Took an online test about personality characteristics and these were my top five.
Character Strength # 1
Love of learning
You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.
Character Strength # 2
Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.
Character Strength # 3
You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.
Character Strength # 4
You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.
Character Strength # 5
You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.
Surprising nobody who knows me, forgiveness, self regulation and perseverance were my weakest three characteristics.
“Robert Faris puts an even finer point on this idea. “If you put adults in a similar situation”—meaning airlifted into a giant building full of strangers with few common bonds—“you’d find similar behaviors.” Like reality television, for instance, in which people literally divide into tribes, form alliances, and vote one another off the island. “And I think you see it in nursing homes,” says Faris. “In small villages. And sometimes in book clubs.” And then I realized, having covered politics for many years: Congress, too. “It’s not adolescence that’s the problem,” insists Faris. “It’s the giant box of strangers.””—
Today was the first day to let up on the pedal and relax a bit. The first two days seemed like rushing from one talk to the next and just getting the lay of the land. There were fewer must see sessions today, so I don’t feel as guilty kicking back and just taking it in. One of the best sessions of the conference, however, was this morning on self-directed education for kids. On the 4 person panel were two of the brightest young minds in education today, both of whom are under 21. For all the academics, corporate behemoths, and policy wonks here, I’ve found the voices of these kids the most compelling on directions to take to make learning a vital joyous force with our children going forward. Too often we discount younger voices and what they bring to the table.
A broader observation: I’m one of the only “parent activists” here and realize the parent voice is often missing from conferences like these. It takes collaboration among many stakeholders and advocacy groups to turn the tide for change and my hope is that true progressive groups can take that message to heart, because certainly neo-liberal groups are doing this already.
On the docket for this evening: a new documentary highlighting 4 teachers called Teach, another “secret” film screening, and parties hosted by Samsung and by the Canadian government (free poutine for the latter, btw). Just trying to relax and enjoy the remaining time in Austin, where it’s still waayyy to cold.
Leah Jones is a Vice President at Olson Engage, where she works with large brands on their social media efforts and development. She’s also a longtime Twitter friend. In this episode she and I talk about how we both killed our Twitter accounts, and why it was for the best. For reference, be sure to check out her treatise on the subject "The Technology Doesn’t Use You."
Stayed late to sneak in a podcast interview and it’s posted before I’m even home.
“It’s come to be something so much bigger. With Sammy’s death, it has given me a purpose and focus to my desire to give this all meaning. I don’t want to hear that any of this terrible stuff happened for a reason, I really don’t. And I do believe that I have a responsibility to make something happen because of it. (Which is far from the same thing.)”—Superman Sam: Hair Today
The White House sent another follow up to the net neutrality petition with the following statement from the FCC. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but here’s the text in its entirety:
Statement by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on The FCC’s Open Internet Rules
In its Verizon v. FCC decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit invited the Commission to act to preserve a free and open Internet. I intend to accept that invitation by proposing rules that will meet the court’s test for preventing improper blocking of and discrimination among Internet traffic, ensuring genuine transparency in how Internet Service Providers manage traffic, and enhancing competition. Preserving the Internet as an open platform for innovation and expression while providing certainty and predictability in the marketplace is an important responsibility of this agency.
The D.C. Circuit ruled that the FCC has the legal authority to issue enforceable rules of the road to preserve Internet freedom and openness. It affirmed that Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 gives the FCC authority to encourage broadband deployment by, among other things, removing barriers to infrastructure deployment, encouraging innovation, and promoting competition. The court recognized the importance of ensuring that so-called “edge providers,” those that use the network to deliver goods and services, can reach people who use the Internet. And it upheld the Commission’s judgment that Internet freedom encourages broadband investment and that its absence could ultimately inhibit broadband deployment.
Recently in Los Angeles, I talked to start-up entrepreneurs who produce video to meet consumers’ growing desire for programming. Their companies may succeed or they may fail depending on whether they are truly creative and innovative. But they and other innovators cannot be judged on their own merits if they are unfairly prevented from harnessing the full power of the Internet, which would harm the virtuous cycle of innovation that has benefitted consumers, edge providers, and broadband networks. This is why the FCC’s exercise of its authority to protect an open Internet is important.
Today we initiate several steps to ensure that the Internet remains a platform for innovation, economic growth, and free expression.
