I never phone Congress, but I just called the offices of of Lynn Woosley (Representing my part of Northern California), asking that she oppose SOPA. Apparently she's received over $130,000 from interested groups supporting the act (http://maplight.org/us-congress/bill/112-hr-3261/1019110/total-contributions). The EFF has made it really easy to find (cause, face it, most of us don't know who represents us) and contact your representative about this issue here: http://www.eff.org/sopacall
Disappointingly, it looks like already did this and got vague letter back resembling a "thanks, but no thanks" response. Still, don't let that make you too apathetic to try.
RIAA, MPAA, News Corp, TimeWarner, Walmart, Nike, Tiffany, Chanel, Rolex, Sony, Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren, VISA, Mastercard, Comcast, ABC, Dow Chemical, Monster Cable, Teamsters, Rupert Murdoch, Lamar Smith (R-TX), John Conyers (D-MI)
Opponents of PIPA and SOPA:
Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, eBay, AOL, Mozilla, Reddit, Tumblr, Etsy, Zynga, EFF, ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Ron Paul (R-TX)
Ritchie wasn't a household name and Charlie Brown isn't dead. I still can't think of anyone.
For example, Eric Reis has been making the case for Ghostbusters being a story of an entrepreneurial startup company who made their mark just at the right time (RailsConf 2011: Eric Ries, "Lessons Learned"). If Zool tried to take over NYC and the world one year earlier or sooner, he may have been successful because the Ghostbusters were just about entirely out of capital before Sigourney Weaver's character walked into their office, which was an old fire station of course.
It gives me the same pleasure to flex the "writing muscle" as it does to engage in physical exercise.
750 words is just that little bit longer than you think it is, causing you to push yourself each day.
If you choose to view them, the analytics over the text are fascinating, analyzing you for sentiment and tense, among other things. Today I was mostly "affectionate" in my writing about "success", it turns out. Yesterday's was a stormier "upset".
Like Jason Donovan I need your votes to stay in - thank you!
It's unfortunately an ad, not a PSA. That is, anyone who needs this kind of of help probably also needs to be able to afford a lawyer. And if a lawyer helps one get their foreclosed home back, it's likely that one will still be unable to afford it.
Still, it does a good job at conveying a pretty complex situation -- one that I'm still struggling to understand.
Foreclosure Law LLC
I'm getting some nice love for my b'day. Thx for that, people, truly. (And if you've not contacted me, this is in no way a coded prompt to pay attention to me :)
But since I have some of your attention, if you could do one thing for me, it would be to do something actually for yourself...
You surely have been out of touch with a loved one, someone whom you may owe a phone call, or a visit or a beer/smoke, someone you feel you can always link up with tomorrow or when time allows, someone you've not recently told how you feel about them, someone with a story or a message you want to hear, preserve, and pass on.
Go reach out to them, celebrate that you're both alive at the same time, that you have your physical and mental health, that you have the means to stay in touch even when far apart. Breach convenience, and do so in a meaningful way, not just a +1 or or a quick txt message. Ditch the small talk and share an experience. Get off the grind and into their mind.
Oh, and don't be resentful if they don't respond immediately or equally. It doesn't at all make it less meaningful. Thanks to those of you that show me love. Even when I don't reciprocate immediately, I thrive on it.
There's not enough time to reach out to everyone to express what you mean to me, but I take none of my friends and fam for granted.
* The Business Of Illegal Data: Innovation From The Criminal Underground (http://oreil.ly/mXgQlb)
* Turning Their Data Into Your Money (http://oreil.ly/pjLAoU)
* Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (http://oreil.ly/rnqU8O)
* Google+ — The Power of Social Data (http://oreil.ly/obFyOt )
* 9/11 and The Weight of Data (http://oreil.ly/pc50Ly)
...if any of this is of interest, then you should be there.
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