August 29, 2008 at 4:03 pm (Entertainment)
Someone pointed me to the Wordle, which…
is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
Here’s the one for my blog:
August 28, 2008 at 8:46 pm (politics)
The past 2 days of the Democratic convention have generally been interesting to watch. I have been able to catch the key speeches and right now I’m watching my Rep. Chaka Fattah speaking with Chris Matthews about the importance of Pennsylvania in this election and Matthews asked him about PA voting for Hillary over Obama during our primaries. He gave a good reply and it seems, for the Philly metro area at least, having Fattah, Mayor Michael Nutter & Governor Ed Rendell all drumming support for Obama will be a big boost. I just learned too that Senator Joe Biden’s wife is originally from Willow Grove, which is very cool and might be a good help in the suburbs.
Here are highlights from the past few nights:
Chelsea Clinton’s intro to Hillary Clinton
Joe Biden’s acceptance speech
and Bill Clinton
Finally, some semi-major speeches:
Governor Brian Schweitzer (Montana)
and Rep. Patrick Murphy of Bucks County, Pa., the first and only veteran of the Iraq War to serve in Congress:
I will scurry now because Al Gore is speaking. 🙂
August 28, 2008 at 4:49 pm (Personal)
I have to say that the past 3 days haven’t been bad. I’ve been catching up on TV, staying up to watch the Democratic Convention. I’ve gone to the different ethnic markets and I got several new outfits for the new job. Yesterday I went to the mall with my friend A and her 1 1/2 year old baby. I have been trying some different branches of the Free Library to borrow CDs and help feed my iPod, so it’s nice seeing libraries I’ve never been to before. My brother was here from Seattle last night and left later this morning.
I am so unused to unstructured time. Today I started reading up on grant management, since that’s what I’ll be doing.
So, not much else to say today. I’ll leave with music videos of some of the albums/artists I got from the library today:
Black Sheep Wall by Innocence Mission
Fashion by David Bowie
Piano Man by Billy Joel
August 26, 2008 at 8:32 pm (politics)
Now that I’m not having to get up early for work, I can actually stay up late to watch the Democratic Convention. Since I have cable this time, I’m watching MSNBC’s coverage of the campaign. It’s great having Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow providing such great commentary throughout the evening. I loved last night seeing Rachel take on Pat Buchanan.
See the video of that here:
The tribute to Ted Kennedy was great too and Caroline Kennedy really has so much class. Her speech last night was so beautiful and a perfect tribute to Kennedy’s character & career. See below Caroline’s speech, followed by Ted Kennedy’s speech. It’s great that he made such an effort to be at last night’s convention:
And of course one of last night’s highlights was the speech by Michelle Obama. She’s really so very cool, down to earth and very classy without being pretentious. I loved too seeing how excited the kids were to see their dad on the big screen. 🙂
Here’s her big speech:
It looks like I already missed our Governor Ed Rendell speak tonight, but I’m sure I’ll be able to catch it on YouTube tomorrow. It will be very interesting to see Hillary speak tonight and I’m curious to see our Senator Bob Casey.
August 25, 2008 at 7:57 pm (Personal)
Tags: Job Hunting, Personal
Today was, without a question, one of the most surreal days of my life. I went into work, just like any other day. At around 9am my boss called me into his office and told me that, because of budgetary problems with the organization, my position was one that was being eliminated. He was extremely nice about it and felt really bad that this was happening to me. He’s offered to do whatever he could to help me. Everyone felt really bad and I know people were in shock.
So, I went home and immediately went to file my unemployment claim online and put a deferment on my student loan. I did a little mourning. Around lunchtime I called the HR guy from the job I was waiting to hear about (see Anticipation) and he told me that the woman I met with was on vacation last week and he was waiting to hear from her.
I putted around the apartment a little more, watched some Melrose Place., called a few friends at work that I didn’t get to say “bye” to, sent out a ton of resumes for temp jobs.
