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Archive for March 18th, 2008

Obama’s speech (video)

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18 March 2008 at 1:44 pm

Posted in Democrats, Election

OLPC arrives

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A pleasant happenstance: the One Laptop Per Child that I ordered for The Younger Grandson just arrived today, while I was here to give it to him. Everyone is excited, wanting to work it. He’s figured out how to use it to take photos, and now has photos of everyone. Apparently some are being sold on eBay.

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18 March 2008 at 1:35 pm

Obama’s speech on race

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The full text:

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama
“A More Perfect Union”
Constitution Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.”

Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America’s improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.

The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. It was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least twenty more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations.

Of course, the answer to the slavery question was already embedded within our Constitution – a Constitution that had at is very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty, and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time.

And yet words on a parchment would not be enough to deliver slaves from bondage, or provide men and women of every color and creed their full rights and obligations as citizens of the United States. What would be needed were Americans in successive generations who were willing to do their part – through protests and struggle, on the streets and in the courts, through a civil war and civil disobedience and always at great risk – to narrow that gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of their time.

This was one of the tasks we set forth at the beginning of this campaign – to continue the long march of those who came before us, a march for a more just, more equal, more free, more caring and more prosperous America. I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together – unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction – towards a better future for of children and our grandchildren.

This belief comes from my unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the American people. But it also comes from my own American story.

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Written by Leisureguy

18 March 2008 at 9:26 am

Posted in Democrats, Election

Wow! Google Calendar will synch with Outlook

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Written by Leisureguy

18 March 2008 at 9:15 am

Posted in Daily life, Software

Password strength checker

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Test the strength of your passwords. Mine for the blog was 66%, but two minor modifications raised it to 86%. Worth doing.

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18 March 2008 at 9:13 am

Posted in Daily life, Software

De Vergulde Hand

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I did bring a shaving cream along: De Vergulde Hand. With the little travel brush, it delivered quite a good lather. The HD with the Swedish Gillette gave another fine shave, and today I finished with Booster’s June Clover aftershave. Quick and easy.

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18 March 2008 at 6:37 am

Posted in Shaving

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