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San Francisco – Vote for Hope

The San Francisco Department of Elections would like to provide you with important information about the upcoming November 4, 2008 Consolidated General Election.
Download a calendar reminder to vote: vote.vcs.ics

Important Dates and Deadlines:

  • Early voting began October 6, 2008 on the ground floor of City Hall.
  • The last day to register to vote is October 20, 2008. If you have moved, changed your name, or would like to change your party affiliation, you must re-register to vote.
  • The last day to request a vote-by-mail is October 28, 2008.

The Voter Information Pamphlet (PDF), Information on the statewide measures can be found in the Voter Information Guide

You can now confirm your voter registration status online using the voter registration status lookup tool. The look-up tool will display information on your party affiliation and permanent vote-by-mail status. It will also provide you a sample of your ballot and the location of your polling place.

For more information on the upcoming election, visit the Department’s web site or call (415) 554-4375.

Vote for Hope

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Thurgood, so good!

Thurgood - Laurence Fishburne

I went to a play tonight. As always the theater staff announces “please take this time to turn off all phones and electronics. And all recording is prohibited”. It is amazing to think how much I am part of the documentation movement that has to twit details of my life and photo graph what I eat. I sometimes feel like it would not be real if I did not share it digitally.< I definitely was not always this way. Quite the opposite. I hated taking photos unless it was for artistic purposes and I definitely preferred privacy over any publication of my experiences. Stepping out from behind the camera, not recording the moment but truly experiencing the live performance is a refreshing change. And it was easy to do with this play.

I saw Thurgood tonight; a one-man play about the life of Thurgood Marshall. Lawrence Fishburne‘s performance as Thurgood was fabulous. I was completely captivated and he nearly brought me to tears as he lead me (and the rest of the audience) through the life of a man who became a civil right pioneer. When this play travels, don’t wait to see it.The story of the Thurgood Marshall is one that should not go unheard. Please take the time to go see this eloquent performance and learn more about Thurgood’s positive contribution to our country.

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Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

Time Magazine's Person of the Year
On NPR the other day I heard a fabulous commentary about the POTY by Bill Langworthy. I tried to find a transcript of it but ended up having to type it out myself. So forgive any errors in advance. If you would like to hear the original, check it out on

"And the Winner of ‘Person of the Year’ Is…

I was shocked when I saw times person of the year cover. I was expecting a humanitarian or world leader but instead saw a computer and the word “You”. “Yes you” it reassured. You control the information age. There were so many deserving people this year. So I was surprise and well as humbled to learn the person of the year was, in fact, me. Fortunately I had prepared a brief acceptance speech because you just never know.

Wow, I can honestly say I didn’t expect this. JFK, MLK and now me. And to think a year ago, I was running windows 98 with an infected hard drive and had 3 friends on my myspace including Tom. I could never been POTY without a lot of help. I’d like to thank the Numa Numa guy, Ok Go, Chad Vader and LonelyGirl15. I’d also like to thank everyone who downloaded my mashup of Panic at the Disco vs. Loudon Wainwright III.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t say something about the other nominees:
Al Gore, loved your movie; I watched it on a file sharing site then burned DVDs for all my friends. Kim Jong-il, I really thought you had me when you detonated that nuclear device, this is always next year.

As you read on my BLOG, my road to person of the year was not without a few bumps. I dropped almost 300 bucks on a Zune that was supposed to connect me to new music and friends; it might have if anyone else had actually bought one. I also lost my job when I spent three days camped out at a Best Buy chasing a PS III, but as my fellow POTY, Winston Churchill once said, “Victory at all costs”. Now as I join the company of Popes in the immortal pages of wikipedia I am reminded that my work is far from done. There will always be witty IM’s to compose and A-team parody webisodes to produce. There will always be camera phone pictures to Photoshop and more guitar hero songs to unlock.

In conclusion, I want to thank you for making me your Person of the Year. Not only because it is a great honor but chiefly because it will look really cool on my profile.