tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-72171292021-12-12T08:16:52.954-05:00Jimmy's Digital MusingsAnonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.comBlogger39125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-66149308214348082582012-07-09T19:56:00.000-04:002012-07-09T20:00:55.316-04:00My Open Letter to DC City Council on Uber<span style="font-family: arial; font-size: x-small;">DC Council members,</span><br /><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;">I am current resident of Ward 6 in Washington, DC, but I am writing to all of you today on the eve of what we hope will not be a crushing blow to many here that call DC their homes.</div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;">As many of you are aware, Uber is a new service that was&nbsp;recently&nbsp;offered in the DC area to much fanfare among its residents. &nbsp;For many years we have all been the subject of very poor cab service. &nbsp;Poor in many ways. &nbsp;As it relates to other major&nbsp;cites, like NYC and Chicago where residents enjoy much more standard and better cab experiences, DC has been forced to deal with an array of mish-mosh cab services who offer nothing more than poor cabs, poor service, generally a very poor&nbsp;experience. &nbsp;This is not to mention the cab drivers blatant ability to discriminate where they will deliver a fare and more&nbsp;importantly who they will pick up based&nbsp;solely&nbsp;on looks. I think many of you would agree, its appalling at best.</div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;">As DC has grown and begun to flourish in recent years, a new generation of residents have embraced the city with hopes of flourishing along with it. &nbsp;They have brought with them a new class of&nbsp;creativity,&nbsp;technological&nbsp;savvy, and&nbsp;entrepreneurship. &nbsp;Many of us welcomed Uber because it encompassed a technological spirit and values that many of our generation seeks to embrace. &nbsp;It sought to improve the lives of residents by offering a service that enabled us to have a choice and bring much needed competition into a&nbsp;stagnant&nbsp;marketplace. &nbsp;Competition is a good thing, it lifts the standards and forces sub performing entities to improve or be left behind. &nbsp;It is capitalism at its best.</div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;">From the beginning, the DC government, led by Ron Linton and the Taxicab&nbsp;Commission&nbsp;have sought to enforce&nbsp;antiquated&nbsp;rules/laws in order to keep Uber out of DC and allow the voice of disgruntled taxi drivers to try to eclipse the voice of the consumers. &nbsp;We did not let it happen. &nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;">However, it seems as though the issue has snuck in and reared its ugly head in the Taxi commission and Mr. Linton is attempting to have a&nbsp;amendment&nbsp;voted on by you tomorrow that would in essence stifle&nbsp;competition&nbsp;in the marketplace and give an unfair advantage to a&nbsp;taxi&nbsp;system that is morally corrupt.</div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Mayor Gray and many of yourselves have worked hard to make DC a great technology hub and foster&nbsp;entrepreneurship&nbsp;right here in the city. &nbsp;We have had great companies born out of local partnerships and hard work, LivingSocial and HelloWallet to name but two. &nbsp;Do not let that work go to waste. &nbsp;Allow DC to shine as an example of a place where great things can and do happen. &nbsp;A place that supports technology, innovation, and more importantly a level playing field for all to participate in. &nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Some of you were arrested recently while protesting for DC statehood. &nbsp;If we all are fighting for a state where our votes are heard and counted, then dont let our voices be stifled. &nbsp;Let us choose our course as you want DC to be able to choose. &nbsp;Some will choose cabs, some will choose Uber, but at least we will have a choice.</div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Pleas vote NO on the Uber Amendment</div><div style="font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br /><div><br /></div><div>Jimmy Gardner</div><div>Ward 6 Resident</div></div>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-38844345773634401292012-01-27T08:22:00.000-05:002012-01-27T08:22:15.369-05:00Wedding Photographer Slap Down!I &nbsp;found this great <a href="http://www.petapixel.com/2012/01/26/why-wedding-photographers-prices-are-wack/">post</a> over on PetaPixel and wanted to share .. it is quite good. &nbsp;Apparently they came across this posting on Craigslist by a disgruntled bride who had issue in paying $3000 for a wedding photographer, because, as she says, all they do "i<span style="background-color: white; color: #272727; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, 'Lucida Sans Regular', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">s hang out at a wedding taking tons of photos and editing them"</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #272727; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, 'Lucida Sans Regular', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://files.petapixel.com/assets/uploads/2012/01/screen_mini.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="188" src="http://files.petapixel.com/assets/uploads/2012/01/screen_mini.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The response from <a href="http://nikkimaydayphotography.com/" target="_blank">Nikki Wagner</a> is priceless</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><blockquote class="tr_bq"><div style="background-color: white; color: #272727; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, 'Lucida Sans Regular', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">Dear Bride,</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #272727; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, 'Lucida Sans Regular', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">I am a wedding photographer in the Erie, PA area. Wedding season only last about 4 months here, so I photograph an average of 20 weddings per year for an average of $2,500/wedding (which totals about&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$50,000/year</strong>).</div><ul style="background-color: white; color: #272727; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, 'Lucida Sans Regular', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;"><li>That being said, I am a small business owner, so I pay all of my taxes, totaling about $15,000/year, which leaves me with a gross income of around&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$35,000</strong></li><li>Of that $35,000 I pay $600/month in rent for my small house and garage which I converted into my studio (which is where I would be editing your wedding images).<strong style="color: #333333;">$35,000 – $7,200 = $27,800</strong></li><li>Then I have my car, which I would use to get me to and from your wedding, which I pay $400/month for the lease, plus $200/month in car insurance.&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$27,800 – $7,200 = $20,600</strong></li><li>To get to your (and my other brides) wedding consultation, second wedding pre-consultation, the wedding itself, and to and from the printers I spend $840/year in gas money.&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$20,600 – $840 = $19,760</strong></li><li>I also have $500/year insurance in case you sue me, or if any of your drunk guests would happen to break any of my equipment.&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$19,760 – $500 = $19,260</strong></li><li>You also probably found me through my website, which I pay $30/month for hosting, and another $30/month so that you can view your photos online and share the images with your friends and family.&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$19,260 – $720 = $18,540</strong></li><li>Or perhaps you found me through my advertisements in the newspaper or local bridal magazines, or a bridal show that you attended that I paid to have a booth at.&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$18,540 – $1,000 = $17,540</strong></li><li>I also pay $250/month for my own health insurance in case I were to get hurt at your wedding.&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$17,540 – $3,000 = $14,540</strong></li><li>I pay $200/wedding for a second shooter for your wedding, so that you can have more images and different angles, as to make sure you get the best images possible at your wedding.