Monday, March 31, 2008

Abercrombie and Twitter

Props to Joe Philipson for helping introduce Twitter to Senator Abercrombie....

Hill’s Weak Tweets

March 31, 2008
By Emily Heil and Anna Palmer,
Roll Call Staff

Members of Congress long ago missed their opportunity to invent the Internet (thanks, Al Gore!), but they still have the chance to be Twitter pioneers.

Plenty of Members have signed onto Twitter, the “micro-blogging” network that allows users to send subscribers short updates on their whereabouts and doings, but few are actually using the techno-darling service the way it’s meant to be used.

According to HOH’s survey of Twittering Members, many set up accounts with high hopes of posting often, only to disappoint with infrequent entries — or none at all.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), for example, announced in her first and only post, “I look forward to posting on Twitter!” But alas, 11 months later, we’re still holding our breath.

Political Internet consultant Bill Beutler of New Media Strategies tells HOH that although Members certainly aren’t maximizing Twitter, often just setting their profiles to include new blog posts without generating any Twitter-specific posts, they still have a chance to get with the times. “If this does turn into the next big thing, they would look like they got there first,” he tells HOH.

Surprisingly, the 69-year-old Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) is one of the more savvy users of Twitter. Abercrombie has posted little updates on his daily life — “Lunch at Kincaids” was a recent entry, or “tweet” in Twitter-speak — on the service. Spokesman Dave Helfert says his boss isn’t necessarily the most wired guy, but says his staff has made online applications like blogging and Twittering a priority since it’s a way to reach young constituents. “If we want to reach young people about what’s going on in Washington, this is how we’re going to have to do it,” he says.

Let’s face it, we’re all dying to know the every move of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who’s a sometimes-Twitter-er.


Celeste, originally uploaded by Xapa.

Latest photo on Flickr's Explore! I really love this one of Celestine. She's such a cutie...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Protesters at Pastors School

Radical Amish Protesters at Pastor's School, First Baptist Church, Hammond, Indiana.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Monks of Bhutan

I took this picture of a photo of Bhutanese monks on the North Shore painted by this super nice guy:

He was kind enough to paint a bird on my hand!

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Today, I had a box of malasadas in my office to share with my teachers. One by one they came, one by one, I offered my gift. These are the responses to my kindness...

1. DANG! I love me some malasadas. (very nice)
2. I don't know. (stares at the box) Fine, I guess I'll have one. (really? I have to convince you to take my treat?)
3. NO! Ahh! Malasadas are the devil! (a simple, no thank you, I eat tree bark. Would have sufficed.)
4. Sure! Let me grab some for my roommates. (better than me having to convince you, I guess.)
5. Ew. I don't eat fried stuff. (again, no thank you works.)

Next time, I'll just give them to the children, and you can deal with hyper kids all day...

photo courtesy of Kyle Miyasato

Monday, March 3, 2008

The Power of The Masons?

I was issued 5 tickets for passing a stopped school bus with absolutely no paper work on my '94 Acclaim. The officer was in a bad mood, and declared that he was gonna "get me for everything I can".

As I approached the judge on the morning of my appointed court date, I was met with a cold heart mirrored by an icy stare. "Do you wish to contest these tickets?" he demanded.
"Yes, sir." I timidly answered.

I was rudely assigned a trial date, and told to exist stage left. A tearful call to my mother and the desire to end the ordeal prompted me to return to the crowded court, to see if they could reduce my $1,500 in fines.

The bailiff gruffly informed me that I would have to wait until the other fifty or so other not-so-impressive-looking people had been served. However, something changed drastically once I set my book on the table.

Dripping with congeniality, the judge reduced my fines by 75% and asked if there was anything they could do for me. Could it have anything to do with my book on the Masons?