I’ve been allowing myself basically one meal a week to do like whatever the fuck I want; usually, it is breakfast on a weekend (duh) but like for example last week I had a really disgusting (read: awesome) burger and garlic(soaked) fries with cheese for lunch, so.
Tonight, I made some coffee when I got home since there’s kinda a lot to do tonight, then I had chili cheese fritos, white queso dip, and a strawberry pop tart I acquired from work for dinner. So. You know. Disgusting Level 1000 Reached, 500 points, etc.
When Google announced its list of 34 prospective new Google Fiber cities last Wednesday, some were baffled that the company had overlooked San Francisco.
This is, after all, supposed to be America’s technopolis: its capital of the future. And yet, in comparison to some other cities in the country — and the world — San Francisco’s Internet speeds remain embarrassingly slow. Residents of Kansas City, Mo or Chattanooga, Tn., or Lafayette, La., all have access to much faster connections. As do those in Riga, Latvia and Prague in the Czech Republic. More than 300 municipalities in the US are making headway toward faster community broadband, as is much of Europe and developed Asia. But not San Francisco.
The fact that four South Bay cities are among the 34 announced on Wednesday suggests that there’s something about San Francisco specifically, not California generally, that’s keeping Fiber away. And there is: Google knows San Francisco too well — and it’s been burned here before.
From 2004 to 2007, San Francisco jumped on board an ambitious proposal by Google and Earthlink to bring free, city-wide WiFi to the entire city, at no cost to taxpayers. The plan was announced, and championed, by then mayor Gavin Newsom, and gathered deep and broad support. In that pre-iPhone age, the move would put San Francisco way ahead of the curve, building a mobile broadband network that would have been the first of its kind in a major US city.
And then the project fell apart.
“That was a long and drawn-out fight,” says Brian Purchia, a new media analyst who worked as a tech spokesman for Newsom at the time.
The proposal stumbled and then drowned in the city planning process. Chris Sacca, who led the project for Google, publicly vented his frustrations over working with San Francisco officials. What should have taken months took years as the Board of Supervisors under Aaron Peskin dragged its feet. NIMBYism reared its head, with some residents opposing the installation of boxes on San Francisco’s historic, pristine… sidewalks.
le sigh. ya’ll have fun with Fiber, San Jose and fucking Atlanta. I’ll be sitting over here pausing streaming videos to let them finish loading.
I noticed yesterday that my tax refunds for both CA and Federal were reduced by the exact same amount and I was all wtf goddammit motherfuckers taxes blow etc etc
I owed CA last year and I guess I was too pissed off about it to actually deal with it so it never got paid so like, yeah, fine, go ahead and take your $278 that’s fine whatevz i’d rather not like OWE california any money that sounds like trouble
I called my “local IRS office” this morning to figure out if there’s some weird tax rule or something where if you don’t pay what you owe to your state, maybe the penalty is like, hey yeah, we just take the same amount out of your federal return too because like why not we’re the IRS and that sounds like something we’d do cause we’re dicks
She pulls up my record and goes, “oh. weird. i have no idea. let me go ahead and set up a deposit for you.”