&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$14,540 – $4,000 = $10,540</strong></li><li>I also need to have a new pair of shoes ($100) every season because my shoes get worn out and dirty from season to season.&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$10,540 – $100 = $10,440</strong></li><li>I need high speed internet so I can upload all of your images online, my home phone for my business and my cell phone so I can communicate with you.&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$10,440 – $2,500 = $7,940</strong></li><li>Oh yes, and I also pay a lawyer to make sure my contracts are iron clad and an accountant to make sure that I am paying all of the taxes I need.&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$7,940 – $500 = $7,440</strong></li><li>Sometimes I attend workshops and seminars to teach me how to better my business, and make my client happier (that would be you), as well as keep up on the trends and learn new techniques so that I can make sure you have the best quality images available.</li></ul><div style="background-color: white; color: #272727; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, 'Lucida Sans Regular', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">That would technically leave me with about&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$7,000/year</strong>&nbsp;to feed myself, buy groceries, pay for my heat and electricity, clothe myself, etc.&nbsp;<em>But</em>, usually I end up reinvesting whatever I have left on upgrades and new equipment:</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #272727; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, 'Lucida Sans Regular', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">During your wedding, I bring my professional equipment that I use so that I can make sure you have the highest quality images.</div><ul style="background-color: white; color: #272727; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, 'Lucida Sans Regular', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;"><li>I have 2 Canon 5D Mark II cameras (because you always need a backup in case of a camera malfunction, which would ruin your big day’s photographs) which cost $2,500/camera =<strong style="color: #333333;">$5,000</strong></li><li>I also have quality lenses which can capture your special moments in low light situations:<br />Canon 24-70 f/2.8 lens =&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$1,200</strong><br />Canon 70-200 f/2.8 lens =&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$1,300</strong><br />Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens =&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$500</strong><br />Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro =&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$600</strong></li><li>…and I have speed lights to catch the fun moments at your reception:<br />2 x Canon 580EX II =&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$1,200</strong></li><li>Also multiple battery backups and memory cards, lens filters, light stands, umbrellas, light boxes, external battery packs and a bag to carry everything in =&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$1,500</strong></li><li>Because this is equipment, sometimes I need to have it serviced or cleaned to make sure it is all working properly =&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$200</strong></li></ul><div style="background-color: white; color: #272727; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, 'Lucida Sans Regular', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">After spending 8-10 hours at your wedding, I then come home to my home office and spend about&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">20-25 hours</strong>&nbsp;editing your images, creating your album, blogging about your wedding, posting pictures on Facebook, ordering you prints and burning your DVDs.</div><ul style="background-color: white; color: #272727; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, 'Lucida Sans Regular', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;"><li>I edit your photographs using a 27-inch iMac computer =&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$2,500</strong>.</li><li>I edit your photographs on Adobe Lightroom (<strong style="color: #333333;">$200</strong>) and Adobe CS5 (<strong style="color: #333333;">$400</strong>&nbsp;for the upgrade and&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$900</strong>&nbsp;for the new program).</li><li>I print your DVDs on a printer which costs&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$300</strong>&nbsp;and which uses&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$200/year</strong>&nbsp;in ink.</li><li>I buy the DVDs and jewel cases you’re getting printed for&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$300/year</strong></li><li>I archive all of your photographs on 2 x 2TB external hard drives =&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$500</strong>.</li><li>I also back up all of my photographs online so if there was ever a fire in my office, you would never lose your photographs =&nbsp;<strong style="color: #333333;">$400/year</strong>.</li><li>I also have office expenses as far as buying paper, staples, envelopes, packaging, filing cabinets and files, etc…</li><li>I also spend time and money ordering your prints and albums, paying for shipping, going to the post office etc.</li></ul><div style="background-color: white; color: #272727; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, 'Lucida Sans Regular', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">All of that being said, I’m usually in the hole at the end of the year, and take on many family portraits, senior portraits and corporate jobs in order to make ends meet.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #272727; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, 'Lucida Sans Regular', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">Photography is my passion and my livelihood, and it is also&nbsp;<em>expensive</em>. Yes, it seems like a lot of money for one day, but one day isn’t all we spend on your photographs or on our business. You will spend thousands of dollars on a wedding dress or flowers or a venue or on catering which you are going to have for only&nbsp;<em>one day</em>, but your photographs will be the only thing you have to remember that&nbsp;<em>one day</em>&nbsp;for the rest of your lives.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #272727; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, 'Lucida Sans Regular', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">I’m extremely insulted by your craigslist post and hope this sheds a little light on why we charge $3,000 for one day of your memories that are going to last you forever.</div><div style="background-color: white; color: #272727; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, 'Lucida Sans Regular', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">– Nikki Wagner, Photographer</div><div><br /></div></blockquote><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #272727; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', Verdana, 'Lucida Sans Regular', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;"><br /></span>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-14274747070609979902011-08-16T17:22:00.000-04:002011-08-16T17:22:07.177-04:00Google's Mobile Foray is a Big DealFor those of you who think that Google's purchase of Motorola Mobile is not a big deal .. then you should check out the front of the NY Times app on my iPad last night. &nbsp;I snapped this shot.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FrIN8GwSjuI/Tkrdbg6oxXI/AAAAAAAAIHY/tUxW0oEt7EU/s1600/photo.PNG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FrIN8GwSjuI/Tkrdbg6oxXI/AAAAAAAAIHY/tUxW0oEt7EU/s400/photo.PNG" width="300" /></a></div>There are four stories, and every one of them deals with Google and the news.<br /><br />Personally I think in the end, its a power move to get the patents after recently losing out to Apple and&nbsp;Microsoft i a bid for over 6000 patents held by Nortel.<br /><br />Now Google has the ability to tailor the hardware for its operating system, in much the same way that Apple does for the iPhone. One of the reasons the iPhone, and for that matter most of Apple's products work so well is their tight control over hardware specs. &nbsp;Microsoft got into trouble because they designed software for such a wide array of hardware platforms, it was bound to not work as well. &nbsp;Google now has the opportunity to do what Apple has been doing, develop a piece of hardware that is fit to a tee for the Android OS.