Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Life imitating art

Liz and I were talking the other day about how Season 7 of the West Wing was eerily similar to this year's presidential election. I guess we're not the only ones that noticed (see video below):

Friday, February 15, 2008


Slate has a funny article today about all the different mashups that folks have made from Barack Obama's name.

I guess that's how they pay their "Obamrage" to him.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Goo-gle wagon is a-comin' down the street...

It looks like the Georgetowne at Preston subdivision has been visited by the Google Vans.

You can now see what our street looks like in Google StreetView.

Kind of scary, isn't it? I'm just glad that the precise time the photo capture vehicle drove by didn't coincide with one of Molly's streakin' forays into the front yard. Otherwise, we'd probably be featured over on

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Yes We Can, The Speech & The Song

Until I saw Barack Obama give this speech in New Hampshire, I really wasn't sure who I was going to vote for. Now I have no doubt.

Never can I recall being truly inspired by a politician's speech like this before. And a concession speech at that!

As I went to bed that night thinking about what he had just said, I realized that what we need for this country is not necessarily the most experienced politician, but a real leader. Someone that you can respect, someone that you can look up to. Someone that inspires the people around him to work hard and accomplish things that they never thought they could do. One man (or woman) cannot do it all alone. What I love about Obama's campaign is that it is less about what he will do as president than it is about what he will challenge us all to help him accomplish if he is elected.

A couple of years ago, I was languishing in my job, wondering if I was in the right position -- or even right company for me. Then I got a new boss. My new boss wasn't necessarily any smarter or more experienced than my old boss, but my new boss challenged me in ways my old boss never did. He made me want to get things done that I would have simply let pass by. My new boss inspired me -- he lead me. Now I'm happier than I've ever been in a job in my career and I really believe it is due to the influence of my new boss. Because of him, I have hope that there is a bright future for me in my company.

Obviously, I'm not the only one that saw Obama's speech and was inspired. Many people have written many things about that great speech. However, my favorite result of that speech so far is the excellent Yes We Can video created by of the Black Eyed Peas. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the politics of the candidate, I expect you will agree with me that this video is an extremely well-done mashup between Obama's speech and an original artistic piece produced by

If Barack can inspire me and, I wonder what he could do for our country if we just give him the chance.