The US Raises Some Cash the Old Fashion Way

It looks like the United States government has finally found a way to raise the cash we need to get our butts out of trouble and our economy out of the recession we’re currently in.

I actually found this as I was looking for a sample video from The Onion for one of the software platform I work with.

And if you like that, you may want to see what new thing Sony just released.

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Animaniacs – Presidents

Animaniacs_PresidentsRichard Byrne over at Free Technology for Teachers posted today a video showing the 44 United States Presidents in order.  Have to admit I prefer, even if it is a bit out of date, the Animaniacs version.

One has to wonder which young students will remember ten years down the road.

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So Does Your Vote Really Count?


I’m sure you’ve read it elsewhere, but they’re still counting votes for the senate race up in Minnesota with the race between Al Franken and current Senator Norm Coleman.  The current totals, which are going up and down with the tally, rests at about 220 votes between the two of them.

Think about that for just a second.  There were nearly three million votes cast for the seat and we have a difference of just 220 votes.  That’s less than one one-hundredth of a percentage point.  Or, to put it another way, a penny compared to a hundred dollar bill.

It was a bit larger but they found 100 votes in one county cast for Mr. Franken that were missed due to a typo.  And the state is having problems with the voting machines.  Note the 870 comments on that one.  The absentee ballots are giving them trouble as well.

I have to admit that I didn’t hold out much hope for Mr. Franken when I first heard he was running. (Hmmm, I thought I had something bookmarked on that.  Oh well.  I’ll find it later.) But then again it is Minnesota.

Barney Expresses His Own Opinion of the Election


Well, I guess Barney’s upset that the Republicians pretty much lost the election.  He took out his anger on Jon Dekker, a member of the White House Press Corp from Reuters.

Maybe, as First Lady Laure Bush put it, “he was done with the paparazzi.”

He’s probably lucky Dick Cheney didn’t shoot him. 🙂

As an aside, what Barney was probably concerned about what all that stuff in the reporter’s left hand.

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Do You Have Your Converter Box Yet?


I was reading this article on the WSOC website about the pending change from analog television signal to a digital one starting on February 17th, 2009.  That’s only a couple of months away.  After that date, local television states will only broadcast a digital signal.  At least that’s what’s planned for here in the United States.

The cool thing is that the government is printing up these coupons where you can basically get a converter box for a small amount of money.  Neat, right?  Never mind that they’re spending tax money to support businesses and all that.

Here’s the problem.  The change over occurs on February 17th, right?  As I read the article, the coupons won’t be going out until the converter boxes are in stores.  No problem with that but the boxes themselves aren’t due until “the end of February or first of March.

Anyone else concerned about the boxes not being available until after the change over occurs?

How not to run a campaign

How not to run a compaign
Full article here. Discovered here
So John McCain has a MySpace account. I guess nearly everybody does now a day. Only one problem. He or one of his staffers desided to use a well know template created by NewsVineFounder and CEO Mike Davidson. Only one problem. Mr. Davidson asked to receive credit for the use of the template if used. Also users of the template had to host their own image files within their space.
McCain’s site used his template, but didn’t give Davidson credit. Worse, he says, they used the images that were on his server, meaning he had to pay for the bandwidth used from page views on McCain’s site.
Davidson got even though by changing the URL of the images so that McCain’s site displayed what’s post up above.
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