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A few weeks ago the Senate nullified FCC rules that prevented Internet Service Providers (ISPs) sell your browsing history to 3rd parties. "But Chris, I always clear my browsing history after I [buy my girlfriend presents/read conspiracy websites/purchase mail order brides]!" you say, thinking that this is sufficient. But alas, it is not. You see, in order to actually get to that mail order bride website you know and love, you have to travel over wires and through switches owned by Comcast, or Time Warner, or RCN, or whoever you pay too much for internet access. At every »

The Sun Is Great

Winters are generally a pretty tough time for me, and this last one was no exception. I really love New England, and all the varied people and climates that we get to experience here, but as I've gotten older I've really come to hate Winter. Me, all Winter It's cold, everything is dark, there's too much food, most of it isn't as good as food in other seasons (fight me). When you throw SAD into the mix, it's a recipe for disaster. In the U.S., and other places that have variants on "Daylight Savings Time", the shock of the »

We're Definitely Home

In case there was any chance we were mistaken, today it's definitely Spring In New England. Cloudy, rainy, miserable, and everything looks dead! There's no place like home Still, it is great to be back. We've been away since the 23rd of March (with a brief 24ish hour stopover here), and we're exhausted. The cat is absolutely ecstatic that we're back, and she won't leave me alone. Yesterday/last night, we had to put up with endless meowing and running around, which has now given way to her just sitting next to me on the desk and occasionally grabbing my »

All Good Trips Must End

After our two bonus days in Iceland, we departed Keflavik around 3:30 PM GMT for Boston, and got back at 5:30 EDT. It feels like it's about 10 PM right now, but our internal clocks are so screwed up due to staying up too late, time zone differences, etc, that it doesn't really matter. We were SUPER PUMPED to see the cat, and she was absolutely thrilled to see us! I think she was a little more excited than usual, though it's hard to tell with her, since she resorted to her "you're home from work! FOOD NOW" »

It's Pretty When The Sun Comes Out

Katie and I drove back to Reykjavik today, about a 9 hour trip. Normally it'd take about 5 hours, but once again we started the day with rain, snow, and sleet. This was a bit depressing, because despite how beautiful everything has been, we were hoping to see Iceland with some color! Nevertheless, we set out on the long drive with the intention of seeing some fun tourist sites, because even though the weather was bad, it wasn't the death ice hurricane of Friday. Unfortunately, our course took us the opposite route out of Siglufjörður, which was a shame, since »