As Christians, our most “deeply held religious belief” is that Jesus Christ died on the cross for sinful people, and that in imitation of that, we are called to love God, to love our neighbors, and to love even our enemies to the point of death.
So I think we can handle making pastries for gay people.
In case you were wondering why your buffering speeds have been on the upswing of late …
For months Netflix and Comcast have been in a standoff over Netflix’s request that Comcast connect to Netflix’s video distribution network free of charge. But Comcast wanted to be paid for connecting to Netflix’s specialized servers due to the heavy load of traffic Netflix would send into the cable operator’s network. Under the deal, Netflix won’t be able to place its servers inside Comcast’s data centers, which Netflix had wanted. Instead, Comcast will connect to Netflix’s servers at data centers operated by other companies.
Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings decided to strike the deal after Netflix saw a deterioration in streaming speeds for Comcast subscribers. According to Netflix data published in January, the average speeds of Netflix’s prime-time streams to Comcast subscribers had dropped 27% since October. Mr. Hastings didn’t want streaming speeds to deteriorate further and become a bigger issue for customers, the people said.
The reason why net neutrality is necessary, exhibit A.
Exhibit A++. You should not read stories about the TWC and Comcast merger through a lens of Twitter and 30 Rock Kabletown jokes. This is it.
Russia’s anti-gay laws have been a major focus in the lead-up to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and during his address at today’s opening ceremony IOC president Thomas Bach made a strong statement against “any form of discrimination” and in favor of tolerance. Viewers worldwide heard the statement; NBC viewers in the U.S. did not, because the network edited it out.
Nancy Gavrish has taught for 36 years, most of them teaching art to students at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne. But, lessons that worked for Gavrish at the beginning of her career weren’t as effective later. “I realized for years that I was not able to keep studentsâ attention like I used to,” she said, “that
"This morning news broke that AOL acquired Gravity, an LA-based interest graphing and Web personalization company with MySpace roots. Talking to people on both sides of the deal, it seems like a wise move for all involved, even if selling to AOL is the last thing on the list of goals for most founders."
The tattoo on Alex Hillman’s right forearm reads “JFDI,” in letters two inches high. The letters are his bare skin, reversed out of a black stamp tattooed around them. In a recent picture he took of himself and uploaded to his personal website, DangerouslyAwesome.com, Hillman brandished his arm in such a way as to nearly fill the frame of the picture with the letters. On Twitter, he calls himself a “JFDI Master.”
JFDI stands for “Just Fucking Do It.” JFDI starts to explain why Hillman has brought me to North Philadelphia on this humid weekday morning in August; why he has led me down a half-mile of cracked sidewalk and broken glass; and why he has now stopped in front of an empty, grassy lot between two rowhouses and across from a yarn-and-silk-dyeing factory. He squints and looks around.
Great writeup on Alex Hillman and Indy Hall. Of course, JFDI originally stood for “Jews For Defeating Islam”, and he got it in the days immediately following 9/11 after being denied by the military for excessive signs of uncontrolled aggression…. (just kidding… or am I?)
"We are letting money addiction drive too much of our society
From a distance I can see what I couldn’t see then — that Wall Street is a toxic culture that encourages the grandiosity of people who are desperately trying to feel powerful.”
This article is great. It isn’t just a wall street thing. Through the recession, Tech boomed. People making careers in the “startup scene” is more common now than it’s been since the 90s and the attitude surrounding it all is a lot different now than it was 10 or 12 years ago when “web 2.0” was just getting started.
More and more, it’s not about changing the world or improving society, it’s about making fistfuls of cash. Often at the expense of others. Obviously, money is a hell of a tool and everyone wants to live in comfort, but looking at wealth through the eyes of an addict really helps frame the chase for what it is.
For me personally, one of the books that really helped frame my way of thinking on the subject was Jack Bogle’s Enough. It’s a light / easy read, but it should be required reading for anyone feeling the constant pressure to succeed.
Yesterday, around 4pm, some colleagues and I were finishing up a long day of goal setting at the Westin Orlando Universal.
My two colleagues, both from the west coast, looked up at the same exact time and said the same exact thing — “that’s an earthquake”. Being the Florida boy I am, I looked at them with confusion but acknowledged politely that I did feel something.
I proceeded to explain that the area was limestone bedrock and there’s a lot of construction going on, etc. “No, seriously, it’s an earthquake. Look, it’s happening again.” Sure enough, the curtains were shaking back and forth. I held my ground but reluctantly IM’d Gavin, knowing that he’d probably make fun of me. Which he did. He then proceeded to explain to me that the area was limestone bedrock and there’s a lot of construction going on, etc.
My colleagues, unmoved by our extremely logical explanation, called the front desk. The front desk woman, speaking in her best Disney/Orlando cadence, politely explained that the area was limestone bedrock and there was a lot of construction going on, etc., but she’d be happy to send an engineer to the room to help investigate (hospitality capital of the world, friends!).
We let the issue go, agreeing to disagree on what we had just experienced. I really wanted to send something to Twitter but I didn’t want to get made fun of, nor did I want to hear about our limestone bedrock and all the construction going on, etc.
I have to say, after living here my whole life, it’s certainly a first. I can now add “Earthquake Survivor” to my list of lifetime accomplishments. I’m now officially empowered to lecture others on the importance of being grateful for every day that we have, how precious life is and how we should all say “I love you” to everyone we encounter.
I mean, what if that curtain rod had fallen? I get all shaken up just thinking about it….