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2008 Election

November 5th, 2008 by Jeremy

I’m up early this morning and can’t sleep too well.  My wife registered to vote via mail which was smart on her part because the polls where I live in California were pretty packed after work last night.  As much as I like the idea of voting via mail, call me old fashioned but there is just something about going to the polls and experiencing the political process.  After getting off of work I picked up Tyler from daycare and waited in line with him for a good 10 minutes but it was fun to see everyone so excited to vote.

There was a girl about ten years of age in line behind us who complained to her dad how boring it was to stand in line and why he had to vote and I liked his response which was “so I have the right to complain later”.  I assumed he was voting for McCain since his daughter kept telling him how much she liked Palin so I guess he can now do as much complaining as he wants for the next four years. Propositions 2 and 8 were the two things I was most interested in besides our local mayor and of course Presidential selection.  I’m a big believer in standing up for what you believe in and I voted yes on 2 and no on 8 but respect others opinions who may disagree (but you are wrong…just kidding).

I am big into “reality TV” so if you haven’t watched a show called 30 Days you can do so on Hulu.  The show is now in its third season and as the show’s site describes it the series is “equal parts funny and sobering and a million times smarter than most other shows on TV.” And in its four-star review of the series, the Los Angeles Daily News called 30 Days “compelling human drama.” The show is FX’s most successful unscripted series as over 2.4 million viewers tune in each week. 30 Days has been nominated for a Producer’s Guild Award for a Television Series or Special: Non-fiction, and it won a GLAAD award for outstanding reality series.  I have embedded a few episodes which are relevant to each proposition below.  I know what you are thinking, you aren’t going to watch the episodes but give them a chance.  It has been a while since I have seen them but know each episode is usually controversial at first but then each side starts to see each other’s viewpoint which is an amazing thing.

I think sometimes we all live in our own comfortable bubbles but through the beauty of the Internet, TV, and friendships you can see other people’s viewpoints.  The beauty of our country is we live in a democratic society where majority rules but hopefully as technology flourishes we can all have the information we need to make educated decisions.

30 Days – Animal Cruelty

30 Days – Straight Man in a Gay World

If you want to look up the results of other issues and if you also live in California, you can do so here.

I voted for Obama last night and I really believe he will be able to help change America in the next four years.  I learned via Johnathan Schwartz’s blog that Obama’s team chose to use MySQL as the platform behind their election website, BarackObama.com (I knew I liked him).

Google has a nice map they allow you to embed into your blog so here are the latest results.  I like that it even lets you look at how people are voting within your own state.

Posted in Random Stuff (Misc.) on November 5th, 2008 by Jeremy at 3:05 am with (49 views)

The Grass is Always Greener…

October 5th, 2008 by Jeremy

Every day on my way to work I pass cows eating grass in the fields of lovely Livermore, CA.  Every morning there is always at least one cow who has decided that the grass on the other side of the fence is greener and sticks his (or her) head through it.  It is interesting because like cows, humans don’t want to be constrained by choices and when obstacles are put in our way we always seem to want to break through them. When I see the cows stretching their necks through the barbed wire fencing I always ask myself “I wonder if the the grass that cow is eating on the other side of the  fence is really that much different (or better) than the grass inside their enclosure?

Ask someone what they want and chances are they will respond with “I don’t care”.  Tell someone what they are going to do and more than likely they are going to tell you their opinion on the matter when a moment ago they did not care.   Try it next time you are deciding where to go to lunch as a group.  You always get the standard “I don’t know” any time someone is asked where they want to go but when you recommend sushi isn’t it interesting how they suddenly change their mind and say “how about McDonald’s?

If you are working you probably think what it would be like to work for another company.  If you are in a relationship you probably ask yourself what it would be like to be in a relationship with someone else.  I can go on but the point is if you aren’t happy today you probably won’t be happy tomorrow.  Don’t get me wrong though if you have an obstacle from stopping you from being happy, moooove that obstacle and be happy!

Posted in Random Stuff (Misc.) on October 5th, 2008 by Jeremy at 7:21 pm with (494 views)

Google San Francisco Headquarters Tour

October 5th, 2008 by Jeremy

The folks over at laughingsquid.com got the chance to tour Google’s new San Francsico office.  I’m loving the slide installed over the stairs of the building. They also have a few pictures on their Flickr page.

Posted in Random Stuff (Misc.) on October 5th, 2008 by Jeremy at 4:06 pm with (1,479 views)