<br /><br />Should be interesting to see the results.Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-23134326590220121062011-03-01T18:04:00.000-05:002011-03-01T18:04:43.312-05:00Event: Mirror To The World: Documentary Photography 2011I was recently fortunate enough to meet up with some incredible DC photographers at a local meetup of their group to go over all things social media and photography.&nbsp; It was an honor and a privilege to meet some real titans in the local photography community, including&nbsp; <a href="http://www.talkingphotography.com/">Frank Van Riper</a>, a local Washington Post columnist, author of some incredible photo book, leader of many workshops, and most important of all, the official head of the Cult of FVR ;)<br /><br />Frank is one of the teachers of workshops at Photoworks in Glen Echo Park.&nbsp; He has been curating photo's for a local exhibit they put on there, called Mirror to the World.&nbsp; I wanted to pass along the details of the show so you can all try to get over there.&nbsp; All of the work is amazing, I cannot wait to see it.<br /><br />So here are the details :<br /><br /><br /><div><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Mirror To The World: Documentary Photography 2011</span></span></div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: medium;">March 11 - April 17, 2011</span></span></div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Opening Reception: Friday, March 18, 6-9 p.m.</span></span></div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"><strong></strong></span>&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: inherit; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span>Photoworks Gallery in historic Glen Echo Park is proud to present&nbsp;<strong>Mirror To The World:&nbsp;&nbsp;Documentary Photography 2011</strong>.&nbsp;<em>&nbsp;Mirror&nbsp;To The World</em>&nbsp;seeks to celebrate narrative photography -- story telling with photos and words.&nbsp;&nbsp;This exhibit represents some of the best in documentary photography, by&nbsp;a&nbsp;local group of&nbsp;six&nbsp;not-yet-famous photographers.&nbsp; Curated by nationally recognized documentary photographer and author, Frank Van Riper, this show offers a series of intimate "picture stories"&nbsp; -- including an exploration of&nbsp;abandoned prisons, a rehearsal and performance by the Folger Consort, and a&nbsp;woman-on-the-street view&nbsp;of a raging fire in Brooklyn.&nbsp; As Van Riper states, "It will, as always, be a hell of a show."</span></span></div><div style="font-family: inherit; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span></span>&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-family: inherit; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span><div><strong><u>Participating Artists:</u></strong></div><div>1. Michael Borek-&nbsp;<em>Scranton Lace</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;(A pictorial study of an abandoned lace factory in Pennsylvania...)</div><div><div><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;"></span>2. Claudia Copeland-&nbsp;<em>'A Concord of Sweet Sounds'</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;(Images from the Folger Consort...)</div><div><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;"></span>3. Rachel Eisley-&nbsp;<em>Fire in Brooklyn</em>&nbsp;(A vacant tenement burns in the snow...)</div><div><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;"></span>4. Mark Parascandola-&nbsp;<em>Relics</em>&nbsp;(Gorgeous studies of abandoned buildings -- including prisons, tenements, etc...)</div><div><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;"></span>5. Erica Wissolik-&nbsp;<em>The Carrie Furnace</em>&nbsp;(One of the last great steel mills in Pittsburgh...)</div><div><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;"></span>6. Eric Zhang-&nbsp;<em>Rituals&nbsp;</em>(Three slices of life from the DC area: &nbsp;Way of the Cross, No Pants Day, and Sharing the Dream...)</div></div></span></span></div><div style="font-family: inherit; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span></span><span></span>&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-family: inherit; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span>Exhibit hours are Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. and Sundays and Mondays, 1-8 p.m.&nbsp; Photoworks Gallery is located in historic Glen Echo Park, Maryland.&nbsp; Visit&nbsp;<span style="color: blue;"><a href="http://www.glenechophotoworks.org/" target="_blank">www.glenechophotoworks.<wbr></wbr>org</a></span>&nbsp;for more information.&nbsp; Exhibit is free to the public.</span></span></div><div style="font-family: inherit; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span>&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="font-family: inherit; margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span>Hope to see some of you make it ! </span></span></div>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-32182894254651341032011-02-23T19:36:00.000-05:002011-02-23T19:36:11.248-05:00Mayor Fenty, Please Come BackDC politics are in a freefall.<br />Mayor Gray is clueless.<br />DC Council Chair Kwame Brown even more so.<br />Adrian Fenty, please come back.<br /><br />Now that is out of the way, lets dive in to the discussion at hand. &nbsp;I was a supporter of Mayor Fenty and I thought for all his faults, he did a lot of really good things for DC. &nbsp;I loved Michelle Rhee, while controversial, the city's school system showed results. &nbsp;In essence, they got shit done. &nbsp;After Vincent Gray was elected this past November, I had no real opinion ..&nbsp;until&nbsp;he started hiring people that served under Mayor Barry, worse yet, at a major premium. &nbsp;Strike 1.<br /><br />Soon after taking over as Mayor, he then began hiring teachers that were let go by Rhee. &nbsp;Strike 2<br /><br />In the dust up over Councilman Brown (we will get to that in a bit) we find that unlike his predecessor who&nbsp;eschewed&nbsp;&nbsp;a security detail and an official car and instead drove himself around town in a cool SMART car saving the taxpayers much needed cash, M<a href="http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/dc/2011/02/grays-backup-suv-heading-back-dealer">ayor Gray has now gone on to lease a Lincoln Navigator costing the city almost $2000 a month ! &nbsp;Not to mention he brought back a security detail&nbsp;which&nbsp;rides around in a leased Lincoln Town Car.</a> &nbsp;Strike 3<br /><br />So while Adrian Fenty worked hard to streamline the local government,&nbsp;Mayor&nbsp;Gray has decided to go the opposite route with a city that is facing a $400 million budget shortfall. &nbsp;Will giving up a car solve that ? &nbsp;Absolutely not, rather it is a bad sign that he makes poor&nbsp;decisions, not what you want in a mayor.<br /><br />On to Council Chairman Brown. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/19/AR2011021904613_2.html?sid=ST2011021904702">He was&nbsp;recently&nbsp;found</a> to not only be leasing one top of the line Lincoln Navigator (costing the city $1769 a month) but another one ($1900 a month)&nbsp;because&nbsp;the first one accepted by the city on behalf of Brown, was rejected by the Chairman&nbsp;because&nbsp;the interior was stone color, not black as he requested .... not to mention the fact that the second one came with a $1500 premium because it had to be driven to DC from a dealer in Kansas City. &nbsp;So what is <a href="http://voices.washingtonpost.com/debonis/2011/02/kwame_brown_returns_navigator.html?hpid=newswell">Chairman Brown's response</a> ... not much. Of course his office released a statement where he apologized and stated that the vehicles would be returned, and that he<br /><blockquote><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial; font-size: 14px; line-height: 18px;">look forward to continuing to focus on education reform, getting our people back to work and getting the District's economy back on track.</span></blockquote>What it does not mention is the fact that even though the cars may be returned, the city will still be on the hook for almost $4000 in monthly lease costs. &nbsp;Worse yet, he says that he will &nbsp;reimburse for "his share" of the time he used the vehicles. &nbsp;Are you kidding me ? &nbsp;The only reason the city has these outrageous expenditures is because of him !! &nbsp;He should be forced to pay for the entire years lease on both vehicles whether he drives them or not, period, end of story.