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Never trust advice from authoritarian zombies.
This music will always, always, always make me smile. Yes I love Zelda as a series, but Wind Waker is one of the few games that just captures joy. When you’re sailing out for the first time and this music swells as the whole great ocean lies in front of you to explore…well, this big grin comes over my face and all of a sudden I feel like a kid again.
Great Sea Theme - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Genuinely laughing at this.
"To get a better picture of how the rain is affecting the Southland today, we’re going live on the scene."
On the topic of True Detective, the scene above is a good example of why the show is so amazing. It’s not really a spoiler, but I suggest you wait to watch it if you haven’t seen episode 3 already. Because it’s so much more effective in context.
Beyond Matthew McConaughey giving what is perhaps his best performance to date (including the film for which he’ll likely win an Oscar), the entire sequence is a great set up to the payoff. And it’s largely because of the score.
This is not uncommon in cinema, but I have a hard time remembering a television show that uses a score so effectively. This is Darren Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan territory. It’s absolutely haunting.
There’s a chance that this first season of True Detective will go down as the greatest single season of television ever made. It’s truly incredible in its execution, and a singular achievement in the television medium.
At some point we have to say enough is enough.
And in this case, we need to say it loudly and clearly when it comes to broadband and the Internet.
Today Comcast is trying to weave together a vertically integrated company with content (acquiring sports teams and NBC Universal) as well as consolidating the last mile broadband network (Time Warner Cable acquisition).
In addition, they give us a closed, awful set top box, a low performing router, poor internet speeds compared to rest of world, significant pricing hikes and tireless attempts to destroy network neutrality. And consumers have little choice because we don’t have the same level of competition as we see with wireless carriers.
Just like I tell my kids: you simply can’t have it all. It’s not a healthy thing period. You need to choose what’s most important to you and what’s best.
We need to make our message heard. We simply cannot allow one company to be this grabby when it comes the key element of our nations infrastructure.
Want to own content and the last mile? Fine but you can’t own all of the last mile nationwide. Want to consolidate the last mile? Fine, then sign up to network neutrality with a commitment to better coverage and performance.
I’ve heard people compare Comcast’s challenges with the our nations highways. The story goes at some point the highway will be so congested that we need trucks to pay more.
My response: we already do. We as subscribers pay more year after year. We have no choice. There are many places even in metro areas where consumers are given exactly one choice.
I’m even open minded to data caps as we have with wireless. What I find unacceptable is the idea that Comcast or any ISP should dictate which bits can and can’t flow over their network. Content and application discrimination will stifle innovation.
(The other problem with the highway example: the government does not discriminate which trucks can and can’t use the highway. They don’t reject Toyota trucks and accept Ford trucks because of a special deal)
Some people are saying regulation isn’t the answer. We need more innovative alternatives. Generally I completely agree (see my earlier thoughts on the MSFT/DOJ antitrust case from years ago). But until we have those alternatives we need to keep our internet open to all.