Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be, but first I need more coffee.

Month: October 2008 (Page 2 of 5)

Planet Python

Since I’ve started learning Python and using it I’ve been learned Zope, Plone, and Django, and I’ve been to 3 PyCons. I really like the Python community.

To keep on on all things Python I follow Planet Python (planet.python.org). It’s a monster RSS feed following dozens of python related blogs. It even links to other planets feed aggregators, including Zope, Plone, Django, and OLPC.

Crunchy Goat Clusters

I haven’t posted on my blog in a while as I’m mostly posting on my Livejournal of late. I would have preferred to have one blog. So what I’m going to do is separate the material I post on both. I’m going to use Livejournal to post more personal stuff and my blog more professional stuff.

Anyway, about the title of my post. Sometimes you mishear what people say often with comical results. I was walking by the television and heard the phrase “crunchy goat clusters,” or rather I that’s what I thought I heard. Yeah, this particular post isn’t job related. I’ll think about what I can do with that phrase later, but it was pretty amusing by itself.

Goats Down

I Voted Today

Since I will be out of town on Nov 4. I requested an absentee ballot. I did receive my ballot, and I read those instructions carefully. As instructed, I had the affidavit notarized. I was a little alarmed that the instructions told me to use a No. 2 pencil. I did so. I put my marked ballots in the envelope marked BALLOTS, and put that envelope in the envelope bearing the Affidavit, and then I put that envelope inside the envelope marked Outer Envelope. After sealing it all up I walked over to the campus post office. It cost me 59 cents to mail.

I won’t say how I voted, but if you’ve read my posts and comments, you can probably guess who I voted for for president. I will say this: when I saw Sarah Palin’s name on the ballot it was only then that it really sunk in that she was the VP nominee for the Republicans. I had a similar but lesser reaction when I learned that Ahnold became the governator of California. Then I actually visited some friends in the Bay Area, and I realized looking around OMG he’s the governor of this state. I knew intellectually what a disaster she’d be for the country when I learned enough about her, but seeing her name in black and white on the actual ballot I got a sinking feeling in my stomach.

This is an historic election and for many of us will be the most important vote we will ever cast. Regardless of who wins, we Americans have huge challenges ahead of us. With the right leadership we can take on those challenges. With the wrong leadership, we’ll fail. Only you can decide what choice to make.

Yes We Can

I amazed every time I watch him. Obama really is a once in a generation politician. If anyone can get us through the troubling times ahead of us, he’s the one. Yeah, that one.

Sure you could vote for a 72 year old war hero (and a four-time melanoma survivor) and a charming but divisive governatrix. And if you think she’s capable of stepping in at a moments notice then I have a bridge to nowhere to sell you.


If Obama can beat Hillary and beat McCain and beat the Republicans, beating the terrorists will be a cake walk.

The next four years will not be easy. America is in for some very rough times and perhaps days darker than anything we’ve seen in the last eight years of this disastrous administration. There will be a difference. If we elect Obama, we’ll have a president who we knows cares about all Americans not just the ‘real’ Americans. (former US Marine and SF author Elizabeth Moon has some thoughts on what a ‘real’ American is). We’ll have a president to inspire us to be better than we are.

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