<br /><br />So as you can see, our local DC government can not be in worse hands. &nbsp;The old adage that the grass is not always greener on the other side is not always true. &nbsp;Fenty might not have been perfect, he definitely had his flaws, but i would much rather see his SMART car parked in front of city hall instead of a fleet of overpriced Navigators.Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-50881326334066065172011-02-12T08:24:00.001-05:002011-02-12T08:45:18.585-05:00Egypt is Far From FreeLike many over the last couple of weeks, I have been keeping one eye on the events that were transpiring in Egypt. A country that has been under a "President" for the last thirty years whose feelings and frustrations over the policies had finally boiled over. It was amazing to see in a sort of time lapse that eventually led to the ouster, or coup as I would more appropriately call it of President Mubarak.<br /><br />Over the last day or so, as I started to think about it a little more in depth, mostly due to the chatter on Twitter and Facebook about it, it strikes me that it is not all that different than other events in history. Many times populations have protested and eventually over ran the government that was in place. France, Russia .. the list goes on. A different scenario, but how do you think Hasni Mubarak came to power .. on the heels of an assassination.<br /><br />While it is true the people took to the streets and demonstrated for the freedoms and rights that deserve, I feel in the end they will have gotten few of the things they expect. They want free elections, but what they got was a "transfer" of power to a military council. This is not to say those elections and reforms are not on the horizon, but would it not have been more practical to allow the current regime to govern while reforms and changes are implemented? What the people of Egypt got was initially a transfer of power to the newly appointed Vice President, who was the former head of the Intelligence regime and I would assume a figure many people relate to the problem not the solution, and then a country ruled by a military council. We did not even see Mubarak make the final announcement himself ...in essence, a military coup.<br /><br />I am not here to say that the Egyptians are not on the path to a new and prosperous democracy which affords them all the rights and freedoms they deserve, but I am saying that lets not be so naive that these are certainties. As I said yesterday on Facebook, these power vacuums do not always lead to great new freedoms and/or leaders. Most times they do not.<br /><br /><br /><br />Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-16713300181734465442011-02-06T10:00:00.000-05:002011-02-06T10:00:01.254-05:00$28,000 For Comcast CableLast night we headed down to the new neighborhood restaurant, <a href="http://mandudc.com/">Mandu</a> in City Vista, to try out the new space. &nbsp;It is very nice, food was great, priced right, good service, etc.<br /><br />But thats not what this post is about. &nbsp;As we were waiting for the rest of our party to arrive we sat at the bar and grabbed a quick drink. &nbsp;We started chatting with Doug, a think the manager, and the bartender about how things were going. &nbsp;The topic somehow turned to a television when another bar patron asked if they were going to get one. &nbsp;Doug answered that indeed he did plan on it, but currently was having issues with getting a Comcast line. &nbsp;He told us that the estimate given to him by Comcast to set up the service was for $28k !!! Yes you are reading that right ..... &nbsp;He said that he was told that a line was needing to be run from a local "sub station" ...&nbsp;never mind&nbsp;the fact that the establishment is on the first floor of a HUGE condo and apartment building, whose tentants I am sure have&nbsp;Comcast&nbsp;cable .... so there is no way for anyone to&nbsp;believe&nbsp;that cable does not exist in the very building Mandu resides.<br /><br />We were utterly amazed at such a ludicrous business dealing, and it goes to show the lengths to&nbsp;which&nbsp;big business is not only out to screw the consumer, but small businesses as well. &nbsp;We always hear that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, yet are placed in such idiotic circumstances&nbsp;which&nbsp;simply make doing business and competing in the marketplace nearly impossible.<br /><br />So we want to start a Twitter and Facebook campaign to fight this BS !! So head over and Like the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cable-for-Mandu-DC/187948151225542">Cable for Mandu DC</a> Facebook page and tag all twitter updates about this with <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/search/cable4mandu">#cable4mandu</a> and lets get a good local DC business the proper service it deserves.Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-11228560082847500102011-01-12T15:03:00.001-05:002011-01-12T15:03:39.281-05:00DDOT On the Case ...<div class="Amp_Commentary_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Post_Text"><p>Classic, only took 6 months for them to remove a wooden box that was accidentally cemented to a sidewalk ?<br /><br />hmmm.</p></div></div><div class=" ClipTheme newspaper"><div class="Amp_Content_Outer"><div class="Amp_Top_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Source_First"><span>Amplify&rsquo;d from <a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-neighborhoods/2011/01/h-street-mystery-box-removed--7115.html" href="http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-neighborhoods/2011/01/h-street-mystery-box-removed--7115.html">www.tbd.com <em>via Google Reader</em></a></span></div></div><div class="Amp_Middle_Wrap"><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-neighborhoods/2011/01/h-street-mystery-box-removed--7115.html"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><div class="TxtCntnt"><div id="AutoGeneratedID-0"><div><div><div><p>D.C. Dept. of Transportation officials have finally managed to remove a wooden storage locker that had accidentally been cemented into the sidewalk on the 1200 block of H Street NE. And it only took ... six months.</p><br /><p>What took so long? For background on the odd story of this box, read <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-neighborhoods/2010/10/h-street-s-little-wooden-locker-that-could-3849.html">this</a> and <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-neighborhoods/2010/12/h-street-mystery-box-update-still-there-but-now-less-mysterious--6145.html">this</a>. Basically, DDOT and the Department of Public Works couldn't agree on whether the locker ought to be removed. DDOT declared that it violated public space laws, while DPW didn't think it was that big of a deal. And since the locker had been permanently affixed to the sidewalk during the H Street Streetscape construction project, it was going to take more than just a garbage truck to haul the thing away.</p><p>Well at long last, DDOT spokesman John Lisle provided the above photo as evidence that the matter has been resolved. Lisle didn't know for sure what sort of equipment ended up being needed to do the job ... did anyone happen to see a jackhammer on this part of the sidewalk this week?</p><br /><p>"I'm glad DDOT finally removed this illegal locker," says ANC 6A commissioner Drew Ronneberg, who had been pushing the city to take action on the box since August.&#160; "I was worried that it wouldn't happen before the streetscape work was completed."</p></div></div></div></div></div><span class="Amp_Source_Button"><a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-neighborhoods/2011/01/h-street-mystery-box-removed--7115.html" href="http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-neighborhoods/2011/01/h-street-mystery-box-removed--7115.html">Read more at www.tbd.com</a></span></td></tr></table></blockquote></div><div class="Amp_Bottom_Wrap">&nbsp;</div></div></div><div class="Amp_Link">See this Amp at <a href="http://bit.ly/eXqUvP">http://bit.ly/eXqUvP</a></div><br/>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-37201344816830751212011-01-11T16:58:00.000-05:002011-01-11T16:58:37.461-05:00A Picture Says a Thousand Word, But ...It does not convey the sheer power of the emotion behind the picture as we look not only at the picture, rather we see the picture through the eyes of the photographer.<br /><br />I was lucky enough last night to attend the opening of <a href="http://art202.com/2010/12/29/dc-public-librarys-king-week-events/">King Week</a> here in DC at the DC Public Libraries. The opening featured some great live Jazz in addition to some pretty incredible photography.