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And then I woke up in China

Jet lag is a hell of a drug.

2012 has been a pretty incredible year for me. I spent the first half of it in beautiful Quebec City, then returned to my native Halifax, Canada, only to spend the summer preparing for a bigger move--to Beijing. I arrived there with my wife only two nights ago. We will be working in a English language high school just a short walk from The Forbidden City.

We're still getting adjusted to the 11-hour time difference and have been hard at work getting things done to get settled. We haven't done any touring, or even made the walk to nearby landmarks. The air in Beijing is humid, and there is much less wind than I am used to.

Right now I'm using the (not very fast) hotel wi-fi. I am quite pleased that I can access the sift, though my experience will be crippled by the Great Firewall. Many of the websites I frequented before are also a no go. The blog I had set up to document my year here is blocked. We may try to find a way around all that, but not before we have an apartment set up. At least I can still use instagram...

Last week, we flew from Halifax to Vancouver, where I was faced with the beauty of the Rocky Mountains kissing the Pacific Ocean. I was sad to leave that place, but excited to take the sky-train back to the airport. One 8,500km flight later, we walked off the plane, through Chinese customs and spent the night in the hotel set up by our school. The next morning, I woke up, and I was in China.

HEADS UP CANADA: CRTC OKs usage-based internet billing

This one slipped under my radar until today.


"CRTC green lights usage-based internet billing

Metered internet usage is on the way, with the CRTC handing down its final decision on how wholesale customers can be billed by large network owners.

The federal regulator on Thursday gave Bell Canada the approval to implement so-called usage-based billing to wholesale customers — usually smaller internet service providers that rent portions of its network — within 90 days. Under the plan, Bell will charge wholesale service providers a flat monthly fee to connect to its network, and for a set monthly usage limit per each ISP customer the ISP has." (Source CBC.ca October 28th)
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"Smaller ISPs had opposed the plan, which the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission provisionally approved in August last year, on the grounds that it will make them indistinguishable from Bell." (Source: CBC.ca May 6th)
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"I remember in the early dial up days when we were billed per hour of useage by the hundreds of small internet companies that started this industry.

Along came bell and rogers, technology increased, and they were able to reduce the prices substantially offering "unlimitted highspeed packages". The cost dropped to almost nothing. Then all of the smaller companies went out of business as a result of being unable to complete (the way market forces SHOULD work)

Now that those companies are gone. We are left with more or less 2 internet suppliers. And now they have switched back to the old system of useage based billing and jacked up prices far higher then they ever were.

So in other words all the developments of the last 15 years were nothing more than to eliminate competition. And now we're right back where we started, except now we have no choice". (CBC commenter.)
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There is already an online petition against the approved fee hikes that might be worth reviewing.
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I didn't realize that this was going on. It would mean paying money to see advertisements which automatically download on some of my favorite web pages as well as the content I go there for.

Any sifters out there have any more info or thoughts on this?

[edit: Some thoughts from boingboing]

Help with an Onion video embed

I'm having trouble with the embed for a video from The Onion. The embed code comes up as being valid, but doesn't seem to work properly.

My post is here: http://www.videosift.com/video/17-Year-Old-Champion-Gymnast-Euthanized

The original ONN video is here: http://www.theonion.com/content/video/gymnast_shawn_johnson_put_to?utm_source=nav

Can anyone help with this? Some tips or tricks I could use? Has anyone else had any difficulty posting from The Onion lately?

Dates for Television Shows

There are a number of popular shows that air on television that frequently make it on the sift and are region blocked --notably, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report. Since the commentary of the hosts and content of the show is news based, it might be handy for those in region-blocked countries (Canada, other countries...) if the date of the episode was included in their descriptions for others to find in mirrored sites of country specific sites like thecomedynetwork.ca or other sources.

Though posting dates are always available, I thought this courtesy might also be useful with many news videos as well.

Thoughts?

Playlist Service Announcement

I have two recently created playlists that I would like to open up membership to because there are a lot of videos on the sift and I don't have time to go through everything to produce an inclusive, quality, list that might also be useful for other, do I'm looking for a little assistance.

The first is PSAs, a just-for-fun collection of public service announcements which I mean to be a non-discriminatory collection of the short spots many of us have seen on television about safety, drugs, not talking to strangers, and the like.

The second is to fill a playlist void left by our friend, Constitutional_Patriot, who had collected well over 100 videos on money and economics. I thought this to be a useful tool, especially in these turbulent times, and something that VS could use. Sadly, he deleted his playlist.

I don't know if my playlist, Money & Economics will ever be as good as CP's but if you would like to help me with it, or the PSA collection then that would be great.

Merci
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