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SOPA Breaks the Internet

Politicians shouldn’t be allowed to legislate that which they do not understand. I’m all for copyright protection, but SOPA is too far-reaching. In a nutshell, big companies will be able to censor anything they feel violates their copyright.

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Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW! –

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”

The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.

This petition on We the People: Your Voice in Our Government, nearly 50,000 people have signed a petition asking our President to VETO the SOPA bill and any other future bills that threaten to diminish the free flow of information. People that work on the web have probably been more vocal about this issue than most, but this will impact anyone who uses the web in the United States should it pass.

Dwelling on the past

Dwelling on the past distracts you from the present. 2011 was a good year for me, but I struggled personally and professionally with a number of things. Rather than rehash it all, I’ve realized that I need to learn from those experiences, try my damnedest not to repeat the mistakes that were made and head full steam into 2012.

To help me, I’ve set some attainable, professional goals.

  • Tweet less.
  • Blog more. Expect at least one blog post a week.
  • Create more. Expect at least one post to dribbble a week.
  • Build something I’m proud of.
  • Spend an hour a day learning/improving my skills.
  • Set realistic deadlines and expectations before starting any project.
Personally, here’s what I’d like to improve upon:
  • Get more physically active. Since March 2011 I’ve lost 150lbs, but I’ve done so with little to no exercise. I need to get out and do more if I hope to lose any more weight.
  • Make relationships stronger. I’ve sacrificed quite a bit by working too much. I’ve got to find a better live/work balance.

What are you going to do to make 2012 better than 2011?