internet connection

Apr. 26th, 2017 11:57 pm
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In April 2014, my internet provider starting charging a monthly modem lease fee of $6. In the prior 7 years, they had never charged such a fee. I even had a false memory that they had originally told me that the modem they gave me would belong to me. I noticed the price increase on my bill, but mistakenly thought it was a rate increase.

Only in January 2015, when my statement mentioned that the fee was being increased to $8/month, did I realize I was paying a lease fee. I felt a combination of outrage (at being charged to rent my own property) and pleasant surprise (that I could be paying a lower monthly amount). I promptly turned the modem in, and bought my own to replace it.

I later I found a note I originally written down when signing up for the service, which did state that my ISP retained ownership of the modem. So my outrage was mollified in arrears.

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Last July, I was having internet speed issues.

Last September, a lightning strike or surge through the internet cable fatally damaged my modem, router, and printer all at once.
So I had to replace all 3.

Since then, I no longer noticed the internet speed issue, but instead had instances where my internet connection would drop. It was quite random. A few times it was out for half an hour or longer, but mostly it came back up within a minute or so. Some days it would repeatedly drop and come back up.

This week I finally called TWC, now Spectrum, about the problem, and they sent a tech out to research it. Turns out that the ground wire was connected to the ground ok outside my cable box, but wasn't connected *inside* the box (which I could have figured out and fixed a long time ago myself, if they didn't use those annoying locking screws that I'd need to buy a special tool for, to open the box). The tech also replaced some other parts in the box, and said he'd check the connections at the pole. He said that there's probably a device on my line to stop me from getting cable (as I'm not paying for TV, only for internet), but those devices can go bad and cause problems, and there's no tool for testing them. He said he'd remove it from my line.

This evening, my internet speed (download) is 23 Mbps. The best speed I had ever had before was under 18 Mbps. Based on my rate, I'm only supposed to get up to 15. So I'm not sure what to make of that.

Before, the modem page was showing only one bonded upstream channel. I'm not sure how long that's been going on - it wasn't that way when I got the modem in September. But now it is back to showing all 4 bonded upstream channels.



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Review: Necessity

Apr. 26th, 2017 09:42 pm
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Review: Necessity, by Jo Walton

Series: Thessaly #3
Publisher: Tor
Copyright: July 2016
ISBN: 0-7653-7902-3
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 331

Athena's experiment with a city (now civilization) modeled after Plato's Republic continues, but in a form that she would not have anticipated, and in a place rather far removed from its origins. But despite new awareness of the place and role of gods, a rather dramatic relocation, and unanticipated science-fiction complications, it continues in much the same style as in The Just City: thoughtful, questioning debate, a legal and social system that works surprisingly well, and a surprising lack of drama. At least, that is, until the displaced cities are contacted by the mainstream of humanity, and Athena goes unexpectedly missing.

The latter event turns out to have much more to do with the story than the former, and I regret that. Analyzing mainline human civilization and negotiating the parameters of a very odd first contact would have, at least in my opinion, lined up a bit better with the strengths of this series. Instead, the focus is primarily on metaphysics, and the key climactic moment in those metaphysics is rather mushy and incoherent compared to the sharp-edged analysis Walton's civilization is normally capable of. Not particularly unexpected, as metaphysics of this sort are notoriously tricky to approach via dialectical logic, but it was a bit of a letdown. Much of this book deals with Athena's disappearance and its consequences (including the title), and it wasn't bad, but it wanders a bit into philosophical musings on the nature of gods.

Necessity is a rather odd book, and I think anyone who started here would be baffled, but it does make a surprising amount of sense in the context of the series. Skipping ahead to here seems like a truly bad idea, but reading the entire series (relatively closely together) does show a coherent philosophical, moral, and social arc. The Just City opens with Apollo confronted by the idea of individual significance: what does it mean to treat other people as one's equals in an ethical sense, even if they aren't on measures of raw power? The Thessaly series holds to that theme throughout and follows its implications. Many of the bizarre things that happen in this series seem like matter-of-fact outcomes once you're engrossed in the premises and circumstances at the time. Necessity adds a surprising amount of more typical science fiction trappings, but they turn out to be ancillary to the story. What matters is considered action, trying to be your best self, and the earnest efforts of a society to put those principles first.

