Friday, October 03, 2008

VP Debate '08

The Riverview Theater aired the debate on the big-screen last night, which made for quite an event. Obama/Biden stickers and shirts were everywhere, people were dressed like birds - Oh, WAIT! They were roosters. Holding signs that said WAKE UP AMERICA. ...just put that together. Anyway, while the VP debate may not end up deciding very much this election, there sure was a lot of excitement in the air - some of which has lingered on into today, at least. The following is an email response that I wrote to a friend that was supposed to meet us at the theater, but couldn't get in!

Yeah, the debate is definitely the topic of conversation here at work today... surprised (or maybe not really) how much support she still has amongst the conservatives, in my office and across the nation. I hate that it casts me and other liberals I know as elitists when I/we say that Palin is dumbing down politics to appeal to the masses. On purpose. But that's exactly what I think. I don't know how to not be a jerk, but still ask for the credit and respect that I deserve as an (at least somewhat) informed member of society... again I'm already implying that I'm better than others.

What to do? Anyway, the theater was definitely a great venue to watch, however biased. I am always most interested in knowing what people on the other side of the spectrum think during these nationally televised political events. But it's fun to get carried away too. (Carried towards the left.) :)

You're right that the Truth was hard to find though. Both candidates dodged questions. Biden was just a bit slicker about it. Palin was straightforward with her evasion. So Biden looked more like old Washington in some ways. A distant intellectual politician. (Gore? Kerry?) Palin was like W., without the jittery fear. (Although she did look more nervous than usual.) In any case, The People will take away from it what they're inclined to.

Fortunately Obama has been gaining ground, and Biden did nothing to hurt that, and the little that Palin helped McCain (by showing up, not falling on her face) won't add much to the equation. That's all that really matters.

Lastly, what was with all of the winking? It's like she's hitting on the country. Seriously. Stop winking at me Sarah.

What did you think?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Oh, is THAT who we're voting for?

Are we really that confused in this country? This ad popped up next to my email today, begging the question.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Veep of the Hill

I didn't make this connection, but I thought it apt/funny.

The McCain Veep mission: find the real life Peggy Hill. Slam dunk.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Geekin' out about Dropbox.

Finally! DropBox, an online backup and synchronization application, went public today, so I got my copy after months of waiting for a beta invitation. I don't see any reason why a person wouldn't sign up for their free service, where you get 2 GBs of storage that you can access from any computer that you have activated with the service. That means not only instant backups, but universal access to your files.

Other services have a similar feature-set (Mozy, which I currently use), but Dropbox's more complete service features and tasty UI puts it way ahead in my book.

The way Dropbox works, is that it makes a folder that acts the same as any other folder on your computer, but now when you add a file to the designated folder, you'll be able to open it on from the Dropbox folders you have on any other machines. Like magic :), Dropbox copies the files first to the web, and then down to you other machines so they're local always & everywhere. Crazy.

So I'm really excited about Dropbox.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Drivin' to CA

In 10 days Änna and I get to take a little vacation and drive Jeff's car out to sunny Palo Alto, CA! For those that don't already know, Jeff is Änna's dad, and he's starting as the VP of Development (or something like that) at a solar energy company called Ausra this month, which we're all very excited about.

We're planning our route right now, so if you have any suggestions, we'd love to hear them.

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Great Wall : Summer '08

Originally uploaded by hagstrbh
Not THAT Great Wall. But still a great wall.

Regrettably, I never took any pics of our construction of the Hagstrom-Great-Wall-in-St.Paul last year. Hopefully these pics of the 2nd installment will serve as enough of a reminder... to never do this again?

No, it was fun really. And hopefully Änna likes what I've done when she returns home tomorrow. :) Photos on flickr (username: hagstrbh).

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Threadless Shirt

So I thought I'd try to submit a shirt to to see how that all worked. Turns out, if enough users vote that they like a shirt, and Threadless prints it, I can get paid. So vote early, and often. Even if you think my shirt is dumb. Image below should link to my shirt, titled "Kevin" bacon.
My Submission