&nbsp; The exhibit was put on by<a href="http://criticalexposure.org/"> Critical Exposure</a>. <br /><blockquote><b>Critical Exposure</b> teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change. </blockquote><blockquote>By empowering young people to develop skills as documentary photographers and advocates, we expose citizens and policymakers to the realities of our current two-tiered education system as seen through the eyes of the students who confront those realities each day.&nbsp; </blockquote>It was a really powerful show and I found myself very emotional as I looked at their work and tried to imagine life through their eyes.&nbsp; I think the organization is a great idea and I plan to not only donate, but see if I may be able to volunteer in some fashion.. I urge you all to take a look as well to see if you can help out. &nbsp; <br /><br />Below are a few pics I got of the work and the commentary to go along with it.&nbsp; Look and read and see if you dont feel a lump in your throat ...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7kY7DggT6_Y/TSzRvqb0IoI/AAAAAAAAHgM/yc_x2p32k78/s1600/Critical+Exposure+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="180" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7kY7DggT6_Y/TSzRvqb0IoI/AAAAAAAAHgM/yc_x2p32k78/s320/Critical+Exposure+2.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7kY7DggT6_Y/TSzRuwDXnFI/AAAAAAAAHgI/n-L2GbVv34o/s1600/Critical+Exposure+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="180" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7kY7DggT6_Y/TSzRuwDXnFI/AAAAAAAAHgI/n-L2GbVv34o/s320/Critical+Exposure+1.jpg" width="320" /></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7kY7DggT6_Y/TSzRuwDXnFI/AAAAAAAAHgI/n-L2GbVv34o/s1600/Critical+Exposure+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><br /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7kY7DggT6_Y/TSzRwt14lrI/AAAAAAAAHgQ/MpkjvyF7ntQ/s1600/Critical+Exposure+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="180" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7kY7DggT6_Y/TSzRwt14lrI/AAAAAAAAHgQ/MpkjvyF7ntQ/s320/Critical+Exposure+3.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7kY7DggT6_Y/TSzRxOCU6sI/AAAAAAAAHgU/3aI_JltAV6E/s1600/Critical+Exposure+4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="180" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_7kY7DggT6_Y/TSzRxOCU6sI/AAAAAAAAHgU/3aI_JltAV6E/s320/Critical+Exposure+4.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>See, pretty powerful aren't they ?Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-7995000013040214592011-01-11T12:57:00.001-05:002011-01-11T12:57:18.147-05:00Wait Apple Changed a Design to Make Way for Different Cases !<div class="Amp_Commentary_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Post_Text"><p>I'm shocked ! Dont they always do this. I mean they make a cut from licensing on every peripheral sold right ? Sounds like smart business to me, even as aggravating it is as a consumer.</p></div></div><div class=" ClipTheme notepad"><div class="Amp_Content_Outer"><div class="Amp_Top_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Source_First"><span>Amplify&rsquo;d from <a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/11/verizon-iphone-has-relocated-buttons-will-require-new-cases/" href="http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/11/verizon-iphone-has-relocated-buttons-will-require-new-cases/">www.engadget.com</a></span></div></div><div class="Amp_Middle_Wrap"><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/11/verizon-iphone-has-relocated-buttons-will-require-new-cases/"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><div align="center" class="Amp_Content_Item_Image"><img src="http://content9.clipmarks.com/clog_clip_cache/amplify.com/996CD58A-59DA-472F-9A28-537BD5882F41/1BAAB55F-28B4-4078-8BC3-AFB5A800EE73" alt="" width="384" height="255"/></div></td></tr></table></blockquote><div class="Amp_Content_Hr"></div><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/11/verizon-iphone-has-relocated-buttons-will-require-new-cases/"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><div class="TxtCntnt">The leaks suggested that the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.engadget.com/apple/verizon-iphone/">Verizon iPhone</a> would have have slightly relocated buttons, and it's true -- as you can see in the photo above, the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/11/verizons-iphone-4-has-a-new-antenna-design/">newly revised CDMA antenna notch</a> has pushed the volume and mute controls down a hair from GSM version. That means a lot of cases -- Apple's current bumpers included -- won't fit properly on the Verizon version, although many third-party cases feature an open slot for the buttons that might still work. Either way, we'd bet Apple and third-party manufacturers are scrambling to have compatible cases in stores before the February 10th launch date -- just make sure to check yours first if you're switching from AT&T. </div><span class="Amp_Source_Button"><a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/11/verizon-iphone-has-relocated-buttons-will-require-new-cases/" href="http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/11/verizon-iphone-has-relocated-buttons-will-require-new-cases/">Read more at www.engadget.com</a></span></td></tr></table></blockquote></div><div class="Amp_Bottom_Wrap">&nbsp;</div></div></div><div class="Amp_Link">See this Amp at <a href="http://bit.ly/gOsxuR">http://bit.ly/gOsxuR</a></div><br/>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-4169677476050733282011-01-08T20:14:00.001-05:002011-01-08T20:14:14.702-05:00FCC Continues to Ride Google's IdeasYesterday at CES, I was excited to sit in on the session with FCC Chairman Genakowski to see what he had to say about the past, present, and future of all things policy and FCC. I had no real preconceived notions about what we would hear, but I was curious if there would be talk about the recent passage of the Open Internet rules and some of the criticism they have received.<br /><br />While Chairman Genakowski didn't touch too much on the recent rules, he did look to the future and some initiatives that the FCC is going to work hard toward in the near future. One of the major pushes Genakowski is concentrating on are what he termed "voluntary incentive auctions". The premise of these auctions is to allow broadcasters the ability to auction off some of their unused spectrum while they are not using it and would receive compensation for the amounts they give up. Think an on-demand commodity market for spectrum where it could be bought and sold when needs demanded for some and supply was abundant for others.<br /><br />As I was listening, I kept having this nagging feeling that I had heard this before .. Then it dawned on me, this idea was the very same idea I had heard said by Google's Larry Page several yeas ago a a Google Talk in DC. I went back and looked through the archives of my posts and found<a target="_blank" href="http://eastcoastblogging.com/2008/05/22/event-recap-larry-page-talks-wireless-at-google-unwired/">what I was looking for</a> a post from May of 2008:<br /><br /><blockquote>Something else that I thought was conceptually a pretty revolutionary idea by Larry, was a suggestion to totally revamp the spectrum bidding process. As it is right now, companies that get these spectrums, do so for a very very lenghty amount of time. Larry stated that spectrum should be auctioned off, almost down to the minute, as carriers had the need. Almost a stock exchange for spectrum.</blockquote><br /><br />It seems that the FCC has become a clearinghouse to push through ideas of industry partners like Google and Verizon, evidence this market idea and the recent Open Internet initiative that was basically a rewrite of the Google-Verizon tiered broadband approach they co-released last year, instead of standing on their own to create and enact regulations that are fair for everyone. <br /><br />Sad.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-38514877374195100932011-01-07T14:48:00.001-05:002011-01-07T14:48:56.179-05:00Zumanity at the Mashable AwardsLast night we got a chance to take in the 4th Annual Mashable Awards in the Cirque d Soliel Zumanity Theater at t he New York New York Casino. It was an okay time, seemed like the crowd was tired and not a lot of energy. <br /><br />During the show we got treated to a small slice of the Zumanity show by e cast and it was pretty cool. Check out the video of the action.<br /><br /><br /><p align='center'><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/VZky86FEtpw" width="400" height="300"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/VZky86FEtpw" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><!