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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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How can my state of Vermont attract younger people to live here?

How can my state of Vermont attract greater numbers of younger people? I’d like to kick off a discussion with this post.  I’m not an expert in the issue, but am learning fast, and hope to learn more, with an … Continue reading

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Snowed on, locked down, raiding electrons and getting zotted: a week of storms

Readers and other audiences often express curiosity about my family’s homesteading life.  So I thought I’d share a story of that experience in extremity.  I also want to get it down while it’s still fresh in memory. Last Tuesday a … Continue reading

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A Vermont college announces a queen sacrifice

Vermont Technical College will cut back some of its academic offerings next year.  That means cutting faculty, including both adjuncts and tenured professors, and offering another case of what I’ve been calling the queen sacrifice. Recently-appointed VTC president Dan Smith … Continue reading

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