Bye, Bye, Miss American Empire

Bill Kauffman on secession and empire, from Orion. (And a hat tip to LRC.)

I’m blogging on the fly from a Starbucks in New Haven, Connecticut. I’m sure hipsters do this all the time, but it feels pretty strange to me — especially since my connection isn’t very reliable and I expect to get kicked out for not drinking enough coffee.

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4 thoughts on “Bye, Bye, Miss American Empire

  1. John W. Payne June 27, 2007 / 9:33 pm

    I don’t think you have to worry about getting kicked out. I think the whole motivation for offering the free WiFi is that although you may not want to buy anything when you come in, eventually you’ll break down and order a double frappa-whatever.

  2. Dain June 28, 2007 / 4:28 pm

    I used to do that all the time in Emeryville, CA (near Berkeley). The Wi-Fi wasn’t free, but luckily the area was so saturated with networks that I could often get on anyway without charge. One cup of coffee would last about 3 hours. I guess I really knew how to “milk” it.

  3. Matthew June 29, 2007 / 2:46 pm

    You needn’t worry… if people didn’t hang around coffee shops during the day, the would be deserted outside peak hours.

  4. Daniel McCarthy June 30, 2007 / 10:04 pm

    Yeah, there was no problem with loitering. On the other hand, as Dain’s comment suggests, Starbucks wireless internet isn’t free after all — but I was picking up an open Linksys network of some kind. At least, I was for a while. On subsequent visits to the place the signal wasn’t strong enough, and I wasn’t about to pay for internet access, cheapskate that I am. So, no blogging.

    Fun fact: Indiana Jones 4 was being filmed in New Haven while I was there. I’ll post a photo or two of some of the props in a bit…

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