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Daily Creates

Created a daily create poem of two strangers. One male stranger tries to talk to another female stranger, but life got in the way. The poem is called “Waiting For The Bus”.

Cold and Wet.

Looking at his watch. Then stares at her.

She looks back, smiles at him.

He about to walk over to talk, until her boyfriend came.

Both got on the bus, as he watch them leave.

Still Waiting….


This is an umbrella. A very huge umbrella. This umbrella reminds me of time I tried talking to the girl. But things didn’t work out. I love my umbrella, but hate the memory of that day.

Week 10: I am Marcus Jackson, and I am here to stay.

Hacked into this guys blog. Did it for because I could. This week I decided to post some of my videos this week. One video I did a pretty much an interview with some stalker name Jim Groom. He kept bother me, so I gave him answers to his questions.

I did about 15 stars worth of the video assignments

Another video I did this week was describing myself and what I’ve done. This video was a little difficult because I had to find pictures to repsent how I felt during the video. I think I pulled it off.

The third video I did was recording myself driving outside. The view as spectacular. I was breathless for a good minute. It was a nice distraction.

The fourth, and my favorite video was of me re-dubbing a movie clip. I did one with the legendary Mark Zuckerberg in the movie Social Network. The feedback I got from video was overwhelming positive. People think I’m funny. Which is flattering. Maybe I should be a commedian.

I did a few create daily creates this week. They were pretty much short and sweet.

My 10 Comments for the Week:

1. Awesome Whiskey Commercial.
2. Shady Interview.
3. Still Looking for Love.
4. A beautiful Tree.
5. Honoring Michael Jordan.
6. Another cool Tree.
7. Retro Picnic Table.
8. Great Quote and Picture of Growing.
9. Coffee Builds Friendships.
10. Kindness is Overrated

I kind of like doing this. It distracts me from the demons I carry every day. Especially after Ricky’s death. But I must move on. Onto the next week.

What really bothers me about Net Neutrality

Going several discussions in class with my panel and others, the topic Net Neutrality has really intrigued me.  There are essentially two sides of the argument for and against Net Neutrality. On one side, people argue that cable companies have too much power in controlling what people use when they go on the internet. Cable companies are powerful enough already to influence the way we consume data. On the other side,  Cable companies realize it’s getting more expensive to supply the demand in content. So in essence they need more money to provide more resources to provide the data to the customers.

However, the bigger problem for me is that while agree Net Neutrality is a growing issue….is it really a big deal?  I know there are people that depend on the internet for their own private business. This may never happen due to the backlash of the general public. I really don’t know what the future holds. Yes, it is nice to watch movies or surf the web, but do I NEED the internet? Not really. This may sound naive, but I feel like this more a “First World” problem than anything.

I need food. I need water. I don’t really need the internet.

Chapter 7 and Chapter 8 for Where Wizards Stay Up Late

Chapter 7:

In this chapter, the concept e-mail has be explored and executed in the ARPANET. Initially, the ARPANET was designed for resource sharing, but scientists still explored the possibility of sending messages through ARPANET. The first electronic-mail delivery was sent in 1972 using a protocol CPYNET hack by the scientist Tomlinson. However by expanding it, created major compilations which forced scientist to create a standardized protocol for sending and receiving email. In 1977, a proposed format for ARPA Network was created. Then with a functional e-mail program, interestingly, sparked a debate on what should be said on the ARPA net. There a few scientists that started flame wars through the ARPANET causing controversy in the MSGroup and ironically made MSGroup the first virtual community.

Chapter 8:

In this chapter,  the scientists were discussing the medium over which was traveled. Bob Taylor and Norm Abramson thought if it may be possible to transmit data packets over a wireless. The first prototype of this implementation is ALOHANET which was constructed at the University of Hawaii. This also lead to the possiblety of having a smaller portable computer sites which was  devised by Roberts and Kahn. The result was disappointing due to the slow speed of the packing switching, but it still intrigued many scientists.  Another radical idea was to create network between the server networks (ARPANET, PRNET and SATNET) together. It would lead to  creation of the TCP protocol and thus the Internet. ARPANET disconnected in the late 80’s. As it became obsolete, it spawned even more networks, e-mail innovation and the creation of Ethernet.

Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 for Where Wizards Stay Up Late

Chapter 5:

In this chapter, Larry Roberts had conceived the Network Measurement Center. This was an organization that was responsible for performance testing and analysis. Its goal was to push the limits of the ARPA network for it  work at its highest performance. Also the scientists were building the interface which is the combination of hardware and software for the Sigma-7 and the IMP. Later on the NWG or the Network Working Group discussed how protocols were used and were utilized. This was very difficult for this group because they were not sure how and what the computers should communicate about. Finally the IMP shipped to UCLA to be installed. The first ARPA network was created and the packet-switching was a success.

Chapter 6:

This first network was connect but, it only consisted of four nodes in the west coast. The scientists ultimate goal was not complete yet. Their desire was to connect to east coast well where MIT was located. But there progressed was hindered by the Vietnam War and their budget had decreased overtime. Despite the distractions, the scientists progressed has not totally stalled. The scientists have improving the performance of the network by troubleshooting and creating traffic. By  1970, there was a second cross-country link that connected MIT and University of Utah. But travel of sending equipment back and forth was difficult and tedious. The ARPA network may have work well on their respected coasts, but communication between the west coast and east coast was still unstable. In the fall of 1971, over 675,000 a day were being sent. Slowly but surely the ARPA has become more stable. It will soon evolve even further in a couple of years.

Chapter 3 and 4 of Where Wizards Stay Up Late

Chapter 3:

In this chapter, it begins discussing actually building the computer. They were initially given $25K and the scientist started to higher ivy school dropouts. The idea was to start their own research  facility  were students and computer scientist come together to create the IMP. The scientists made a goal to make the network to be fast and “transparent” as possible. They also had to make a proposal to BBN to make receive more money for their research.

Chapter 4:

The scientists have been getting enough funding to build four IMPs, despite the doubts of the phone companies. It seems these scientist have great confidence in themselves that their goal will be achieved.  In this chapter, the scientist began coding the assembly language into the computer. The scientists discussed to Washington of how the ARPANET would send packages from one computer to another. Also they dealt with numerous troubleshooting  and debugging of the IMP.  Finally by the end of the chapter, had built one functional IMP and it was about ready to be shipped out.

Where the Wizards stay up late: Chapter 1 and 2

Chapter 1

This introduced a lot the individuals that planned to start the World Wide Web.  One huge motivation for the scientist and the president was the launched of Sputnik. President Eisenhower wanted to assemble a group of scientists to compete with Russia. The chapter mention many interesting scientists. One popular individual was Licklider. A humble, brilliant psychologists that envisioned a new way to interact with computers.

Chapter 2

This chapter has the scientists explore how the ARPA is to be designed. They three popular designs were  centralized, decentralized and distributed networks. These were designed by the scientist named Baran. Later on it was Larry Roberts decided to implement the proposed ARPA with the help of IBM.

Photo Hacking Rekindles Digital Privacy Worries

With the latest celeb hacking, many individuals begin to question if smartphones really protect our privacy.

Crary from AP states “Given such high stakes, there are multiple initiatives underway to educate consumers about threats to digital privacy and teach them ways to better protect it. For example, educators at more than a dozen top U.S. law schools have developed a curriculum aimed at equipping adolescents with a deeper understanding of the choices facing them in regard to online privacy.”

Data has become so valuable that in this past June “In June, the U.S. Supreme Court came down emphatically in defense of digital-age privacy, ruling unanimously that police generally may not search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants.”

People may have to think twice when using their cellphone or any other social media to share data. This also brings up the debate that who is at fault for “the fappening”. Personally, one must be mindful of putting such private data on the cloud. Because unfortunately, there many individuals willing take advantage of people out there.