1. Propose new rules. I intend to ask my fellow commissioners to:
Enforce and enhance the transparency rule. The Court of Appeals has affirmed the Open Internet Order’s transparency rule, which requires that network operators disclose how they manage Internet traffic. This is more significant than many people may realize. We should consider ways to make that rule even more effective. For example, an explicit purpose of the rule is to afford edge providers the technical information they need to create and maintain their products and services as well as to assess the risks and benefits of embarking on new projects.
Fulfill the “no blocking” goal. The D.C. Circuit recognized the importance of the Open Internet Order’s ban on blocking Internet traffic, but ruled that the Commission had not provided sufficient legal rationale for its existence. We will carefully consider how, consistent with the court opinion, we can ensure that edge providers are not unfairly blocked, explicitly or implicitly, from reaching consumers, as well as ensuring that consumers can continue to access any lawful content and services they choose.
Fulfill the goals of the non-discrimination rule. We will carefully consider how Section 706 might be used to protect and promote an Open Internet consistent with the D.C. Circuit’s opinion and its earlier affirmance of our Data Roaming Order. Thus, we will consider (1) setting an enforceable legal standard that provides guidance and predictability to edge providers, consumers, and broadband providers alike; (2) evaluating on a case-by-case basis whether that standard is met; and (3) identifying key behaviors by broadband providers that the Commission would view with particular skepticism.
2. Keep Title II authority on the table. As the Court of Appeals noted, as long as Title II – with the ability to reclassify Internet access service as a telecommunications service – remains a part of the Communications Act, the Commission has the ability to utilize it if warranted. Accordingly, the Commission’s docket on Title II authority remains open.
3. Forgo judicial review of the Verizon decision. In light of the Court’s finding that the Commission has authority to issue new rules under Section 706 and the ongoing availability of Title II, the Commission will not initiate any further judicial action in connection with the Verizon decision.
4. Solicit public comment. Anew docket is opened today called “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet,” so that all public input on the court’s remand of the Open Internet decision will be collected and available. I will recommend to my fellow commissioners that the Commission seek comment through a formal rulemaking on the specific rules for preserving and protecting the open Internet. The focus of this docket will be on issues raised by the D.C. Circuit opinion.
5. Hold Internet Service Providers to their commitment. Major Internet service providers have indicated that they will continue to honor the safeguards articulated in the 2010 Open Internet Order. That’s the right and responsible thing to do, and we take them up on their commitment – which will continue to provide protection for the Open Internet until new rules are put in place.
6. Enhance competition. The Commission will look for opportunities to enhance Internet access competition. One obvious candidate for close examination was raised in Judge Silberman’s separate opinion, namely legal restrictions on the ability of cities and towns to offer broadband services to consumers in their communities.
When the earlier rules were adopted in 2010, some predicted that they would stifle investment and innovation. They were wrong. In fact, investment increased for both edge providers and in broadband networks. In particular, since 2009, nearly $250 billion in private capital has been invested in U.S. wired and wireless broadband networks. The FCC must stand strongly behind its responsibility to oversee the public interest standard and ensure that the Internet remains open and fair. The Internet is and must remain the greatest engine of free expression, innovation, economic growth, and opportunity the world has ever known. We must preserve and promote the Internet.
“Chicagoans focus so much on Daley’s personal tragedy these days because it’s painful to think that our favorite son mismanaged the city during his last decade in office and then skipped out, like a husband who blows the kids’ college fund at a casino and vanishes.”—Rahm Emanuel Mayor Interview - Rahm Emanuel Profile - Esquire
There is a group of old white dudes holding up big pictures of dead fetuses and signs reading, “Against Planned Parenthood” in front of one of the big public high schools on Poplar Avenue.
In my fantasy, they leave the protest to run a volunteer daycare so the people who’s mind and hearts they changed with their creepy signs have a safe place to leave their kids so they can go to work. Some of the protesters go put on aprons and make nutritious dinners they will later deliver to the homes of these parents, along with diapers and fresh fruit. “Would you like a ride to work tomorrow Miss _________? It’s supposed to be below 20 degrees and I know you have to stand outside waiting for the bus.” Later, they pay for ballet classes, field trips, trips to the orthodontist, tutors, club dues, prom wear and all the little extras that a poor parent can’t provide, that their own children may have benefited from. They help them fill out their FAFSA and pay for college applications. They invite the kids to intern at their companies and give them professional references and letters of recommendations.
In my fantasy, these old white guys work tirelessly, devoting their time and energy creating a world where choosing to bring an unplanned pregnancy to term isn’t cataclysmic. They work to make reliable contraception and education accessible. They work to make abortion less in demand. But then they’d be working for Planned Parenthood instead of against it.