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Thursday on the road

Last night I stayed at the Bates Motel. Seriously. It was better than its namesake because — obviously — I survived the night. However, I dared not take a shower. Not from fear of knife-wielding weirdos, but because, as Mr. Bates himself disingenuously explained, “We have two other guests and they might have used up all the hot water.” I don’t know what the other guests did (if they existed, they were very quiet), but this was definitely a cold-water experience. It was the only open motel in the itty-bitty village where I stopped, though. I was too beat to venture further down the road, not knowing if there’d be another motel within 100 miles.

No surprise, when I asked, “Where in town can I get wifi?” the answer was, “What’s wifi?” Thus the lack of posting. But here I am now, at a place where the wifi only cuts me off every 10 minutes and is sometimes even willing to re-connect!

Have I ever mentioned that I hate travel? Sigh. Gotta wonder then, why it always seems like I’m on the road to someplace.

Only one bit of news, not travel-related: Four New York nerds have designed, in good, old-fashioned, pizza-fueled fashion a decentralized, do-it-yourself alternative to Facebook.

Every time some mainstream commentator proclaims that “privacy is dead” because the millennials don’t care and are willing to give out every bit of personal information in exchange for some consumerist benefit, those very millennials go out and prove him wrong. Good to see people waking up about Facebook and other top-down, “we decide/you abide,” corporate marketing schemes.

Oh yeah. And, on absolutely-no-in-fact-debunked evidence, speculates whether last weeks’ big stock market crackup was the work of terrorists. They get to the real point and note, “We don’t even have to wait for the terrorists. We did it to ourselves.”

Not sayin’ who “we” is. Wasn’t me. Was it you?


  1. Matt
    Matt May 13, 2010 8:24 am

    No, wasn’t me either.

    Sometimes when traveling remote locations you might be just as well off to pack a tent and sleeping bag.

  2. Victor Milán
    Victor Milán May 13, 2010 9:57 am

    I’m guessing it was the same “we” who illegally launched wars of aggression against Iraq and Afghanistan, directly contrary even to the interests of the nation-state.

    It’s why our masters maintain the extravagant shadow-show they call “democracy:” not only does it befuddle the cattle with the illusion they have power over their destinies, but their proprietors can actually diffuse blame for their own crimes and blunders.

    I never consent to being part of the statist “we.” I didn’t have anything to do with it, either.

  3. F42
    F42 May 13, 2010 12:40 pm

    A long long time ago when hitchin was a safe way to travel I would always wind up in places like that Claire. Wife don’t like traveling any more, so the camper is parked till bug out time.

    Good find on those youngsters and their software project. Threw them a few worthless FRN’s and wished them good luck.

    Don’t know where you be headed but if you are ever close to the sugarcane and swamps, (where you know I’m still at) give me a call out!


  4. Kevin Wilmeth
    Kevin Wilmeth May 13, 2010 8:26 pm

    Thanks for the news tip, Claire. Nice to hear of some good news for a change! 🙂

  5. MJR
    MJR May 14, 2010 6:32 am

    Thank you for the news about the Diaspora project, I really hope that it works. I dumped Face book some time ago when I realized the kind of data mining they were doing.

    Travelling… Like you I hate it. I love being at home and at the destination but that damn intermediate step where we are in autos or planes etcetera is a real pain. Clair I really feel for you.


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