-- Fallback content --><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZky86FEtpw"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/VZky86FEtpw/0.jpg" width="400" height="300" />YouTube Video</a></object></p>- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad<br />Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-4028529994219241582011-01-04T08:55:00.001-05:002011-01-04T08:55:39.353-05:00750 Million Picture Uploads ...<div class="Amp_Commentary_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Post_Text"><p>This is truly an amazing number, especially from reading the text below, the average daily is 100 million .. which is a lot in and of itself.<br /><br /><br /><br />I sat in a session at SXSW last year, with the engineers of Facebook, Reddit, and some other companies talking about how they have designed and built out their infrastructure. It was fascinating. Facebook, as we have read before basically has designed there own file system for the photo storage called Haystack. Its pretty amazing all these numbers and what heights we have reached.</p></div></div><div class=" ClipTheme notepad"><div class="Amp_Content_Outer"><div class="Amp_Top_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Source_First"><span>Amplify&rsquo;d from <a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/03/facebook-users-uploaded-a-record-750-million-photos-over-new-years/" href="http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/03/facebook-users-uploaded-a-record-750-million-photos-over-new-years/">techcrunch.com</a></span></div></div><div class="Amp_Middle_Wrap"><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/03/facebook-users-uploaded-a-record-750-million-photos-over-new-years/"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><div class="TxtCntnt"><div id="AutoGeneratedID-0"><a rel="nofollow" title="Facebook Users Uploaded A Record 750 Million Photos Over New&#160;Year&#8217;s" href="http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/03/facebook-users-uploaded-a-record-750-million-photos-over-new-years/">Facebook Users Uploaded A Record 750 Million Photos Over New&#160;Year&#8217;s</a></div></div></td></tr></table></blockquote><div class="Amp_Content_Hr"></div><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/03/facebook-users-uploaded-a-record-750-million-photos-over-new-years/"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><div class="TxtCntnt">It doesn&#8217;t come as a huge surprise, but it&#8217;s still staggering to think about: over the New Year&#8217;s weekend, Facebook saw <em>750 million</em> photo uploads from its users. That&#8217;s a lot of celebrating, and it sets a new Facebook record.</div></td></tr></table></blockquote><div class="Amp_Content_Hr"></div><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/03/facebook-users-uploaded-a-record-750-million-photos-over-new-years/"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><div class="TxtCntnt">The stat was just <a rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/#!/randizuckerberg/status/22187407218577408">tweeted</a> by Facebook marketing director <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.crunchbase.com/person/randi-zuckerberg">Randi Zuckerberg </a> (who is also founder Mark Zuckerberg&#8217;s sister). We&#8217;ve reached out to Facebook to ask what the last record was, but I&#8217;m guessing it was set over Halloween, which has historically been the biggest day for Facebook Photos.</div></td></tr></table></blockquote><div class="Amp_Content_Hr"></div><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/03/facebook-users-uploaded-a-record-750-million-photos-over-new-years/"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><div class="TxtCntnt">To give some context to that number, in July Facebook said that more than 100 million photos get uploaded every day (that average is higher now, obviously).</div><span class="Amp_Source_Button"><a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/03/facebook-users-uploaded-a-record-750-million-photos-over-new-years/" href="http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/03/facebook-users-uploaded-a-record-750-million-photos-over-new-years/">Read more at techcrunch.com</a></span></td></tr></table></blockquote></div><div class="Amp_Bottom_Wrap">&nbsp;</div></div></div><div class="Amp_Link">See this Amp at <a href="http://bit.ly/eJRUSM">http://bit.ly/eJRUSM</a></div><br/>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-70053389730803380132010-12-30T15:30:00.000-05:002011-01-03T16:57:53.747-05:00Obama Administration Officials Cashing In ...<div class="Amp_Commentary_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Post_Text"><p>Remember When Obama said he was not going to hire lobbyist in his administration ? Right ... And then he did anyway ? Right ..<br/>Well now those who used their positions to regulate the financial industry are going to jump ship and cash in on their "experience"<br/><br/>Sounds to me like a bit of conflict of interest, no ? These people set the rules are now going to go to those companies which they just regulated .... Nice work if you can get it.</p></div></div><div class=" ClipTheme newspaper"><div class="Amp_Content_Outer"><div class="Amp_Top_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Source_First"><span>Amplify&rsquo;d from <a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/29/AR2010122902721.html?tid=wp_ipad" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/29/AR2010122902721.html?tid=wp_ipad">www.washingtonpost.com</a></span></div></div><div class="Amp_Middle_Wrap"><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/29/AR2010122902721.html?tid=wp_ipad"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><div class="TxtCntnt"><p id="AutoGeneratedID-0"><br/>The president's recently departed budget director is joining <a rel="nofollow" href="http://financial.washingtonpost.com/custom/wpost/html-qcn.asp?dispnav=business&amp;mwpage=qcn&amp;symb=C&amp;nav=el">Citigroup</a>.<br/></p></div></td></tr></table></blockquote><div class="Amp_Content_Hr"></div><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/29/AR2010122902721.html?tid=wp_ipad"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><div class="TxtCntnt"><p id="AutoGeneratedID-1"><br/>The New York Federal Reserve Bank's derivatives expert is joining <a rel="nofollow" href="http://financial.washingtonpost.com/custom/wpost/html-qcn.asp?dispnav=business&amp;mwpage=qcn&amp;symb=GS&amp;nav=el">Goldman Sachs</a>.<br/></p></div></td></tr></table></blockquote><div class="Amp_Content_Hr"></div><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/29/AR2010122902721.html?tid=wp_ipad"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><div class="TxtCntnt"><p id="AutoGeneratedID-2"><br/>And numerous investigators from the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are joining Wall Street's top law firms.<br/></p></div></td></tr></table></blockquote><div class="Amp_Content_Hr"></div><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/29/AR2010122902721.html?tid=wp_ipad"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><div class="TxtCntnt"><p id="AutoGeneratedID-3"><br/>In recent months, prominent officials from the White House, Justice Department, SEC, banking regulators and other agencies, both federal and state, have been walking through the proverbial revolving door to join Goldman, Citi, other financial companies and top law firms in Washington and New York.<br/></p></div><span class="Amp_Source_Button"><a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/29/AR2010122902721.html?tid=wp_ipad" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/29/AR2010122902721.html?tid=wp_ipad">Read more at www.washingtonpost.com</a></span></td></tr></table></blockquote></div><div class="Amp_Bottom_Wrap">&nbsp;</div></div></div><div class="Amp_Link">See this Amp at <a href="http://bit.ly/ifDLpa">http://bit.ly/ifDLpa</a></div><br />Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-8283075320785157022010-12-22T09:18:00.000-05:002011-01-03T17:17:21.191-05:00Like New Trailer For Sale, Sold As Is ....<div class="Amp_Commentary_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Post_Text"><p>Looks fine, a deal at twice the price</p></div></div><div class=" ClipTheme picframe"><div class="Amp_Content_Outer"><div class="Amp_Top_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Source_First"><span>Amplify&rsquo;d from <a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://thereifixedit.failblog.org/2010/12/22/epic-kludge-photo-looks-legit/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ThereIFixedIt+%28There%2C+I+Fixed+It.