing as I have done this before and abandoned it prematurely, perhaps a semi-new introduction is needed.
There are a good number of things I could cite as my reasons for beginning this type of venture again, but the most pertinent in my own mind, is that I miss writing. As it now stands, my journalism degree is not being used and so while this will certainly not be considered a “journalistic endeavor” it will act as a way for me to practice and hopefully advance a skill set I wish very much to have.
So it goes.
I will try and make this blog a lot of things. I am aware, however that this type of forum needs some kind of honed focus in order to potentially succeed. I am not sure yet though if I wish for “this” to succeed or not – I also have no intention of trying to define what that would entail for me right now. And so, I will try and make this blog a lot of things. My work currently allows me to do a good deal of traveling across the United States. That then allows me to have and share very interesting and very mundane experiences. I’d like to chronicle them here.
I would also like to start commenting on the industry I currently work in (still waiting on responses regarding the guidelines/rules concerning employee operated blogs). The purpose of this will be two-fold: 1. I am less versed in the current tech culture and its constant goings-on than I would like to admit. But I would like to learn as much as possible and decrease my current ignorance to that extent. I believe this blog will help in that – and hopefully if I give people a reason to participate, a continued discovery and discussion will be this blog’s by-product (although discovery and intelligent discussion should always be the main goal of any questioning and learning – but seeing as how I have a tendency to start something like this and forget about it just as fast…). 2. Hopefully any of my friends and family that are not in this industry but have a continued interest in it will help me find topics to discuss and find things that interest them and maybe even explain some of why I am the way I am or do the things I do.
With all of this said, I am still a pop-culture fiend with less that satisfactory attention spans for all types of media. Translation: If I see something cool, I’ll probably just post it no matter what significance it has to whatever my still developing overall point to “this” is.
I could probably say more at this point, but I’d really just like to post some links and leave work (hotel internet is fleeting at best).
Via ColdWarKids: Right now, on CWK’s website, you can download two new singles, “Minimum Day” and “Minimum Mistake”
Via Hypetrak: Andrew Bird’s new single, “Eyeoneye”
Also you should check these out:
Via Brian Edwards: Effortlessly Tasteless
Via Ryan Smith: The Spinning Cook