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.xxx is a good thing

I saw this on CNN today. Years ago I was talking with a friend and said that all porn should be moved to .sex or .prn, but .xxx would work just as well. Moving it all over to .xxx would allow parents, schools, and employers to block one domain and solve all their pornography problems. I myself have never had any luck with the IE filters. They always seem to block completely appropriate content and leave me having to run downstairs to punch in a password so the kids can finish their school report. But this idea of .xxx, this is an idea I can get behind. It would make porn easier to block and easier to find, whichever side of the fence your on. It would also make it a hell of a lot harder to accidently stumble upon.

The Novel is Back on Track

I've been mulling my 'A Difficult Dinner' novel over for the last couple of weeks. Originally I had thought that I could write daily on 'Blackmoon' and do the finishing edit of Dinner. Yeah, that didn't work out. All it did was overwealm me, which caused me to stop writing for a bit. Well, I'm back on the wagon now and planning on staying there. Monday I had my buddy Doug come over and work over my ideas for 'A Difficult Dinner,' including changes to the ending and patching some holes in the story. We worked on that for about four hours and it really got my writing juices going. then on Tuesday I wrote out some more notes and started the rewrite on the novel. I added about 700 words to the first chapter. Words that should have been there to begin with, not words just for the sake of words. And I'm starting to get a handle on the new and improved ending. My goal is to get this out the door by the end of April. That gives me a month and a half. I&#

Paying for the Internet

So I see on CNN.com that Bill Gates is proposing we pay for " Stamps " to send email. This got me thinking about a article that I read a while back in PC Magazine . See, I think that we should pay for our internet usage by the bandwidth we use. Much the same way we pay for electricity or natural gas. I don't know about the logistics of doing this, but it seems that it could be done, and in doing so would address a lot of issues. Don't get me wrong. I love the idea of a flat fee for all the internet I can use. But, I don't think it's really working. I don't think that email stamps are the answer, in fact I see them as a hurdle to progress and efficiency. It seems to me that internet service should be metered and users should pay for the amount of service they use, instead of paying an arbitrary and often unfair flat fee. If metering were universally implemented, most of the problems with the Internet would be resolved. Here's some of the advantages that