%29" href="http://thereifixedit.failblog.org/2010/12/22/epic-kludge-photo-looks-legit/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ThereIFixedIt+%28There%2C+I+Fixed+It.%29">thereifixedit.failblog.org <em>via Google Reader</em></a></span></div></div><div class="Amp_Middle_Wrap"><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://thereifixedit.failblog.org/2010/12/22/epic-kludge-photo-looks-legit/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ThereIFixedIt+%28There%2C+I+Fixed+It.%29"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><div align="center" class="Amp_Content_Item_Image"><img src="http://content9.clipmarks.com/clog_clip_cache/amplify.com/1C6BBEFD-2353-4571-96AA-0D474A1E1C0E/B574F435-9B1A-4554-8755-BF7C3BA13A30" alt="epic kludge photo - Looks Legit" width="384" height="288" /></div><span class="Amp_Source_Button"><a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://thereifixedit.failblog.org/2010/12/22/epic-kludge-photo-looks-legit/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ThereIFixedIt+%28There%2C+I+Fixed+It.%29" href="http://thereifixedit.failblog.org/2010/12/22/epic-kludge-photo-looks-legit/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ThereIFixedIt+%28There%2C+I+Fixed+It.%29">See more at thereifixedit.failblog.org</a></span></td></tr></table></blockquote></div><div class="Amp_Bottom_Wrap">&nbsp;</div></div></div><div class="Amp_Link">See this Amp at <a href="http://bit.ly/hRTenp">http://bit.ly/hRTenp</a></div><br />Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-17106872036475792382010-12-21T08:55:00.000-05:002011-01-03T17:17:21.200-05:00Metro is Clean! Well, As Clean as Dirt<div class="Amp_Commentary_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Post_Text"><p>Wow, I must say, this is quite a relief <img src='http://jjgardner3.amplify.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif' alt=';)' class='wp-smiley' /></p></div></div><div class=" ClipTheme newspaper"><div class="Amp_Content_Outer"><div class="Amp_Top_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Source_First"><span>Amplify&rsquo;d from <a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post.cgi?id=8593" href="http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post.cgi?id=8593">greatergreaterwashington.org <em>via Google Reader</em></a></span></div></div><div class="Amp_Middle_Wrap"><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post.cgi?id=8593"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><div class="TxtCntnt"><div id="AutoGeneratedID-0"><b>Metro no dirtier than the rest of the world:</b> WUSA9 went searching for germs, swabbing high traffic areas around the Metrorail system like escalator handrails, and ticket machines. Nearly all the bacteria collected <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.wusa9.com/rss/local_article.aspx?storyid=126666">were common bacteria</a> found in dirt, and virtually everywhere else.<p></p></div></div><span class="Amp_Source_Button"><a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post.cgi?id=8593" href="http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post.cgi?id=8593">Read more at greatergreaterwashington.org</a></span></td></tr></table></blockquote></div><div class="Amp_Bottom_Wrap">&nbsp;</div></div></div><div class="Amp_Link">See this Amp at <a href="http://bit.ly/evoBrV">http://bit.ly/evoBrV</a></div><br />Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-44299753745467177182010-12-20T09:38:00.000-05:002011-01-03T17:17:21.210-05:00Seriously? Only 18 Cars You Can Hit<div class="Amp_Commentary_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Post_Text"><p>Wow, well done, would have been nice to get a round 20 hit</p></div></div><div class=" ClipTheme newspaper"><div class="Amp_Content_Outer"><div class="Amp_Top_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Source_First"><span>Amplify&rsquo;d from <a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-latest/2010/12/reckless-driver-strikes-18-cars-in-frederick-6200.html" href="http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-latest/2010/12/reckless-driver-strikes-18-cars-in-frederick-6200.html">www.tbd.com <em>via Google Reader</em></a></span></div></div><div class="Amp_Middle_Wrap"><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-latest/2010/12/reckless-driver-strikes-18-cars-in-frederick-6200.html"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><div class="TxtCntnt"><h2 id="AutoGeneratedID-0"><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-latest/2010/12/reckless-driver-strikes-18-cars-in-frederick-6200.html">Woman strikes 18 cars in Frederick<div></div></a></h2></div></td></tr></table></blockquote><div class="Amp_Content_Hr"></div><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-latest/2010/12/reckless-driver-strikes-18-cars-in-frederick-6200.html"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><div class="TxtCntnt"><div id="AutoGeneratedID-1"><div><div><div><p><strong>UPDATE 9:19 a.m.:</strong> Police are charging 34-year-old&#160;Austina Marie Biggus, of Walkersville, with hit and run and driving under the influence after she apparently struck 18 cars overnight, AP reports.</p><br/><p><strong>ORIGINAL POST</strong></p><br/><p>A person&#160;was&#160;arrested early Monday morning after striking 18 vehicles in the area of West Fourth Street, Frederick police said.</p><br/><p>Authorities responded to the area around 2:19 a.m. after several reports of reckless driving. Officers found the suspect vehicle at the back of the Allegheny Power site near East Church Street and Pine Avenue. The vehicle had crashed into a fence and the driver was still inside. The person was taken into custody.</p><br/><p>Police say the vehicle struck 18 vehicles on West Fourth Street, Dill Avenue, and Fifth Street. A tree, a&#160;traffic sign, and two gates at Allegheny Power were also struck.</p><br/><p>No injuries were reported.</p></div></div></div></div></div><span class="Amp_Source_Button"><a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-latest/2010/12/reckless-driver-strikes-18-cars-in-frederick-6200.html" href="http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-latest/2010/12/reckless-driver-strikes-18-cars-in-frederick-6200.html">Read more at www.tbd.com</a></span></td></tr></table></blockquote></div><div class="Amp_Bottom_Wrap">&nbsp;</div></div></div><div class="Amp_Link">See this Amp at <a href="http://bit.ly/eFR46s">http://bit.ly/eFR46s</a></div><br />Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-53736266497114392942010-12-16T17:16:00.000-05:002011-01-03T17:17:21.222-05:00Jimmy GardnerWatching a documentary on Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was UN rep in Iraq. He was in charge in 2003 when the UN compound was bombed. One Army medic who setup triage said "we had to decide who was going to live and who was going to die". Such a powerful statement brought, tears to my eyes <a href="http://bit.ly/fQbg0k" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/fQbg0k</a>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-29732780346955756172010-11-29T16:17:00.000-05:002011-01-03T17:17:21.229-05:00Dawn over Tokyo<br /><img src="http://content0.clipmarks.com/clog_clip_cache/amplify.com/2d49745a-6997-4c89-8ddc-d9115c52da04/33ae7606-7e09-41ca-8458-fdb03977a897" /><br /><br/><br/><br/>jimmy<div class="Amp_Link">See this Amp at <a href="http://bit.ly/h7UEL5">http://bit.ly/h7UEL5</a></div><br />Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-15769921001311772222010-11-25T13:16:00.000-05:002011-01-03T17:17:21.234-05:00What is this<br /><br /><img src="http://content0.clipmarks.com/clog_clip_cache/amplify.com/6f7dc59d-9aba-4d7c-a1b8-bfaee60354ac/f71bf63d-1880-48e1-a738-daf4e4724468" /><br /><div class="Amp_Link">See this Amp at <a href="http://bit.ly/eKgZxd">http://bit.ly/eKgZxd</a></div><br />Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-2870579889115048822010-11-23T13:45:00.000-05:002011-01-03T17:17:21.239-05:00DC Crime Takes an Up Tick<div class="Amp_Commentary_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Post_Text"><p>I posted yesterday on the DC News and Notes Amplify blog <a href="http://bit.ly/cWszDO" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/cWszDO</a> about the DC crime rate and how it is seeing a rise, even though we are not landing on any major violent crimes poll.