Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! I’m sure by now that you have noticed I have not posted yet this year. Well, it has taken a little longer than I expected to get back into the swing of things after my little holiday break. But this week I am getting back to work.
Not to say that I haven’t been working. I’ve just been working on other things, mostly continuing to experiment with relief printing. Here is a design I just finished this week. You may remember this guy from Frankfort, Michigan, although I do think this is a much better image than that first sketch.
New Year’s Resolutions
With every New Year come new resolutions. Running this blog has been immensely enjoyable for me, but it has also come with a learning curve. And since we are at the beginning of a new year, now is as good a time as any to take stock of what, exactly, I have learned and make a few resolutions/small changes.
- While I do enjoy the traveling that this blog has motivated me to do, finding new and exotic locations every week takes up a lot of time. And this year I would like to devote a little more time to my non-travel art. So, for the time being at least, I am going to try moving The Inky Atlas to a bi-weekly format after next week’s article.
- I am going to work on being more concise and keep the 2,000-word articles to a minimum.
- I will find as many lighthouses as I can manage this year (of course).
And now I will get back to work.
I Need Your Help
Yes, this again.
The FCC recently voted to repeal the Title II regulations that ensure Net Neutrality. If you are like I was and have no idea what that means, here is the short version: Net Neutrality is what ensures that everyone has open and equal access to information on the Internet. Without this, your service providers—like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast (*shudder*)—can slow down or outright block your access to websites with opposing political opinions or that offer competing services, or create “fast lanes” for the big sites that can afford to pay for higher internet speeds. Basically, this gives your providers a frightening level of control over how you use the internet. All in all, this favors companies with lots of money and spells disaster for small, independent sites and artists trying to promote themselves online (hi there).
To make this as personal as I can, if this happens it is entirely likely that I will no longer be able to continue this blog. But it is not time to panic just yet. Congress still has the ability to overturn this decision. This is NOT a partisan issue, this affects us all. So please contact your representatives to let them know you support Net Neutrality. I have already called and emailed, and you know if I am willing to pick up the phone it is serious (I hate making phone calls). If I can do it, so can you.
Here are a couple of resources that have more complete information about what is happening:
And here are some places where you can join others in appealing against the dismantling of Net Neutrality:
This site will automatically send an email to your various representatives under your name using your ZIP code.
This site will connect you by phone to your representatives and provide you a script to read.
This is a petition organized by the ACLU to combat the repeal of Net Neutrality.