April 13th, 2007

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Big Tent has had it up to here with Obama


What Is It With The Obama Campaign?
By Big Tent Democrat, Section Elections 2008
Posted on Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 01:16:22 PM EST
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Honestly, people think I just look for reasons to criticize Senator Barack Obama and his campaign but they must admit I do not need to look very hard. Look at what one of his key advisors Samantha Power said:

I got to talk a little bit about it with Samantha Power, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author on the subject of genocide and an informal advisor to Mr. Obama's campaign who is helping to write the speech. "We're going to hear something very unusual on the left, which is a genuine pride in what America can be again," she told me.

That is outrageous! This is Obama and his campaign in a nutshell - 'look how great I am, I am not like those other Dems who hate America, religion and Republicans.'

This is right out of the Joe Lieberman school. I am really fed up with the whole mindset of the Obama campaign - belittling Dems to try and make yourself look great is simply awful.

The comments also are interesting:

Amen (5.00 / 5) (#1)
by magster on Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 01:28:39 PM EST
Obama was my choice until the "I have to think about" waffle on the "is gay immoral?" question.

And he just sunk to third with this crap.

How about the audacity of being proud to be a Democrat?

So the right should (5.00 / 4) (#3)
by Warren Terrer on Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 01:35:14 PM EST
vote for him because he agrees with them that the Dem base are dirty fucking hippies.

Now, why should the left vote for him again?

Obama Bashing (5.00 / 1) (#33)
by Downtowner on Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 02:18:17 PM EST
I must say, I've been getting increasingly upset with Obama-bashing for a while now.

Part of what's really annoyed me is that I live in Illinois and like many here, I was aware of, and impressed with, Obama before he made that speech that made him a star. He has an impressive progressive record here, is a compelling individual who commands attention and I just kept thinking I wished the rest of the country could view him in the light of his entire record, rather than the face-of-Obama that is being revealed by a random interview answer here or a line in a speech there.

Problem is, over the last few weeks, I've had to concede that those answers and lines are adding up. And that, perhaps, just maybe, instead of wishing those who became aware of Obama after he became a national figure would think of his record before, I had better pay attention to what he is doing now. I can't help feeling that he has traded the genuine possibility of greatness-in-the-making, for a packaged, processed, homogenized version of an image he once, briefly, evoked.

It may be bad choice of advisors and handlers, but he chose them.

So bash away BTD and all you other Obama-bashers out there: at this point I'm just hoping you get his attention and he comes to his senses before it's too late.

I (still) want to believe.

It's just getting very hard.

Personally, I think we are dealing here with a candidate bigotry problem rather than a candidate packaging problem. Basically what you have here, I suspect, is a person who appeals to people by making themselves feel like they are better than a strawman—you ‘moral’ religious folk to whom I am appealing are ‘better’ than the ‘immoral’ ‘others’ to whom the Democratic party has catered—you aspiring voters who follow me are ‘better’ than the nihilistic radicals who have controlled the Democratic Party; etc.
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Books that survive every attempt by the makers to destroy them

This is one of the great scientific mysteries: Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style is badly designed, by the author himself, is overflowing with terrible figures of speech (I assume his poetry is awful), and embraces an annoying ‘lost Golden Age’ and pseudo-mathematical esthetic, yet it is a good book.

Along those lines, I’m hoping that Karen Cheng’s ‘Designing Type’ will be good, even though it is printed almost unreadably in a light weight of Univers. However, at least the topic of this badly designed book isn’t book design.

(It’s not as if you can’t print a book in sans serif and have it be readable. The U of Cal English translation of Tschichold’s The New Typography is printed in Imago artificially widened and letterspaced, and despite the shenanigans and the absence of paragraph indentation is readable. They are trying to make the book look similar to Tschichold’s German original, so they had a big head start, but the Univers is so plainly bad that it makes me wonder what someone was thinking.)
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Gödel numbers

In the Unicon mailing list we worked on the problem of finding the two US states that have the same letters in their names as a different pair of states—not what states they are, which my brain figured out almost right away, but mostly on the general problem of finding word pairs that match in this way.

It turned out that the fastest algorithm the group found used Gödel numbers to represent classes of pairs of names of US states.

Not something I expected, but it takes advantage of the fact that multiplying Gödel numbers is equivalent to mixing the letters of two state names. Very cool.

(I should mention that, unlike the pitiful languages other people use, Icon/Unicon has multiple precision integers. :) )
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Update on Gödel numbers

Regarding the Gödel numbers, after observing things on my system, actually I don’t know whether that solution was faster than mine which was based on sorting. I need to test that.

Update: Based on other peoples’ tests my code was very competitive. I’m proud of that, though the designers of sort algorithms (especially CAR Hoare) deserve the major credit.
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My ‘religion’

I say that ‘God’ exists, but that we should understand ‘God’ as an abstraction in our brains. This simply is a precise and indisputable statement that ‘God’ is within us.