Canadians now have a monetary incentive to block advertisements, and ads are the reason we have so many free services on the web and on mobile devices. Forget the slippery slope arguments about these pricing models spreading to other countries; UBB is…
You want your internet to turn to shit? You want to pay a fuckload more for your internet?
People in South Korea are getting internet speeds of 150mbps+ for half of what we are paying for our measely 10mbps. Hell, they will be getting 1000mbps (1gbps) by 2012. What is Bell, the CRTC, or the government doing to try and match that? NOTHING. Basically, they want to sit on their ass, charge you more, for less, for slower internet, so you will continue to subscribe to their television service. (The internet is a massive problem to their television platforms and on-demand services. With stuff like bittorrent, YouTube and Netflix, why would you need them? Hence they’re trying to screw you by making your internet life a living hell.)
They take your money, say they use it for infrastructure upgrades, but the service gets worse, and more expensive.
“You are not your bra-size, nor are you the width of your waist, nor are you the slenderness of your calves. You are not your hair color, your skin color, nor are you a shade of lipstick. Your shoe-size is of no consequence. You are not defined by the amount of attention you get from males, females, or any combination thereof. You are not the number of sit-ups you can do, nor are you the number of calories in a day. You are not your mustache. You are not the hair on your legs. You are not a little red dress.
You are no amalgam of these things.
You are the content of your character. You are the ambitions that drive you. You are the goals that you set. You are the things that you laugh at and the words that you say. You are the thoughts you think and the things you wonder. You are beautiful and desirable not for the clique you attend, but for the spark of life within you that compels you to make your life a full and meaningful one. You are beautiful not for the shape of the vessel, but for the volume of the soul it carries.”—
“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something.”—Samwise Gamgee, The Two Towers
A reddit user by the name RobotRollCall posted this great story today in the comments of a discussion about event horizons. It tells a second-person narrative of what happens as someone falls into a black hole. Read up!
Imagine, just for a moment, that you are aboard a spaceship equipped…
Yes yes yes, I happened to flip to Oprah this afternoon — 4 in the afternoon, not much is on TV. I left it on as I ate, and it was Suze Orman, and Oprah talking to Nadya Suleman, or “Octomom” as the media has dubbed her.
They were talking about her financial problems, and the fact that she is…