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The 3D Moment

Posted: January 20, 2009 in internet, media, Technology, US politics – Special Reports – The 44th President – The Moment

If you saw CNN’s Inauguration coverage you may have seen them talk about the “3D Moment”, a clever piece of technology from Microsoft called Photosynth that creates 3D composites from hundreds of 2D digital images. CNN viewers e-mailed in their shots of “The Moment” Obama was sworn in and the result is a pretty cool panoramic shot of an historic event. You’ll need to download Microsoft’s Silverlight to view it – it worth it as the result is lot more impressive than you could see on CNN! Follow the Photosynth link to find out how you can create similar 3D effects at home.

Or you prefer plain old video  …

New US President Barack Obama is already acknowledged as the most tech-savvy occupant of the White House and even as he was giving his inauguration speech, he was already making good on his promise to keep the online connection that won him so much support in the campaign.

The official White House site has been transformed  and acccording to Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House, “ will be a central part of President Obama’s pledge to make his the most transparent and accountable administration in American history”.

He said the White House’s initial new media efforts had three priorities:

Communication —
Americans are eager for
information about the state of the economy, national security and a
host of other issues. This site will feature timely and in-depth
content meant to keep everyone up-to-date and educated. Check out the briefing room, keep tabs on the blog (RSS feed) and take a moment to sign up for e-mail updates from the President and his administration so you can be sure to know about major announcements and decisions.

Transparency — President Obama has committed to
making his administration the most open and transparent in history, and will play a major role in delivering on that promise.
The President’s executive orders and proclamations will be published
for everyone to review, and that’s just the beginning of our efforts to
provide a window for all Americans into the business of the government.
You can also learn about some of the senior leadership in the new
administration and about the President’s policy priorities.

Participation —
President Obama started his
career as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, where he
saw firsthand what people can do when they come together for a common
cause. Citizen participation will be a priority for the Administration,
and the internet will play an important role in that. One significant
addition to reflects a campaign promise from the
President: we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the website
for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the
President signs it.

A bold promise. It will be interesting to see how that works when the going gets tough.


Posted: November 6, 2008 in music, Uncategorized, US politics

Extra Golden Plays ‘Obama’ Live In Studio : NPR Music

Kenyan band Extra Golden play their tribute to soul brother Barack, courtesy of NPR Radio.

god bless america and all that

Posted: November 3, 2008 in US politics

With just a few hours to go, here’s hoping that Americans finally do the right thing and make history by electing Barack Obama President. They couldn’t possibly screw it up a third time, could they?

Columnist and blogger Andrew Sullivan sums up why he – a conservative – is backing Obama tomorrow in a post today on The Daily Dish:

Obama, moreover, seems to bring out the best in people, and the calmest, and the sanest. He seems to me to have a blend of Midwestern good sense, an intuitive understanding of the developing world that is as much our future now as theirs’, an analyst’s mind and a poet’s tongue. He is human. He is flawed. He will make mistakes. His passivity and ambiguity are sometimes weaknesses as well as strengths.

But there is something about his rise that is also supremely American, a reminder of why so many of us love this country so passionately and are filled with such grief at what has been done to it and in its name. I endorse Barack Obama because I will not give up on America, because I believe in America, and in her constitution and decency and character and strength.

And the world needs that America now as much as it ever has. Can we start that healing, that rebirth, tomorrow?

Yes. We. Can.

Enough said. Do the right thing tomorrow, America – for humanity’s sake.