Tag Archives: Vermont

Announcement: we’re moving

My wife and I are moving, as of February 2019.  Our new home will be in Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. area. Some of you have followed the saga of our house selling, which I won’t reprise here.  For now … Continue reading

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Another American college to close

Another American college announced its impending demise.  Once again the campus is located in New England.  Vermont’s Green Mountain College, 185 years old, will cease operations shortly, according to its (last) president. GMC is a very, very small college.  710 … Continue reading

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Debunking cell service carriers, or: another tale of rural connectivity

Here’s another example of the digital divide, geographical edition, with bonus points for how giant digital companies can be awful. The state of Vermont is very rural.  Most inhabitants find mobile phone coverage to be spotty, if not just bad.  … Continue reading

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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. buy stromectol online buy stromectol no prescription generic Then an older woman was wheeled in from surgery of some kind, looking good, if … 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. buy valtrex online buy valtrex no prescription generic  This time they fumbled basic phone … Continue reading

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