Elijah at 9 Days Old

While Mama and I were in Los Angeles, we had the opportunity to meet my friend Santiago’s new son Elijah at 9 days old.  Congratulations and big ups to Santi and Belinda for making such a cute baby.

Nothing to Say

Via gapingvoid.com.

A 34-year-old worker at a Wal-Mart in Long Island New York was trampled to death by a stampede of people rushing into the store to shop.  Several other employees jumped on top of vending machines to avoid the mob of people.

“He was bum-rushed by 200 people,” said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. “They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too…I literally had to fight people off my back.”

What the hell is going on here.  One day we are supposed to be giving thanks for all the we have and the next day people are supposed to go out at the crack of dawn and literally kill each other to buy more crap that they don’t need!?  But hey, you saved a whole six dollars on that Xbox game for little Timmy so I guess it was all worth it.  Bastards.

Mama and I are heading to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving and will be back on Friday.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Mama and I went to Monterey in late September to celebrate our eighth wedding anniversary. While there we checked out Cannery Row, the lighthouse, and the Aquarium. I had completely forgotten that these photos were in the camera.

Spock and Kirk Ready to Kick Some Ass

If you have seen the Quantum of Solace, you probably have seen the new Star Trek trailer in the theatres.  Also, by now the trailer should be on TV commercials nationwide.  Let me just say that the JJ Abrams reboot of the franchise is exactly what it needed.  You know it’s going to be awsome when non-Trek fans are excited about watching this film!  Go check it for yourself.  It’s awesome.

TWS Skate-and-Create DVS

This is one of the coolest skateboarding videos I have ever seen.  The video was made by DVS and won the Transworld Skateboarding Skate-and-Create competition this year.  Good concept, great tricks, and amazing lighting put this one up there with the old Powell-Peralta classics.  I wasn’t a big fan of the music initially, but then it grew on me.  Is this The Killers?  Anyway, the visuals are just stunning.  Big ups.

I just read an article that plainly states that the U.S. Government can track your cellphone location and information without the help of your wireless carrier.  A technology called “triggerfish” can be used to pinpoint the location of cell phones without involving cell phone providers at all. By posing as a cell tower, triggerfish, also known as cell-site simulators or digital analyzers, trick nearby cell phones into transmitting their serial numbers, phone numbers, and other data to law enforcement.

Although by law the government needs a court order to conduct this type of surveilance, I have to think that the Bush Administration has probably been ignoring all that and doing this to average citizens suspected of terrorism.  With a “suspicion of terrorism” is seems that all civil liberties may be violated lately.  Hopefully having Obama in office will change that.

In converting from Movable Type to Word Press we seem to have lost all of the tags.  We will start tagging posts from this point forward, but there is no way we are going back to tag old posts.  Please use the new and improved search facility on the left to search through posts.

Now that we have a new President Elect, it is time for a new website design for the Daily Nugget.  We are working on that right now and will have it up and running over the next couple of days.

Obama and Kid

I think the title of the post says it all.  Here are a couple of photo essays profiling Barack Obama and his historic campaign to the White House: Boston Globe, November 5, 2008, Callie Shell, May, 2008 (please click on “More Images” several times to load them all).  The photo above is from the Boston Globe profile. Enjoy.

Getty Home Interior

The week before the election, Mama and I had the opportunity to go to a political fundraiser at the Getty mansion in San Francisco’s Billionaire’s Row. It is the same place where Obama held a fundraiser earlier this year. Our friend, Owen O’Donnell was running for the District 5 seat in the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He lost to the incumbent, Ross Mirkarimi, but not before having a fund raising event at the home of Gordon and Ann Getty.

It was a surreal experience to say the least. It is actually two lots side-by-side with one huge home on both lots. The place looked like a museum inside and decorated in crazy-rich-people décor, a lot like Hearst Castle. Mostly antiques. As you enter, there is a very long hallway with a large atrium on the left flanked by tall columns. The atrium accommodated almost 100 people within it, as our friend spoke to the crowd using the natural acoustics of the room. Yes, it is all indoors.

Beyond the atrium was a parlor setup with multiple chairs, like a living room. Unlike most living rooms, there were four separate seating areas where guests could partake in four separate discussions. The parlor was large enough to accommodate four groups of 8-10 people. Yes, a couple of the chairs in that room cost more than my condo. And that is not even taking into account the art on the walls, all originals. Crazy.

The three rooms in the house that I saw had priceless antiques, art that museum curators would kill for, hand-painted panels, and antique rugs. Keep in mind that this is the part of the main house that is used for entertaining, not where they live. So, in a sense, we got a good idea of how billionaires entertain, but not how billionaires live, since the living area was closed off to guests.

By the way, I didn’t take any photos during the event. I don’t know if it was allowed.  All I know is that nobody was taking them and I forgot my camera.  The photo above is from the Ann Getty House website. Ann Getty sells her furniture and interior design by photographing them in the entertainment area of her home. I do not know that I will ever get a chance to attend an event there, but it certainly felt like a once in a lifetime experience.

I want to congratulate Owen O’Donnell for running a good campaign and wish him the best of luck should he decide to run again in 2012.

Now that I have had some time to decompress, I realize that the election was stressing me out a little. I was burned out. This election gave voters a lot more information to process: press releases from both campaigns multiple times per day, the 24 hour news cycle with all the talking heads, voter information mailed to homes, political blogs, and traditional newspapers, just to name a few. Add to that the fact that most of America believed that this was the most important election of their lifetimes and you can see how people were a little stressed.

I took some time off from the blog from about a week before the election until now. I have been working on a major project from work, but that is not the reason I stopped blogging. I stopped for a while because I was burned out from the election, pure and simple. Now that my candidate has won the White House I can go back to putting my thoughts on paper and enjoying reading the news again. Hope and change has won over the fear mongers and the afraid.

My only disappointment from the election is that Prop. 8 passed in California. I still don’t understand what the fear of same-sex couples is all about, and why same-sex marriage is considered a “religious issue” instead of a “human rights issue” by so many. Let’s keep on hoping for change.