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January 31, 2008
Politics Links (1/31)
Oh please, not again.
The Washington Post discovers that Chelsea Clinton can talk.
What will Edwards do now?
Hulk Hogan backs Obama. Yeah, really.
Um, huh? Obama's the most liberal senator?
Books for January
Apparently I only finished two this month. Ah well; it's been a crazy busy month, and I'm currently in the middle of about four books, so February's list should be longer!
January 30, 2008
I seem to be having sock issues. I keep starting plain socks because I'm going to an event for which I need mindless knitting. But then, right when I get to the heel, I have another such event, so I have to start another sock. It's nuts. But I never think of knitting those heels, because when I'm home I have bigger projects (often on a deadline) that take up the time I have for more complicated knitting. Apparently I need to take a weekend or something to just knit heels.
But tonight? I'm going to the movies, and I'm starting another sock. Sigh.
Edwards to drop out
He'll make the announcement today, it seems. It had to happen, but it still makes me sad.
January 29, 2008
Politics Links (1/29)
Edwards and the five stages of grief
A little girl asks Bill Clinton about marriage.
Reporters locked out of an Obama rally
January 28, 2008
Politics Links (1/28)
A dance-off? Sigh.
The boys are off the bus, and Matt Bai thinks that's a good thing.
The Economist on the Republican crack-up.
Interesting profile of Obama's speechwriter.
And from the Onion: Bill Clinton: 'Screw it, I'm running.'
January 27, 2008
Politics Links (1/27)
Some of these are a bit old, but still interesting/amusing/relevant, I think:
I liked Hillary the mistress of minutiae, the private person with a mysterious emotional life, the media foe who met questions she didn’t like with a go-to-hell glare. If I were looking for some kind of existential nurturing in a female candidate — as, I think, most people are, when they talk about a Hillary’s not seeming “human” — I’d find it more in someone who could explain to me in detail how she’d take on the insurance companies that hold families like mine hostage, than one who’d seek to “bond” with me over a shared fantasy of the feminine condition.
Hilarious: Questions for the Candidates
January 26, 2008
January 24, 2008
Still alive, really.
Sorry for vanishing this week. Work has been insane and I'm exhausted. I should be back to my usual self by next week.
In the meantime, here are the GOP candidates as Buffy villains!
January 20, 2008
In the office on a Sunday: Random Thought #1
Someday I will learn that Franz Ferdinand's song "Michael" has noises in it that sound like my phone. Because every single time I listen to it, I end up checking my phone, just to be sure.
January 15, 2008
Politics Links (1/15)
A long but interesting analysis of Clinton's and Obama's foreign policy advisors.
Caucusing (or not) on the Sabbath.
Susan Faludi on the correct Hillary Clinton stereotype.
January 14, 2008
Politics Links (1/14)
The Candidates on Chairs Sort of like a light bulb joke.
The Electoral Compass It's basically another "Which candidate matches your views?" quiz, but the graphical layout of the results is interesting.
January 13, 2008
New sock yarn!
I was going to show you some more pictures of Christmas gifts, but I can't find the... thingy. You know. The CompactFlash card adapter. So those will have to wait. Instead, how about some new sock yarn? Any interest in seeing that? Yeah, I thought so. I got these all 60% off! They're all Claudia Hand Painted.
Blue Terra Cotta:
January 11, 2008
Politics Links (1/11)
Interactive map of where the candidates focused in NH
January 10, 2008
Politics Links (1/10)
NY Times on Getting It Wrong
Slate thinks CNN's slogan is stupid
Gail Collins on Hillary's Free Pass
Politics Links (1/9)
Maureen Dowd on Hillary's tears
And apparently I never managed to post those yesterday. Oops. All the excitement seems to have caught up with me - I'm exhausted and I woke up this morning with an awful sore throat. Hopefully I'll be able to recover this weekend...
January 09, 2008
This article on Edwards includes a quote from me. They got my job title a bit wrong, but it's still exciting!
The morning after
Well, that was a somewhat depressing evening. Oh well. At least it was close between the top two. CNN didn't call me back, but they did post a bunch of my pictures with quotes from me. Go here, and then click on New Hampshirites Cast Their Votes (down under the picture). I'm pictures 16 through 20.
January 08, 2008
AP has called it for Clinton. CNN is refusing to call it yet.
And me, well, I'm waiting for CNN.com to call me. Yeah. I sent them a picture I took today, and they called me several hours ago and asked various questions, and then around ten they called and asked if I would talk to an anchor. I said sure. So now I'm waiting...
Primary Night Reading
This is really stressful, at least on the Democratic side. I'll keep updating with interesting reads to keep us occupied while we're biting our nails...
First votes in!
Dixville Notch has traditionally been the first New Hampshire town to vote - their 17 or so registered voters gather at midnight and the results are in within about five minutes. This year, Obama and McCain were the big winners there; notably, Clinton got zero votes. Here's the rundown:
It's also worth noting that 10 votes went for Democrats and 7 for Republicans. Most voters there are registered Undeclared, which means they can choose which primary to vote in. Traditionally, the town is extremely conservative. So it's very interesting to see that Obama got as many votes as all of the Republicans combined.
