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Richmond Sunlight Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Posted by R Garfield in Political, State of Virginia, Technology.
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I’m late on the bandwagon on this one – but head on over to Richmond Sunlight, an awesome site for keeping sight of what’s happening in our state government. Shaun Kenny, Brian Patton, and my old buddy Tabitha Peace are all raving about this site, I agree with all three:

  • It’s much easier to use than the Legislative Information Services site
  • Tag Clouds. But beyond that, it’s easy to add relevant tags
  • Up-to-date progress on the bills
  • An easy-to-read mark up of changes (to existing legislation)
  • A clean, simple interface (hey, it’s Waldo Jacquith creation, so that’s only natural, right?

I use DLS/LIS sites a lot, and sometimes finding what I need there is an incredibly slow and annoying process. Richmond Sunlight makes finding the same information a snap, click, smile experience. This is a definitive ‘keeper.’

I’m off to spam eMail this site to the mayor, tc, and my commission and committee buddies now 😉

Young Democrat Blogger of the Year Awards Thursday, 18 January 2007

Posted by R Garfield in Political, Young Democrats.
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Virginia Young Democrats are taking nominations for the first-ever Young Democrat Blogger of the Year Awards now through February 11.

The three divisions for entries are:

  • VAYD Teen Blogger of the Year (ages 13-18)
    • Kenton Ngo
  • VAYD College Blogger of the Year (in college)
    • Neal2028 [I think … ]
  • VAYD Young Adult Blogger of the Year (younger than 36 and not in college)
    • Brian K. Patton, Waldo Jacquith

Hat tip: Bryan J. Scrafford

“bipartisan bad idea” Saturday, 13 January 2007

Posted by R Garfield in Political, Technology.
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From TechDirt:

Not to single out one party, since this is a bipartisan bad idea, but somehow I don’t remember “protecting the RIAA’s outdated business models” as one of the tenets of the Democrat’s “First 100 Hours” push. The head of the RIAA adds that satellite radio companies are ripping off musicians, once again trying to play the fairness card. Keep in mind, though, that this bill would increase the royalties paid to the RIAA-backed SoundExchange royalty clearinghouse — the group that conveniently can’t find a bunch of musicians to whom royalties are owed. And when it can’t find people to pay, guess who gets to keep the money.

Just goes to show – you don’t have to be a Republican to go in Reverse.

Ask Yahoo! team has confidence in Google Search Friday, 12 January 2007

Posted by R Garfield in Bemused, Technology.
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We, like Yahoo!, have confidence that the  Google search  results will point us inthe right direction…Google on, Yahooers!