And that's the strength of the whole series, including Necessity: I like these people, I like how they think, and I enjoy spending time with them, almost no matter what they're doing. As with the previous books, we get interwoven chapters from different viewpoints, this time from three primary characters plus some important "guest" chapters. As with the previous books, the viewpoint characters are different again, mostly a generation younger, and I had to overcome my initial disappointment at not hearing the same voices. But Walton is excellent at characterization. I really like this earnest, thoughtful, oddly-structured society that always teeters on the edge of being hopelessly naive and trusting but is self-aware enough to never fall in. By the end of the book, I liked this round of characters nearly as much as I liked the previous rounds (although I've still never liked a character in these books as well as I liked Simmea).

I think one incomplete but important way to sum up the entire Thessaly series is that it's a trilogy of philosophical society-building on top of the premise of a universal love for and earnest, probing, thoughtful analysis of philosophy. Walton's initial cheat is to use an deus ex machina to jumpstart such a society from a complex human world that would be unlikely to provide enough time or space for it to build its own separate culture and tradition. I think the science-fiction trick is required to make this work — real-world societies that try this end up having to spend so much of their energy fighting intrusion from the outside and diffusion into the surrounding culture that they don't have the same room to avoid conformity and test and argue against their own visions.

Necessity is not at all the conclusion of that experiment I would expect, but it won me over, and I think it worked, even if a few bits of it felt indulgent. Most importantly for that overall project, this series is generational, and Necessity shows how it would feel to grow up deep inside it, seeing evolution on top of a base structure that is ubiquitous and ignored. Even the generation in The Philosopher Kings wasn't far enough removed to support that; Necessity is, and in a way this book shows how distinctly different and even alien human culture can become when it has space to evolve on top of different premises. I enjoyed the moments of small surprise, where characters didn't react the way that I'd expect for reasons now buried generations-deep in their philosophical foundations.

This book will not win you over if you didn't already like the series, and I suspect it will lose a few people who read the previous two books. The plot structure is a little strange, the metaphysics are a touch strained, and the ending is, well, not quite the payoff that I was hoping for, although it's thematically appropriate and grew on me after a few days of thinking it over. But I got more Socrates, finally, who is as delightful as always and sorely needed to add some irreverence and contrariness to the the mix. And I got to read more about practical, thoughtful people who are trying hard to do their best, to be their best selves, and to analyze and understand the world. There's something calming, delightful, and beautifully optimistic about their approach, and I'm rather sad to not have more of it to read.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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Apr. 27th, 2017 04:15 am
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Posted by swissbeauty23



Social media queen Demi Lovato recently got a new tattoo on her hand, which BANG BANG posted on Instagram along with the caption, "@ddlovato sometimes the canvas makes the art ;) Thank you for your trust."

Fans have noticed, however, how similar it is to that of her ex-boyfriend, Guilherme Bomba's...

So Demi tweeted about it, insisting that it's all just a coincidence, even though she recently deleted all photos of herself and the MMA fighter from social media.




Do you get tattoos similar to that of your exes, ONTD?

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Apr. 27th, 2017 04:10 am
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Posted by editrx

Business picked up a tad today, but we're still averaging about $30/day during the 5 days a week we're open right now. This is not sustainable. If it's a usual year, after July 4 we'll start to get much more business, but last year that didn't happen; even through summer, fall, and Christmas we did less than half our usual business.

I'm now 3 months behind on the rent. I will start posting some of our more interesting books here again; some are not terribly expensive but kind of cool, some more expensive (not over $50) and tres cool. Hopefully they'll catch someone's eye.

I'll also repost my amigurumi cats so you can see the new colors: those can be ordered directly via here or from the Etsy store (again, I'll post links along with the photos).

A girl's gotta make a living. Right now I'm not. We are down to a box of spaghetti and not even a jar of sauce. I couldn't buy bread today because I had to pay the Internet and phone bill for the store (last month's was overdue). I hate whining, but I'm worried and tired and my back is killing me (and I can't go to the doctor for my spine because ... copay fees).

