– Forget Geico, Tony Clement Is The Man Saving Me Money! –

Ladies and Gentlemen this is it, my 100th post!  Thank you for reading and actually being interested in the ramblings of this random Journalism student.  I wanted to do something special and do something great, but really there is something that I want to write about because I have a new hero in my life.  Mr Tony Clement. Here is why

Minister of Industry, Tony Clement.

For those of you that are not Canadian, or just don’t follow politics.  Tony Clement is the federal Minister of Industry, and he came in swinging earlier today to save a lot of internet users from gross charges brought about by the CRTC.  Thank you Mr. Clement.

The CRTC decided to approve usage-based internet service to wholesalers that was being requested by Bell Canada.  This would mean that users like myself that is privy to a lot of downloading would be face with an internet bill in the hundreds every month. 

Netflix customers would definitely be hit hard by this new policy, anyone that essentially uses the internet for anything other than just casual browsing.  This is something that could’ve been implemented back when 28.8kbps modems were all the rage but in today’s society when even the average user is comfortable watching movies and downloading music from the internet.

I mean, if you watch a couple of Netflix HD movies here, and download an album there you are already at your cap and every time you check your e-mail you are progressive being charged more for your service.  Mr. Clement you are a godsend to your constituents and although I have traditionally tried to stay on the fence when it comes to politics I am in your debt sir.

Before leaving St. John’s Rogers was implementing their usage-based billing system.  I was sent a preview one month with my bill showing me how much I would’ve been charged under the new system.  All of a sudden my $60 bill, would have costed me between $700-$800.  I do a LOT on the internet, I’m sorry.  I’m just one person, people with small businesses running out of their homes could have an even higher usage charge then that.

Bandwidth limit is not a viable way to charge consumers for this kind of service, it isn’t even close to being justifiable.  The money that ISP’s are making with their current rates are enough to make them wealthy beyond most industries in the country.

So, in short I want to say, Thank you again Mr. Clement.  You are a saint and scholar sir!

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Since this is the 100th post and it should be something special, I’m going to use the end of it here to let you all know that the roommates and I will be putting off a show at Clancy’s Pub on the 3rd of March. 

Clancy's Pub, Stephenville Newfoundland

I’ve spent a lot of the last 6 months thinking about Kelly, and missing her immensely to the point where it started driving me insane.  It’s been going on 9 years and she’s still on my mind.  So the revelation I had about a month or so ago was that I am going to finally lay her memory to rest and try to move on with my life, so I’m going to play a show.  It’s going to be dedicated to her, and will be right before the kick off to CNA’s mid-term break.

This is going to be my first, and quite possible, last show that I ever really play in public.  I feel like I lost the passion I had for performing, music is still there but performing is not so much.  I think I’ll need some kitchen parties to recapture it.. oh well in the meantime like I said, I hope I can see you guys out. 

Another reason I’m putting it here is because I’m asking for some help.  Song ideas are welcome, we’re trying to finish off a set list for the show.  But also, we need a name.  The “band” consists of Me, Jawsh Nickerson and Johnny Pardy.. so feel free to share any ideas.

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– Goodbye Boob-tube, Hello Youtube! –

CNA’s Christmas Formal was held last night at Razoolies. After careful deliberation I decided not to attend; I didn’t really have appropriate clothes. I found myself not motivated to get any review done for internet journalism and I drifted around from watching Nostalgia Critic reruns, to Zero Punctuation game reviews, and a considerable amount of time on College Humor.

It dawned on me that the internet has become my cable television.  It is the most prominent form of mind-numbing entertainment.  Do you remember looking at old programs or hearing stories from the older generation saying that Comic Books do nothing but rot the minds of the upcoming generation.  From there, the label was placed on television.  I remember growing up in front of the television screen, as I’m sure a lot of people did.  It was such a good friend to us.  Saturday morning cartoons, YTV’s The Zone after supper, and then all the good prime time programming.

I realize that I can only speak for myself however, I believe I am not alone.  Cable television was an amazing companion on lonely evenings.  However these days, I live in an apartment where we didn’t even bother to get cable.  Internet alone suffices for us.  This is what I want to talk about now.  If video killed the radio star, I’m convinced that eventually television will be bested by the internet.

Death To Television by hackneyedthoughts @ Deviantart.com

Just take a look online, you will find countless web series’ that cater to every demographic one can imagine.  If you have an interest, It is likely that there is a web series to cater to your needs.  I spent the same amount of time watching webisodes of various series that I came across, that once upon a time I would’ve spent in front of the television set.

Thing is, there are still great television shows, however actually having cable television is not required to enjoy them anymore, I mean I still keep up with Dexter, Supernatural, Nikita, Smallville, The Human Target, Lie To Me, and the Walking Dead.  Hell occasionally I’ll watch WWE and TNA programs through my computer.

But as much as I enjoy television shows, I realized that there are so many series that are online that grab my attention too.  Besides those mentioned above, there is The Key of Awesome‘s music parodies and batman videos,  The Guild which is hilarious even if you don’t play an MMO, The Angry Video Game Nerd, and I really could keep going.

When did it happen though.  It’s like I just snapped to it last night and noticed that this has been the trend for a long time now.  Television used to be the WMD in the battle against boredom.  The running gag on the Simpsons that we all used to watch, was that the television was a member of the family.  Time’s are changing.

So I guess maybe this is just my send off to television.  It was a hell of a time we had, but apparently, at least in my life, you have gone the way of the audio cassette and the VHS.  New technology, replaces old technology… that is the nature of the human race and our obsession with advancement.  I never thought for one moment that television could every be replaced, I spent many hours in front of that screen… and yet here we are.

So I guess nothing is impossible.