For this past holidays, I was so lucky to spend time with loved ones and I was grateful for so many wonderful presents. In October, following a TDM show on Halloween, I lost an item really dear to me - a red hip flask that had been gifted to me in Scotland years back. Then this Christmas one of my best friends gave me this! It’s a gorgeous bespoke découpage Drowned Man-themed hip flask that just makes me happy to look at (and fill with bourbon)! It’s full of lots of little thoughtful details and I don’t get bored of exploring its details.
Another amazing thing about it is that it’s sort of partially “interactive”-ish! On the cap is an orange (and there’s waves of sandy desert, applicably on the top of the flask!) and if you’ll notice it’s bordered by a red string:
And if you follow that red string down the side of the flask to the bottom…
Tara, you are all kinds of awesome, and thank you so much! I know I’m not the only Drowned Man enthusiast who really loved this flask - several people have told me they wanted one as well! Hope you’ll be making more flask/découpage stuff soon!
Aww, you’re welcome!! I had a blast making it and am so happy that it’s being enjoyed!
Net neutrality is dead.
At least that’s the verdict of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which today struck down a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order from 2010 that forced Internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Time Warner Cable to abide by the principles of network neutrality. These principles broadly stipulate that ISP network management must be transparent, and that ISPs can’t engage in practices that block, stifle or discriminate against (lawful) websites or traffic types on the Internet.
That’s the bare bones story, wrapped in ugly acronyms (FCC, ISP, etc.). But why should you care that network neutrality (“net neutrality”) may be gone for good?
1. No more net neutrality means ISPs can now discriminate against content they dislike.
Everyone gets their Internet from an Internet service provider — an ISP like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast or Time Warner Cable. Under net neutrality rules, these ISPs have to treat all content you access over the Internet “roughly the same way" — they can’t speed up traffic from websites they like or delay competitor’s traffic.
Now, with net neutrality gone, ISPs can discriminate, favoring their business partners while delaying or blocking websites they don’t like. Think your cable CEO hates free online porn? Now you’ll know for sure!
2. No more net neutrality means ISPs can now force websites to PAY for faster content delivery.
You know how some sites you go to just load slower than others? Usually, that’s just because the slower site is image heavy, poorly coded, or dealing with intense server load. But with net neutrality gone, ISPs can now start charging hefty fees to websites that want quick content delivery — shifting the long load times to poorer sites that can’t pay up.
3. Destroying net neutrality is bad for small businesses.
Put together items one and two and it becomes clear — negating net neutrality is bad for small businesses. If ISPs force website owners pay for faster load times, tiny retailers and personal websites will be the ones to suffer from slower content delivery.
Alternately — or additionally — ISPs will have no reason not to favor partner sites: Time Warner Cable, for instance, might favor the website of CNN (owned by the Time Warner Corporation) over the websites of competing cable news networks MSNBC and Fox News. Still, it’s the indies again that will lose out here. While Time Warner Cable might favor CNN and Comcast MSNBC, independent news networks almost certainly won’t get special treatment from any ISPs. Expand this out to music sites, web publishing, etc., and you begin to see the problem.
In extreme cases, ISPs may hinder or block content that isn’t produced by partners —much like AT&T did when it owned the telephone networks back in the day.
4. Without net neutrality, entire types of online traffic (like Netflix) may be in jeopardy.
Netflix watchers and BitTorrent users might want to beware — soon your beloved services may not work like they used to. Now that net neutrality’s down for the count, ISPs can discriminate against entire types of traffic: For instance, an ISP could slow or block all peer-to-peer file sharing, or all online video streaming.
From an ISP’s perspective, discriminating against some traffic types makes business sense: Many ISPs are also cable television providers, which means the “cord-cutting" enabled by peer-to-peer and streaming online video isn’t good for their bottom line.
5. Without net neutrality, your ISPs can make even more money without actually improving the Internet.
Right now, America’s broadband is slow. It’s slow because ISPs can already make gobs of money by charging the rich a ton for high-quality Internet while leaving the rest of America with subpar (or no) service.
Now, with net neutrality gone, ISPs will be able to make even more money off their existing customer base. They won’t need to improve service or bring broadband to rural areas because they’ll be able to keep growing (financially, at least) by charging content providers more for faster delivery and charging customers more for faster access. In all likelihood, Tuesday’s ruling means the problems with America’s Internet will be magnified.
This FINALLY shows up on my dashboard and it only has 300 notes.
Here’s a petition on Whitehouse.gov that needs 88,000+ by the middle of February:
SIGNAL BOOST THE FUCK OUT OF THIS SHIT AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WE AIN’T HAVIN’ IT!
Please take a minute to sign this petition. There’s really no overstating the importance of net neutrality and it’s frankly been pretty shocking to me how little press this has been getting.
In case anyone else is interested, there’s a screening of Eyes Without A Face at Temple Studios (in the cinema, I assume) in a couple of week’s time. Tickets are on sale here:
Screenings are at 11am and…
Ahh so jealous! I love that film and I want to gooooo~!
YO ANIME JESUS HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Uuughh noooo I can’t help myself I’m reblogging he’s too cute someone please help oh god why does this exist and why do I love it????????
My bags are unpacked, I’ve had at least one good night’s sleep, and the calico monster has been retrieved from the catsitter. I suppose now there’s nothing left to do but brain-dump my TDM experience to the best of my ability. Don’t expect much thoughtful analysis or detailed recap, I’m just jotting down my basic impressions in an attempt to process the things I saw, thought and felt while I was there. I will also try to keep this as spoiler free as possible.
Disclaimer: Please please please do not take anything I say too seriously or at all personally with regard to audience behavior or attempt to attack/defend one show or the other in response to what I say. I am fully aware of fandom drama and refuse to take part in it. If you are into this sort of thing, if you are looking at this post right now and have any interest in reading my thoughts on it at all, chances are we would get along in real life and I would probably be way more interested in grabbing a drink and having a chat with you than starting a silly internet slap fight. Click the jump for much, much more.
Just got back from London and aaaaaah my brain! My heart!
The Drowned Man, you guys. The Drowned Man.
Four shows. Only four shows. But so many precious memories.
Between the emotional overload of four shows in five days and exhaustion resulting from fifteen hours of travel I can’t really make coherent thoughts right now. Will try to do good words on the computer box when my brain comes back. I’m just gonna go sit in stunned silence for a while.
stuffisalways and I got invited to a Day of the Dead party as we were working on our costumes for Curse of the Mummy. There wasn’t much time to dedicate to both so I cranked out these over a couple of nights. They’re quite a bit sloppier than usual due to the time crunch, but it felt good to actually have a practical reason to paint SNM masks for once.