Google Maps is pretty great, but it seems even the almighty Goog is susceptible to typos. I alerted Google (and Navtech and TeleAtlas, which both provide map data to Google) of the errors I spotted on this stretch of Highway 280 in San Francisco named after former CA State Senator and Deputy Attorney General John F. Foran.
Kevin Rose interviews Al Gore for Digg Dialogg Gore takes questions from the Digg users on subjects ranging from marijuana legalization/regulation to Net Neutrality whether he would accept a position in the Obama cabinet or heading the EPA.
Diane is a longtime friend whom I met through BAA, where she was the coordinator of the Schools Group for a year or so. These days she directs the documentary photography program at SF’s Academy of Art.
I bought Diane her first domain years ago as a gift, and put up a rather rudimentary gallery featuring some of her photos from her time in the Peace Corps in Niger. We’d both neglected the site ever since, but a few months ago we decided to do something about it.
While I’d been working on the designs here and there for a few months, we had a mad rush to finish this week as Diane was applying for a fellowship and had a deadline. So the site was built entirely in the last week and a half, using Photoshop, Lightroom, SlideShowPro, Soundslides, Dreamweaver, and W3C-compliant XHTML Strict and CSS.
It’s not completely finished. There are always some loose nails to be nailed down (although I’m just happy it validates and works in all the major browsers), Diane didn’t have time to finish some of the galleries yet, we need to tweak some little things in SlideShowPro, there’s a Discussion section to be added later, and the whole thing needs to be converted to Wordpress.
But it was done (enough) for her deadline, and all the pages but one validate. The one that doesn’t contains some poorly generated code from Soundslides, the Flash app she used to make her multimedia slideshow (their fault, not Diane’s), so I’ll have to fix that later.
From the website: “In 1999 filmmaker Jeremy Gilley decided to try and establish the first ever Day of Peace with a fixed calendar date. In September 2001 the Member States of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first-ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence — Peace Day, 21 September.”
“Just like Kennedy brought in the ‘television presidency,’” said Trippi, “I think we’re about to see the first wired, or connected, or Internet — I don’t know what we’re going to call it — but it’ll be the first networked presidency.”
Arianna Huffington agreed: “Were it not for the Internet, Barack Obama would not be president.”
“By contrast, the McCain campaign really didn’t have a clue,” she continued. “The problem with the McCain campaign was not the age of the candidate, it was the age of the ideas.”
Over 90 minutes of videos on Webware (broken into segments) include Al Gore, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and PayPal and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk.
While it garnered less attention than news about how the Obama cabinet’s shaping up, the transition team launched Change.gov immediately after election day, an indication of how the Obama presidency views the Internet as key to its long-term strategies.
“60 Minutes” follows illegal e-waste from U.S. to China
This Sunday’s “60 Minutes” episode takes us to Guiyu, China, one of the world’s most toxic cities, thanks to e-waste exported from countries like the United States. In Guiyu, pregnant women are six times more likely to result in miscarry, and seven out of ten children have overly high levels of toxic lead in their blood.
Importing e-waste is big business in developing countries, where it’s either landfilled (causing massive toxic waste dumps) or “recycled” by workers (often children) earning little to recover gold and other metals by burning the plastics off of electronic parts, exposing workers and the local environment to cancer-causing toxics.
The “60 Minutes” crew filming in China was accosted by thugs who didn’t want them filming at the e-waste site in Guiyu (see preview below, sorry about the commercials).
Some U.S. “recycling” companies are no better. The “60 Minutes” investigation learned the Colorado recycling company they caught on tape exporting CRTs illegally, and “42 other American firms just like it, were recently caught in a government sting. They all offered to break the law by selling such e-waste when solicited by a federal agent posing as a foreign importer.”
Watch the full “60 Minutes” investigation on Sunday, November 9, at 7 p.m. ET/PT, on CBS.
Shatner–Hasselhoff ’08 I shoulda voted for these guys instead.
Interesting ad for a bank Featuring treesitters.
Imapatient Texas cop tazes a woman in 45 seconds Is he a bigot, a bad cop, or just having a bad day? Trick question. Those attributes are not mutually exclusive. Yet another example of why people distrust cops.
Funny Graduation Musical Speech I wish the speech at my graduation had been half as creative as this.
Tonight I sat down at the kitchen table, spread out all the election junk mail, voter guides, newspaper recommendations, and my four local, state, and federal ballots, and set to work. About two hours later, I was done.
Tomorrow, all I have to do is walk down the block and pop it in the box for absentee ballots. I’m interested to see whether there’s a big line at my polling place. Fortunately for me, you don’t have to wait in line to turn in an absentee ballot. That’s one of the many reasons I choose to vote this way.
Below you can see all the election mail we got this year, it’s the entire right half of the table; 64 pieces. On the left is the stuff I actually use to finalize my votes on any issues I’m still undecided about.