<br/><br/>I mentioned in that post that there has been a rash of new crime, especially assaults taking place in and around some areas of NW, like Logan Circle and others. One other location that has seen a jump is the Mt Vernon Sq neighborhood. It has gotten bad enough that DC had stationed police on several of the corners in and around 5th St. So I was shocked to see this report pop up showing a robbery took place just the other night, and it looks like it was literally right under the noses of the polices patrolling the area. <br/><br/>Appears that these patrols are having little effect on curbing these crimes ..</p></div></div><div class="Amp_Content_Outer"><div class="Amp_Top_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Source_First"><span>Amplify&rsquo;d from <a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://dc.everyblock.com/crime/by-date/2010/11/20/1212757/?utm_campaign=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_source=rss" href="http://dc.everyblock.com/crime/by-date/2010/11/20/1212757/?utm_campaign=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_source=rss">dc.everyblock.com</a></span></div></div><div class="Amp_Middle_Wrap"><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://dc.everyblock.com/crime/by-date/2010/11/20/1212757/?utm_campaign=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_source=rss"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><th>Location</th><br/> <td><br/> 1100 block of 5TH ST NW<br/> <br/> </td><br/> </tr><br/> <br/> <tr><br/> <th>Report date</th><br/> <td><a rel="nofollow" href="http://dc.everyblock.com/crime/by-date/2010/11/20/">November 20, 2010</a></td><br/> </tr><br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <tr><br/> <th><br/> <br/> Police dept. ID<br/> </th><br/> <td><br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> 927526<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> </td><br/> </tr><br/> <br/> <br/> <tr><br/> <th><br/> <br/> Offense<br/> </th><br/> <td><br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://dc.everyblock.com/crime/by-offense/robbery/">Robbery</a><br/> <br/> <p>The taking from another person, or immediate actual possession of another, anything of value, by force or violence, whether against resistance or by sudden or stealthy seizure or snatching, or by putting in fear. This includes carjackings.</p><br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> </td><br/> </tr><br/> <br/> <br/> <tr><br/> <th><br/> <br/> Method<br/> </th><br/> <td><br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://dc.everyblock.com/crime/by-method/588/">Robbery: Assault with intent</a><br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> </td><br/> </tr><br/> <br/> <br/> <tr><br/> <th><br/> <br/> Shift<br/> </th><br/> <td><br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://dc.everyblock.com/crime/by-shift/unk/">Unknown</a></td></tr></table><span class="Amp_Source_Button"><a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://dc.everyblock.com/crime/by-date/2010/11/20/1212757/?utm_campaign=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_source=rss" href="http://dc.everyblock.com/crime/by-date/2010/11/20/1212757/?utm_campaign=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_source=rss">Read more at dc.everyblock.com</a></span></td></tr></table></blockquote></div><div class="Amp_Bottom_Wrap">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="Amp_Link">See this Amp at <a href="http://bit.ly/fHGDnx">http://bit.ly/fHGDnx</a></div><br />Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-26258336699033998122010-11-23T13:21:00.000-05:002011-01-03T17:17:21.243-05:00Yes This Would be Terrifying<div class="Amp_Commentary_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Post_Text"><p>Not what I want to wake up next to ...</p></div></div><div class="Amp_Content_Outer"><div class="Amp_Top_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Source_First"><span>Amplify&rsquo;d from <a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://dcist.com/2010/11/morning_roundup_on_the_road_again_e.php" href="http://dcist.com/2010/11/morning_roundup_on_the_road_again_e.php">dcist.com</a></span></div></div><div class="Amp_Middle_Wrap"><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://dcist.com/2010/11/morning_roundup_on_the_road_again_e.php"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><p id="AutoGeneratedID-0"><strong>Now This Is Terrifying:</strong> A D.C. woman woke up this morning to find a strange, naked man <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-latest/2010/11/woman-awakens-to-naked-man-in-her-northwest-bedroom-5002.html">in her bedroom</a>. Police are investigating the incident, which took place at a home on the 2400 block of Ontario Street NW, but they didn't find any evidence of forced entry or any other clues as to the identity of the suspect. </p><span class="Amp_Source_Button"><a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://dcist.com/2010/11/morning_roundup_on_the_road_again_e.php" href="http://dcist.com/2010/11/morning_roundup_on_the_road_again_e.php">Read more at dcist.com</a></span></td></tr></table></blockquote></div><div class="Amp_Bottom_Wrap">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="Amp_Link">See this Amp at <a href="http://bit.ly/ey7uUH">http://bit.ly/ey7uUH</a></div><br />Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-41430901861293685232010-11-22T10:51:00.000-05:002011-01-03T17:17:21.247-05:00DC Becoming a Safer City? Think Again<div class="Amp_Commentary_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Post_Text"><p>I read this with interest as a DC resident. While it is true DC has become much safer in recent years, we have witnessed a rash of crimes in the city leading to some concern. In the Mt Vernon Sq area along with areas in and around Logan Cirlce, we have been witness to muggings and attacks, some in broad daylight. <br/><br/>In our neighborhood, Mt Vernon Sq, we now have a much increased police presence to battle what was upwards of 14 muggings in the last several weeks, along with home break ins, etc ..<br/><br/>Lets not count our chickens just yet</p></div></div><div class="Amp_Content_Outer"><div class="Amp_Top_Wrap"><div class="Amp_Source_First"><span>Amplify&rsquo;d from <a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://www.welovedc.com/2010/11/22/dc-barely-makes-least-safe-cities-list/" href="http://www.welovedc.com/2010/11/22/dc-barely-makes-least-safe-cities-list/">www.welovedc.com</a></span></div></div><div class="Amp_Middle_Wrap"><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://www.welovedc.com/2010/11/22/dc-barely-makes-least-safe-cities-list/"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><h1 id="AutoGeneratedID-0"><a rel="nofollow" title="Permanent Link: DC barely makes least safe cities list" href="http://www.welovedc.com/2010/11/22/dc-barely-makes-least-safe-cities-list/">DC barely makes least safe cities list</a></h1></td></tr></table></blockquote><div class="Amp_Content_Hr"></div><blockquote class="Amp_Content_Item" cite="http://www.welovedc.com/2010/11/22/dc-barely-makes-least-safe-cities-list/"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td><p id="AutoGeneratedID-1">Two decades ago, DC was the murder capital of the year. &#160;This year? We <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/sns-ap-us-dangerous-cities,0,7947621,full.story">barely made the violent crime list,</a> and we&#8217;re ranked behind St Louis (#1, sorry Chris), Detroit (#3), Oakland (#5), Baltimore (#11), and New Orleans (#13). &#160;DC is currently at less than a quarter of the murders from the peak year in 1991, and will likely finish the year well beneath 2009&#8217;s total of 143. &#160;Congrats, DC, this is a milestone I think we can all celebrate.</p><span class="Amp_Source_Button"><a rel="clipsource" target="_blank" title="http://www.welovedc.com/2010/11/22/dc-barely-makes-least-safe-cities-list/" href="http://www.welovedc.com/2010/11/22/dc-barely-makes-least-safe-cities-list/">Read more at www.welovedc.com</a></span></td></tr></table></blockquote></div><div class="Amp_Bottom_Wrap">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="Amp_Link">See this Amp at <a href="http://bit.ly/cWszDO">http://bit.ly/cWszDO</a></div><br />Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-39743437695310721882010-11-15T15:46:00.000-05:002011-01-03T17:17:21.251-05:00This Squirrel is After Me!<img style="display:block;margin-right:auto;margin-left:auto;" alt="image" src="http://jjgardner3.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/wpid-img_20101115_154502.jpg" /><br/><br/><p>He is burying nuts outside my office window taunting me ...</p>Anonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7217129.post-9602342623194618772010-11-15T15:32:00.000-05:002011-01-03T17:17:21.254-05:00Auto DraftAnonymoushttp://www.blogger.com/profile/02584062711248566083noreply@blogger.com0