i’ve been feeling rly sluggish and a little down, so just to motivate myself and remind myself
Today Susan Crawford speaks to Fresh Air’s Dave Davies about the battle over high-speed internet. Internet service providers, especially cable companies, are not required to treat all websites equally. They can provide faster service to some sites and slower, interrupted service to others who refuse to pay them extra fees. In fact, when a video is buffering, it might not be the video loading at all. Crawford explains:
"Arstechnica did a great article about this called “Why YouTube Buffers.” Why do you sit there in front of what you thought was going to be your favorite YouTube clip and you see nothing but a multicolored wheel spinning in space? You may think it’s the YouTube application. You may think there’s something wrong with your computer. It’s probably the Network provider making life unpleasant for YouTube because YouTube has refused to pay in order to cross its wires to reach you. And we’ll be seeing much more of that kind of activity in the future…
[This will become the case with] anything that requires a high-capacity connection—so…streamed video, home security services, anything where the cable operator feels that it could be providing a service that you would love more, they’ll try to get you hooked on their service, and make life commercially unpleasant for the other service and you will follow suit.”
Yeah this is a thing
Oh my god I died of teh cute.
I would so own budgies again too bad they’re so loud
Last week, Woody Allen was nominated for his latest Oscar. But this time, I refuse to fall apart. For so long, Woody Allen’s acceptance silenced me. It felt like a personal rebuke, like the awards and accolades were a way to tell me to shut up and go away. But the survivors of sexual abuse who have reached out to me – to support me and to share their fears of coming forward, of being called a liar, of being told their memories aren’t their memories – have given me a reason to not be silent, if only so others know that they don’t have to be silent either.
Today, I consider myself lucky. I am happily married. I have the support of my amazing brothers and sisters. I have a mother who found within herself a well of fortitude that saved us from the chaos a predator brought into our home.
But others are still scared, vulnerable, and struggling for the courage to tell the truth. The message that Hollywood sends matters for them.
What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?
Woody Allen is a living testament to the way our society fails the survivors of sexual assault and abuse.
So imagine your seven-year-old daughter being led into an attic by Woody Allen. Imagine she spends a lifetime stricken with nausea at the mention of his name. Imagine a world that celebrates her tormenter.
Are you imagining that? Now, what’s your favorite Woody Allen movie?"
screw writing “strong” women
This is amazing.
And of course the unspoken reason why a set like this works so well for Piggy is that she’s the only female Muppet who ever gets a role that has an effect on the plot, so she has to work as every kind of female archetype. A year ago it looked like that might not be the case in Muppets Most Wanted, but we haven’t heard much about it since.
I’ve always felt the term “strong woman” was code for guys to write women like dudes with boobs. Which happens sometimes, sure, but not in the majority.
I mean, most males aren’t even what would fall under “strong women.”
This is good but also I love miss piggy
Dominos is about that life
In prep for the Super Bowl, we spoke to Hall of Fame sports writer Ray Didinger about what he admires most about football players:
"It takes a lot of courage to play this game. I’ve been around it now for 43, 44 years, working in newspapers and working at NFL Films for 13 years and now doing radio and television. … One of the things I’ve taken away from it is a profound respect for the guys who play this game, because it is a violent game and the guys who play it have to accept that fact.
You can have tremendous talent, you can be big, you can be strong and you can be fast, but if you’re not willing to go on the field and take the punishment, then you can’t play. … How good of an athlete you are will get you there, but it’s your courage and your durability and your ability to play through that pain that will allow you to stay there.”
Goid listen today