Why is American internet so slow?
According to a recent study by Ookla Speedtest, the U.S. ranks a shocking 31st in the world in terms of average download speeds. The leaders in the world are Hong Kong at 72.49 Mbps and Singapore on 58.84 Mbps. And America? Averaging speeds of 20.77 Mbps, it falls behind countries like Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Uruguay.
Its upload speeds are even worse. Globally, the U.S. ranks 42nd with an average upload speed of 6.31 Mbps, behind Lesotho, Belarus, Slovenia, and other countries you only hear mentioned on Jeopardy.
So how did America fall behind?
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I still remember the first day of my first photojournalist gig. It was almost my last. I showed up with a gigantic flash mounted atop a cheap Pentax K-1000 camera, and once the other photographers began snickering at me, I wanted more than anything to just subtly sneak out, never to show my face or my crappy gear ever again. It was in my top 10 most embarrassing moments. It was then that I realized that photography was not an acceptable hobby for poor white trash. Ditto for journalism of any kind.
As bad as it was, however, this day
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Imagine if you were a working class honky, living in a trailer park, working in a garage by day, driving a pickup truck with a “Bush/Cheney” bumper sticker, putting on plays at night.
Think you could put on a play like this without being picketed for being “racist”?
Not a chance, my redneck friend, not a motherfucking chance.
That up there, is chosen-white privilege. You can’t do that shit without a degree from an expensive college, preferably multiple degrees, at least one being Art History so that other white people know that you’ve got money to blow, and gainful
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Once, during a basketball game, I got out in front on a fast break, went up for an uncontested dunk, threw it down unnecessarily hard because I wanted to be a gangsta, shattered the backboard, and brought the rim down on the back of my head, requiring many stitches and a monthlong bandage around my cranium.
Once, like a dumbass, I went surfing in a hurricane, got slammed into a rock jetty, and presented to the emergency room with over 100 lacerations.
Once, while trying to make a rush delivery as a bicycle messenger, I blew through a red light
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When the Seattle Public School District is the lone voice of reason.
Dear Seattle Public Schools families:
Seattle Public Schools will not close or dismiss school early because of the Seahawks parade on Wednesday. Parents who wish to take their students out of school can, but per state regulation, it will be treated as an unexcused absence. While we support the team, academics must come first and it’s important not to lose a day in the classroom.
We are proud of our Seattle Seahawks and we know this is a historical event for our community. But we also know that for many of
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Last night, I spotted these wave clouds, a/k/a “Kelvin–Helmholtz Clouds” over the Puget Sound.
The Kelvin–Helmholtz instability (after Lord Kelvin and Hermann von Helmholtz) can occur when there is velocity shear in a single continuous fluid, or where there is a velocity difference across the interface between two fluids. An example is wind blowing over water: The instability manifests in waves on the water surface. More generally, clouds, the ocean, Saturn’s bands, Jupiter’s Red Spot, and the sun’s corona show this instability.
Just another relatively rare thing that happens in the Seattle atmosphere relatively frequently, and another
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Coming home on the ferry this evening, I noticed the scene pictured above, and I was overcome with excitement.
“Seattle School District test scores are up 12%!”, I thought, “Yesssss!”
I realized that I might have been wrong, though. I mean, 12 could stand for anything. Although for the number to be juxtaposed against the Seattle skyline in such a huge way, it was certainly something of awesome importance. After all, I see the skyline every day, and I’ve never seen this giant twelve before.
Ever the hopeful optimist, I thought hard about all the great things the number twelve could
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This morning, South Korea unveiled its newest creation … the world’s largest consumer television.
While lamenting the fact that the USA no longer makes anything of consequence, I was quickly corrected when I ran across the following homegrown creation:
Yes, my friends, that is touted to be the world’s largest ass, and it’s a product of the good ole’ US of A. Perhaps the only thing we’ve made in the last decade, but at least it’s the biggest.
Take that, Korea!
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I would like to take this time, Christmas Eve 2013, to remind each and every one of you that, although it certainly seems that they are … not everyone is an asshole.
At least not all of the time.
On the boat to work this morning, I spotted what looked like two birds playing.
When I walked to the railing and looked more intently, I realized that they were not playing at all. Instead, a bald eagle was chasing a pigeon, and the pigeon was doing everything it could to avoid being caught, including pulling off some pretty badass acrobatics.
I watched for about 45 seconds as the pigeon evaded its captor, and then a strange thing happened: A second bald eagle swooped in out of nowhere, and assisted the first eagle in the hunt. The two eagles,
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Hey everyone, guess what this is?
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Maybe next year you should go to Portland, though.
Either that or leave the Accura SUV thing back at home.
I feel conflicted when I see scenes like this, and for whatever reason, I’m starting to see it more often.
When I see these things, part of me feels bad for the owner … but I’m not going to lie … another part of me feels like smashing the other windows out.
Several motorcyclists have been killed in the past couple of months, and in the past three days alone, I’ve personally witnessed several near-misses
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Penn Jillette once said that agnostics are simply atheists who are cowards, and before I witnessed him getting teabagged by Donald Trump on “The Apprentice”, I actually respected Penn Jillette’s opinion.
Atheist simply means without theism, which is the belief in one God as the creator and ruler of the universe.
An agnostic is a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena.
Using the dictionary definitions of the word, Agnosticism is probably closer to my opinions, although, strictly speaking, they are kind of
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This will have to do for a wireless post while waiting for a light.
Last month, my daughter mentioned that her computer was having trouble playing some newer 3D game titles.
“See, this is why all the cool Seattle parents are having dogs …”, I said to my wife, “… but still, I’d rather buy my kids new stuff than follow them around, putting their shit in a sandwich bag.”
The next day, I surfed over to Newegg and plunked down a few hundred bucks for a new graphics card.
See, my daughter may get pregnant at 15; might go on the pole to support a black tar habit; might become some bulldyke’s old
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New York City
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Rural City Coffee?
Urban Country Coffee?
Alas, I think this place is closed now. Out of curiousity, I checked out their website, and it’s still around, although it seems they are now located in that bastion of urban city-ness known as Lynnwood.
I don’t really blame them. I can’t imagine that business was viable on Mercer for the past couple of years, what with the construction and all.
Still … Lynnwood?
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