Saturday, January 20, 2007

So Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards walk into a bar, and...


Clinton launches 2008 White House bid

By BETH FOUHY and MARC HUMBERT, Associated Press Writers 45 minutes ago

NEW YORK - Democratic Sen.
Hillary Rodham Clinton embarked on a widely anticipated campaign for the White House on Saturday, a former first lady intent on becoming the first female president [...] Clinton's announcement, days after Sen. Barack Obama shook up the contest race with his bid to become the first black president, establishes the most diverse political field ever. Clinton is considered the front-runner, with Obama and 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards top contenders.

Full article on yahoo news here.


In recent news, John Edwards was also praised for being the first potential white male lawyer-turned-politician to become president.

You can't help but feel at least a little sorry for John Edwards. Regardless of his chances of winning, he just may not have people's attention-- when was the last time in recent weeks you've heard anyone fervently curious about whether or not he'd run, at least, likely not to any degree that could hold a candle to the curiosity of the "firsts" that Obama or Clinton could pull off.

I remember in my junior or senior year of high school, John Edwards being the "hot young up and coming" senator, but it would seem as if he jumped some sort of shark, or just jumped too far in recent years. As John Kerry's running mate, there was little memorable, except for a boyish enthusiasm, and a huge smile worthy of late night parody. The same potential could be there for Barack Obama, another young up and coming senator, with a record demanding scrutiny on grounds of experience.

I am extremely curious what the voter turn out/demographics information will be when it comes time for the polls. Will black voter turnout increase? Will female voter turnout increase? And, will either of these be decisive factors? Data probably exists somewhere, precedents of other races, but there would likely be no recent grounds for comparison to a similar race that would draw such national and media attention as the 2008 election (or more specifically, Democratic primaries) will.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

John Mayer and the Opposite of Terrorism

Says John Mayer in between sets at the MacWorld Expo:

"Steve Jobs and Apple Inc just kind of make life more fun. It's like the exact opposite of terrorism."

- at 1:52:01 in the Apple MacWorld Keynote video


Just when John Mayer had almost impressed me, something like this happens.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

It's New Year's. But Why?

The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible cresent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring).

The beginning of spring is a logical time to start a new year. After all, it is the season of rebirth, of planting new crops, and of blossoming. January 1, on the other hand, has no astronomical nor agricultural significance. It is purely arbitrary.


Full page here.

I think I learned in school that New Year's is the day when the Earth completes one full rotation around the sun. As this site points out, however, that really might as well be any day at all.

Technically, each person's specific "New Year" would be their birthday, but I don't begrudge the holiday and its given meaning on any of theses counts.