Internet Slow Lane.

Start: Stan Tremblay, graphic artist, ebook designer, Client Success Supervisor at web design and marketing company Commonplaces.com, and former Assistance Publisher and all-around good guy at the house that published my novel Red Moon (the now defunct Variance Publishing), was kind enough to invite me to contribute a post to the CommonPlaces blog on the blistering hot subject of Net Neutrality.

I’d like to thank Gary Locke, CommonPlaces’ copy editor, for doing a bang-up job in smoothing out the article’s rough edges.

It’s called, “Will Internet Fast Lanes be the End of Net Neutrality?” Here’s an excerpt:

Everyone’s experienced it. You’re heading down the freeway, a three lane strip of asphalt with a speed limit of 65 miles an hour, and there’s someone in every lane poking along fifteen or twenty miles under the speed limit.

Infuriating.

Now, imagine this: the Department of Transportation is given the latitude to take in revenue to “sponsor” a freeway fast lane set aside specifically for people going to a set destination — let’s say, Disneyland — and the speed limit in that lane can be as much as 180 miles an hour. Not going to Disneyland? Then you’ll have to plod along behind the slowpokes in the remaining two lanes of that highway.

Sounds ridiculous? Well, in the digital world, the door was opened for this to happen on Thursday, May 15. …

Read the complete article here.

I’d like to thank you again, Stan, for thinking of me to contribute on this topic. It’s appreciated.

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Copyright © 2014, by Daniel Brenton. All Rights Reserved.

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“If We Could Put a Man on the Moon …”

by Daniel Brenton on March 15, 2013

in Space

Apollo 17 Landing Site
The landing site of the last Apollo mission, Apollo 17 (Click for full panorama)

    Citing space age triumphs to belittle our terrestrial failures has always been a case of Lunar apples and Earthly oranges. Here’s why.

Start: How many times have you heard that phrase?

“If we could put a man on the Moon … why can’t we end poverty here at home?”

“If we could put a man on the Moon … why can’t we put a stop to the war?”

“… end homelessness?”

“… put an end to racism?”

“… give everyone jobs that needs them?”

And, usually, the argument involves something to do with, “all that money thrown away into space.”

(This last part always struck me as pretty thick, because that money wasn’t getting packed off into space and squandered by Lunar spendthrifts — it was getting used down here.)

In all seriousness this is a good question, but the answer is actually staring right at us, if we’d think about it for a moment.

Lunar (or Martian) Apples and Earthly Oranges

In my last post, about Dennis Tito’s Inspiration Mars venture, I had a couple of comments here and on Facebook that sounded exactly like this sentiment, dismissing Tito’s idea as a pointless exercise and the use of otherwise valuable resources in a completely misguided way.

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Is There a Mars in Your Future?

March 10, 2013
The Canals of Mars

You’ve almost certainly heard about this around the same time I did, but it took a few days — and a brief comment from a friend — for it to really register with me:

Dennis Tito, the millionaire who made history in 2001 by becoming the world’s first space tourist by spending eight days on the International Space Station, has announced a project that he feels will capture the imagination of the world, and re-ignite America’s pioneering spirit. The venture is to send “[t]wo professional crew members – one man, one woman” on a 501 day flight to within a scant 100 miles of the planet Mars. […]

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Ascension

January 28, 2013
Space Shuttle Challenger

As my Facebook friend Sam Hobbs reminded me, 27 years ago, the Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-51L) was destroyed in flight due to a catastrophic failure of one of their massive solid rocket boosters. And, sadly, 46 years ago yesterday, the crew of Apollo 1 died in a fire in their spacecraft during a pre-flight simulation run.

These are moments that make grown men shed tears, and I confess I am one of those men.

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Human Commentary – Spaceship Earth

January 25, 2013
Spaceship Earth

We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

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Excuse Me, You’re in My Gratitude Adjustment

December 15, 2012
Stormy Day

Good Lord — compared to these poor folks in Newtown, Connecticut — these people who’s every single moment from this morning is a waking nightmare — my life is a festival, a feast, a rose garden.

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