Posts Tagged ‘news’

Moving back to Portland, end of August

Rob and I have been in NYC for the past two years on a house swap. That ends on the last day of August. After thinking about it, we’ve decided to move back to Portland, OR. The houseswap was intended to be a way to try NYC out without committing to it. While I’ve enjoyed a lot of my time here, the experiment has not been entirely successful.

People who’ve already heard the news ask me if this is a good thing or a bad thing. In truth it is almost entirely neutral. There are many things I’ll miss about the City, but I truly loved living in Portland. I have friends in both places that I will miss while I’m in the other.

Based on the way my theater life was before moving out here, I expect I’ll still come back on a fairly regular basis for work. Which, of course, adds to the neutrality of the move. It will be hard to miss a place where I plan on coming so often.

Important: Iran

What’s going on in Iran and what you can do to help.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

* The most obvious thing to do is stay informed. Keep an eye on reliable sources on Twitter, refresh blogs and news sites that are covering the stories.

* If you are on twitter, retweet information from reliable twitters, but REMOVE THE USERNAME if they are in Iran. People have died because of the lack of responsibility by fellow tweeters and the media in this front. They can be tracked down by the government of Iran.

* Spread the information elsewhere. Repost this article or write your own on Facebook, Myspace, Tumblr, or anywhere else you can think of. If you write your own, make sure you are concise and accurate. Link to your sources for people to learn more.

* Discretely change your location on Twitter to Tehran or Iran, and your time zone to GMT +3:30. Don’t post to brag about how you did it, otherwise it was useless.

* DO NOT auto-refresh and take down websites, even if you are asked. It slows down the internet for the rest of the people in Iran.

* If you make a proxy DO NOT post it publicly, otherwise it is useless. Send it in a direct message to a trusted source.

* DO NOT spam the hash tag #IranElection with useless things to “confuse the government”. This does not help at all.

via catrambo: Important: Iran.

‘Prom Night in Mississippi’ reveals racial divides – CNN.com

Amy Sisson just pointed out this article about a school in Missisippi that held its first integrated prom last year.  Last. Year.

The same week an African-American family moves into the White House, a movie about a Mississippi high school’s first integrated dance debuts at the Sundance Film Festival.

The director credits the young people in the film who had “the courage to really speak their feelings.”

The director credits the young people in the film who had “the courage to really speak their feelings.”

What’s most significant about “Prom Night in Mississippi” is not that an interracial prom was organized, but that the historic events took place less than a year ago.

via ‘Prom Night in Mississippi’ reveals racial divides – CNN.com.

Deeply moved and happy

I watched the elections last night and am still in a state of happy disbelief.  I remember when a friend of mine, way back in the primaries, said that she was interested in Barack Obama. I’d never heard of him at that point, but I remember saying, “Are you crazy? The U.S. will never elect someone named Obama.”  I’m so happy to have been utterly wrong.

I just ran across this interview with Colin Powell where he asks people to support Obama.  He talks about how he cried when an anchor said “It’s over. He’s won it.”  And then General Colin Powell cries again.

The Endorsement From Hell

We don’t normally take the paper because neither of us are home often enough to really read it, but with the folks here we picked up a copy of the Sunday New York Times. I found this piece on the Op-Ed page and was startled by the opening paragraphs.

John McCain isn’t boasting about a new endorsement, one of the very, very few he has received from overseas. It came a few days ago:

“Al Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election,” read a commentary on a password-protected Islamist Web site that is closely linked to Al Qaeda and often disseminates the group’s propaganda.

So I went looking for more information and found more of the text at the Daily Telegraph. The gist — heavily paraphrased — is that a prolonged war exhausts the U.S. and provides recruitment incentives to would-be terrorists.

Obama and McCain’s Tax Plans

I’m a visual person, so I find charts like the one that chartjunk put together enormously helpful.

Obama and McCain's tax plans in graph form

I’m not seeing the tax increase that McCain said Obama was giving me. Maybe he’s just worried about the one that happens for the people up at the top of that thin, thin line.

Twitters for 10-2-08

  • 17:17 I’m doing paper-mache rocks now. #
  • 19:55 Trying to decide if I should watch the VP debate at home or keep working & listen here. Either way, it’ll be streaming. At home I can drink. #
  • 20:33 I’ve decided to go home so I can listen to the debate with Rob. #
  • 22:03 God. She’s just incomprehensible. #
  • 22:07 “He knows what Evil is!” #
  • 22:08 You know what? I’m finding myself really liking Joe Biden. #
  • 22:12 Woot! Extra credit for watching the debate! #
  • 22:20 I will say that Palin’s soccer mom thing does count in her favor, in that she probably has a better idea of the worries of “normal” people. #
  • 22:23 Of course I still don’t want Palin anywhere near the White House. #
  • 22:29 Really. The sounds coming out of her mouth are meaningless gobbledygook. #
  • 22:30 “Without the filter of the mainstream media…” Right. Like having a reporter ask questions keeps the public from understanding her. #
  • 22:40 Ha! Joe Biden’s middle name is also Robinette. No wonder I liked him. #
  • 22:55 Ha!On Palin’s folksiness, one of the commentators said,”Only time will tell if she’s refreshingly Reagonesque or Gidget Goes To Washington.” #

SpaceX puts privately developed rocket into Space

According to Wired Science SpaceX successfully put their Falcon 1 rocket into space.

SpaceX has made history. Its privately developed rocket has made it into space.

After three failed launches, the company founded by Elon Musk worked all of the bugs out of their Falcon 1 launch vehicles.

The entire spectacle was broadcast live from Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific. Cameras mounted on the spacecraft showed our planet shrinking in the distance and the empty first stage engine falling back to Earth.

I just watched the footage and I’ll tell you it’s a pretty inspiring thing.