Why Having a Free Internet is Important

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably already familiar with the term “net neutrality.”  If you aren’t, well, here’s the Wikipedia page on it right HERE.  Oh, Wikipedia.  How you simplify things so!

The internet is this wonderful, awful, spectacular thing that humans have created.  It brings us closer together, makes information easier to get and it provides a cozy place for trolls to live a free-range life (see: comment section of anything on the internet).  Granted, there’s a lot of bullshit on the internet.  But there’s a lot of great stuff too.  Important stuff.  Stuff I’d never even know about without it.

It’s my right to decide what bullshit, or non-bullshit stuff to explore.  I don’t want the government, or a big corporation to tell me, or force me into only knowing what they want me to know.  I don’t want to be banned, blacklisted or, Goddess unwilling, be arrested because I visited a certain site, or created content that did not fit certain parameters.  I also don’t want to be charged extra money so I can visit my favorite sites (let’s say, Netflix) because they are in direct competition with my internet provider.  I don’t want my favorite sites to be bullied into paying higher fees to my cable provider so their customers don’t lose their wonderful experience.

Doesn’t this sound awful?

Some of you might be saying, “Come on, Meg.  This doesn’t affect me!  I don’t even like all those stupid sites!”  It may not be a big deal to you to be charged more, or to have slower speeds (even though you’re paying for high speeds) if all these new laws pass, but eventually you’ll care.

Because I guarantee, it will eventually directly affect you.

Eventually, the laws will get stricter.  It will start benefiting less and less people.  Putting so much control and power and money into the hands of a select few has never been beneficial to anyone.  By that time, it will be harder to reverse the laws.

I’m not even going to mention the impact on freedom of speech that these laws and others have.  I will save that for another blog.  That one will be fun because the NSA will be invited to the party!

For now, it seems that the push for net neutrality by the general public is having a positive effect.  Unfortunately, however, the internet has become a topic in political discussion, which I personally condemn, so everything could change at a moment’s notice.  So, my wonderful, intelligent readers – I guess it’s up to you to decide what kind of internet you want.  Do you want more freedom?  Do you think we have too much?  Should the government be passing laws that regulate it?  And why are there only like, 3 internet providers in this country???

For more reading, here’s an article about the happenings of net neutrality from PCWorld.

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“You Can Have it All!”

Life settles back to some semblance of normalcy.  I have really enjoyed the past two months of acting and making all these connections, but boy am I ready for a break.

Student films are interesting – they are wonderful to work on because the people are genuinely nice (most of the time) and have this bright twinkle in their eyes that comes from the newness of living their dreams.  I remember it all fondly.  Sure, I was in debt up to my eyeballs.  I ate a combination of pop tarts and sun chips most days, stayed up so late that I could barely see straight and probably consumed alcohol at inappropriate hours.  And those were some of my best times of my entire life.  However, in my case, I burned out and never recovered, realizing it was not the path for me.

Now I’m at home, doing “regular” things.  I scoured our accounts today and came up with a new budget in order to save a bit more and be prepared for emergencies (there have been quite a few lately), I cleaned the house, did laundry, planned meals, made appointments… all the things I’ve been neglecting, and all the things I’ve missed doing.

We have a lot to plan.  There’s an insanely long list of things to get done before we tackle the eyesore that is our fence.  We’re fortunate enough to have my dad around, who will probably save us around 60% of the cost with the “smaller” projects because he will help us do them ourselves.  This is both the joy and the burden of owning your own home.  This also leads me to the title of this blog post –

You can’t really have it all.  At least, you can’t all at the same time.  While I’ve been out pursuing my dreams, my husband, dogs and house have all taken a hit.  No, none of them complained (well, maybe the dogs did), but I still felt bad they had to fend for themselves.  Not only that, but my poor husband had to pick up a lot of my slack.  He even cooked dinner AND cleaned up!  What a guy!  I’ve missed my family, I’ve missed having a schedule and I’ve missed sleep.  But I loved it while I did it.  And I’ll love it when I do it again.  That’s just how it works, this crazy thing called life.  You learn when to sacrifice and when to indulge in order to get the best experiences.  I’m not complaining.  It’s taken such a long time for me to realize where my passions lie, so I’m willing to be on this teeter-totter in order to live out my dream.

Fitness Journal Entry One

Just to warn you: there won’t be a lot of fitness journals on this blog.  It’s not that I don’t like fitness, I’m just not that into it, therefore I have limited things to say about it.  However, I’m doing the Bolder Boulder for the 3rd time this year, and I’m really excited.

In fact, I was so excited and so determined to get a better time and get in better shape than last time that I joined a gym.  I was so excited and went at 5:30am every morning.

I’m not a gym person.  And I really hate waking up that early in the morning, especially if it’s just to go to the gym.  I was never comfortable, and for the most part, I was bored.  So I stopped going, and now I’m going to cancel my membership this week.  Sigh.

I do, however, like doing my own things at home, and I love doing classes (and changing the classes I do frequently).  I just get bored easily.  I don’t like a ton of structure with exercise.  And above all things, I hate the gym atmosphere.  Oh well, at least I learned my limits!  It’s a good thing, too, since I definitely need to lose some weight, but mostly get in shape and now I know what will make me most successful.  I’ve got the eating thing down.  For the most part, I eat healthy, and try to eat close to the source when I can.

It’s a process, to say the least.

So here’s to a successful month and a half of training!