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Personal posts that are usually lament some aspect of life and those around me.
Notable Google acquisitions earlier this year included On2 Technologies and Aardvark.
Mujer a la deriva / Woman adrift, private collection.
The more I think about it, the more angry I get.
An interesting article about the psychology of driving suggests that as cars become more “safer” they allow drivers to take more risks.
I’ve had the opportunity to read through The Death of Common Sense by Howard and it’s made a few things clearer to me, both in a rather depressing way.
Happy New Year everyone! Before I go ahead, let’s see how accurate I was in last year’s predictions for 2009:
Obama was indeed inaugurated and tensions have risen with Iraq, rather obviously.
This is one of those posts that sound more like a rant, but I hope the future me will someday look back on it as a snapshot of who I am today, (like this post).
As I continue to evaluate what it is I find most important to my life and what I want to pursue in a big picture way, I’ve realized that I keep on going back to three things, and maybe somewhere in the future I will have the opportunity to combine them:
firefighting: I cannot begin to describe what I have learned and gained from being a volunteer firefighter and EMT while at Swarthmore, and every time I feel like it’s almost wrong of me to think that I’ve gained more from the experience that I can ever think to give back.
Sure sure, no one has asked for my opinion, but my blog is a good forum for it, and I hope you’ll read.
Did you know:
that if you are a political prisoner, you are exempt from all postal charges and packages up to 5kg, except airmail surcharges? (Article 7.2.1)
that similarly, literature for the blind is free of postal charges except airmail fees? (Article 7.2.1)
that if you underpaid a First-Class international mail or postcard to Canada without a return address, your recipient would have to pay double the difference, unlike for any other country you send it to? (IMM 423.24)
that USPS regulation forbids the use of “brilliant colored envelopes” for first-Class international mail? (IMM 241.213)
that if you were to put the address parallel to the short side of a standard envelope, you could be required to pay $0.20 extra? (IMM 241.217)
that UPU regulation forbids sending “obscene or immoral articles” (Article 22.214.171.124), though it is at the discretion of each admitting country to define what is “obscene”?
that the United States is not one of the UPU countries listed as those who will not receive mail containing currency, regardless of whether or not it is insured?
I was rather disappointed when the post office clerk told me that the United States Postal Service didn’t provide airmail stamps anymore because all international courier is sent by air.
Marketing and publicity becomes so much more powerful when there’s a freebie involved, a fairly obvious observation.
At the risk of dating myself I will have to admit that the very first websites I made were on Geocities.