On the Seventh day, He…

… taketh Mail Service away.

It’s not like we didn’t see this coming. If it were up to me, we’d get mail three times a week (or once a week the more I think about it). Mail can come the day before garbage day that way my junk mail can be discarded immediately.

Technology has moved us past a daily supply of mail. If anything, it’s our reluctance to change rather than our ability to access information that is holding us back.

Our computers can check email. Our phones can check email. Soon our TVs and even our refrigerators can check our email. We’re at a point where the USPS needs to redefine itself.

This is my proposal to fix the USPS:

1. Eliminate transporting and sorting mail. Every person has a federally issued email address that can be accessed online and assigned to an address. Any messages are either emailed, or scanned and delivered to that address. If someone doesn’t have access to the Internet, then a delivery car with an onboard laptop and printer with 4G Internet will deliver mail printed on site (for a fee that will be assessed like a utility based on frequency of deliveries).

2. Eliminate post offices. This will be accomplished by kiosks that allow users to type letters or scan letters (with an included paper shredder for private documents) that will then email the letters to another user (which will either be delivered to their email or printed and delivered by car). This method will also assess a fee.

The most important part is the elimination of loading mail into a truck and driving it across the country. It also eliminates the need to sort mail.

This is the solution for an outdated system.

Snow Day

The northeast is preparing for possible record breaking snow. Some estimates as high as 30 inches in the Boston Mass. area. Of course my town will be lucky to break 4 inches, but we can’t all have all of the fun!

Why the big difference? Because its going to be too warm for snow. That’s correct. We will be enjoying mostly rain while further North enjoys snow. Take lots of pictures, and be safe.

Super Bowl: the Day After

I’ll be the first to admit that I was wrong. The Patriots and the ‘9ers didn’t meet in the Super Bowl. The ‘9ers didn’t win. If there is any saving face I can do today, I say that it was a great game.

The power outage sparked the ‘9ers into almost completing the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. It wouldn’t have had a chance without the 35 minute blackout interlude. We got what any football fans deserve: 60 minutes and the game came down to the final couple minutes.

This is as great of a victory for Flacco as it is for Kaepernick. Flacco is no longer the Romo of the AFC; Kapernick continued to prove that these ‘9ers are better off with him. With Smith, the ‘9ers could never recover from that kind of deficit.

I’m looking forward to a rematch.

Yuck! Gas Leak!

Since moving to South Bethlehem, I’ve come across several stories if gas leaks. An explosion here, a leak there. Stories from an aging infrastructure in a city starving since its source of wealth has moved on.

I came to the area after witnessing a similar city in a similar situation. Scranton struggles since losing coal. Bethlehem struggles since losing steel. It’s a fact of life.

Now I witness this on a chair in my roommate’s grandparents house while the gas company digs up the street outside our home in search of failed infrastructure. Aged convenience. Disrepair. This is the capitalism we try to forget by focusing the American Dream on the next big thing.

Who remembers the uranium mines in Utah?

Sometimes history passes us by before we notice. Take a moment, absorb the world around you. There may be a day when even the Internet no longer exists.

Missing: Palin

Sarah Palin’s nomination as VP for former Presidential Nominee John McCain was a bold move. Some would say suicidal, while others would claim revolutionary.

The only thing revolutionary about it was how quickly the Obama campaign was able to dismantle their platform on their way to the White House.

To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of Saturday Night Live until Tina Fey became the anti-Palin; nor was I a big fan of Fox News until Palin was commentating. Sarah Palin made the extreme right entertaining, and mock-worthy.

Sarah Pahlin is accomplished. She was Governor of Alaska, she was almost a Presidential Nominee, and she is more successful than many of us will ever be. This isn’t meant as an assault on her character, but an assault on what she represents. We are single-serve consumers of celebrities and entertainers. We are always searching for the next big idol.

For 2008, Pahlin was our idol.

Was

Past tense.

Now SNL is a distant memory for me (outside of an Eli Manning host and his infamous courtroom scene), and Fox News is moving forward (without our heroes ::cough:: Pahlin and Glenn Beck).

The world will miss our former VP candidate.

Or is the world better off? Before you read this, did you even know she was already gone? Probably looking out her window at Russia solving our country’s foreign policy and sounding more and more like Bobby’s mother from Bobby’s World.

Have You Tried Climbing the Twitter Vine?

Recently released ‘Vine’ promises to deliver the snapshot joys of Twitter in 6 second video snaps. That’s right. Twitter is running this new venue for quick thoughts and artistic creations that will spark interest like FML.com (and will burn out just as fast).

The artist creations on the site are comical and entertaining; however, it will take a saving grace similar to the celebrity involvement on current twitter to give this predictably doomed pilot from crashing.

Where would twitter be if we weren’t able to read about Lindsay Lohan’s frivolous activity, or Lady Gaga’s shout outs?

I am enjoying Vine now, while it lasts.

Vine is currently only available on the iOS.

See Mr. Goodell? The Pro Bowl is Real

Did you catch the Pro Bowl? I did. There was real tackling, throwing, and a referee even threw a flag while telling a joke!

But all joking aside Mr. Hochuli, there were real injuries (J. J. Watt appeared to cut his pinky while it bled all over his hand), there were real points (the AFC managed 35 points, while the NFC found 62), and a Manning Bowl (did you notice Eli moving the ball all over the field while Peyton watched?).

This was a statement game. I hope you enjoyed it because if they keep playing like this, there will be more Pro Bowls. It was a good performance.