Can you hear me now?

The NYT’s Thomas Friedman sounds an alarm that the U.S. is seriously lagging behind the developed world in providing widely available and reliable connectivity. He also makes the interesting point that U.S. politics has often been guided by the parties and candidates that sieze and command new technology.

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Austen and Family visit

Austen, Deri and Ira came to hot and humid Florida for a 4 day visit. We managed to go pontoon boating on the St. Johns River; hit the beach for sunrise, castnet lessons and a lagoon tour in Bob’s fishing boat; dined on beer can chicken prepared by the Saltz’s; snorkeled Alexander Springs; several dinner’s out; and a day at Epcot.

Photos at the family website — I can’t organize anymore ‘sets’ of photos on flickr.com without getting a paid account.

Deri has posted some additional pictures here, and Austen posted here.