I am Karan from Olympia, WA. Almost every other name used here is a pseodonym pseudonim pseudonymn alias. The rest of it is true - mostly - and all of it is my own. Don't even think about taking any of it, unless of course, you want to pay me.

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    om namay padmay om

    [ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 ]

    Verizon killed the internet

    From the New Yorker: “Since 1970 or so, carriers like A.T. & T. and Verizon have been barred from blocking or degrading whatever is transported over their lines. Although, at the time, the rule Verizon killed the internet primarily concerned long-distance voice calls, that principle, applied to the Internet, has become known more recently as net neutrality. It offers a basic guarantee: that content providers on a network—whether it be YouTube, Wikipedia, or bloggers—can reach their users without worrying about being blocked, harassed, or forced to pay a toll by the carrier. Policing that rule in its various guises has been a core mission of the Federal Communications Commission for the past four decades—and keeping carriers away from Internet content has been among the F.C.C.’s most successful policy initiatives since its creation, in 1934. It is the Magna Carta of the Web; today, there’s not a tech firm or a blog that doesn’t owe something to the open, unblocked Internet....”

    This isn’t such good news.

    Posted by karan on 01/22 at 01:03 PM
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    [ Friday, January 17, 2014 ]

    Obama and the NSA

    I haven’t written here for a long time.  It doesn’t mean I haven’t had a thought or two about what’s gone on around me, just that I ignored here.

    So...with the NSA and all this phone call, email and cell phone spying…

    I had mixed feelings when this whole NSA is spying on us thing unfolded.  My first thought was duh...didn’t the Bush administration make this legal after 911? Like who assumed they weren’t doing just this?  My contrary thought was what a bunch of assholes work for our government/ are our government.

    The second thought I had was that Snowden was a baby and his revelations bordered on traitorous. Mostly I thought he was amazingly naive.

    Finally, I figured that this was something we were all going to have to live with and if I had any intention of going subversive, I’d have to learn to watch me and my big mouth.

    Today, Obama released his plan to make this whole NSA spying thing seem not so bad.  Yeah.  He’s out in a couple of years and who knows who or what will undo anything he sets in motion today.  One of his plans is to take the government out of the business of storing all this electronic data they collect.  Not that they’ll stop it, just that (I guess) they’ll contract it out to (what I hope) is a trustworthy citizen corporation...you know, like Blackwater.

    I’ve seen enough of those doomsday movies to realize that I don’t necessarily want to put my trust in some private hands.  Seems to me that we’ll have even less protection there. 

    I guess that I’ll have to begin to practice my subversive privacy efforts starting now.  Or yesterday.

    Posted by karan on 01/17 at 01:43 PM
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    I haven’t been able to put my finger on it…

    I’ve been in a funk...unable to figure out what it is that sent me there. I’ve wallowed in it, trying to think my way out of it.  It’s all a process, don’t you know.

    My way of moving onward is to examine what’s up and once I figure it out, I feel like I can just get on with my own self and leave that all behind me.

    I think I’ve finally figured it out.  I think I’m feeling a bit of grief for the loss of the life I expected to be leading at this point in my life.  I expected to be living and enjoying my late middle ages with Leonard...finding a simpler existence and looking forward to a formal retirement.  Instead, we’ve spent the last 5+ years worrying about money, supporting our grown kids as they move in and out of our home, welcoming a grandson and feeling a mountain of disappointment in most of those efforts and experiences.

    One of my favorite hokey homilies is a Yiddish one: “Man plans and God laughs.” And sometimes I need to remember that my own ability to rebound and exercise my flexibility is to understand that just because I was dreaming of a certain outcome doesn’t mean that it will happen. 

    Once I came to that realization, I slapped my forehead and have now decided to move on.  Plus...I remembered that this place is where I air out my brain and reach these realizations sooner.

    I am back.

    Posted by karan on 01/17 at 11:23 AM
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    [ Monday, October 28, 2013 ]

    The Affordable Health Care Act

    The Affordable Health Care Act application process is killing me. It is a frustrating to tears experience, so far. I expect that it will only get worse as the Dec 23rd deadline befalls us. 

    Posted by karan on 10/28 at 10:20 AM
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    [ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 ]

    Some of the best writing ever…

    I know that I’m late to the game, but I was so deeply touched by this “conversation” that I need to acknowledge it in this small way:

    Scott Simon Tweets and Honors His Mother.

    Posted by karan on 07/30 at 07:21 AM
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    [ Tuesday, July 16, 2013 ]

    That royal baby

    S/he’s not here yet but s/he sure is getting a lot of attention.  I’m going to add to that attention with a gift lift of suggestions.

    1.
    The Story of Britain: From the Romans to the Present: A Narrative History
    A book of British history - The Story of Britain: From the Romans to the Present: A Narrative History
    After all the kid is the future symbolic keeper of the flame so they
    should be able to answer any Jeopardy question that comes up
    about the empire’s past.

    2.
    Keep Calm
    Of course, a pacifier.  All babies need a pacifier

    3.
    A proper tea set
    A proper tea set.

    4.
    A Facinator or a Bowler
    Head garb...each dependent upon the new royal’s gender

    5.
    Big Ben
    An alarm clock

    6.
    vacation castles
    Vacation castles

    7.
    royal baubles for dress up
    Royal baubles for dress up

    8.
    Downton Abbey catch up
    Downton Abbey catch up

    9.
    A Royal T-Shirt
    Royal duds

    10.
    A guard to protect her or his privacy
    And most importantly, privacy.

    Posted by karan on 07/16 at 02:03 PM
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