Around 2:30pm I get a call from the HR guy offering me the job as a grants administrator. I was so very, very happy and accepted right away.
So…it’s been a roller coaster of emotions today and I’m still reeling from it all. I don’t start till Sept. 15th so I have all this time to just sit around watching TV and maybe learn about some of the tasks of the new job. It’s so weird not to have a schedule or have to get up early tomorrow.
And everything today brought to mind Alanis Morrissette’s song, Ironic, except for me, what happened was just the reverse….
August 24, 2008 at 8:54 am (Music)
Since I don’t listen to XPN much anymore since I got my iPod, now I actually have to do my own poking around to discover new artists I might like and sometimes it takes me awhile to discover one that’s been out awhile.
This morning, as part of my normal morning online routine, I went to see what Amazon’s Mp3 Store had as their deeply discounted album. I admit that usually if it’s something I’ve never heard of, I don’t really take time to look at it unless I have the time to really check it out. Well, I’m kinda glad I did take the time this morning.
Today they have the self-titled album by The Bird and the Bee available for $1.99. I went to listen to a sample of a few songs and fell in love with them! One of my more recent newish music obsessions has been The Weepies and The Bird and the Bee definitely has a bit of a Weepies sound, so if you’re into that folksy, sweet kinda sound, take a listen.
Here’s a video of them playing their song Again & Again:
and for good measure, I’ll post a video by The Weepies, Nobody Knows Me At All:
August 24, 2008 at 12:10 am (Local, Music, politics)
Tags: Entertainment, gay rights, news, Philadelphia, politics
It’s 11:30pm and I’ve had a pretty busy and different day so I’m settling down by reading blogs in my Google Reader. Some interesting posts I came upon tonight….
Feministing: Hallmark offers same-sex wedding greeting cards
It looks like Hallmark is targeting a new consumer.
While the language doesn’t directly refer to marriage (considering the fact that two states in this country actually recognize gay marriage), they were created shortly after California legalized. The cards have mushy language that could apply to marriage or civil unions like, “Two hearts. One promise.”
But, but…it’s Hallmark! The corporate monster that commercializes (and banks off of) every holiday to the point of puking, not to mention serves as a huge contributor to the heteronormative machine (Valentine’s Day, etc.).
That being said, this has to be more a good thing than bad, no? Thoughts? Has anyone seen any of these cards?
Feministing: Limbaugh calls Obama a “little black man-child”
On his radio show yesterday, Rush Limbaugh said,
Obama’s patriotism is not being attacked in an ad. McCain’s just out there saying he’s putting his own personal political ambition ahead of the country’s. It’s — you know, it’s just — it’s just we can’t hit the girl. I don’t care how far feminism’s saying, you can’t hit the girl, and you can’t — you can’t criticize the little black man-child. You just can’t do it, ’cause it’s just not right. It’s not fair. He’s such a victim
Pandagon: The homophobe/womb control heads to Denver
Good lord, this is going to be a zoo. (Christian Newswire):
Randall Terry States:
“A group of pro-life activists will get arrested – perhaps more than once – in order to draw focus to Obama’s hard core support of child-killing. We will definitely be arrested on Tuesday, August 26 at a location to be announced – and perhaps sooner.
“We intend to be “Party Crashers” to disrupt a number of DNC events, including, but not limited to: the Interfaith Gathering; Opening Reception; African American Caucus; Hispanic Caucus; Women’s Caucus; Faith Forum; the Opening of the DNC; and more.
Also, the brochures, “Real Solutions for the Negro Problem” and “Is it Immoral to Vote for Obama for President?” can be read at http://www.humbleplea.com
Not to be topped, the freaks from Operation Save America (founded by Terry), led by the unhinged Flip Benham, plan to be there. Flip and his crew of homophobes have descended on NC Pride in Durham for the last couple of years, and they didn’t convert anyone—all everyone did was laugh at the ridiculous schtick.
