Tag Archives: Vermont

When an ISP fails: the case of Consolidated Communications

How bad can rural broadband get?  If our experience over the past three days is exemplary, then the answer is: pretty bad. Our home and business internet service provider (ISP) is Consolidated Communications (Wikipedia).  Some of you may recall that our … Continue reading

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Fascism and imagination: reading _It Can’t Happen Here_ in 2018

Over the past few weeks I reread Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 novel, It Can’t Happen Here.  The book became very popular and discussed before and after Donald Trump’s 2016 election, and, as a literature person, I wanted to see how it might … Continue reading

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Another queen sacrifice: Castleton University in Vermont

The queen sacrifice remains in practice among American campuses.  This week’s practitioner is Vermont’s Castleton University, a public liberal arts institution founded in 1787 that is now considering cuts and layoffs. VermontBiz reports that Castleton is facing “a projected operating loss of … Continue reading

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A creepy discussion thread, or a fine example of web creativity

Tomorrow is my birthday, and one way I’d like to celebrate is by doing something Gothic.  Like last year, when we went to the Lizzie Borden House bed and breakfast. (If you don’t know me well, I’ve long studied Gothic … Continue reading

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Down with that new-fangled technology: a Vermont anecdote

This morning it was around -10 °F (-23 °C) before the sun rose: It’s been colder, but rarely so bright at night.  Yet that’s not the anecdote I wanted to share. A few days ago Vermont Public Radio shared a … Continue reading

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An anecdote about health care, uneven technology use, and Vermont

I was in a central Vermont hospital waiting room yesterday.  Around the large room ten people were quietly sitting. Then an older woman was wheeled in from surgery of some kind, looking good, if tired. She stared at the room, then loudly … Continue reading

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Fairpoint, our local ISP and telco, fails again and again

I’ve written previously about the multi-leveled incompetence of FairPoint, our (only) local ISP and phone company.  I thought I’d follow up with further tales of woe.  This time they fumbled basic phone service, customer communication, and an internet upgrade, all … Continue reading

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Watching my son experience school

My son is 18.  That means he’s finishing his senior year in a public high school, and preparing to head off to a college or university this fall. I’ve played a close part in his education since his birth.  As … Continue reading

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It's time to blow up the tv "town meeting" scam

I have plenty of reactions to last night’s presidential debate (quick list here), but wanted to expand on one in particular in this post. We have to stop doing tv town halls.  We have to stop it now. Because they … Continue reading

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Next steps for our rural broadband

How do things stand with our homestead’s broadband connection? Short answer: not well, but we’re starting out with some first and next steps. Longer answer: as readers have noticed, we’ve been having a hard time getting basic connectivity working at our … Continue reading

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