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Govern as independents in name and in spirit. – Sergey Brin

Google co-founder, Brin, calls on politicians to abandon political parties.

So my plea to the victors — whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit.  It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country. – Sergey Bring (Source: Google+)

I’ll second that on Election Day. I guess I should start by re-registering as an Independent.


Jason’s 120% Solution

If you aren’t already subscribed to Jason Calacanis’ mailing list – subscribe. Jason is smart guy with a lot to say and he gets things done. Jason replaced his blog, for the most part, with a mailing list a while back – I’m a subscriber and reader. Jason’s email today – The 120% solution – talks about the economic crisis, why it happened, and suggests possible solutions. Check it out – it’s a great read.


Can the Hummer Club save the Hummer?

I drive a 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser so I can’t poke fun at the Hummer crowd for driving vehicles with poor fuel economy. Fuel economy aside, there are plenty of other reasons to poke fun at the Hummer crowd. Colbert does a pretty good job in the video I’ve included below.

GM is currently reviewing the Hummer brand and it’s likely that it will become a casualty of the economic crisis. I for one won’t miss the Hummer. To be clear, I don’t have a problem with the HMMWVs used by the military that started all of this – a Hummer isn’t the same thing as a HMMWV and a HMMWV doesn’t belong on public roads.


08 Election Results \\ Go Obama! Go


Palin Rap

I got a kick out of this on Saturday night. Way to go SNL.


Electoral-vote.com

A post on Tim Berry’s blog pointed my browser back towards Electoral-vote.com – I blogged about it in 2004. Thanks for bringing it back up to the surface Tim.

Electoral-vote.com is a great way to keep up-to-speed on how your candidate is doing when it comes to the Electoral College. Fortunately, it’s painting a pretty good picture for the Obama ticket right now.


Zakaria on Palin

Zakaria on Palin. Right on.


SNL Palin and Clinton Talk Sexism

For Luke, a Palin fan.


Everymoment Counts

Everymoment Now is providing a new view of the 2008 general election. Excellent graphs shed some light on the media trends surrounding the general election a little more visible. The graph on the home page caught my attention for a minute or two. Plans are in the works to make use of the technology and ideas behind the site beyond the general election.

The current version of Everymoment Now is focused on the 2008 US General Election. When the election is complete we’ll have 100 days of data leading up to November 4th. We feel that being able to look back over the election, to see where media shifts occurred and what stories had the greatest impact on the final outcome is pretty important and powerful.

Everymoment Now 


Confirmed: Water on Mars

NASA touches water on Mars. What’s next? Read more…


Barack Obama | Change I Can Believe In

I’m leaning away from Hillary these days and more towards Obama. Why? He’s authentic. Family oriented. I believe him. He represents change “I” can believe in. Clinton, for me, represents more of the same. Another thing Obama has going for him – a great website. I love how it opens with a photograph of the Obama family. The site is well organized, informative, and to the point. IMO – it says a lot about Obama, his style, and how he will run the country. Hillary’s website, IMO, is haphazard and less authentic. No picture of the family? What’s up with that?
I love the video that Obama has running on his site now.


Internet Crash

I can’t believe it – it actually happend – the Internet Crashed! Ted Stevens was right - the tubes just aren’t big enough to handle it all. Sorry for the lack of posts lately folks – more important things going on at the moment.


4 Generations

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Surfing kottke.org I ran into this post Think locally, act globally that talks about a collaborative effort to buy a needy family in China a water buffalo. It’s a fantastic story which is told very well by  Bob Thomson (one of the collaborators) in a short movie (8 minutes) he produced to document the event. Just when you think the world is getting really crummy a story like this comes along to restore hope. Thanks guys!

Links:

Bob’s post – link to movie here 

Direct movie link 1 MOV 

Direct movie link 2 FLASH 


“Condoms don’t belong in school, and neither does Al Gore.”

The Blog | David Roberts: Best story of the year so far | The Huffington Post

"Condoms don’t belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He’s not a schoolteacher," said Frosty Hardison, a parent of seven who also said that he believes the Earth is 14,000 years old. "The information that’s being presented is a very cockeyed view of what the truth is. … The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up, but that perspective isn’t in the DVD."

IMO, every kid in school should watch Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. I got a laugh, and a scare, out of David’s post – link at the top. Do people like this really exist?


My 2007 Tech Predictions

  • Windows Vista will be hugely popular.
  • Apple’s growth in the personal computer space will slow as a result of Vista’s success and the next generation hardware that will support it.
  • RIA apps., powered by WPF/WPFE and similar technologies, will start to get traction as the line between client-side software and web-based software continues to soften.
  • Yahoo! will continue to loose momentum as Google and nimble Web X.0 companies continue to eat away at it.
  • Wi-fi everywhere and geo-based advertising will start to catch hold and Google’s early efforts in this space will pay off – securing their dominance in the ad space for the near future.
  • Microsoft will establish multi-media beach-heads in more American living rooms this year using the xBox 360 platform – re-configuring the gaming system into a Media Center replacement via free updates as unsuspecting users sleep.
  • Apples’s cell phone will change the way we think about cell phones and cell service forever.

Read what everybody else is predicting for 2007.

NOTE: I reserve the right to add to this list for the remainder of this week ; )


Live African Watering Hole

This is cool – live 24-7 streaming video from a watering hole in Africa.


How the Rich Get Richer – MotherJones

How the Rich Get Richer – by Clara Jeffery is packed with interesting numbers that do a good job of showing the growing divide between the rich and the poor. Some of the numbers really suprised me. For example.

IN 2005, there were 9 million American millionaires, a 62% increase since 2002.

IN 2005, 25.7 million Americans received food stamps, a 49% increase since 2000.

So why is the divide growing? Are the rich doing a better job of taking care of the rich? Or, are the poor simply not willing to work for it? I tend to think it’s a combination of both.


Farewell Crockodile Hunter

Steve IrwinSteve Irwin died Monday morning in a diving accident – a stingray extended its barb into his chest as he swam nearby and he died shortly after. News.com.au

My son, now 5, and the rest of our family got a big kick out of watching the Crockodile Hunter series – Steve was a big part of his life and we always thought it was cool that Steve found his wife, Terri, here in Oregon. So much energy, such a passion for the outdoors and what a love for creatures big and small. A generation of kids, and parents, will never forget the Crockodile Hunter.

We’ll miss you Steve. Stay strong Terri, Bindi, and Robert.


Ted Stevens’ – Tubes

It’s a series of tubes. And if you don’t understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material. – Ted Steven’s – Internet famous.

Transcript of his now historical Internet “Tubes” speach.

The Internet is a Series of Tubes song – temporarily pulled by MySpace.

and it continues …

and it continues … Flickr’s Error Page

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Will the Fed help tech companies sort out China?

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Reading: Yahoo turns to Washington for help on China | Tech News on ZDNet

The Fed needs to step up to the plate and level the playing field (or at least set some guidelines) for tech companies trying to do business in China. China represents a huge market for these companies so they can’t just not do business with the Chinese; unfortunately the U.S. stock market won’t reward them for being good citizens. The Fed needs to step in and set some game playing rules – the industry can’t be expected to create the rules, the game is already in motion. I think the Yahoo! chief has it right.

Governments change governments. Governments who are in trade together can certainly change governments," he said. "We tried and we are going to continue to try as an industry to have our government help us.

- Terry Semel, Yahoo! Chief

 


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