…i can prove it doesn’t ALWAYS rain.


Packed up the fam – and the cam – and headed out to Fort Casey yesterday.  Matthew had lots of fun exploring and the weather couldn’t have been better.

Fort Casey

white kids can jump?


Having some fun with photo editing after  a trip to the tulip fields today.   Little dude started out small but he ended up catching some serious hang time.  For some reason the animated gif to the right wont move unless you click on it.


Here is the original…


And here is a link to the full set of pictures from the day..

Tulips 011

…i got a movie pitch.

Adventures_In_Babysitting and zombies

Since Hollywood seems to be obsessed with remaking marginal 80’s
movies why not one more?  How about; Adventures in Babysitting, and
Zombies!  I know the title is a little in-your-face, but hear me out.
What I’m picturing is a direct sequel to the Elizabeth Shoe film from
1987.  This time however Shoe isn’t the babysitter, she’s the mom.  We
jump forward as many years as have passed since the last movie and now
her kids are the ones being babysat – by one of the brats that was a
child in the original.

What would be really amazing, however would be fooling the audience.
What if it was simply called Adventures in Babysitting 2, and we don’t
tell anyone about the zombies – then bam – at the beginning of Act II:
zombie apocalypse!  The new babysitter has to figure out how to
survive, while taking care of the kids and avoiding zombification.
Shoe can team up with her ex husband and together they can fight their
way through the hordes to rescue their kids.

If you aren’t convinced yet, I have two more reasons why this is a
good idea.  First Elizabeth Shoe is still hot, and she can totally
pull off the bad ass chick role – check out Pirana 3D to see what I’m
talking about.  Secondly,there are the timely Thor references that are
actually going to make sense this time around.  There is a Thor movie
coming out this year and it will be perfect for one of her kids to
walk around in a Thor costume, and even bash in some zombie brains
with a hammer.

…spam of the dead

When I used to live in an Army barracks overseas there was a very colorful character who lived next door to my roommates and I. He used to burst into our room in only brown Military issue briefs and yell, “Carolina!” Although I wasn’t much of a Tar Heels fan myself, these interruptions were rarely unwelcomed. I met Dan White, whom even the NCOs referred to as ‘Cracker’, when I first arrived in Iraq. He was one of the only guys in my unit who didn’t treat me like a new guy, and was immediately welcoming. Falling out of touch with people you really like is a sad fact of life, and I would welcome correspondence from my old friend were it possible. And I was sure it wasn’t possible, because he died a couple years ago, until I received an email from cracker32@hotmail.com yesterday.
I am at first immediately confused, then angry, “What kind of sick shit is this?” I wasn’t the only one to receive this spam, checking the cc line I recognized other members of our former unit and what must be his entire posthumous contact list. I’m sure even his parents and siblings had to deal with this insensitive junk mail reminder of their semi-recent loss.

The world is definitely changing – 10 years ago nobody had to worry about telemarketers calling them from past relatives phone numbers. Today our digital accounts essentially last forever by default, and security breaches of giant databases are more and more frequent for a number of reasons. This kind of thing is only going to happen more and more.

I get reminded of my old friend all the time. Whenever I hear a song from the Donnie Darko soundtrack, or when somebody shouts “Yeah!” in their best Little Jon impression. Now I get to look forward to spam bot generated emails from a dude who went before his time, but I think he would have found the humor in it himself.


…i feel like stuffing envelopes.


I recently talked to a couple of my friends who got me fired up about something, again.  However, I think it is important and I have strong feelings about it.  So instead of just yelling at the people within the sound of my voice I’m going to do what my high school civics teacher told us to do in this situation, write a letter.  Now I always feel like I’m on the correct side of an argument, but when it comes to Net Neutrality I especially feel that anyone who disagrees with me really doesn’t know enough about it – or they own a major telecom company.  So I drafted this letter and I’m going to send it to everyone who represents me.  Feel free to copy, paste, and send it to anyone you’d like to as well.

UPDATED: I have reworked my letter so that is – I think – more effective.  Big thanks to Jessica for her help and suggestions.

Dear Lawmaker,

I feel very strongly that the most important issue that will be decided in the next decade is that of Net Neutrality. I am also frightened that we will make the wrong choice. My impression is many do not understand this issue, and that many fallacies surround it. Those who misrepresent the issue suggest that Net Neutrality is a way to stifle business, but this is not the case, and in fact, the opposite is true. Without an open Internet, we would not have had the revolution in business and technology that we have seen since the Internet began and companies like Google, Facebook, and Netflix would not have ever had a chance. Of those who truly understand Net Neutrality, opposition only comes from those who want to raise the barrier to entry for new sites and services and prioritize their own.

I have struggled to find a metaphor that would best describe Net Neutrality and why I oppose it. Imagine if several companies owned the roads we traveled and charged a monthly fee for their use. This is close to how we access the internet now; we pay to travel a given speed across the internet. Now imagine that these companies also owned several businesses on these roads. Currently our use of these roads is unlimited and without any restrictions other than the standard speed we purchase. But these companies don’t just control our roads, they have great incentive to make it easier and faster to travel roads that lead to their businesses. “Drive to our coffee shops for free because you are our customer,” they might say, “but the shop that is on the other side of town – our competitor – you can only drive to at 5mph, or not at all, unless you’d like to pay us a little extra.” It sounds ridiculous, but it is exactly what all the major telecoms would love to do to internet access. As much as they already legally can, they have already begun these sorts of restrictions.

We can’t really blame them for trying, but we have a responsibility to every future internet startup (represented by the small independent coffee shops in our analogy) to keep the playing field level and let the free market thrive. I do not see this as a partisan issue, but ironically, some on the right see Neutrality as a threat to business. Competition is the most important aspect of the free market and the end of Net Neutrality would be a huge threat to innovation and free speech on the web. Recently, the Egyptian government all but shut the internet down in an effort to stifle a rebellion. Government shouldn’t have the power to stop communication, just as businesses shouldn’t have the power to choose what services we use. Is our access to the Internet a right? If so, then it should be ensured legally. Just as privately-controlled utilities are regulated, so should internet access to ensure that no entity has the ability to exclude users, control what content is more or less accessible, or inflate prices.

I do not see this as an issue with shades of grey. Please oppose any threats to complete Neutrality of service and support legislation that ensures a free Internet.

Thank you,