Archive for March, 2008

America’s Chickens Coming Home to Roost – the importance of context, and the power of selective quoting Mar 21 2008

One of the clips that has been played over and over again was of Barack Obama’s pastor saying that America’s chickens were coming home to roost. This video reveals that he was quoting a U.S. Ambassador who had said this. Fox News and other media outlets played the quote, over and over, making it sound like it was the pastor who thought that. See the video for yourself, and see the power of selectively quoting a speech or talk.

Originally linked by Bald Eagle 08.

They’ve got some more good contextual video clips on their homepage too.

Gabriel – So I’m on FriendFeed now… Mar 19 2008

I can see why people like FriendFeed. It brings together lots of services, very easily, quickly, and more twitter-like and simple presentation than Tumblr which does much the same thing but shows larger versions of the content vs. smaller thumbnails. Also, the whole social aspect of it (the ‘friend’ part) is pretty sweet… see who is subscribed to who and easily add them yourself. Cool! 🙂

You can see it here: Gabriel – FriendFeed

Full text and video of Barack Obama Speech: ‘A More Perfect Union’ Mar 18 2008

Watch Barack Obama’s speech on his vision of the future of the perfection of the United States of America:

My favorite quote from this deeply nuanced, insightful and intelligent speech:

“This time we want to talk about the crumbling schools that are stealing the future of black children and white children and Asian children and Hispanic children and Native American children. This time we want to reject the cynicism that tells us that these kids can’t learn; that those kids who don’t look like us are somebody else’s problem. The children of America are not those kids, they are our kids, and we will not let them fall behind in a 21st century economy.”

You can also view it on YouTube:

See the comments on Barack’s site:

Full text of the speech below:

(more…) “Down for Maintenance” screen Mar 17 2008 "Down for Maintenance" screen on Flickr.
Today, as we were working on speeding up SQL queries and also repairing the database, I had the opportunity to make a quick little "down for maintenance" screen.

The boy is Jackson, my friend Damon’s kid.

Thankfully the server wasn’t down for too long, and it’s running well now.

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