Hillary Care

18.31.43 - Mark

While I wish the US Presidential campaigns would give some airtime to something other than Iraq, Immigration, the economy, and health care the last one is really getting on my nerves.

Hillary Clinton is out of touch with reality on the issue in her continued insistence on every single American buying a health insurance package or facing fines. It's almost like she's getting kickbacks from the insurance industry as a whole.

I'm not disagreeing with improving the heath care system in this country, but forcing people to buy insurance is not an ideal solution. From my perspective as a healthy (and uninsured) young adult paying for my own insurance would be far more than my current medical expenses. The national average for individual health coverage is about $220 a month. My medical bills for the last two years might total up to $600. That works out to something paying over $5,200 for $600 of expenses, and that's not accounting for deductibles and makes the assumption that the plan would cover the cost of contacts.

I know that insurance is supposed to be there for the unexpected, but for now keeping that same money in a rainy-day savings account makes more sense than letting an insurance company sit on the money. I don't need the government telling me I have to spend that $2600 a year "or else"

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22.56.20 - Mark

My camera went missing over the weekend, most likely stolen. Some jerk took it right out of my daypack Saturday around noon and despite a very thorough search it was still missing Sunday, so it's probably long gone. I've passed on the relevant information to law enforcement so its in the NCIC Database, but it's probably long gone.

What's weird is I'm really not as pissed off as I should be about some asshat wandering away with my property. I'm certainly not happy about it, and I kind of feel stupid for not keeping it with me and then ignoring some paranoid feelings I had about the time it disappeared, but I'm far more pissed off with the replacement process.

While it's "covered" by insurance, that insurance is more or less bullshit. To replace a $350 camera kit (camera, 2GB memory card, and a decent set of high capacity rechargeable batteries) I'd have to pay a $500 deductible. I may have failed the occasional math test, but I'm pretty sure $350 !> $500.

I'm not sure I'll be getting a quick replacement. Right now I can afford a Canon S5IS package or be 100% sure that I can pay upkeep on my websites and hold onto netflix for 3 more periods. I'm fairly confident that I can manage both, half of the web site costs come in November, then the rest at the end of December, so I'm pretty sure it could work, but I need to decide if I want to work without a net.

This really is more aggravating than the theft itself.

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Incomplete thought of the day

22.54.21 - Mark

While I was writing my rant about online video distribution I started thinking about how much money networks get from commercials compared to selling content online (since we all know they don't put the commercials into the videos). I've been doing some research, but TV finances are a deep dark hole of uncertainty. Especially when you don't want to sign up for Nielsen Reports.

Then I realized I messed up some numbers, and that I didn't have the time to fix those and write it up properly. It's probably for the better that I draft it for a day or two. I'm not sure what my final point is.

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Fun with Loose Change Pt. 1

16.59.33 - Mark

I was taking a quick look at Boing Boing this morning during class and noticed building bridges with pennies (and the Boing Boing Link). I was a) bored b) looking for something to do a time lapse video of and c) holding on to a few dollars worth of pennies for no reason other than to have a cup full of loose change. So mix in a little time and a steady hand and about 160 some pennies latter you get Pennies. (150kb 320x240 Quicktime)

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I would have done some more with it but my camera battery died and while it was recharging someone bumped into the table something fierce and knocked it over. I like the idea of small time lapse type videos so I'll probably do another on at some point.

Just as a side note for anyone getting my videos though RSS, the markw.us/rss feed does not currently support enclosures, it's main purpose is to provide the source for the feedburner feed (which does provide enclosures). Unlike some 'casters I don't have preference for which feed you use, but just be aware that RSS enclosures in the on-site feed will be added on a when-it-happens basis.

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