Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
This generation is now adapting technology to do very traditional things in very new ways that matter to them.
JFK Chooses the Moon
Today in history, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech at Rice University on the nation’s space effort. In one of the most memorable passages JFK said:
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…"
Images: Lunar sample made of mare basalt encased in a glass pyramid with rectangular base. This piece of moon rock was brought back to earth by Apollo 15 mission on August 7, 1971. The rock, called “breccia”, weighs 160 grams and is more than three billion years old. Courtesy of NASA Lunar Sample Display Program.
President John F. Kennedy Speaks at Rice University. 9/12/62.
Saturday marks two decades since Bad Boy Records released Ready to Die, the album that introduced the charismatic, exceptionally talented, gone too soon rapper Biggie Smalls to the world, and made him a star.
Photo: David Corio/Redferns
Where I’ve Been
So I disappeared into the Calfornia wilderness for two weeks. This project is on the cusp of being a year old, which by the way holy crap, and I’ve been taking a lot of time reflecting back on where I’ve gone, what I’ve done, and where all this is going. It’s been good to go back and see how things have changed, how they’ve progressed.
Then I went west.
Enjoy these iPhone shots, I’m currently sitting on a shit ton of film and memory cards. Posts return tomorrow, but if you can’t wait pop over to my instagram.
Americans lack real choices among providers of high-speed Internet service, with fewer than one in four homes having access to two or more providers of the broadband speeds that are quickly becoming “table stakes” in modern communications, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday.
The chairman, Tom Wheeler, said in a speech that the F.C.C. planned to promote more choices and protect competition, because a lack of adequate consumer choice inhibits innovation, investment and economic benefits.
“There is an inverse relationship between competition and the kind of broadband performance that consumers are increasingly demanding,” Mr. Wheeler said. “This is not tolerable.”
While about 80 percent of homes have access to a wired broadband connection that provides service at 25 megabits per second or greater, an overwhelming majority of those have no choice among providers, Mr. Wheeler said, citing statistics from the Commerce Department’s State Broadband Initiative.
MARTA wants to engage a developer to build a live-work-play community in the 2-year-old city of Brookhaven, where a proposed 30-year plan appears to embrace dense urban development.
In the three years following the end of the Great Recession, the typical American family’s income declined 5 percent, its wealth fell 2 percent, it saved no more for retirement, and it was saddled with even more student debt. The only households to see income gains were the highest earners, and the gap between the wealthiest and the poorest widened.
So why don’t cities and transit agencies take more advantage of it?