Transition Website for President Elect Obama

A website “change.gov” has been set up by the transition team.  It clearly outlines the plans of the administration, and has lots of other useful information.  If you aren’t sure what their plans are, it is a great place to look.

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The Changing Of the Seasons…

Halloween trick-or-treating was a relatively warm and dry one this year (dry when we actually went out).   Yesterday was our first real rain storm in a while.  In fact, between yesterday and today, we got almost as much rain as the entire month of October.  Did I mention I’m enjoying the weather station?

Sometimes in movies and television, a rainstorm is used as a literary device to indicate a change, a cleansing.   Seems appropriate that the storm arrived last night considering today is Election Day in the United States.

It is an odd season all around.  Normally, the trees across the street lose their leaves first, followed by all the other ash trees in the neighborhood.  This year, the ash trees turned about the same time, and have been dropping leaves all over the place.  It seems unusually warm to me.

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Someone who didn't vote for Obama today…

Good read.  I Didn’t Vote For Obama Today

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Some Truth on Obama's Tax Plan

Factcheck.org recently posted an article revealing untruths in a recent McCain web ad.

As we’ve said any number of times, what Obama proposes would not raise taxes on any “hard-working families” unless they make more than $250,000 a year, a very small fraction of families. Independent analysis has shown than 95 percent of families with children would see federal income taxes go down.

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The Irony Grows More Ironic…

More news on the previous post from today.  It appears that McCain was complaining about robocalls against him only nine months ago.  If the calls were making factual statements, it would be one thing, but the claims made aren’t.

… the calls exaggerate Mr. Obama’s ties to Bill Ayers, the former member of the Weather Underground, question the candidate’s patriotism by accusing him of “putting Hollywood above America,’’ and say that he opposed a bill “requiring doctors to care for babies born alive after surviving attempted abortions.’’

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Irony of the day…

John McCain was outraged in the 2000 campaign about the robocalls that were made against him, and he is using the same sleazy tactic in this election.

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Flag Pins?

I find it ironic that Barack Obama was criticized for not wearing a flag pin, about a year ago, and McCain chose not to wear a flag pin in the debate last night.  His lack of flag pin went by without comment.

I don’t think it is a particularly important point — patriotism isn’t determined completely by apparel, but it does point out some of the innanity that occurred in the campaign just a year ago.

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A less than positive Vinotemp experience

Lisa bought me a 28 bottle Vinotemp wine refrigerator for Christmas 2007.  We filled it with wine after letting it get down to temperature.  It was quiet, and seemed to hold the temperature correctly for the last 9 months.  Last week, it stopped cooling.  I noticed the display was reading 70 degrees.  I found the manual and tried to troubleshoot, and it wasn’t helpful.  I went to the website, and used the “service request” form to request service.  I never got a response.  Yesterday, I called the 800 number, and was told a technician would call me back.  They didn’t.  Lisa called them today, as she was home.  She actually got to speak to a technician.  She said the technician wasn’t pleasant, nor helpful.  He suggested that we were SOL because the unit only has a 90 day waranty.   The manual didn’t specify the length of the waranty, so we had no idea.   He suggested we contact “Mr Appliance”,  and subsequently ignored everything else Lisa wanted to ask him about.   Nice customer service, eh? 

The serial number for the unit also encodes the manufacturing date.  It says 20070929.  A hair over a year ago.   Nice product, eh?

I’m certainly going to think twice before I buy another Vinotemp.

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Daily Show highlights hypocrisy in recent rhetoric

Bravo!

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Boston Dynamics: The Leader in Lifelike Human Simulation

Pretty amazing lifelike robotics example. Watch for the behavior of the machine on ice.
Boston Dynamics: The Leader in Lifelike Human Simulation.

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