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Congress today is debating SOPA (or the Stop Online Piracy Act) – a serious piece of legislation that creates a “Great Firewall of China” type situation in the US. Supporters of this law claim SOPA targets “rogue” foreign websites that encourage piracy, but the bill’s vague language creates the necessary tools to silence free speech on the internet.
Under this new law, an individual or corporation can simply send a letter, and a site’s DNS (this is what turns “blog.ryandubois.net” into a machine address) and ISP (providing the physical connection to the internet) can be required to shut that site down, without ever setting foot in court.
This kind of “guilty until proven innocent” tactic has been seen before with DMCA takedown notices (which, we all know, are never, ever abused – (tongue in cheek)). This threatens the very fabric of the internet (DNS, and the internet itself, were created to prevent exactly this kind of usage – the internet is designed to route around any blockages automatically – congress is undermining the fabric of the internet, as if its any of their business).
The worse part is that this law can also outlaw circumvention tools (again, very vague language that could conceivably include VPN tunnels, or Tor bridges, both of which have very legitimate uses).
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This is our entry way. They had some really crappy coat hooks up on the wall that were attached to some random, unpainted board. We ripped that down, repainted the wall, and attached much nicer coat hooks directly to the wall.
Our breakfast nook. They used to have a god awful fan that hung down so low, you’d nearly knock your head on the lights. We replaced that with a temporary light fixture. It’s so much better! We hung up a stemware rack on the left there, added a large mirror on the wall (to increase the apparent size of the room/nook), and moved our old desk there (temporary until we get a proper bar fixture).
All of the cabinets got sanded down, nearly to bare wood, primed and repainted. Then, all of the hardware (hinges and pulls) were replaced with more contemporary styles. We added a moveable island to the left of the stove for more counter space, fixed the hole in the wall for the vent hood, and attached a spice rack, and fixed the broken tiles.
The speakers on the wall there are temporary – we’re going to install in-ceiling speakers (I got it all wired, just need to install the speakers). TV wires are buried in the wall, along with TV power. I just need to finish hooking a couple things up before we can get ride of all the wires hanging down. We also added those crown moulding style shelves on the wall. Lovely!
We hung a really cool double-bar towel rack (two frosted glass rods), another crown moulding shelf, and nice robe hooks (behind the door). We also replaced the ghetto-fab tension bar for the shower curtain (something seen more in college apartments than houses) with a really nice, curved curtain rod, installed on the dry wall.
Repainted, hung window treatments, added a mirror. This is the new color of our master bedroom.
We replaced the ugly ceiling fan in the bedroom with this more modern and clean design. Also, on the left wall is a long crown-moulding style shelf.
Did I mention I built the closets from scratch? Yea, double bar on one side, single bar with shelves on the other.
One more angle of the beautiful master bedroom.
We reattached the missing cross-member from the furnace closet door. Looks much nicer now!
Our home-office, viewed from the window.
Added a nice wrap-around double desk. Really looks nice in there. And we still have room for an air bed on the floor when guests stay over.
Well, that’s most of the inside updates. We (obviously) still have quite a few things on the list to do.
Today is Friday.
My wife recently started a new job, planning an hosting events with Urban Diversions. Things like happy hours, trips to Yosemite, and rock climbing. Things she gets to do for free (even being payed for). That doesn’t suck right?
Here’s some photos of a recent trip to Yosemite she hosted:
This is the majority of the group posing for a photo on the foot bridge below Vernal Falls.
Speaking of Vernal Falls. Look at how FULL that is!