Oh, and here are the results for Hart's Landing, another small town that votes shortly after midnight:
Happy Primary Day! I'm going to vote and then volunteer for a few hours, but I should be home by late afternoon and I'll keep you updated if anything exciting happens.
January 07, 2008
Primary Eve Links
Search the public record of donations to candidates. Search for your zip code, employer, family members... endless fun.
Sullivan on Obama as a liberal Reagan
Clinton: A Candidate Spurned
"Two candidates, one room, two days and two worlds apart." Indeed. I was at both events, and the difference was shocking. I'll post more about it later when I upload my pictures from the Clinton event. And here's a great video about it.
In this race, is it better to be black?
On TV with Obama!
I'm in this video from Reuters. Toward the end (around the one minute mark), when it's showing Obama in the crowd, I'm one of the people he shakes hands with. I have brown hair and am wearing a dark pink jacket... it might be hard to pick out for those of you who haven't met me in person, but I'm there!
Happy Primary Eve!
Wheee, it's Primary Eve! I've seen six candidates since Friday, with another planned this afternoon. (I'll post about them later in the day, when I can upload photos.) I've felt like it was 3am since about 8:30 last night, which is a really, really weird feeling. I think I'm going to take tomorrow off to go hold signs at my polling place, catch up on some sleep, and watch the news.
It's so exciting around here. I've been trying to convince my coworkers to vote. The polls are looking interesting. I'll post anything interesting I see/read during the day.
January 06, 2008
Another on the O'Reilly incident
I can't believe I missed all this. Wow.
And, incidentally, that confirms that Dickerson was there... my friend and I considered going to the edge of the press area and yelling "John Dickerson!" just to see if we could meet him, but we weren't brave enough. Ah well.
January 05, 2008
Politics Links (1/5)
O'Reilly in shoving match at Obama event (The one I was at, in fact, although I didn't notice this going on.)
And in CNN's picture here of the Obama event, you can practically see me... see the sign right in front of Obama's legs? And then the one to the left of that? I think that might be me. Whee!!
First thoughts on tonight's debates
Overall winners: McCain and Huckabee
Overall winners: Obama and Edwards
Obama Rally in Nashua
The new camera and I went to a huge Obama rally this morning. You can see my pictures here. It was... amazing. The line to get in was ridiculous, to start with:
If you can't tell, that line goes all the way across the frame. And that was only a very little bit of the line, the part I could see from where I was farther back. We thought we weren't going to get in, but we ended up standing only about seven feet or so from the podium. We were in the second row. If you were watching the event on C-SPAN, you saw us. Crazy.
Here's the very excited crowd as Obama entered:
It was like a rock concert or something. People were mostly fairly attentive as he was speaking, but a few times, the screams were so loud that we couldn't hear Obama. He was extremely charismatic and engaging; I felt as though I made eye contact with him two or three times, and in a crowd that size, that's impressive.
His music was very good - lots of Motown. As he ended his speech, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" blared, and you could feel it - the crowd was his.
Again, more pictures here. The camera will be going to see other candidates in the next few days... stay tuned.
January 04, 2008
In the wake of Iowa...
Wow. What a night. Some interesting reads today:
Vanity Fair's profile of Michelle Obama
Eleanor Clift on Obama's universal appeal
Andrea Mitchell's strange attack against Clinton I noticed it too - it was weird. But I'm not sure it was as bad as Salon is making it sound.
And on the lighter side, a bet is a bet.
Clinton and Obama as Teacher and Apprentice
January 03, 2008
Booking Through Thursday: Anticipation
What new books are you looking forward to most in 2008? Something new being published this year? Something you got as a gift for the holidays? Anything in particular that you’re planning to read in 2008 that you’re looking forward to? A classic, or maybe a best-seller from 2007 that you’re waiting to appear in paperback?
As I mentioned, I'm looking forward to reading lots of Austen. I am also looking forward to a few books coming out by favorite authors, including Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (April 1), Jane Haddam (April 15), Stephenie Meyer (May 6), Meg Cabot (several). I got a few books for Christmas that I haven't started yet, including The Rest Is Noise and The Amateur Gourmet.
Happy Caucus Day!
Yay, it's Caucus Day! I'll update this as I find fun caucus-related links throughout the day.
A Christmas gift:
January 02, 2008
2008 Goals: Reading
1. Post about all books I read. I did pretty well this year, but didn't quite manage all. (The December post is still on its way.) Even if I only write a few sentences about a book, I want to record them all.
2008 Goals: Other Crafts
1. Get back into cross stitching and finish at least two things. Started this yesterday, actually!
January 01, 2008
2008 Goals: Knitting
1. Finish an adult sweater. I've finished a few baby sweaters, but never an adult-sized one.
2. Finish at least one pair of socks each month. I love sock yarn. (Don't we all?) And I have a lot of it. And I need socks, actually. So I should knit a bunch of it up.
3. Knit at least one thing for charity each month. This way I'll have a decent box of things to donate next winter.
4. Felt something. I'm thinking maybe the ever-popular clogs.
5. Post knitting pictures at least once a week. With my new camera, I doubt this will be much of a problem.
6. Put all finished items on Ravelry. I'll enter stash and works in progress as I have time, but I want to make sure I definitely at least enter all my finished projects.