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OH SNOT.

I just now found out, a little over 18 days and 8 hours before the End Times* begin, that there could be as little as only 1 or 5 hours (dunno whether these are UTC or Dubai time) before the End Times begin. (Minus 37 more minutes due to how long it took to write this entry...) And yet Google knew about it as early as November 19...

This is how I feel right now:



Anyway, I brought back ten of my blackout userpics from earlier this year when SOPA and ACTA were impending our doom. Specifically, I brought back the only ten I made that either have no text at all or still could be construed to make sense when used to protest something that threatens the freedom of the Internet in general rather than specifically anything that is currently considered fair use.

I probably won't get to make any more considering how busy I've been lately, but hopefully either everyone else's voices will still be enough to get ITU to change their minds, or after they see everyone else's voices, my ten userpics will end up being the straw that breaks the camel's back.

*Caveat: While it's interesting that this should come up so soon before December 21, I still don't think it can be considered definite proof that there's anything to that date - it's still "maybe something will happen, maybe not" to me. The only difference is the "maybe" is now mostly tied to what happens during the ITU's meeting...

This probably doesn't make a lot of sense because I had to finish writing this really quickly before they start making decisions on stuff, but oh well.

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adawnrae
Dec. 3rd, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
The world hasn't ended yet. It probably isn't going to, because hey, people have been predicting the end of the world for as long as people have been a part of it, and they have always been wrong.

Merry Christmas, Matt. (I say it because I remain 100% confident that it will happen.)
matt1993
Dec. 3rd, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
I didn't say the world would end, or did end - especially not at the very moment that the members of the ITU said "good morning" to each other or anything like that.

I'm just scared about what people are saying they might do to the Internet if only governments get to participate, especially behind closed doors. (And they still could - there's still 11 days to the conference.)

I only said we might have had "only 1 or 5 hours...before the End Times begin", because if they do end up censoring the Internet and this decision ends up eventually ultimately bringing about the actual end of the world (which it could), then that would retroactively make the moment I described technically the beginning of the end times, if that makes sense. (Or the beginning of the beginning, anyway, but if I'd been that technical, I wouldn't have had such a snappy introduction to this entry.)

And, as I said in the entry, I don't think - even now - that anyone can say for certain that December 21, 2012 either does or does not have any significance. I just wanted to point out that it's interesting that I should find out about this conference only 18 1/3 days earlier. This is different from, say, changing into a white robe, bringing my laptop with me to the roof of the dorm, and waiting while checking for more news about the ITU. And again, snappy intro. :)

Anyway, merry Christmas to you too!
pathvain_aelien
Dec. 14th, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
I think the world is going to stick around for awhile. Buffy is very good about making sure that happens. :)
matt1993
Dec. 14th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
The only way Buffy could have stopped this one is by either flying to Dubai and serving as a delegate or by protesting like I was doing.

Fortunately (and very, very, very, very luckily), from what I can tell, the ITR (the resolution they made) seems to be more about energy efficiency than the content of the Internet, and whatever it is, it won't take effect until 2015. I just hope I'm at least half right.
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