20 October 2009

Time to be an Hero

Been quite a while since the last post. Kinda fell off the map for a while. Time to reestablish some of my life timeline.

Recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of the Arts in History and Political Science. Two majors, and no interest in the job market yet. In one week's time I will report to Milwaukee MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) and from there board a plane to Missouri. I will be at Fort Leonard Wood for BCT (basic combat training) and AIT (advanced individual training). What a way to abuse a college degree. After all of this I will be a Specialist (E-4) with the Wisconsin Army National Guard. After that, who knows. Graduate School hopefully and work.

I've decided to pick up writing again because of all the wonderful time I get to spend trolling the internet for facts and lies. To start, I have some general observations:

The Internet is cool because:
1. Science is cool. Has anyone else noticed how much information is out there? and how easy it is to get at? WOW. insanity y'all. Pop Sci, Pop Mechanics, Inhabitat, the Vine, Mother Eart, Post Carbon, Huff Post, the Nation, the Atlantic. An entire days worth of reading, all for free. Makes your brain grapes hurt there is so much info out there.

2. Watchdog. Can anyone believe how closely politics are watched and commented on in the netsphere? All this exposure is the only way to check government, because, lets face it, its out of control. Commentary on any aspect, always someone complaining.

These things get me thinking. If you could localize government systems, expand the information available to the local populace, there is some serious opportunity for community organizing. Put all the city's church charities online. Organize food drives from all schools in the district. Advertise school sports, sponsorship and scholarship opportunities. Get the community involved in city planning, vote on land usage issues. so much opportunity, so little effort. Someday soon, let us hope.

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