Politics Archives, page 2

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Me and rms

Justin Watt and Richard Stallman
Justin Watt and Richard Stallman, aka rms

At the San Francisco WordCamp today I got to see Richard Stallman give his free software talk and then perform his crowd-pleasing St. IGNUcius bit. I don’t usually do this, but afterwards I stuck around so I could get my picture taken with him.

Shalom Salaam Peace

Shalom Salaam Peace
Source: Wikipedia: Peace symbols

I was taken by how similar the word for “peace” is in Hebrew and Arabic, not just the sound of the words, but the very letter shapes themselves.

It’s not a choice if you don’t have one

In Touch Weekly cover for January 5, 2010 with Sarah and Bristol Palin and the quote, 'We're So Glad We Chose Life' superimposed lolcat-style with the classic Inigo Montoya line 'You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.'
Source: In Touch Weekly cover for January 25, 2010

We’re glad we chose life. –Sarah and Bristol Palin

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. –Inigo Montoya

Hu Jintao is one Badass Motherfucker

Chinese President Hu Jintao standing in a car in front of four microphones
Really nice photo by REUTERS/Joe Chan, (via The Big Picture)

New street name hastily commemorated in San Francisco

This morning Stephanie offered to take me into work on her Vespa (I usually walk down Pine) to catch the inauguration—they were going to be projecting it in one of the bigger conference rooms at work. Half asleep, and hanging onto her as she wove through city traffic, I noticed that someone had plastered “OBAMA” over a street sign, and it looked like a city worker was about to take it down. “That’s so San Francisco” I thought. Mostly I appreciated that they’d used the right font.

Then, stopped at a light somewhere down in the Financial District, I saw another street sign had been renamed “OBAMA”. No way! Somehow I had enough time to pull out my cellphone and snap this picture before Stephanie took off.

San Francisco's Bush Street renamed OBAMA

During the day, I noticed that Boing Boing had posted about it, but I didn’t really read the post, I was kind of busy. At least I figured there’d be better pics than mine. All I really read was that it was “changed along its entire length” and I thought, “Wow, that must have taken some serious advanced planning,” and “How did they not get caught?!”

It wasn’t until we were scooting back home that it finally hit me: