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Richmond Sunlight Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Posted by R Garfield in Political, State of Virginia, Technology.

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 😉


“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Not to single out one party, since this is a bipartisan bad idea, but somehow I don’t remember “protecting the RIAA’s outdated business models” as one of the tenets of the Democrat’s “First 100 Hours” push.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!

zounds… Saturday, 9 September 2006

Posted by R Garfield in Political, Technology.
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Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

Ronald Reagan
40th president of US
(1911 – 2004)

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin,
Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

In these heady days of information technology, where “information wants to be free,” one of the biggest questions that has arisen, time and again, is what inforamtion should be made freely avaible, to whom, and under what circumstances. The latest case bringing this to light is the one in which Hewlett-Packard felt it had the right to spy upon its own board members, and members of the press. And why not? Our own government has felt it in our best interest to have us spied upon without just cause, without let or hinderance, in the cheapest, meanest way of upholding the morality of the ends justifying the means. After all, what has H-P done other than follow in the faltering footsteps of our own political leaders. those who give lip service to freedom and justice, but engage in the tactics of secret policemanship of which any totalittarian goverment would be proud.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln

Interesting Trends, courtesy of Google Saturday, 14 January 2006

Posted by R Garfield in Day, Technology.
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Google has launched a TRENDS section to their personalized search history. It’s a pretty neat little widget, showing my daily, monthly, and hourly searching habits (most of my searches take place late Friday night) and my Top 10s in earches, Sites, and Clicks. (The interesting part is coming, I promise.) I’m not going to run down all of them, but here are a few results from each one:

Top Searches

  • stables “scott county”
  • jview motive browser
  • ***someone’s name*** scott county virginia
  • whois: ***name of a business domain***
  • zonealarm
  • webdav
  • virtual rendering

Top Sites

Top Clicks

  • Scott County Virginia Recreation
  • All businesses in Gate City, Virginia : Amazon.com Yellow Pages
  • ZNAIL – for easier living in a virtual world
  • Dungannon, VA Reatil Shopping Antiques and Collectibles All Other …
  • Zone Labs: Zone Labs, Internet security products, online saftey …

There’s one other Top 10, and this is the interesting part….

People with searches similar to yours also searched for:
1.  tim kaine

What relevance this has to anything is more than I can tell comprehend. It’s the hardest part about being a statistics nut: correlating dtata in a way that makes sense… People that looked for stables, had results for wikipedia and technorati, and clicked on Amazon’s yellow pages are interested in Virginia’s newest governor? Too weird.