Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Brief Round Up - Happy Thanksgiving!

An excellent image of my favorite female saint, Mary Magdalene, from Idle Speculations.

"I'm not One of Those Christians," one more reason you gotta love the Onion.

And in case you missed it, the spontaneous Obama love in West Philly the night of the election.

Josiah and I got to meet the Finnish Flyers last night, including Ossi Vaananen (he's so cute!). The Finnish Ambassador was there, AND the Flyers won! So cool!

Hallelujah! Obama might nix Daylight Savings Time!!! Wohoo!

Green house design via Huff Po

Linguistic diversity matters just as much as biodiversity.

A great idea! Solar panels on cemetery in Spain.

So, in the spirit of thanksgiving, I will say, thank you for reading, and visiting my blog. And thank you, God, for all the blessings of this life. I'll share my favorite (easy to remember!) table grace with you all:

God is Great
God is Good
Let us Thank God for our food, Amen.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Weekly Blog Round-Up

Apparently, this is the correct video of Angie and Neil at the Flaming Lips' Halloween Parade of a 1,000 flaming skeletons. Look at the 17 seconds marker for Angie and Neil turning around to look. I guess there was awesome music coming from behind them.

Obama on food policy from Boing Boing.

Finnish landscape from Villipiha.

"One Nation, Under Cupcakes" good job Philly!

An overheard dream about Abe Lincoln from Heading East.

Michelle O. in the fab red dress from Huff Po.

Hipsters no more? because of Obama? A treatise on the hipster scene and why to not diss those who work(ed) for Obama, from Gawker. Original source here.

Rebooting computing from Kimberly Blessing. I'm so into usability. Could be interesting to go, but not sure I'm hands-on enough. My cuz is though.

Spooky Polish forest. I'd love to check out this part of the world, in nice weather. Thanks to Vrbovan Blog for the image.

Obama family's secret service names - love them! From Huff Po.

Bush snubbed. wow. it's sorta hard to watch, and realize how much the rest of the world disliked this guy.

And finally, the Dot Earth readers' "10 Earthly Ideas on a Budget" - suggestions for Obama to consider for a greener US. Excellent. I especially love # 10, the idea of a Victory Garden at the White House. Aparently, Eleanor Roosevelt planted one, back in the day.

Advent is Coming!

My good friend posted this Advent Conspiracy video to Facebook and I can't say enough good things about it. Think about it. Advent is my second favorite "season" in the church calendar, after Lent. This is such a great idea. I think we'll be making a Jesse Tree at home this year.

Conspire with me.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

So Cute!

Have I ever mentioned how much I love hippos? Pygmy, regular, you name it! They are my favorite animals. Thanks to Boing Boing for the link.

Also, check out the cool under-water Hippo cam at the Toledo (OH) Zoo! Sometimes the link takes a while to work, or doesn't transmit. But be patient. The payoff is huge! ;)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans' Day

It's Veterans' Day here in the States. Armistice day elsewhere, or as I've come to think of it, "Poppy Day".

War is horrifying. I think we can all agree on that. Here's a great slide show of WWI. Which reminds me of the source of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy all over again.

I just finished A Thread of Grace, by Mary Doria Russell, about the horrors of another war - WWII and how regular people made a way through, and in some cases, did the right thing. It's about the Italian resistance and the Jews who fled to Italy from all over Europe looking for a safe place. I read it with my book club and we all loved it.

Monday, November 10, 2008


Google Analytics (tm) is an amazing thing.

On October 20th, 2008, a visitor to my blog found it by using the search term, "meek blessed blog radical".

There's a poem in there somewhere. Thank you, visitor. You are welcome to come back for another visit, any time.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Weekly Round Up

My mind is still blown. Do I need a Safety Guide? Well, thanks anyways, Huffington Post.

See, world? "We're not Retarded" from 23/6.

What do I do with my spare time, now that I'm not campaigning for Obama, or nervously checking the polls??? Again, from 23/6.

This is what I did it for. So awesome that this sea CHANGE is up & running so quickly!
New York is instituting a plastic bag tax. It worked in Ireland!

And finally, who'd a thunk, but I can actually AGREE with David Brooks!?! Yikes! But he's just re-hashing my favorite pop-cultural/historical theory about inter-generational dynamics!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Reaction to Obama's Win

So, I leaned out the window last night and listened to the cars honk, people scream and cheer! I whooped and hollered. And lacking a cowbell, beat a pan with a wooden spoon! The trolley went by blasting it's horn all the way down the street. It was awesome.

The photos shows what the West Philly Obama Canvassing office looked like last night. Woo Hoo! From the Huffington Post.

World reaction has been awesome too! I am so happy, and proud to be an American. And, plus, it's nice to have the world think we, as a people, are actually OK!

WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Pennsylvania came through!

Woo Hoo!

I've heard screaming and cow bells out my window. I was screaming for joy. And the trolley rolled by honking all the way! Yay Obama! We love you!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Election Day Survival Tools - GO VOTE!

One way to make it through Election night: watch the map -

PLUS - some info if you need it:

Election 2008 Voting Information

Today, November 4th, is Election Day! Remember to vote—not just for Barack Obama, but for Congressional, state, and local candidates as well.
Where and when do I vote?

Find your polling place, voting times, and other important information by checking out these sites and the hotline below. These resources are good, but not perfect. To be doubly sure, you can also contact your local elections office.

* Obama's VoteForChange site: voteforchange.com
* League of Women Voters' site: vote411.org/pollfinder.php
* Obama's voter hotline: 877-US4-OBAMA (877-874-6226)

What should I do before I go?

* After you've entered your address on either Vote For Change or Vote411, read the voting instructions and special rules for your state.
* Voting ID laws vary from state to state, but if you have ID, bring it.
* Check out all the voting myths and misinformation to look out for: http://truth.voteforchange.com/

What if something goes wrong?

* Not on the voter list? Make sure you're at the right polling place, then demand a provisional ballot.
* If you're voting on an electronic machine with a paper record, verify that the record is accurate.
* Need legal help? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
* Try to get video of the problem and submit it to VideoTheVote.org

Want to do more?

* Text all of your friends: "Vote Obama today! Pass it on!"
* Volunteer at your local Obama office. Find an office here or here.

Now everybody go vote!!!

There's an article in the NYT about Angie's polling place - Prospect Heights. We're doing this, people.

And back here in Philly, last night, Jimmy Rollins was stumping for Obama-Biden, check it out:

And then from Gawker, we have a great election/fashion themed article, complete with video from the interview (click through). Pants up? There's HOPE! "Youth to Pull Up Pants for Obama!
Barack Obama did an interview with yesterday with Sway, MTV's official friendly ambassador from the land of hip hop. A viewer asked him about towns that try to pass laws banning baggy pants. First Obama said those laws are a "waste of time." But then he added, "brothers should pull up your pants!" Is Barack Obama a fashion icon, or your grumpy old dad—or is he both?!?! [UPDATE: Clip of the interview here]:

Haloween in Oklahoma

Angie and Neil are in there somewhere!