An Open Note to the FCC

Net Neutrality is again under attack, and this time I don't feel so hopeful about the outcome. Everyone should go to and comment that net neutrality is something we need. "Hello, I am writing to ask that you maintain your current policy towards net neutrality. Allowing a deregulation of the internet is something that... Continue Reading →

Germany (5)

After taking the train to Alexanderplatz, we walked past the Fernsehturm (apparently one of the most famous structures in Berlin, along with the Brandenburger Tur). The Fernsehturm (TV Tower) is probably the tallest building in Berlin; we pointed it out to each other whenever we spotted it, which was often. We walked around the area of Alexanderplatz... Continue Reading →

3 Sixes and An Ace, Forty-Six

Unlike every other place I've been, in Wisconsin most bartenders play dice with their customers. Suddenly from across the room, you can hear a cup filled with dice being shaken and slammed down on the bar to see what shows. I've rolled once before, and that was when I first moved here. I didn't really get the... Continue Reading →

Germany (4)

We left the Astro Bar. Emily told me about a place that she and her friends always saw, but that they never went to called "Paul's Metal Eck" (ecke means "corner," so this is probably just a variation on that). Obviously I wanted to check this place out. Though Emily had had an interest in... Continue Reading →

When They Reign It Pours

There's a quote about Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi with a reference to his reign. For some reason, the use of this word (reign) seems appropriate only in certain contexts. One couldn't really say that an American leader had a reign, the period of time during which they were in charge is just too brief and the amount... Continue Reading →

Germany (3)

After checking into the Sunflower Hostel (Friedrichshain), we hung out in the room for an hour or two. I think I took a nap after reading for a bit. Eventually, we decided to go out and get some food. Before we left for Germany, I talked to a friend of mine from St. Paul, who'd lived in Köln... Continue Reading →

Germany (2)

When we arrived in Dublin at about 5a on 14 March, we headed toward our connecting flight. As soon as the gate attendant scanned my ticket, I could tell from the beep the machine made that something wasn't right. Turns out, there were strikes at Tegel that day over working conditions and our flight had been... Continue Reading →

Solipsism, or When Beth Met William

William A. Blank was a peculiar man. He entered the room, and nobody noticed him. With his black, white and grey argyle sweater and pleated black trousers, he looked simultaneously intriguing and nondescript. Casually taking his seat at an open table near the entrance, he began chatting with the girl across from him. As he and the... Continue Reading →

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