Archive for March, 2009

The Obameter

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

I really like the idea of this: PolitiFact has dug through the archives and tracked down all of the promises that Obama made on the campaign trail, and are basically tracking the progress on them in real time.

At first this seemed unfair and unrealistic, but if you recall, Obama actually asked the American people to hold him to the promises he made.

Answering the call, PolitiFact made the ‘Obameter‘ which tracks Obama’s progress on each and every one of his 500 campaign promises.


It’s fascinating to see numbers and ratings on these things.  And honestly, looking at the numbers, he’s doing quite well.  Check it out for yourself.

Thanks VSL

But Say You’re a Super Villain?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

So the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store isn’t your bag, eh?  You’re more inclined towards activities which could be described as, shall we say, evil?

Say no more, I’ve got just the thing for you:


No your eyes do not deceive you.  You are indeed just one click away from Henchman’s Helper — a site consolidating all of the tools and gadgets you might ordinarily stock in your lair into one convenient web site.

Now you can keep an eye on all of your normal sophisticated surveillance equipment from the comfort of a Starbucks.  Or your living room.

Thanks VSL!

Debunking the Idea of ‘Third World’

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

My uncle just sent around this talk given by Hans Rosling about a year and a half ago.  It’s pretty amazing, and a very different way of looking at the world than I think is generally accepted.  Have a look-see:


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