Every little bit will help right now. Oh, and a reminder to everyone here: You can help with nicklels and dimes by NOT buying through Amazon and instead ordering (free shipping!) your new books through my bookstore's website. All books in print, CDs, DVDs, everything you'd find otherwise is there.

click on order books online at this site

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Apr. 27th, 2017 03:27 am
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Posted by babarsuhail




Netflix is nearing a deal to renew 13 Reasons Why for a 2nd season. Writer's room was set a few weeks ago.

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Apr. 27th, 2017 03:19 am
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Posted by rakugaking



Gloria revisits her stepfather's past to try and find some answers.




The hand and the glove. The bottle and the beer. Go behind the scenes for an inside look at Ray and Nikki’s love story.

Noah, Ewan, and Mary-Elizabeth talks a bit about the relationship between these two characters =)
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Enjoying the start of this new season, so far. Especially these new characters =) Thoughts on the ep?

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Apr. 27th, 2017 02:31 am
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(1) IN A HOLE IN THE GROUND THERE LIVED AN ARCHITECT. The structure replacing Ray Bradbury’s torn-down home is nearly finished. LA Observed interviewed architect Thom Mayne and his wife about the design in “What would Ray think? Thom and … Continue reading

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Apr. 27th, 2017 02:18 am
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Posted by jgp1968


Dolce & Gabbana designer Stefano Gabbana reacted to a Footwear News story about social media criticism of a new D&G sneaker with the message "I'm thin and gorgeous" emblazoned on the side:



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Apr. 27th, 2017 01:43 am
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Posted by chibik3r0

survivor

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Debbie was voted out 6 - 5 over Andrea.

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Please put unaired spoiled discussion under an lj-spoiler cut!

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Apr. 27th, 2017 01:22 am
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Posted by ms_mmelissa


  • Brad Pitt will return

  • Production is going to start in early 2018 for a 2019 release

  • His first sequel since Alien 3


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Apr. 27th, 2017 01:12 am
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Posted by rawr_santi



OLIVER AND FELICITY ARE TRAPPED — Things get intense when Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) are trapped in the bunker together. Meanwhile, Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Andreson) and Diggle (David Ramsey) deal with their marital issues. Wendey Stanzler directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz (#520). Original airdate 5/3/2017.

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Apr. 27th, 2017 01:04 am
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Posted by nanasdiary







Harry continued, “Anything that brings people together is better than something that brings them apart.”

When asked about whether the album was really about a woman like he said in Rolling Stone ('"She's a huge part of the album," says Styles. "Sometimes you want to tip the hat, and sometimes you just want to give them the whole cap ...  and hope they know it's just for them."') he backtracked, saying "The album is more about me than it is about anyone else. I put a lot of work in it, so I don’t feel like it revolves around a woman.”
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gender norm breaking king!

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Apr. 27th, 2017 12:01 am
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Posted by theemii



17. ANTON CHIGURH – JAVIER BARDEM – NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

17. ANTON CHIGURH – NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN



About: Anton Chigurh is an emotionless, compassionless killing machine. His inability to comprehend human life is matched only by his ability to take it, as he does with ruthless abandon throughout the running of No Country For Old Men. Hired to track down drug money by a group of Americans, he quickly kills those who hired him and begins to search for the money on his own. He carries a cattlegun, which fires a cylinder from a hose which is connected to a tank of compressed air to destroy cylinder locks and dispatch a host of victims. He also carries a silenced assault shotgun. It is said that Anton Chigurh is now one of the most iconic villains of all time.

12. ALEX DELARGE – MALCOLM MCDOWELL – A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

12. ALEX DELARGE – A CLOCKWORK ORANGE



About: Alex is the narrator, protagonist and antihero in the novel A Clockwork Orange. He is portrayed as a sociopath who robs, rapes, and assaults innocent people for his own amusement. Intellectually, he knows that such behaviour is morally wrong, saying that "you can't have a society with everybody behaving in my manner of the night". He nevertheless professes to be puzzled by the motivations of those who wish to reform him and others like him, saying that he would never interfere with their desire to be good; he simply "goes to the other shop".

