Baracky II: The Movie

Excellent work once again…. Baracky takes to the streets, this time — he’s gunning for McCain after conquering the Clinton machine. Can’t wait for Baracky III 🙂

Ticketmaster Can Still Bite Me



Ticketmaster Can Still Bite Me, originally uploaded by revolute.

If Radiohead really wanted me to go to their Monday night (8/25) show at the Hollywood Bowl, would they actually send me to Ticketmaster’s proprietary scalping site, TicketsNow?!? I didn’t think so. Take your overpriced ticket scam and eat it Ticketbastard… you are to blame for holding tickets to resell for your own profit ala the Hanna Montana fiasco and everything else. Count me in on any class action, people.

Oh yeah, and I’d love to buy your extra pair of Radiohead tickets at face value.

Screenshot via my Facebook minifeed. Way to go, Beacon!

Travel Hacks: Oregon Coast Weekend

Today I’m introducing a new section to netZoo called Travel Hacks. I’ve traveled quite extensively (at times) over the past 15 years and in digging through my many notes and recollections, I realize there are quite a few tips, tricks, and secrets that I’ve come across. I’m hoping these posts are helpful to those who read the blog or stumble upon it and I know it will be helpful in digitally archiving the more incredible encounters and experiences of the past, present, and future.

This past weekend I met up with more than a dozen college friends for a long weekend retreat on the Pacific Coast (photos here). We chose Oregon because many of us have relocated to the West Coast since graduating from the University of Iowa in Iowa City between 1997 and 1998 and perhaps more notably, one of us needed to stay close to Portland with a seven-week old (these plans were made in early 2008) and two others were not far in western Washington State.

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U.S. Broadband Speed Still Lagging – SpeedMatters.org

SpeedMatters.org recently concluded a survey exemplifying the embarrassing brick wall (likely agreed upon by telco and cable monopolists and duopolists) keeping out broadband Internet speeds at low levels relative to the rest of the world. At 2.3Mbps average download speeds, last mile connectivity has only inched up in the past year, according to the report (PDF), and it would be decades before we experienced the speeds and functionality experienced by internet users in Japan, who connect at over 60Mbps.

Evident in the unscientific studies is the sharp increase in business districts in which connectivity is often an expensive T1 connection, as opposed to publicly available high speed broadband (which here in LA, is mainly limited to AT&T and Comcast, although competitors such as Speakeasy are able to offer better service at slightly higher rates). California ranks 25th in SpeedMatters’ survey of median download speeds. how does your state rank?

I’ve documented the U.S.’s position on broadband ubiquity and connectivity many times, as well as it’s position in relation to other OECD countries throughout here and here. I first profiled SpeedMatters.org (a project of the Communications Workers of America union) here and encourage everyone to participate in their call to action:

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