The government listened to me!

It’s a miracle! After the Inauguration, I went to the White House Contact Us page, asked politely to have them add links to CreativeCommons in the White House Copyright page (since it said they use CC-by-3.0, but didn’t display the graphic or have any links), and now it’s done! Wow!

(OK, I admit, there may well be ten thousand other geeks who did the same thing, but still – pretty cool nonetheless.)

As a bonus, check out FOIA memorandum posted, stating “In the face of doubt, openness prevails”. Excellent work. I wonder if I should Contact Us again and ask them to think about a longer term URL structure policy than just …the_press_office/FreedomofInformationAct/ Think they might want to issue another FOIA release at some time in the next four years?

Thank the gods

Change has come to the White House today. Looking forward to better leadership. Hoping President Obama does a good job on moving forward on the themes in his speech, and especially remembers the words of one of our country’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin:

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

P.S. Great change has come to the White House website, too! Sweet having a Director of New Media, and a bunch of RSS feeds ready already. Have any of the news outlets posted fancy detailed word-by-word analysis of the speech yet?

Something’s not right…

Now I know we shoveled a few days ago. And I’m pretty sure we shoveled last night. And we did everything else you’re supposed to do, too. I’d already been shopping for milk, bread, and eggs, and made sure the shovels were there, and gotten snow tires on my car. Plus parking my car the right direction to get out if there’s snow. Plus getting everything laid out for perfect french toast.

But there’s still snow on the ground – a lot of it. I really thought we shoveled. And I’m pretty sure we made the french toast: it was delicious, even though I didn’t fully dry out the bread like the recipe says. I couldn’t remember shoveling and eating french toast if I didn’t do them, right?


Oh, no. Oh no oh no, oh no.

You don’t think I’m stuck in one of those time loops, do you?

Oh, no.

A temporal causality loop or something, like the Enterprise has been in a half-dozen times or so. Yikes! and it’s almost the holidays, I’d hate to miss Christmas just because I was in loop 15,9727 of this darn snowstorm!

Oh, no.

I really am in a loop; I’ve posted the same blog posting twice in the space of a month! Hmmm… must get more lattes and increase my coding speed at work, and increase my creative juices for my blog!

It sure is pretty though. I just hope it stays nice and clean and white, before melting then freezing again. At least the snowflakes were light and fluffy and smaller than the average puppy.

Resolutions 2009

Post > 5 items per week
Blogging (or writing comments, etc.) is creative work, and creative work makes me feel like I can do more. To cliche, to be the change you wish to see, you have to do it first. That’s either in the larger world, or for yourself (like this blog is).
Get physical exercise every day
Brisk walks around the block or doing simple weights at home count. Swimming is the best though.
Deploy one new project per quarter
Insert “personal” there. I have all sorts of ideas about community, open source, and swag/tshirts – I just need to do them.
Spend more time with family
Duh. Insert “quality” in there; it’s about avoiding the day’s stress and avoiding too much multitasking. I’m starting to understand when people say we should let kids be kids for as long as possible.