10. ANNIE WILKES – KATHY BATES – MISERY

10. ANNIE WILKES – MISERY



About: Annie Wilkes was a former nurse living at an isolated farmhouse in Colorado. She rescued her favorite author, Paul Sheldon from a car wreck. Realizing Sheldon had 'killed' her favorite literary character, Misery Chastain, in a recent novel and his yet-to-be-published novel would lead his career in a new direction. She destroyed his new manuscript, held him captive, and demanded he resurrect Misery in a new book, written just for her.

She uses her medical skills to control Sheldon, if not her temper which, on one occasion, led her to 'hobble' Sheldon. He finally managed to escape, killing her in the process.

Wilkes is one of Stephen King's most recognizable characters.

5. AMON GOETH – RALPH FIENNES – SCHINDLER’S LIST

5. AMON GOETH – SCHINDLER’S LIST



About: Played by Ralph Fiennes, Amon Goeth was an Austrian SS-Hauptsturmführer (captain) and the commandant of the Kraków-Paszów concentration camp in Paszów in German-occupied Poland for most of the camp's existence during World War II.

2. DARTH VADER – DAVID PROWSE:JAMES EARL JONES – STAR WARS

2. DARTH VADER – STAR WARS



About: Once a heroic Jedi Knight, Darth Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force, became a Sith Lord, and led the Empire’s eradication of the Jedi Order. He remained in service of the Emperor -- the evil Darth Sidious -- for decades, enforcing his Master’s will and seeking to crush the fledgling Rebel Alliance. But there was still good in him…

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who's your favorite movie villain??

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Apr. 27th, 2017 12:01 am
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How do you like your hotdogs, ONTD?

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Apr. 26th, 2017 11:47 pm
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Posted by jovialenemy



Jessica Lucas announced her engagement to Alex Jermasek.

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Congratulations to the happy couple!!!

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Apr. 26th, 2017 11:47 pm
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Posted by kris_terror

- His "What Up With That" sketches starting in 2009 are what has defined him at SNL.
- Kenan Thompson definitely has name recognition thanks to his decades of work on television, but he's not nearly as famous as some of the people to come through SNL, and his fame has never taken off to movies or his own TV show
- That said, he's about to accomplish something no one else at SNL has: becoming the single longest running cast member at 15 seasons.
- He's impersonated 100+ people during his time on the show, more than any other cast member in the show’s history
- Speaking with multiple people behind the scenes, Thompson is cited as someone who makes SNL better all around. Writers can rely on his timing to make people laugh, fellow cast mates can rely on him to set up their bigger moments, and the crew can rely on him to be kind of an on-stage manager by controlling the tempo of the sketches and the people around him.
- Most other cast members came from established adult improv groups like UCB or Second City, so his child-star roots from All That and Kenan & Kel left him feeling very insecure during his early years at SNL.
- He memorizes his parts and can recite them calmly and perfectly, so writers are never worried about him.
- Because in the early years he didn't have large roles yet in the cast, he tried to make himself useful everywhere behind the scenes and has built a reputation for being an extremely kind person that the other cast members can just talk with.
- Because of his years of on stage and live experience, he also would never get nervous, and often would help other actors by making them laugh before going on stage to calm them down.
- Many cast members, including Bill Hader, cited that Thompson's performances and set ups had a way of making their characters seem funnier.
- While many other cast members have to rely on political sketches or specific impersonations to make their name, Thompson is the key to the downtime seasons and is able to carry random characters and still be funny.
- The funny faces that Thompson makes as reactions have also become so utilized and loved that sometimes writers will just write in "KENAN REACTS" because it will always be funny.

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Apr. 26th, 2017 11:16 pm
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Posted by crazyfirecrotch




Dickhead Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters is in Hot Water after making a lewd suggestive comment about first daughter Complicit. Watters said she like the way she spoke into the mic. Twitter went in on waters not only for the statement but his disgusting ass smirk after making that comment. Watters later tried to save face saying Complicit's voice was like smooth jazz. This isn't the first time Watters had to apology for being a dickhead, Last year, the “Watters World” personality was blasted by groups and politicians, including New York mayor Bill de Blasio, who claimed a man-on-the-street video package set in Chinatown was “thoughtless” and “rife with racist stereotypes.”




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