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Nation Finally Shitty Enough To Make Social Progress

Posted on November 5th, 2008 at 23:30 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008

The Onion nailed it eight years ago, and they nailed it again.

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After emerging victorious from one of the most pivotal elections in history, president-elect Barack Obama will assume the role of commander in chief on Jan. 20, shattering a racial barrier the United States is, at long last, shitty enough to overcome.

Although polls going into the final weeks of October showed Sen. Obama in the lead, it remained unclear whether the failing economy, dilapidated housing market, crumbling national infrastructure, health care crisis, energy crisis, and five-year-long disastrous war in Iraq had made the nation crappy enough to rise above 300 years of racial prejudice and make lasting change.

“Today the American people have made their voices heard, and they have said, ‘Things are finally as terrible as we’re willing to tolerate,” said Obama, addressing a crowd of unemployed, uninsured, and debt-ridden supporters. “To elect a black man, in this country, and at this time—these last eight years must have really broken you.”


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9 hilarious election tweets worth remembering

Posted on November 5th, 2008 at 19:22 by John Sinteur in category: News

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If you were too were cranked on Colombian naughty salt and able therefore to follow the election feed on Twitter during Obama’s acceptance speech, you’ll have noticed that at one point the conversation turned, like, entirely to puppies. Obama had promised his two young daughters that he’d give them a puppy if he won the election, and as he thanked his family in the speech he mentioned that, yes, they’d get the dog. From the Twittering commentards came plenty of OMGs and blesses and such, but Twitter user Dennis Wanger had a different thought in mind: obama, I don’t like dogs – can I have a kitten instead? Or a hamster.

LA-based Twittard Bill Palmjob noticed that like literally everyone caught high election fever: homeless guy on Hollywood Blvd with a sign that says “Obama’s kids aint the only ones who want a puppy” – now that’s clever. McCain supporters, insert your demands for a pet here.

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And our official “best election tweet” award goes to Twitter user C.Hick, who wrote about his voting experience: Officially just played the worst video game ever. You mark people with an “x” and then wait for almost forever for the country to be reborn into a new and beautiful age and then nothing fucking happens.


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Yes. We. Can.

Posted on November 5th, 2008 at 17:59 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008


University of Illinois Obama Flash Rally Speech from steph on Vimeo.

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And senior Chike Coleman made an incredible impromptu speech on the steps.

What an amazing night.

This is our time. This is our country. Yes. We. Can.


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The morning after

Posted on November 5th, 2008 at 15:25 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon, Indecision 2008

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Kenya declares holiday for Obama

Posted on November 5th, 2008 at 15:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Kenya has declared Thursday a public holiday to celebrate the election of Barack Obama to the US presidency.


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WMD Story

Posted on November 5th, 2008 at 13:15 by John Sinteur in category: Security

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We had an email recently from an observer “curious as to why the webcam that was inside the shop/bar is no longer there, or at least, functional”. The email was from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in the United States.

Read and weep.


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I Didn’t Vote For Obama Today

Posted on November 5th, 2008 at 12:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

Read his great reasons for doing so.


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US Presidents

Posted on November 5th, 2008 at 11:36 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008


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  1. The caricature of Pres. Buchanan really doesn’t look much like him…. 😉

Klanttevredenheidsonderzoeken

Posted on November 5th, 2008 at 11:10 by John Sinteur in category: News

Ik weet dat bij KPN de “resultaatbeloning” deels afhankelijk is van de klanttevredenheidsonderzoeken.

Vorige week kwam zocht ik voor een klant uit of ze een snellere internetverbinding zouden kunnen krijgen, dus ik belde KPN eerst even voor de opzegtermijn. Blijkt dat voor hetzelfde maandbedrag de verbinding vijf keer zo snel kan. Puur voor het gemak besluit de klant de verbinding dan maar aan te houden, maar echt blij met deze ontdekking is de klant niet.

Vandaag werd ik – bij dezelfde klant – gebeld met de vraag of ik aan een klanttevredenheidsonderzoek mee wil doen.

Iets zegt me dat de resultaatbeloning komend jaar wel eens tegen zou kunnen vallen.


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Speeches

Posted on November 5th, 2008 at 10:48 by John Sinteur in category: News



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Election

Posted on November 5th, 2008 at 10:15 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon, Indecision 2008

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3 million..

Posted on November 5th, 2008 at 7:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

Wow. 3 Million visitors on electoral-vote.com yesterday.

That was the fastest expansion in server capacity I’ve done in quite a while, but it was worth it…


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  1. Well done!! Why didn’t you move it to Amzn’s WS?

  2. Because Amazon is the wrong platform for this. Amazon offers a couple of different things. EC2 is computing power, something we don’t need, since andy’s custom scripts only run on generating the static html, and on parsing the log files. S3 is total overkill, it’s just a bunch of html files and images, SimpleDB is useless since we’re not using a database, and SQS is useless since we’re not sending messages.

    What we needed for the heavy lifting was a 80 mbps of bandwidth at its peak, and a few low end CPU’s to stuff that bandwidth with a few files. Response times have consistently stayed in the milliseconds range, on three low-end small servers .

    And, last but not least, a quick calculation of Amazon’s pricing for bandwidth shows that we would have had to spend about 10 times as much money on Amazon.

  3. Ha, tijd voor een nieuw T-shirt John! Good show! Bravo!

What a beautiful thing to wake up to

Posted on November 5th, 2008 at 7:36 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008

At 11:21 PM EST John McCain conceded the election and congratulated Sen. Obama on his victory.


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404 error, sticker not found

Posted on November 5th, 2008 at 0:48 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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