So, my blog (and all blogs actually) have now been banned, or "blocked" from all State computers. Technically, it should not be. The State lists the following as blocked: adult material, gambling, illegal or questionable, tasteless (yeah, yeah, I know), violence, weapons, advertisements, internet radio or Tv and security. My blog doesn't fit in any of those categories as defined. Nevertheless, there is nothing that I can say or do about it. Technically, the State can block anything that is not directly related to State business. That argument would prevail if I was inclined to complain. However, as usual, there is another side to it. Everyone who has never wasted time at work raise your hand. Even more, every Public Defender or DA out there who has never gone in on a weekend or worked nights or through lunch raise your hand. The fact is if someone wants to go in a Sunday and work but then look at my blog they can't. I had several blogs that were written by other defense attorneys that I enjoyed reading. I kept abreast of developments in the law, followed my profession in other places and took a break from the stress of my day. I think it is sad that the State has blocked blogs. Living in Alaska can be isolating. It was good to see what others were doing. Also, I know that there are many State employees who were regular readers who might not bother now. Thus, the action of the State has indirectly chilled freedom of expression and speech. Oh well, like I said, the State can do what it wants. In other news, check out the King that intern Kristie caught last night. Just over 40 lbs. Beautiful. I am hoping to catch one like it before King season ends on July 31.
The next few weeks are going to be crazy busy as I prepare for a felony trial over in Seward, fish for Kings as much as I can and start to prepare for winter. Through an ad in Craigslist (http://anchorage.craigslist.org/), I found a guy just a few minutes from my house who is going to let me clear his 8 acres of trees. He wins because he gets a lake view now. I win because there are about 20-30 cords of wood I bet. I am stoked. I am going to get a Suburban load every night. I figure we will go through about 8 cords this winter and we only have about 6 cut and stacked. With the price of natural gas going up 30% a year, heating with wood is the only way to go. Also, I need to finish my butcher shop as a friend expects to come down with 2 caribou in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Comments

operator101.com said…
Just get your own url and pay for a hosting service so your blog won't be blocked. I'm sure you agree - TANSTAFL.

As for the "professional" (and I use that in the loosest possible definition) blogs being blocked, I raised a stink about that several months ago with IT when SCOTUS blog, Sentencing Policy blog, etc first were blocked. I had to fill-out a ridiculously long form and get a supervisor's approval (why the fuck doesn't IT dep't trust the fucking attorneys and stop implementing such bullshit regulations!)and, VOILA!, I had access on my work computer.
Anonymous said…
Maybe y'all should be working instead of reading blogs at your workplace.
fdr said…
Like it or not, "blogs" are a part of the modern workplace....
Anon, did you read my post? Many times blogs are directly related to work. Many times we are here on our own time. If you think being a PD or DA is so easy, why not identify yourself? Let's see if you have any clue what you are talking about. Operator I refuse to fill out the form. It is a joke that so much of the Net is closed to attorneys.
Not Your Mom said…
"It is a joke that so much of the Net is closed to attorneys."

Is that not a tad elitist? For whatever reason the State wants you not to access certain sites should apply to all.
Or are you Specially in need of porn?
operator101.com said…
Ben, trust me, I (at first) refused to fill-0ut the form but then my (former) supervisor told me just to fill-it out and sell my soul to IT. So, I did. I felt dirty and used like a crackwhore in Mountain View but I got access to the sites I needed. Pragmatism can/is/shall be a nasty part of life.
fdr said…
I run the Accident Investigation Unit for my city. Beleive it or not, I have only had internet access for my investigators for a couple of months. How the hell do you run an investigation in this day and age without it? Joe citizen has it, but those conducting city business could not be trusted to not abuse it I guess.

Sure people waste time (ahem), but without the internet you still can find lots of ways to waste time. But don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Hold people accountable and make sure they do their job, but if they do, who cares if they take a couple minute break to post about thier fishing trip.

The Puritan work ethic has caused people to hate work altogether. As Stephen Covey asserts, the "saw must be sharpened." Putting your mind on something you enjoy for a few minutes, helps one to get back to counting theri paper clips refreshed.
Not your Mom. I can get my "porn" at home. That is not what bothers me. Is it elitist? That we, as professionals, would have unfettered access to the Internet? Certainly, in the other places I have practiced I had it. And remember, in theory, I represent criminals. Sometimes I need to look at things that are not pleasant. It is not too much to expect that after 7 years of college that I would realize that the internet is not for viewing porn at work. But a blog of a fellow attorney? I do think that professionals should be treated as such. That is one of the benefits of higher education. Maybe you should try getting some.
Anonymous said…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRPxN7DGy5c
Define Ben said…
douche bag .ATTY II

somebody who you think is a complete retard and doesn't know anything about what they're talking about.
FishTaxi said…
darn, I used to get a lot of hits from state eye-ess-pees.

seriously, anyone working on a computer at work has down time that is THIER time on earth.

good score on CL!
Anonymous said…
Man, that girl in the photo sure knows how to bring in a fish. Maybe you should ask her for some pointers.

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