Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I was replying this morning to an email from one of my colleagues in the Boston professional theater whose email address is aol.com. I don't type that address anywhere near as much as I used to a couple of years ago, and I realized this morning that it's been quite a while since I regularly got AOL discs offering me hundreds or even thousands of free hours for opening an AOL account. The ads on TV with overweight older women giggling as they chanted "You’ve got mail!"? Not on MY television. What happened?
I take it that while I wasn't looking, the internet giant has shrunk. I do remember that while my younger daughter was working for AOL Time-Warner, AOL was spun off. She herself has left for a big step up in position and joined ABC-TV working with the evening national news. I remember also that even during its glory days, AOL wasn't held in very high regard by people who were serious about using the internet, and in the last year or so I've had to change almost all of the aol email addresses on our Sweat Lodge list to something like comcast or gmail.
In about a year, a lot's going to change for me in terms of my web access. I understand that a year or somewhat less after leaving MIT, I'll lose the use of an MIT email address. I'll have to explore ways of getting high speed internet up there on the hillside where the new house is going to go. The dial-up that's the only option down at Fritz's offices is frustratingly slow, and I don't want to go back to that. Cell phone service is also an issue--it's spotty in the area via my current Sprint service. It works OK up near the top of the hill at the house site, but it's almost impossible to get a signal down at Fritz’s house or along the local roads. I'll be researching a new carrier.
And a question for all of you: does anyone know of any gay bloggers in New Hampshire? Other than our own Chris, and now Steve, in Newcastle near Portsmouth, I've had no luck finding any in spite of searches on blog directories. I can't believe that there's nobody else in the state. If you know of anyone, please let me know as I'd like to check out their blogs.
There's good news about the house. The test pits were dug last week for the septic system's leaching field, and drainage was pronounced "good—VERY good" by the guy who did the testing. If the area drains very well for the septic system, it's good news for a house that's dependent on water draining quickly and easily from three of its walls that have earth bermed up around them.
I realized over the holiday weekend that as of this coming Friday, it's exactly four months to the target date for ground breaking and the beginning of construction on April 1. This year that date wouldn't have been possible because of monsoon-like rains that saturated the ground to the point that water was spurting up in fountain-like springs at the foot of the hillside. We're hoping for a drier, more normal spring this year.
Lastly, gaytwogether.com ran a photo series on Rusty Joiner; I'm closing with this, for no other reason than it's nice to realize every now and then that something so beautiful exists in the world.
And no, no animals in that picture -- the guy coming down from above, the girl kneeling to the left, and the guy leaning back on the right ...
As for AOL - I've heard that's really doing horribly....which I don't mind - I never liked them. Besides, didn't they donate shitloads of money to some right-wing christian schools in Florida?
Plus, AOL's instant messenger system, AIM, sucks in comparison to Yahoo.
...but great news not he septic front up there in NH. Arent' there satellite options for high-speed internet access now? I'm clueless with technology, I could be wrong.
Rusty's a straight model, but obviously one who doesn't mind doing the kind of shots that anyone with an ounce of sense realizes wil be prized by gay men everywhere. There's a lot of him on the web.
I recall the New Yorker showing a graph of the rise of AOL stock, and superimposing it on the rise/crash of the stock of some early radio company.
No logical reason for this, but I feel good to see them stuggling.
nasty pop up ads they had.