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On Presidents and Net Neutrality

I wouldn't say I'm strongly affiliated with either political party, but I believe each party/candidate's view on net neutrality (NN) can be a proxy as to what kind of leader they'd be.

While legit reasons exist, none of the top Republican candidates oppose NN for those reasons. They all give arguments that are either incredibly disingenuous or show a huge lack of understanding.

  • Trump: "Obama's attack on the internet is another top down power grab. Net neutrality is the Fairness Doctrine. Will target the conservative media."
  • Cruz: "In short, net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet. It would put the government in charge of determining Internet pricing, terms of service and what types of products and services can be delivered, leading to fewer choices, fewer opportunities and higher prices."
  • Carson: "We need to be exploring ways to allow people to do what they want to do. They've been doing it for years, so why should we now impose a layer of government control."
  • Rubio: "It is one of our people's greatest treasures, which is why it belongs in the hands of our people, not our government."
  • Bush: "The idea of regulating access to the Internet with a 1934 law is one of the craziest ideas I've ever heard. … It's not going to be good for consumers. It's certainly not going to be good for innovation."

Rubio is maybe close to a legit reason (or at least it's pleasant rhetoric), but consumers have little power in markets with little choice and NN is meant to limit the abuse monopolistic ISPs may inflict.

Lying to push an agenda is terrible, but coming out in opposition of something without even understanding it is not an attribute I look for in my next president either. Most of the leading GOP candidates tout NN as anti-consumer and as some form of "big government trying to control the internet." Since it's actually pretty pro-consumer in that it prevents large ISPs from holding the internet hostage, I find the GOP spin incredibly deceitful. It's even more depressingly ironic that many of these same candidates are pressing tech companies to provide backdoors into their encryption, which is far more "controlling of the internet."

So, that makes the upcoming election relatively easy for me. I don't want a president that has so apparently sold themselves out to Comcast or are foolish enough to believe their lies for free. That strikes out every Republican hopeful (though honestly reasons to do so are not otherwise lacking).

All that said, while I'm skeptical he'd be able to accomplish everything he's pushing and I don't know if I'm completely bought into all his ideas, I'd love to see what a Bernie Sanders could do in office.

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Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

This year, everyone corralled in Austin and we gave each other terrible (awesome) gifts and played lots of Magic.

Magic:

Christmas 2015 - 005

Franklin's brisket on the deck:

Christmas 2015 - 006

Hats:

Christmas 2015 - 034

Crazy onesies:

Christmas 2015 - 042

Trailer:

Some other notables:

  • Oriana loves Wonderful Christmastime and begged me to play nearly a dozen different covers of it in a row
  • To satisfy Oriana's love of Taytay, I gave her a Saint Taylor Swift candle, a Taylor Swift blanket, and a Taylor Swift "haters gonna hate" mug. She loved them.
  • Mozilla thought the world was ending last night (NYE)
  • I'm quite fond of the new Star Wars. It has its flaws, but I just had a blast the entire time watching it.

Doing my big brother duties

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Trollsy Brother/Son

In true trollsy fashion, I have finally associated photos with my family member contacts in my phone:

I finally got around to associating pics to my family members...

For completeness, here are the large versions:

Uggers 001

Oriana's Graduation 106

Uggers 004

TROLL, OUT.

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State Fair 2015

We had our traditional annual Dallas trip this past weekend. Usually we go OU weekend, but there were too many conflicts this year, so we ended up doing it a week earlier. I flew into Dallas directly from SF to join up with the gang, made Oriana pick me up, then we watched UT get slaughtered and hung out at the State Fair.

State Fair 2015 - 002

State Fair 2015 - 009

State Fair 2015 - 017

More photos on the flickr. Here's also a video of Sam:

And... I've started to populate viraj.fail!

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More Magic!

A whiles back when Jonney, Mark and I competed in a team Magic tournament in Portland, some of the bounty we got was a bunch of planeswalkers toys. We've now got them stationed above their appropriate poster!

omg such nerd

A photo posted by Oliver Wong (@owiber) on

NERD OUT.

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Magic Posters!

We finally hung the Magic posters I framed at the old house but never hung up completely. Wallah!

It's like a bunch of nerds live here or something.

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New Blog!

Well, now that I've been a front-end developer for the brunt of my career, I've finally shamed myself into replacing/updating my blog which had some embarassing code to say the least. Naturally, this new incarnation has almost no JavaScript (for now). :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Anyways, I've made the whole blog much more simple and switched from WordPress to just using GitHub Pages.

Maybe this means I'll blog more again, but don't count on it. :wink:

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NEW JOB

This month, I started at Stripe! I'm currently in the middle of a three week stint in San Francisco. The scent of piss is not uncommon here, but the city is very nostalgic for me, so I guess that at least evens things out, haha. I'm enjoying my time here, but I miss my Mozilla. On the plus side, I'm really excited to work with my new teammates and Stripe has great food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner!).

Last weekend, I strolled on over to Chinatown and found that unsurprisingly Golden Gate Bakery was on vacation. My hit rate is probably around 50/50 now, or perhaps a little worse. I debated bringing my camera on this trip, and ended up doing so, but I have yet to take it out of my bag. I'm going to San Diego at the end of the month with my new Stripe team, so perhaps I'll put it to some use there.

Before starting at Stripe, I had roughly a month off. I did a lot of bumming around, playing some Minecraft, and went to Los Angeles and New Orleans. LA featured the debut of this video:

and resulted in this one:

I've got a bunch of random clips of Sam from NOLA where we tried really hard to make him out to be a racist, but I'm not sure what I have gels well, so it may not end up anywhere. I did, however, rummage through a lot of old media and came out with this:

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NEW HOUSE

Mark and I have purchased a sweet house and we moved in last weekend. We've still got a number of things on order that have yet to arrive, but it's pretty great. It has two master bedrooms, so it was convenient to co-purchase. Here's a video of when I took Mozilla to the house shortly after closing:

This is a Facebook album of pre-closing photos.

And here are some photos of the game room:

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I could have been cool

Ok, blog, here's my middle school story that I was recently reminded of when someone asked me what I would do if I could turn back time.

First, you'll have to understand that I was quite a dweeby little asian boy. Surprising, I know. I was smaller than my peers, had rather dorky large glasses, and definitely had your stereotypical nerdy asian boy thing going on. In physical activities, I did alright when I was up against my own weight (running, pull ups, etc.) but not so hot when pitted against others (tackling).

So one day in my PE class, we're playing flag football. Sometimes, devious kids would try to tie their belt around their waist so that it would be hard to pull off. I wouldn't do that, but since I was so small, the belts were usually too large for me and one end would hang down really low, so I'd take the end and tuck it into the belt around my waist so it wouldn't swing wildly as I ran.

My PE coach was all-time quarterback and for some reason on the last play of the game, he throws the ball to me. I somehow catch the ball! Amazing! I start running towards the end zone and weave my way around multiple defenders who were probably in a state of shock that I even caught the ball. I was fairly zippy once I get going so I actually make it to the end zone. Touchdown! I was so proud of myself! That was rather short-lived, however, as some kid quickly runs over to me and yanks pretty hard on one of my flags. I expected it to just fall off, but he apparently yanked quickly enough where the end that I had tucked in created a knot so the belt "tied itself" and he basically lifted me up a short distance by my belt. Oh no! Everyone thinks I cheated now! Shame!

So that's how I failed to secure glory for the nerds and instead was awarded shame upon my family for cheating at flag football. If I could turn back time, I would figure out a different way to tuck in that belt. I'm pretty sure I would have been king middle school once news of my victorious run made its way through the grapevine, but alas...

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