Ricky Martin Always Wanted To Be a Dad
Philadelphia Will Do: Larry Mendte Didn’t Need To Get Alycia Lane’s Bikini Photos
from Larry Mendte’ s statement:
Let me explain. This whole episode started five years ago when Alycia Lane came to Philadelphia. Almost immediately, Dawn heard rumors that Alycia and I were a little too close and she should watch out.
The rumors were true. Alycia and I had a flirtatious, unprofessional, and improper relationship.
Dawn found proof of that relationship when she waited in my office on New Years Day 2005 and read emails that I had left out on my desk, emails between Alycia and me that confirmed her suspicions.
Dawn confronted me with the emails. I told her the truth. I told her I loved her, and I apologized. I then immediately stopped having long dinners with Alycia, staying out late with Alycia, and I stopped allowing her to come into my office to do her makeup everyday.
The relationship that was once close quickly turned into a personal feud….
McCain: A politician you can mock:
August 23, 2008 at 12:25 pm (Entertainment)
Tags: television, Websites
This morning while looking for free online videos of Little Rascals/Our Gang, I stumbled upon like television…only better. They have videos of all kinds of classic TV shows and cartoons as well as some classic movies.
It’s really a great site, the interface isn’t wonderful, but if you’re looking to see old shows like Little Rascals (which is 1930s old), this would be a great place to check out. And with a membership fee ($15/month), it looks like they have some downloads too (among them To Kill A Mockingbird with Gregory Peck). Here’s a brief list of what they have:
Ozzie & Harriet
Dick Van Dyke Show
Johnny Carson shows
Felix the Cat
a whole bunch of old Looney Toons
lotsa old cartoons
and some random modern shows like The Office, Monk
lotsa random old horror flicks
Reefer Madness (hehe 😀 )
Sex Madness sounds like it would be interesting/entertaining, made in 1937:
Sex Madness is an vintage documentary on the repercussions of a loose sexual lifestyle. The movie features a tales of two girls who enter the world of Burlesque Theater and end up needing a doctor’s treatment for assorted venereal diseases. Interesting reflection on the culture of the 1930’s US and the prevailing attitude toward human sexual behavior. Similar to Reefer Madness, only no one goes homicidal!
I’ll end with a classic Our Gang clip, Fishy Tales:
and here’s a reunion of them c1954 on the variety show, You Asked for It:
August 22, 2008 at 8:21 pm (politics)
I’m all signed up to get Obama’s choice for vice president texted to my cell phone. I assume by now that Hillary will not be a contender. Admittedly, I haven’t done too much research on the other guys. I’ve had so much else going on in my life that this presidential race hasn’t gotten much of my attention (which I know is very unlike me). I know Joe Biden quite well and do like him, but would like to know what else is out there. So…I really don’t have a choice, but for me Hillary was the only one I was adamantly against him having as his VP.
Here’s a rundown of videos of some of the possible candidates:
Tim Kaine, interview on Charlie Rose
Joe Biden on Countdown with Olbermann:
Evan Bayh discusses Iraq on the Situation Room:
Chet Edwards via CSPAN, “attempts to derail critical military and veterans funding in order to try and pass drilling legislation that would do nothing to help with gas prices.” And on a side note, from this clip, I *really* like Rep. Edwards! CSPAN is dull mostly, but this is a great clip:
…and I will be fair and put a Hillary one in here, here she is visiting Ellen, parts 1 & 2:
August 21, 2008 at 9:14 am (Personal)
Tags: Job Hunting
I had an interview last Friday that I think went well, I try not to get too excited. Anyway, I got a call yesterday asking for my references and the HR guy called them all late yesterday.
The woman I interviewed with is in vacation this week so I don’t know what’s going on. But I really hate waiting. I’m going to be doing lotsa lotsa pacing this weekend.
I’ll leave with Anticipation by Carly Simon, seems appropriate: