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+Scott Chacons Blog
+This is the Jekyll source for Scott Chacons blog.
+It was based off of the awesome Michael Bleigh's blog and website, [Mister Bleigh](, and he gets fullcredit for everything that is good looking or impressive about this site.
+It makes some nice use of Jekyll's liquid templating system (see blog.html) and uses Javscript to pull information from GitHub for the open-source section.
+You may feel free to re-use any part of the structure, design, and layout of this site; it is all licensed under the MIT License. However, the content of the site (blog posts and page content) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (you may use it, but must give attribution).
+Copyright (c) 2009 Scott Chacon. Rights reserved as indicated above.
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+![Git London Bus]({: class="right"}
+At the end of March, I’m going to be traveling to Europe for [Scotland on Rails]( to do a Git talk (also likely a talk at the University of Edinburgh, if you’re there).
+While there, I thought I would do a more in-depth training session in London for all our friends toiling in SVN heck or otherwise wanting to sharpen their Git-Fu. My friends at Codebase have helped me rent a space, catering and all that so we can have a nice long session learning the ins and outs of Git.
+If you are interested in signing up for the training, which is happening on April 3rd (a Friday), you can check out our website at []( If you know anyone in the UK who might be interested in doing it, please do let them know. If you’re in the UK and don’t want to do the training, but do want to go out for beers after, send me a note.
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+title: Paul Rusesabagina
+On Monday, I was able to attend a speech by Paul Rusesabagina, whose life was dramatized in the recent movie <a href=";s=dvd&amp;n=507846">Hotel Rwanda</a>.<br/>
+<img src="" /><br/>
+Mr. Rusesabagina was a lively speaker with a very strong message and an incredible life story. For those of you who have not seen the movie, which I would recommend, he was a hotel manager living in Rwanda at the outbreak of genocide in April 1994. He managed to keep his family and 1200 other Rwandans alive in his hotel for several months while the international community abandoned them. His story is inspiring and rare.<br/>
+It is the kind of story that causes you to wonder how you would act in that situation. Would you let people into your home to save them from murderers, even though it put your own family at risk? Would you stay behind to face incredible danger when given an opportunity to leave, because if you left, you knew that over 1000 men, women and children would certainly be slaughtered? How would you react to someone asking you to please tell them when the soldiers were close, so that they could have time to bring their families to the roof and jump off for an easier death? If a man handed you a machete and pointed a gun at you – would you kill another?<br/>
+These are questions that Paul faced and he acted with incredible heroism and courage. These are situations that others face in the Sudan and elsewhere in the world now, and if history is any indication, will continue to happen long into the future. This burden is ours to confront as a society, to face as a world community. Pauls example is heart breaking in that it is so very rare. Most would not resist and risk themselves, but would give in, participate, and give excuses after.<br/>
+Paul has started the <a href="">Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation</a> to help women and children affected by the genocides of several African nations, including the Sudan. He will be coming out with a book called “An Ordinary Man” next year, I will try to link to it when it goes on sale.<br/>
+If you would like to learn more about the Rwandan genocide, some books I would recommend would be <a href="">We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda</a>, <a href="">Shake Hands with the Devil</a> by Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, or one that I'm currently reading, <a href="">A Problem from Hell</a> by Samantha Power.
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+Hey everybody – long time, no blog. A couple of things happening I thought I should let everyone know about.<br/>
+For one, Mark Warners Forward Together <span class="caps">PAC</span> has an online contest poll for your bestest candidate and our very own Jerry McNerney – the congressional candidate here in the 11th. In fact, I don't think I've blogged about that yet – Jerry won the democratic primary here, so congratulations to him.<br/>
+For those of you who don't know, I volunteered for him briefly in 2004, ran against him for a while here and then backed out in favor of Margee Ensign who also had to back out shortly thereafter. Anywho, Jerry won and has some great people on his staff this time around who I really respect and I'm following his campaign closely. He is competing in a few online contests – he recently won the <span class="caps">DFA</span> one and is now in the running for Mark Warners <a href="">MapChangers</a>. So, since I like McNerney and would like him to win, and I like Warners group – please do take a moment to vote for him in this contest.<br/>
+Forward Together also just posted a <a href="">blog entry</a> about the <a href="http://">Sunlight Foundation</a>, which is a great sign. The Sunlight Foundation is where Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry went after the Advocates for Rasiej campaign that I wrote about several times here, so it's great that Warner and his team are thinking that way.<br/>
+Lastly for today, I wanted to share that Margee has invited Jessica and I to join her on her Africa trip this year. So, next week we will be traveling to Rwanda and Kenya for about 3 weeks. I'll be bringing along the camcorder and camera, so hopefully we'll have a lot to share when we get back.
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+layout: post
+title: Back From Africa!
+<p>Wow, we&#8217;ve been gone for three weeks in Africa with Margee, and it was a heck of a trip. Jessica and I went to Kenya and Rwanda, which was our first time in Africa.</p><br/>
+ <p>We visited the offices, schools and projects of <a href="">GlobalEyes</a>, did a couple of safaris (including one on bike), stayed in the Hotel des Mille Collines (of &#8216;Hotel Rwanda fame), saw some incredible and moving Genocide memorials, saw the gorillas (of Gorillas in the Mist fame), visited Rwandan ministers (of State), schools and universities, witnessed a Gacaca trial, and got some Congolese art. It was a truly incredible trip.</p><br/>
+ <p>We took over 1800 photos (more than 6 gigs), and about 10 hours of video footage that I&#8217;m currently going through. I&#8217;ll be posting some mini documentaries on YouTube and hopefully CurrentTV soon, but for now, here are some of the Flickrized photos from our trip!</p><br/>
+<a href="" title="Margee, Veronica and Scott at Tropical Focus" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206674793"><img src="" alt="Margee, Veronica and Scott at Tropical Focus" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Obede Primary School" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206674964"><img src="" alt="Obede Primary School" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Obede Primary School" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206675167"><img src="" alt="Obede Primary School" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Scott Filming at Obede Primary School" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206675292"><img src="" alt="Scott Filming at Obede Primary School" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Obede Primary School Curiosity" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206672280"><img src="" alt="Obede Primary School Curiosity" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Obede Primary School Nursery" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206675467"><img src="" alt="Obede Primary School Nursery" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Obede Primary School Nursery" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206675628"><img src="" alt="Obede Primary School Nursery" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Children of Children Rescue Mission, Kenya" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206675768"><img src="" alt="Children of Children Rescue Mission, Kenya" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Jessica with Tropical Focus" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206675879"><img src="" alt="Jessica with Tropical Focus" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="What $2000 will get you in Kisumu" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206672367"><img src="" alt="What $2000 will get you in Kisumu" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="There is a cow in the road." class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206675965"><img src="" alt="There is a cow in the road." width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Lake Nakuru National Park" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206676071"><img src="" alt="Lake Nakuru National Park" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Zebras in Nikuru" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206676199"><img src="" alt="Zebras in Nikuru" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Scott Filming Jessica" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206676306"><img src="" alt="Scott Filming Jessica" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Unhappy Water Buffalo" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206676419"><img src="" alt="Unhappy Water Buffalo" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Rhinos" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206676501"><img src="" alt="Rhinos" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Lake Nakuru National Park Sunset" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206672497"><img src="" alt="Lake Nakuru National Park Sunset" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Water Buck" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206676636"><img src="" alt="Water Buck" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Flamingoes in Flight" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206676704"><img src="" alt="Flamingoes in Flight" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="You Want a Piece of Me?" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206672650"><img src="" alt="You Want a Piece of Me?" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Primate and Baby" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206672787"><img src="" alt="Primate and Baby" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Lake Nakuru National Park" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206672889"><img src="" alt="Lake Nakuru National Park" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Scott and Jessica at Lake Nakuru" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206672957"><img src="" alt="Scott and Jessica at Lake Nakuru" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="DikDik" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206676837"><img src="" alt="DikDik" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Giraffe Landscape" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206673088"><img src="" alt="Giraffe Landscape" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Girraffe walking" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206676941"><img src="" alt="Girraffe walking" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Water Buffalo" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206677094"><img src="" alt="Water Buffalo" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Girraffe Munching" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206677271"><img src="" alt="Girraffe Munching" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Lion" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206677394"><img src="" alt="Lion" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Lions on the hunt" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206677545"><img src="" alt="Lions on the hunt" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="View from the Hotel des Mille Collines" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206677624"><img src="" alt="View from the Hotel des Mille Collines" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Bayingana Family with Scott, Jessica and Veronica" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206677748"><img src="" alt="Bayingana Family with Scott, Jessica and Veronica" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Our Friend Kenny" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206677862"><img src="" alt="Our Friend Kenny" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Memorial on the Road to Ntrama" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206678062"><img src="" alt="Memorial on the Road to Ntrama" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Ntrama Church Pews" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206678178"><img src="" alt="Ntrama Church Pews" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Ntrama Church Altar" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206678318"><img src="" alt="Ntrama Church Altar" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Ntrama Church Memorial" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206678421"><img src="" alt="Ntrama Church Memorial" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Ntrama Church" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206678562"><img src="" alt="Ntrama Church" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Ntrama Church" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206678695"><img src="" alt="Ntrama Church" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Ntarama Church 2" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206678819"><img src="" alt="Ntarama Church 2" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Genocide Memorial" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206678921"><img src="" alt="Genocide Memorial" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Rwanda Country" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206679062"><img src="" alt="Rwanda Country" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Rwanda Country" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206679176"><img src="" alt="Rwanda Country" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Jessica and Veronica in Rwanda" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206679325"><img src="" alt="Jessica and Veronica in Rwanda" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Rwanda Countryside" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206679437"><img src="" alt="Rwanda Countryside" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Rwandan Country" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206673255"><img src="" alt="Rwandan Country" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Northern Rwanda" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206679514"><img src="" alt="Northern Rwanda" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Gorrillas just outside of the mist" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206679702"><img src="" alt="Gorrillas just outside of the mist" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Concentrating Gorilla" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206679828"><img src="" alt="Concentrating Gorilla" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="IMG_4061.JPG" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_208074434"><img src="" alt="IMG_4061.JPG" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="IMG_4062.JPG" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_208074621"><img src="" alt="IMG_4062.JPG" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Jessica Bonding with the Gorilla" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206680002"><img src="" alt="Jessica Bonding with the Gorilla" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="IMG_4064.JPG" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_208074792"><img src="" alt="IMG_4064.JPG" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="IMG_4065.JPG" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_208075030"><img src="" alt="IMG_4065.JPG" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="IMG_4066.JPG" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_208075210"><img src="" alt="IMG_4066.JPG" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Curious Gorilla" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206680125"><img src="" alt="Curious Gorilla" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Who is the Monkey?" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206680272"><img src="" alt="Who is the Monkey?" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Gorilla Eatin" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206680427"><img src="" alt="Gorilla Eatin" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Gorilla Swingin" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206680583"><img src="" alt="Gorilla Swingin" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Baby Gorilla" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206673427"><img src="" alt="Baby Gorilla" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Our Friend" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206680704"><img src="" alt="Our Friend" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Gorrilla Vista" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206680862"><img src="" alt="Gorrilla Vista" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Gorilla Baby" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206680992"><img src="" alt="Gorilla Baby" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Gorilla Trekkers" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206681144"><img src="" alt="Gorilla Trekkers" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="IMG_4215.JPG" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_208073894"><img src="" alt="IMG_4215.JPG" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Fields of Rwanda" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206681272"><img src="" alt="Fields of Rwanda" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Jessica, Scott, Veronica and Alex" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206681382"><img src="" alt="Jessica, Scott, Veronica and Alex" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Jessie Keeping it Real" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206681469"><img src="" alt="Jessie Keeping it Real" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Rwanda" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206681583"><img src="" alt="Rwanda" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Rwanda Countryside" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206681690"><img src="" alt="Rwanda Countryside" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Genocide Sign" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206681844"><img src="" alt="Genocide Sign" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Touring the Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206681954"><img src="" alt="Touring the Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Interview at Fawa" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206682096"><img src="" alt="Interview at Fawa" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Students at the Fawa Girls School in Kigali" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206682265"><img src="" alt="Students at the Fawa Girls School in Kigali" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Biofuel stove at KIST" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206682468"><img src="" alt="Biofuel stove at KIST" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Metalworking at KIST" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206673578"><img src="" alt="Metalworking at KIST" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="KIST Student" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206673662"><img src="" alt="KIST Student" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Workshop at KIST" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206682644"><img src="" alt="Workshop at KIST" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Kids at KIST" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206673869"><img src="" alt="Kids at KIST" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Making Fencing at KIST" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206682766"><img src="" alt="Making Fencing at KIST" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Congo Art" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206682893"><img src="" alt="Congo Art" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Filming a Gacaca Trial" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206683075"><img src="" alt="Filming a Gacaca Trial" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Gacaca Trial" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206683258"><img src="" alt="Gacaca Trial" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Prisoner at Gacaca Court" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206673936"><img src="" alt="Prisoner at Gacaca Court" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Burundi Dancers" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206683370"><img src="" alt="Burundi Dancers" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Burundi Dancers at National University of Rwanda at Butare" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206683493"><img src="" alt="Burundi Dancers at National University of Rwanda at Butare" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Burundi Dancers outside the auditorium" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206683681"><img src="" alt="Burundi Dancers outside the auditorium" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Jessica Feeding Giraffe" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206684019"><img src="" alt="Jessica Feeding Giraffe" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Jessica Feeding the Giraffes" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206684207"><img src="" alt="Jessica Feeding the Giraffes" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Nature Trail in Nairobi" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206684427"><img src="" alt="Nature Trail in Nairobi" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Rift Valley" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206684591"><img src="" alt="Rift Valley" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Scott Biking at Hells Gate Park" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206674047"><img src="" alt="Scott Biking at Hells Gate Park" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Scott Biking at Hells Gate Park" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206674155"><img src="" alt="Scott Biking at Hells Gate Park" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Our Baboon Friend" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206674234"><img src="" alt="Our Baboon Friend" width="75" height="75" /></a>
+<a href="" title="Rwandan Art Underground" class="thumb_link" id="set_thumb_link_206674674"><img src="" alt="Rwandan Art Underground" width="75" height="75" /></a>
12 _posts/africa/2007-03-19-rwanda-using-google-apps.html
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+layout: post
+title: Rwanda using Google Apps
+<p class="note_content clearfix">I just <a href=";;h=bfb2f388ec30597d16389d1a3794d587" target="_blank" title="">read on Google's blog</a> that they have recently <a href=";;h=84945572ed045e99945f389381bc3680" target="_blank" title="">announced a partnership</a> with Rwanda for the government ministries and universities there to use Google Apps.
+<blockquote> As a result of two separate partnerships that we've signed today with the Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure and the Kenya Education Network, nearly 20,000 students from the National University of Rwanda, the Kigali Institute for Education and the Kigali Institute for Science and Technology, plus 50,000 more from Kenya's University of Nairobi, are joining their colleagues at Northwestern, ASU and around the world with access to Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, and Google Docs &amp; Spreadsheets under their university's domain for free.</blockquote>
+This is interesting to me because Jessica and I happened to visit a number of those places when we went to Rwanda. Here is the vice rector of KIST showing us some of the projects the students there were working on. We were lucky enough to get a personal tour of the entire facility and got to talk to many of the students there.
+<a href=";;h=4739bf8e83c34ef39228e6719cf724fd" target="_blank" title=""><img src="" class="ext_img img_ready" onload="adjustImage(this);" /></a><br/>
+Later we also visited the University of Rwanda at Butare, where we were also shown around, then we got to see a dancing competition they were holding on campus and then went to have a beer with the vice rector there.
+<a href=";;h=07f242feb7101d2c5cf3483c9023d0a3" target="_blank" title=""><img src="" style="width: 419px" class="ext_img img_ready" onload="adjustImage(this);" /></a>
+I'm glad that Rwanda and Kenya are adopting this - I think it is a great sign of things to come and the progress that is being made there. I hope that someday soon Rwanda will be able to compete effectively in the global technology market - providing computer skills to bring in money and jobs and to be able to enhance their own technology infrastructure. I think they are focused and determined to do just that and I'm glad to see them making strategic partnerships to get their students and ministers using cutting edge web apps.<br/>
+While we were at Butare, I got to chat for a few minutes with a couple of the Linux system admins on campus - there is no doubt that there are some really smart people there that could easily match many of the people that I've worked with in Silicon Valley. They are only now starting to graduate people with advanced degrees in computer science from the Univ. of Butare - the genocide having been about 12 years ago, when their educated class was nearly wiped out. I think and hope that in a few more years we'll see some major outsourcing shops open up there in web development, graphic design, CG work, possibly call center work - and we'll be able to see their economies benefit on the global market from the educational and infrastructure investments they've made in the past few years.
12 _posts/africa/2007-03-21-gorillas-redux.html
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+layout: post
+title: Gorillas Redux
+So I was reading <a href=";;h=ebc5430dd90ea36f5b07ee333483ea55" target="_blank" title="">this article</a> on how to create high quality YouTube videos and I wanted to try it out. I also had wanted to upload a more compact video about our visiting with the Gorillas in Rwanda, so I re-edited the video to make it less than half as long and tried to follow all those steps to get really nice quality video uploaded.<br/>
+I ended up with a slightly better quality video, I think, though I'm not sure it's as good as you can possibly get with YouTube. Here are the screencaps as close to the same frame as I could get them (the top is the new video, the bottom is the older one):<br/>
+<a href=";;h=4577864f9e08e397147f706c3ec3ec0e" target="_blank" title=""><img src="" class="ext_img img_ready" onload="adjustImage(this);" /></a><br/>
+So, I can see a little more detail in the top one, so I think it improved a bit, but it's not that much more impressive (especially for the amount of work that it took). Let me know if any of you have any good tips for this, I'm interested in how to get really sharp videos onto YouTube.At any rate, here is the new video - only about 2:40 now.<br/>
+<object height="350" width="425">
+<param name="movie" value=""></param>
+<param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><ibed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></ibed><br/>
16 _posts/africa/2007-04-25-kisumu-water-tank-drive.html
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+layout: post
+title: Kisumu Water Tank Drive
+<p class="note_content clearfix">As some of you know, I've been involved in a little non-profit called GlobalEyes for a little while now. Today I started a little fundraising initiative based on the <a href=";;h=696583c3071fe9b4b0f6da3472339fcc" target="_blank" title="">Pledgie</a> fundraising platform, which looks pretty cool. I tried <a href=";;h=968c85d82bdd51f048ae75b1f94572d1" target="_blank" title="">ChipIn</a> earlier, but I didn't like the whole Flash thing.Eventually, we're trying to start a sort of “open source” non-profit, where we'll put most of the emails that we get from the Kenyan NGO that we work with, Tropical Focus, the emails we send them, the spreadsheets and documents we write up, podcast our board meetings, etc. The exciting thing for me is that we're working on sending them a better camera so we can get regular photos and videos from them of the things they're able to do with the funds we raise and possibly get Tobias or Caren to write a blog post from time to time. More to come on that as I actually get the software to support it done.<br/>
+The rest of this post is what I put in the Pledgie Fundraising page. I've also added the badge to my site here so you can see how it's doing.<br/>
+GlobalEyes is looking to raise funds to supply our friends at the Childrens Rescue Mission, Kenya with a new water tank, which will help provide them with a water source through the year.
+From an email from Tobias:
+<blockquote> “The heavy rains have started already - since 15th this month and may continue to about 10th June. The tank we proposed for CRM is 6000 litres costing about Kshs. 35,000 together with the accessories. However if funds shall be limiting we can go for 3000 litres which costs Kshs. 21,700 together with accessories, but the storage will still not last long.”</blockquote>
+35,000 Kshs is about $512 USD.<br/>
+Here is a picture of the water tank that we funded at that facility a year ago. It's capacity is not large enough to last the whole year, so we'd like to add another one.<br/>
+<a href=";;h=4b0ea08b98db710b9f4e7e82c3b5777c" target="_blank" title=""><img src="" class="ext_img img_ready" onload="adjustImage(this);" /></a><br/>
+If you donate, we'll be happy to send you pictures of the new tank when it is installed.<br/>
+<a href=";;h=ead92cfd0039c940a1a80ef41a9686d6" target="_blank" title=""><span>http://throughglobaleyes.o</span><wbr></wbr><span class="word_break"></span>rg</a><br/>
+The Pledgie page is here: <a href=";;h=a16495f189c8f5a9ef774e733bf71650" target="_blank" title=" "><span></span><wbr></wbr><span class="word_break"></span>paign/show/171</a>
8 _posts/cat/2007-03-19-orange-peel.html
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+layout: post
+title: Orange Peel
+<a href=";;h=8c0ecde2319d83c61211736fc24a50d6" target="_blank" title=""><img src="" class="ext_img img_ready" onload="adjustImage(this);" /></a><br/>
+<a href=";;h=8c0ecde2319d83c61211736fc24a50d6" target="_blank" title="">Orange Peel Sleeping</a><br/>
+Originally uploaded by <a href=";;h=0d2487dafe1683eac0c56b6af97bc7bc" target="_blank" title="">schacon</a>.<br/>
+This is mostly just to test this ‘Blog your Photo' dealio in Flickr, but the picture also makes me happy. This is our cat when we first got him. He's a little more sophisticated now.
8 _posts/congress/2005-08-26-comment-lost.html
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+layout: post
+title: Comment Lost!
+Yesterday I got a comment from someone sent through the website that for some reason got marked spam and I accidentally deleted it. It was one of those computer things where you see that you don't want to delete it right as you're clicking the “Delete Forever” button. So, if you sent me a comment and I haven't gotten back to you, please resend it.<br/>
+In other, not entirely related news, I just noticed that Pombo is trying to change his image. Where before the image of him on his House website featured a rather old picture of him with a cowboy hat, now it has been replaced with “slick politician” Pombo.<br/>
+<img src="" /><br/>
+I'm really a little dissapointed. I honestly liked the cowboy hat thing – apparently he used to wear it on the House floor all the time too, but now has stopped that as well.
18 _posts/congress/2005-08-31-pombo-country.html
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+title: Pombo Country
+There was quite a long <a href="">article</a> on Pombo in the East Bay Express a couple of days ago, going through in some detail the career of our representative. Jessica even found a copy at her local coffee shop and brought it home. His picture covers the whole front page.<br/>
+<img src="/images/pombo.ebe.gif" class="pic" style="float: right" />
+<blockquote> A closer look at Pombo's career reveals a long-standing pattern of using the power of government in ways that would directly or indirectly benefit his family. The latest case involves the congressman's unwavering support for two new freeways that would link the Central Valley and East Bay in new locations.<br/>
+Earlier this month, Pombo obtained $21.6 million in federal funds to study the projects, neither of which addresses the most pressing transportation issue in the Tracy area. One of the proposed freeways is so seemingly impractical that it has been called “Pombo's Folly” because of the time it would take to drive, the tens of billions of dollars it would cost to build, and the environmental havoc it would wreak.<br/>
+What's more, a recent review of public records shows that Pombo and his family could profit handsomely from the highway proposals, even if no freeways are ever built. The Pombo clan owns more than 1,500 acres of land near the two new freeways and the value of its property will likely skyrocket because of the congressman's actions—and may already have.</blockquote>
+Of considerable interest to those of us who have to sit in the 580/205 traffic every day on our way home from work and are aware that a huge pork barrel highway bill just passed, should take a look at this:
+<blockquote> Based on the overwhelming support for it, the widening of 205 from four lanes to six is easily the single most important transportation issue in the Tracy area. The project also is vital to tens of thousands of East Bay drivers who get caught up in the bottleneck every Friday and Sunday on their way to and from the mountains. Yet Pombo obtained no federal money for the project, and instead used his political capital on his own freeway projects, neither of which has nearly as much support.</blockquote>
+There is also considerable mention of his ties to Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff:
+<blockquote> Earlier this year, Pombo solidified his relationship with the Republican majority leader to whom he owes his chairmanship. In January, Pombo and fellow Central Valley Republican John Doolittle worked behind the scenes with other House Republican leaders to alter House Ethics Committee rules in order to protect DeLay from further investigation by the Ethics Committee, which already had admonished him. DeLay has been under scrutiny for receiving gifts and travel from Jack Abramoff, a former powerhouse Washington lobbyist for Native American tribes. Abramoff, who was indicted by a Fort Lauderdale federal grand jury on fraud charges in early August, also has donated $7,000 to Pombo's political action committee—<span class="caps">RICH PAC</span>.</blockquote>
+And as we have <a href="">previously</a> posted about, his paying his family almost a half million dollars from campaign contributions:
+<blockquote> Federal campaign finance statements reveal that both his wife, Annette, and his youngest brother, Randall, have collected nearly $500,000 in total from Pombo's campaign accounts since the beginning of 2001. The congressman has paid his wife $186,704 and Randall $311,489 in that time. Pombo reported that about one-fifth of the total was reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses. The balance was for “bookkeeping,” “fund-raising,” “consulting,” and “clerical” work.</blockquote>
+Overall, the article is very in-depth and is a great overview of why exactly we feel it is so important to challenge him and to show people that there is a better way. Your representative does not have to view this office as a way to line his pockets. This office can be an accessible, dynamic, involving post that gives you a voice into your federal government.<br/>
+I think the most telling sentence in the whole thing was this one:
+<blockquote> Pombo spokesman Brian Kennedy originally pledged to schedule an interview with the congressman for this story, but then neither he, Pombo, nor Pombo's staff responded to any of more than a half-dozen subsequent phone and e-mail requests.</blockquote>
14 _posts/congress/2005-09-02-5-gas-and-anwr.html
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+layout: post
+title: $5 Gas and ANWR
+Pombo on Wednesday said that because of Hurricane Katrina, gas prices could reach $5 per gallon, according to this <a href="">article</a> in the Record.<br/>
+I wouldn't have much of a problem with that if he didn't then go on to try to use the crisis to try to get attention for his energy red herring for political gain:
+<blockquote cite=""> U.S. Rep. Richard Pombo said Wednesday that gasoline prices could soon reach $5 a gallon because of Hurricane Katrina.
+Pombo suggested that the ongoing fuel crisis should increase support for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a controversial part of President Bush's energy proposal that Pombo has supported as chairman of the House Resources Committee</blockquote>
+The <span class="caps">USGS</span> “Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, 1002 Area, Petroleum Assessment” (<a href="">link</a>), estimates that the total quantity of technically recoverable oil in the 1002 area is 7.7 billion barrels, possibly as much as 10 billion barrels, given that per barrel prices are high enough to warrant the extra effort, economically. That, however, makes his argument useless, since it assumes that oil prices are high.<br/>
+So, at US consumption rates of 20 million barrels per day, <span class="caps">ANWR</span> could give us a year's worth, possibly more if oil prices stay high. Of course, it would take the better part of a decade to actually get that oil to market, and it depends so heavily on oil being expensive for extraction to even be worth it, that Chevron, BP and Conoco Phillips are not pushing to open it up. In fact, whoever does develop there will be a private company, which will then be free to sell the oil on the open market. Since China is close and is less stringent about refining standards, it may well be sold to them.<br/>
+The point is that <span class="caps">ANWR</span> does not mean energy independence, it means private profit and continued high oil prices.<br/>
+Here is a good <a href="">analysis</a> on the issue.<br/>
+To use the devestation in the Gulf to try to scare people into supporting this deception is just unbelievable.
19 _posts/congress/2005-09-07-katrina.html
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+layout: post
+title: Katrina
+Jessica and I have had little but Katrina on our minds in the last few days, as I am sure have all of you. There are many reasons why, and I felt I should write something about it. If for no other reason than to get it off my chest. Outrage and indignation do not begin to describe the breadth of anger and sadness that have been through me in the last week.<br/>
+I have heard harrowing stories of death and loss. But the human tragedy, though awful, is not what really hurts me. As Dr. Martin Luther King has said at a time of death and tragedy :
+<blockquote> Death is not a period that ends the great sentence of life, but a comma that punctuates it to more lofty significance. Death is not a blind alley that leads the human race into a state of nothingness, but an open door which leads man into life eternal. Let this daring faith, this great invincible surmise, be your sustaining power during these trying days.</blockquote>
+Jessica and I have listened, watched and wept for those who have lost everything, but we have more deeply shuddered from the impact of our injured vision of this nation. We share a profound faith in the promise and fundamental decency of America, and that faith was also a victim here.<br/>
+The events of the past days have shown a country that is not my America. My America doesn't leave our poor, sick and elderly to drown in a flooded city. My America doesn't blame them for not being able to afford to get themselves out in time. My America doesn't take four days to get help to a major city that has been completely destroyed, it's young and old dying in the streets from neglect and starvation. This tragedy hurts me so much because this is not the response that befits the nation I am so proud of.<br/>
+This is the response of a government that sees fit to run itself like a company, where it's president views himself as the <span class="caps">CEO</span>. Where people's lives, especially if they are poor and black, are acceptable risks – not worth mitigating with required resources – where the bottom line is more important than the lives of the poor.<br/>
+This week, America was on display for the world to see that we are not our brothers keeper. That politics and bureaucracy have strangled our humanity. We purport to be the moral force in the world, and indeed I believe we should be, and yet we have shown that morality has not penetrated our government, is not considered in it's actions in time of great need.<br/>
+This disaster was not a surprise. The convoys should have been staged to roll out days before the hurricane hit, knowing that this was a more than likely result. Rescue teams and national guard units had days to assemble, prepare and coordinate. Buses should have been available to move people out who couldn't afford to. While those with the means were driving out of town, those with the responsibility should have been preparing to help the remaining. The line we are hearing is that nobody could have predicted this or that, but if that is so true, why was the city evacuated?<br/>
+They could not have had more warning or more time to prepare an adequate and coordinated response, but it was the slowest response I could have imagined. It was so obvious that danger was eminent that those with the means were told to leave immediately. That presents two scenarios. The first is one in which our government, after billions of dollars and total departmental reorganization and years of time to prepare for the worst, is shown to be completely incompetent – wasting our tax money and showing us as a nation to be totally unprepared for the terrorist attack for which we were preparing. Or, the second option, which is simply that our government doesn't care enough about either poor people or black people to bother themselves with protecting them or responding to their crisis in a timely manner. There really is no other option, and trying to consider which one might be more true makes me sick, sad and angry at the same time.<br/>
+I am further led to believe that the latter scenario is the correct one. Can any of us honestly imagine that if a massive earthquake hit San Francisco that the national guard and food and supplies wouldn't be there in force quicker than four days? This is not so abstract for me – I work on the peninsula. If all the bridges go down and buildings topple, do you think I'm going to starve? You think I'm going to be guarding the food at my work with a rifle or hearing gunshots in the streets or laying in human waste in Candlestick Park for days, waiting for someone to come and triage us? Of course not – troops and supplies will be here within hours.<br/>
+In fact, when the hurricanes hit Florida last year, <span class="caps">FEMA</span> was in fact on the case. They were properly staged, outfitted and prepared, and they leaped into action. Did the fact that the Presidents brother is the governor, or that the Republicans only narrowly won Florida in 2000 have anything to do with that generous and well planned response? For the mercy of God, I hope not.<br/>
+I understand that it is hard to believe that I would not want to make this a partisan issue, but I don't. I am at heart a centrist and I listen to and respect moderate Democrats and moderate Republicans equally. I have never been a fan of this administration – I demonstrated against the war, I have voiced my disagreements often – but I did respect the office. Many of my friends and family are Republicans whom I know and love, so I could never join some of my liberal friends in being able to blanket vilify or demonize them. However, that being said, I do believe that this is the direct result of our government becoming so completely controlled by one twisted branch of a party that has lost it's way. We have been led by them to become a country of corruption and indifference; where winning is more important than being right, control is more important than honesty, where the poor are left to fend for themselves in a crisis, where blame is shifted before responsibility is accepted.<br/>
+No more.<br/>
+No matter how hard it will be, no matter what the cost, we need to bring morality, humanity and responsibility back to our government. We need to elect people who care about their neighbors, not their power. People who are in it to serve others, not themselves. I honestly don't care if it is moderate Republicans or moderate Democrats, but we need some moderation. How do we do it? The Conversation starts now.<br/>
+Please give to the <a href="">Red Cross</a> or the <a href="">Salvation Army</a>, or any other charity that can help on the ground. There is a good list and how they spend their donations on <a href="">Give.Org</a>.
15 _posts/congress/2005-09-10-andrew-rasiej-for-public-advocate.html
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+layout: post
+title: Andrew Rasiej for Public Advocate
+New York will be having an election this coming Tuesday. One of the offices that will be voted on is the office of Public Advocate, for which <a href="">Andrew Rasiej</a> is running. I have mentioned this race a few times in the past, but now they are down to the wire, and I feel that it is incredibly important to help out if you live in New York, or know anyone that does.<br/>
+Andrew is a different kind of politician. He is the kind of politician I was looking for in local politics before I decided to run. His campaign has depended on low dollar donors, ideas from the public, and the belief that technology can be harnessed to realize a true participatory democracy – where communities are connected to help themselves and their local government make a better community. This is a vision that I share, and his campaign is breaking new ground for a type of politics that I hope to see explode in the near future. Campaigns where control is given to the supporters, where the focus is on the communities and the opportunities, rather than just the candidate. Where support and ideas are more important than who your family knows and how much money they have.<br/>
+He has been a vocal advocate for municipal WiFi to blanket New York, and I don't think there is a better or more visionary idea from anyone else in the race. In an emerging world where access to the internet is essential for social, educational and economic opportunities, Americans are falling father behind the rest of the world every day. When the Commerce Department says that 95% of new jobs being created require significant computer skills, we are still letting huge telecom interests fleece most of our citizens for $40-50 per month for broadband access. Andrew envisions Municipal wireless as infrastructure – a public good like roads or electricity – that builds business and enriches everyone when it is universally applied to a society.<br/>
+However, his campaign is not just about that, which some people think it is. That is simply a building block for a bigger vision. A new vision of what government and politics could be. His <a href="">remarks</a> at the Personal Democracy Forum were words that could have come from my own mouth, were I a more talented writer :
+<blockquote cite=""> In my humble opinion, we have it backwards. Too much of the energy about technology’s impact on politics is focused on elections and what it can do for, or against, individual politicians.<br/>
+We techno-politicos should instead be focusing on how we can restore health to our civic life — and in particular, how we can get more people connected to each other and their government to raise issues, share ideas and solve problems.<br/>
+After all, there are lots of good reasons that most Americans hate politics. It’s been taken away from them and turned into a cynical game that is more focused on winning elections than getting things done, where tearing the other side down matters more than lifting ideas up, where people are treated as commodities, and the only ones who get any attention are the people who can pay to play.<br/>
+So it’s not enough for us to use our skills and creativity to figure out a better way to block a bill or dial for dollars.<br/>
+We need to aggressively advocate new ways to use technology to foster a more open, responsive, and accountable government.</blockquote>
+This is the kind of politics I am also working for, and why I was attracted to attending the <span class="caps">PDF</span> conference in the first place. He is not just saying these things, he is working to realize that. A few months ago, he launched <a href=""></a>, a small example of a big vision where people can take pictures of potholes or other public problems and send them to the website where they are posted on a google map, and when you click on them, you can see the status of the problem. Imagine if all levels of government embraced this kind of involvement and technology. This is participatory democracy, and it shows a taste of what could be possible if a politician who understood technology, and was not just in it for themselves, ever got elected.<br/>
+If you know anyone in the area, please call them and ask them to vote for Andrew Rasiej on Tuesday. It is an important first step to a new, better politics coming to an election near you.
9 _posts/congress/2005-09-13-new-website-testing.html
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+layout: post
+title: New Website Testing
+I just put up the code for the new website. We are still debugging it and adding a few features, but in the interest of the Open Source campaign, I invite you to <a href="">check it out</a>.<br/>
+It may be up and down occasionally as we tweak the server and add the remaining features and data, but it's essentially working and I welcome any feedback you have. There is also a problem with slowness when clicking on certain specific links, but that's being fixed soon.<br/>
+The site is being tested at <a href=""></a>, and will replace this website within the next few days, most likely.<br/>
+It is also open sourced as a software project, which means you can download the source code for the whole site <a href="">here</a>. A warning : it is not a product – it is just my website code and would be a bit of work to make it work for someone else, but it's out there nonetheless. It is written in <a href="">Ruby on Rails</a>, for those of you out there who care.<br/>
+Let's hear that <a href="">feedback</a>!
11 _posts/congress/2005-09-16-welcome-dfaers.html
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+layout: post
+title: Welcome DFAers!
+For those of you coming over from the Democracy for America <a href="">Grassroots All-Star</a> House Vote contest, let me introduce myself and my race.<br/>
+I am running for Congress because I am as tired with traditional politics as the rest of you. I was a Dean supporter because he was different – he invited everyone to the table, depended on low-dollar donors and was more interested in broad and meaningful involvement and feedback than in message and top down control.<br/>
+I believed in him, because I was tired with pay to play, money dominated politics that has made cynics of us all, and he offered a different type of campaign. He gave the power and control to us, trusted and depended on us. He did not create the campaign, the campaign happened to him, and he allowed it to – in that he was radically different, a campaign that demonstrated participatory democracy. This is the future of politics.<br/>
+Unfortunately, the end of his campaign was the end of this revolution in political campaigns. Others have used some of his tools, but none have taken this idea of involvement and distributed campaigning to the next level – no one has advanced this new type of politics on a national level.<br/>
+My campaign is my contribution to trying to move this forward. I am letting anyone schedule my time, first come first served – you are my campaign scheduler. I am limiting my campaign contributions to $100. I am putting my account ledger and meeting details online in real time. I am blogging and podcasting personally. I am empowering Community Captains to walk and call their precincts and run mini-campaigns at their own discretion, with an online, centralized database. I am writing extensive and powerful software to enable all of this, and giving away the source code to anyone for free. Mine is the first Open Source campaign, and if you want to be involved, I invite you to join me. Let us fix politics, let us do it together. Join the conversation.<br/>
+To see the new website that is incorporating this functionality, go to the <a href="">Beta site</a>. You can get the source code for this entire website <a href="">here</a>.<br/>
+Also, for those of you not familiar, you can vote on the <span class="caps">DFA</span> website for them to endorse me here : <a href=""></a>
18 _posts/congress/2005-09-19-new-website.html
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+layout: post
+title: New Website!
+As you may be able to tell, if you've been here before, our new website has been put up. There have been several new features added, and hopefully it will be an all around better site for everyone.<br/>
+Among the improvements :
+<h3>Phone Banking</h3>
+There is now a full featured <a href="/calls/phonebank">phone banking</a> application here. If you sign up for an account, you can start calling other people in our district to let them know about my campaign. The best part is that you can schedule me to call or meet with them while you are on the phone! Imagine saying that on the phone – “Would you like to meet the candidate? How about Monday at 7pm? Great, he'll be there”...
+<h3>Call Me</h3>
+I now have a Call Me section, where if you would like me to call you to talk about something, you can just schedule me to give you a call. There is a link on the <a href="/pages/main">front page</a> that is quick and easy to use.
+<h3>Better Scheduler</h3>
+My <a href="/schedule_items/find_new">online scheduler</a> lets you determine my campaign schedule – first come, first served. It is far, far better than the sad version at my old site. Now it checks for conflicts and enforces rules so I can handle the scheduling. It is also much easier to use.
+There are now a number of <a href="/articles/feeds">feeds</a> on our website, including individual discussion feeds, a campaign account feed, a schedule feed, and there will be more. We will soon have a feed of all the meetings that I go to, with images or video attached.
+<h3>Open Source</h3>
+The best part is that this whole website is open source. Feel free to visit <a href=""></a> to download all of the source code and modify it for your own campaign. Or, add a feature that you would like to see and submit a patch to me. This is the beginning of a web based campaign that spreads to help elect a different kind of politician everywhere.<br/>
+This is just the beginning. Now we have a framework we can really work with. There is tons of new functionality just around the corner – and all of it will continue to be open and available to anyone else for free.<br/>
+Again, this is a brand new site, so please let me know if you see any bugs or problems, or if anything is confusing.
11 _posts/congress/2005-09-22-i-mean-honestly.html
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+layout: post
+title: I Mean Honestly...
+So I did another triathlon in Pleasanton this weekend – on Sunday, actually. I did better than the last one, but my dumb bike tire popped again. I think my bike may well be allergic to the finish line, because it was an 18 mile bike ride, and the tire died around mile 17. Since it takes me about 20 minutes to change a tire and far less to jog a mile, I just jogged my bike in. So here you have this dumb picture of me crossing the bike finish while not actually riding my bike.<br/>
+<img src="" /><br/>
+What a doofus. Other than that, it was fun – next time I'm thinking of trying an international distance course.<br/>
+<img src="" /><br/>
+That's assuming I can get my bike to work for the whole course. Also, in case you're wondering – no, I hadn't ridden the bike since the last triathlon.<br/>
+The website seems to be holding up pretty well – I just got my first batch of voter file data, so I'll be injecting that and we'll be off and running with a targeted voter list. Who wants a precinct?<br/>
29 _posts/congress/2005-09-26-13-535-is-not-good.html
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+layout: post
+title: 13 / 535 is not good
+Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) published a report recently naming what it determined as the 13 most corrupt members of both houses of and both parties in Congress. Of 535 members of Congress, Richard Pombo was named one of the 13 most corrupt – the list included both Democrats and Republicans.<br/>
+From the <a href="">article</a>:
+<blockquote>Rep. Richard W. Pombo: He paid his wife and brother $357,325 in campaign funds in the last four years, the report says. He also supported the wind-power industry before the Department of Interior without disclosing that his parents received hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties from wind-power turbines on their ranch.<br/>
+Brian Kennedy, a spokesman for Pombo, said that “each of the charges is baseless.” He called the watchdog group “a Democratic attack group, and all of their charges should be taken with a grain of salt.”</blockquote>
+My question is, how do you say that a charge that you paid your wife and brother $357,325 in campaign funds is baseless when anybody can verify it by looking at his filings?<br/>
+<strong>Annette Pombo, 2004 cycle</strong> : <a href=";cycle=2004&amp;name=Pombo%2C+Annette">$55,284</a> + <a href=";cycle=2004&amp;name=Annette+Pombo">$76,105</a>, mainly for “Fundraising consulting” or “FUNDRAISING <span class="caps">SVC</span>.”<br/>
+<strong>Annette Pombo, 2002 cycle</strong> : <a href=";cycle=2002&amp;name=Annette+Pombo">$110,064</a><br/>
+<strong>Randall Pombo, 2004 cycle</strong> : <a href=";cycle=2004&amp;name=Randall+Pombo">$91,270</a> + <a href=";cycle=2004&amp;name=Pombo%2C+Randall">$50,050</a><br/>
+<strong>Randall Pombo, 2002 cycle</strong> : <a href=";cycle=2002&amp;name=Randall+Pombo">$444,737</a><br/>
+That adds up to well over $357k, so I'm assuming they took out reimbursements. Either way, if anything it's lowballing the amount his immediate family got from whatever someone might have donated to his campaign. In filings made public this year, he's already paid his wife $9000 for fundraising consulting, and $6750 to Randall, his brother, for the same thing – and that's only for the first three months of the year.<br/>
+As if to drive the point home, we get <a href="">this</a>, aimed at getting people to support drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge :
+<blockquote cite=""> House Resources chairman Richard Pombo is circulating a draft of a bill that would sell 15 national parks and require the National Park Service to raise millions of dollars by selling the naming rights to visitors' centers and trails.<br/>
+If drilling continues to be banned in the refuge, Pombo's staff argued, the government would have to sell parks as well as advertising space on park buses, trams and ferries to reach the level of revenues expected from oil leases sales in the Alaskan refuge.</blockquote>
+Sell the national parks? Rename the John Muir trail to the Pac Bell Trail? Of course not – they were only kidding…
+<blockquote>“This document was intended to illustrate not just for leadership but for members of the House that the chairman feels we have no choice but to open (the refuge),” said Kennedy, Pombo's spokesman.</blockquote>
+So it's a threat, then? Well that's wonderful.<br/>
+We also have a lot to talk about regarding Pombos fast tracking of his <a href="">horrible rewrite</a> of the Endangered Species Act through Congress, so more on that soon. For now, I'll leave you with pictures of just a few of the many times Jessica and I have spent in our National Parks.<br/>
+<img src="/uploads/parks/bryce_tn.jpg" />
+<img src="/uploads/parks/tetons_tn.jpg" />
+<img src="/uploads/parks/zion2_tn.jpg" />
+<img src="/uploads/parks/glacier1_tn.jpg" />
+<img src="/uploads/parks/yosemite-winter_tn.jpg" />
+<img src="/uploads/parks/zion_tn.jpg" />
+<img src="/uploads/parks/glacier2_tn.jpg" />
+<img src="/uploads/parks/yosemite_tn.jpg" />
25 _posts/congress/2005-09-28-beyond-delay.html
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+layout: post
+title: Beyond Delay
+This 13 most corrupt members of Congress thing, in addition to the Endangered Species Act rewrite and National Park selling proposal have gotten Pombo a lot of attention lately.<br/>
+I didn't link to the actual report yesterday, but the organization has put up a whole website for it at <a href=""></a>. Pombo's section is <a href="">here</a>, which details out several of his recent ethical problems, including :
+ <li>Misuse of Franking Privileges</li>
+ <li>Campaign Donations In Exchange for Use of Official Powers
+ <li>Support for Chevron in Opposing Competitor’s Bid for Unocal</li>
+ <li>Opposition to Environmental Guidelines</li>
+ <li>Legislative Assistance to Indian Tribes</li>
+ <li>Support for Proposed Freeways</li>
+ <li>Payments to Family Members</li>
+ <li>Misuse of Federal Funds for Campaign Expenses</li>
+This is one of the more comprehensive and concise collections of recent Pombo ethical violations. If you would like to read about any of them in more detail, please visit <a href="">the site</a>.<br/>
+In related news, even the Republicans are starting to get tired of him. Republican Pete McCloskey just <a href="">announced</a> that if nobody stands up to Pombo in the primary, he will challenge Pombo.
+<blockquote cite=""> A former U.S. Marine, McCloskey served in the House of Representatives from 1967 to 1983, representing a district on the Peninsula. He made an unsuccessful presidential primary bid in 1972 on an anti-Vietnam War platform, attempting to defeat President Richard Nixon.
+Monday morning, speakers from such diverse groups as farmers, sports fishermen and California fisheries, joined McCloskey in speaking out against Pombo's attempt to change the <span class="caps">ESA</span>.</blockquote>
+We are going to have an interesting year.
16 _posts/congress/2005-10-06-since-sliced-bread.html
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+layout: post
+title: Since Sliced Bread
+<span style="margin: 10px; float: right"><a href=""><img src="/uploads/ssb.gif" /></a></span><br/>
+Yesterday I heard about a great website from the <span class="caps">SEIU</span>. Andy Stern, president of the <span class="caps">SEIU</span> and whom I heard speak at the Personal Democracy Forum a few months back, <a href="">posted</a> on the Huffington Post about a new website they launched just a couple of days ago. The site is called <a href="">Since Sliced Bread</a>, and it is setup to collect good ideas.<br/>
+The idea is that there haven't been many good, big ideas coming from government lately, so they setup this website to take suggestions for the next big idea. From the site :
+<blockquote> Since Sliced Bread is a national call for fresh, common sense ideas. A call for ideas that will strengthen our economy and improve the day-to-day lives of working men and women and their families. It’s also a place where ordinary Americans and experts alike can discuss the important economic issues of our times.
+The winner receives a grand prize of $100,000 and our commitment to work to make the idea a reality. The two runners-up take home $50,000. All 21 ideas will be featured in a book to be published in 2006.</blockquote>
+So you write your idea (175 words or less) on their site, and you can view and comment on other peoples ideas. The winners are voted on early next year. So, if you have a great idea, go <a href="">try it out</a>.<br/>
+Here is <a href="">mine</a>.<br/>
+I like this because it is another example of how we can use the internet to encourage a real participatory democracy. Ask hundreds of thousands of people what they think, promise to do something about it, and I think we would be surprised at what we can come up with. I have been working on a project related to the campaign that is very similar and I think this is the way government will eventually go. Involving everybody, asking everybody what we should do, asking everybody to participate, and actually listening.<br/>
+On the front page of Since Sliced Bread, they say :
+<blockquote> Ordinary Americans can help determine the future, so <em>join this important national conversation right now</em></blockquote>
+Join the conversation.
68 _posts/congress/2005-10-12-a-very-special-election.html
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+layout: post
+title: A Very Special Election
+We have been getting a lot of emails and phone calls about the special election coming up here at the beginning of next month. It seems fairly obvious to everyone that it's a power play by Arnold – there is nothing on the ballot that couldn't have waited until next year, but there is no stopping it now. So, how should we vote?<br/>
+Well, most of my choices are right down the Democratic party's recommendations – except for one. To the angst and possible gnashing of teeth to be had by many Democrats, I have to support Prop 77. More about that in a minute, for now, here is how I'm going to vote and some resources to help you decide for yourself :
+<table class="table-layout">
+<tr class="action-row">
+<th width="30%">Title</th>
+<th width="20%">Vote</th>
+<th width="30%">Title</th>
+<th width="20%">Vote</th>
+<td>Prop 73<br/>
+Waiting Period and Parental Notification.</td>
+<td>Prop 77<br/>
+<td><strong><span class="caps">YES</span></strong></td>
+<td>Prop 74<br/>
+Public School Teachers. Waiting Period for Permanent Status.</td>
+<td>Prop 79<br/>
+Cheaper Prescription Drugs For Californians Act.</td>
+<td><strong><span class="caps">YES</span></strong></td>
+<td>Prop 75<br/>
+Public Employee Union Dues.</td>
+<td>Prop 80<br/>
+Affordable Electricity &amp; Preventing Blackouts Act.</td>
+<td><strong><span class="caps">YES</span></strong></td>
+<td>Prop 76<br/>
+School Funding. State Spending.</td>
+<td>Prop 78<br/>
+Prescription Drugs. Discounts.</td>
+Resources :
+ <li><a href="">Easy Voter Guide</a></li>
+ <li><a href="">Smart Voter</a></li>
+ <li><a href=""><span class="caps">LOWV</span> Pro/Con</a></li>
+ <li><a href="">CA Dem Party</a></li>
+ <li><a href="">Campaign Finance for Props</a></li>
+<h3>Why <span class="caps">YES</span> on 77?</h3>
+Now, as for my ‘yes' vote on Prop 77. It's simply a good law. A while back I blogged about a report on redistricting that mentioned the “Drawing Lines” report – <strike>well, the law was <a href="">amended</a> to fix almost all of the problems that were found there, and now it is a really good law.</strike><br/>
+The truth is that incumbency reelection rates are unbelievably high – which is what I suppose you get when the elected officials draw their own district lines. You might get districts that look like <a href="/pages/district">this</a>. Non-competitive districts result in ideologues in office and moderates unable to compete – it is bad for democracy and bad for government.<br/>
+The only reason the Democrats oppose it is because they will lose seats. The only reason the Republicans support it is because they will gain seats. We argue that we should not draw districts based on old census data, that we should wait until the next Census, and I agree, but the districts we are currently voting in are based off of 6 year old Census data, so new ones based off the same data can't possibly be worse. It is not ideal, but that's not enough to not vote for it. Neither is party self-interest.<br/>
+I support this because our state is nearly as badly gerrymandered as Texas under DeLay – we wail and cry about the injustice there, but turn a blind eye to our own district drawing corruption because it benefits us. I don't think that is a good reason, and honestly, I would rather have moderates of both parties in office that favors our side slightly less, than ideologues and districts that discourage participation.<br/>
+In the end, it is about hypocrisy. If the Republicans controlled the state and this exact same law was to be voted on, I don't think there would be a protest to be heard from our side. It's a good and fair law, and every state needs to pass it's equivalent – it is healthy for politics, even if it's painful for politicians, or painful for my party.<br/>
+We need to control the legislature because we honestly speak for the will of the people of California, not because we've worked the system better. <strong>Vote ‘Yes' on 77</strong>.<br/>
+And ‘No' on everything else that self-centered, grandstanding Governor of ours is endorsing. Jessica is a public school teacher, so I'd like to post about our thoughts on some of the other Props later.<br/>
+<strike>For good arguments for and against 77, please read the League of Women Voter's <a href="">Letter to McCarthy</a>, saying that they would endorse the bill if they removed the immediate redistricting clause.</strike><br/>
+<strong>Update 10/13</strong>: I made a big, yet ultimately inconsequential mistake in this post. I had the wrong bill in mind. I thought that Prop 77 was McCarthy's redistricting bill, which is what Arnold was originally backing. It is not – it is apparently the Costa one. I was not aware that Arnold had switched his endorsement.<br/>
+The amended McCarthy bill was better, I thought – so that is too bad. However, having now <em>read through</em> the actual text of 77, so as not to mistake myself again, I am still endorsing and voting for it. There are some big differences – there are only 3 judges (as opposed to 5), there is no competitive requirement (though that doesn't rule it out), and there is an additional public vote (which may actually be a good thing) – but overall, I think it is far better than the current system.<br/>
+I apologize for the mixup, and I have crossed out the sections that are no longer relevant. If you have any comments, please leave them.
14 _posts/congress/2005-10-16-moving-forward-an-american-roadmap.html
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+layout: post
+title: Moving Forward - An American Roadmap
+I just put up an outline for a simple, long term vision for America and American politics. It is called “<a href="/pages/myvision">Moving Forward – An American Roadmap</a>”, and lays out some very simple goals that I think we should pursue as an American nation.
+ <li>Universal College Education</li>
+ <li>Participatory Democracy</li>
+ <li>Balanced Budget</li>
+ <li>Sustainable Energy Economy</li>
+ <li>Wireless America</li>
+I will be addressing each of these goals in more depth as blog entries in the coming months and linking to those entries from the page. This is my vision for moving America forward and I look forward to hearing feedback on it.<br/>
21 _posts/congress/2005-10-17-wi-fi-cloud-covers-rural-oregon.html
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+layout: post
+title: Wi-Fi Cloud Covers Rural Oregon
+I have been talking about the benefits of municipal wireless setups for some time now. There have been many people commenting that much of my district is too rural for that to be very useful. Municipal Wireless is mostly useful for large cities – San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia.<br/>
+Well, I just read an <a href=",1382,69234,00.html">online article</a> in Wired magazine that describes a wireless setup in rural Oregon that has some great examples of how a wireless network over a large rural area has great benefits – not the least of which being less of a fight from the big telecoms.<br/>
+For farmers :
+<blockquote> Parked alongside his onion fields, Bob Hale can prop open a laptop and read his e-mail or, with just a keystroke, check the moisture of his crops.<br/>
+As the jack rabbits run by, he can watch <span class="caps">CNN</span> online, play a video game or turn his irrigation sprinklers on and off, all from the air conditioned comfort of his truck.<br/>
+“Outside the cloud, I can’t even get <span class="caps">DSL</span>,� said Hale. “When I’m inside it, I can take a picture of one of my onions, plug it into my laptop and send it to the Subway guys in San Diego and say, ‘Here’s a picture of my crop.’�</blockquote>
+For the Port:
+<blockquote> For the Columbia River Port of Umatilla, one of the largest grain ports in the nation, the wireless network is being used to set up a high-tech security perimeter that will scan bar codes on incoming cargo.<br/>
+“It has opened our eyes and minds to possibilities. Now that we’re not tied to offices and wires and poles, now what can we do?� said Kim Puzey, port director.</blockquote>
+And municipal services are all benefiting from this setup, as well :
+<blockquote> Now, emergency responders in the three counties surrounding the Umatilla Chemical Depot are equipped with laptop computers that are Wi-Fi ready.<br/>
+These laptops are set up to detail the size and direction of a potential chemical leak, enabling responders to direct evacuees from the field.<br/>
+Traffic lights and billboards posting evacuation messages can also be controlled remotely over the wireless network.<br/>
+And for the Hermiston Police Department, having squad cars equipped with a wireless laptop means officers can work less overtime by being able to file their crime reports from the field.</blockquote>
+They have also setup a specialized program that allows local officials to check parking meters remotely, among other things. These are some real life examples of what happens when wireless clouds are setup in any community. This is why I have made my Wireless America initiative part of our <a href="/pages/myvision">American Roadmap</a> goals. It's about improving the economy – from the farmers to the Port Authority, small businesses to big ones.
32 _posts/congress/2005-10-24-democrat-and-republican-email.html
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+layout: post
+title: Democrat and Republican Email
+I got yet another email from Barbara Boxers <span class="caps">PAC</span> the other day that I normally wouldn't read, but this time I did, because I wanted to make a point.<br/>
+Here is the actual <a href="/uploads/boxerpac_email_092705.html">email</a>.<br/>
+I get these emails from her <span class="caps">PAC</span> about once every week or two. Almost always about the political flavor of the week (Roberts, Katrina, Bolton, etc), and always very long on words and rhetoric. They are nearly indistinguishable in all of these regards to the emails I get from MoveOn, John Kerry, and <span class="caps">DFA</span>. Edwards is the only breakout, mostly because his tend to seem more personal.<br/>
+The following are some choice phrases, in the order that I found them.
+ <li>radical right-wing agenda</li>
+ <li>Republicans' relentless pursuit for power</li>
+ <li>Byrd is a patriot, a statesman, and a national treasure</li>
+ <li>George Bush and the Republican attack machine in Washington</li>
+ <li>radical right-wing agenda</li>
+ <li>Bush Administration's rush to war</li>
+ <li>thwarted the radical right-wing extremists</li>
+ <li>President's extreme right-wing judicial nominees</li>
+ <li>Karl Rove and the right-wing smear machine</li>
+ <li>right-wing extremists</li>
+ <li>right-wing attack machine smeared and distorted</li>
+This email was about 620 words long. Let me sum it up:<br/>
+Senator Robert Byrd is good. Republicans are bad. Bush is their leader. Bryd angers evil Republicans by stopping thier badness with his goodness. Evil Republicans will now force helpless voters to elect someone else. Give Robert Byrd money.<br/>
+That was 42 words.<br/>
+See that? Fewer words by an order of magnitude – easier to read, same message. I like Sen. Boxer, and I will almost always vote Democrat, but this is why people hate politics. What is this supposed to accomplish? People who are on this list don't need to be angered and converted – I think if it was a short, rational call for help, preferably written by Byrd, that would make me far more likely to be interested in helping. What is this angry, head-cut-off red-in-the-face everything-is-at-stake rhetoric about? I get this from everybody, and I'm just tired of it. How is this helping politics? The thing that really burns me about this is that I basically agree with the things they are trying to do, I just hate how they think they have to go about it.<br/>
+This is not limited to Democrats, certainly the Republican party does it too. I bet actual Republicans are also getting tired of seeing stuff like this spouting about the <span class="caps">MSM</span> and the “radical bleeding heart liberals!” too. Maybe instead of fighting down at that level, we should find a different, better way to get people involved. A way that makes it tolerable to be engaged.<br/>
+Well, it turns out that the Republicans are starting to do just that. Here is <a href="/uploads/emails/gop1.html">another email</a> that is a call for support for a Republican. However, rather than smearing the other side as evil devils in a 600 word rant then asking for money, they ask you to adopt 25 voters, give them personal attention, ask them to vote and talk about the issues. It is easy to help, easy to read, inclusive and respectful – all in about 200 words.<br/>
+From the email:
+<blockquote> Here's how it works: sign up, and we'll email you a list of 25 voters in one Virginia community. You'll call those voters to ask them to support Jerry Kilgore. One week before Election Day, we'll e-mail you the list of supporters you've identified so you can contact them and remind them to vote. We'll give you everything you'll need to be successful, including detailed instructions and a chance to learn about the issues at stake in this election. It's easy – and critical to make sure we turn out Jerry's supporters on Election Day.</blockquote>
+This came directly from the <span class="caps">RNC</span>. Where is the Democratic party on stuff like this? I am building my own software to provide my own campaign tools like this – why is that necessary? <span class="caps">DNC</span> or the <span class="caps">DFA</span> or someone should be investing in open source tools for candidates to use for free that will involve people and harness grassroots power. We should be building on those tools every election, we should be leading the way on this – I have always thought of Democrats as the party of the people, yet here the Republicans are engaging thier grassroots while we're asking for money through mass propaganda.<br/>
+We could be so much more connected, we could offer supporters so much more involvement. We have to get to a point in politics where it's not all about the dollars. This is our chance – where are the new ideas? I am contributing <a href="/pages/software">GroundWorks</a> to the progressive political community, who will help me with it, take it to the next level? Alternately, who will convince the <span class="caps">DNC</span> or the <span class="caps">DFA</span> that they should build thier own? That instead of a $5,000 check to a candidates <span class="caps">PAC</span>, maybe providing free, hosted, powerful community and precinct online tools to candidates across the country might have more of an effect?<br/>
+More importantly – if you were a “decline to state”, and you got both of these emails, who would you help?
16 _posts/congress/2005-10-25-1999-and-counting.html
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+layout: post
+title: 1999 and counting
+<a href="">365 and a Wakeup</a> is a great military blog that I read often. A few days ago, he wrote about the funeral of <span class="caps">SGT</span> Jerry Lee Bonifacio Jr. that he attended. As we will be topping 2,000 military deaths probably within the next few days, please keep this in mind. Whenever you hear that there were four Marines killed in Baghdad yesterday, remember that this happens four more times.
+<blockquote> The memorial ceremony for <span class="caps">SGT</span> Bonifacio took place in the elegant remains of one of Saddam’s palatial buildings. Rows after row of simple folding chairs cradled his grieving friends, their heads bent in silent reverie.<br/>
+The orderly rows of chairs were framed by tall fluted columns, as elegant in their fashion as those in the Parthenon. Groups of soldiers stood beneath these pillars, their eyes fixed on the simple memorial that served as a physical reminder of our painful loss.<br/>
+During the ceremony <span class="caps">SGT</span> Bonifacio’s entire chain of command honored our fallen warrior, their words giving shape and substance to the pain and loss laying heavy in the air. They were followed by <span class="caps">SGT</span> Helk, one of <span class="caps">SGT</span> Bonifacio’s closest friends. He shared his private memories of <span class="caps">SGT</span> Bonifacio – the songs he would hum in the mornings, and the way he would blare his radio at the end of a long shift. He remembered his friend happily thumbing through the latest comic books, or helping some of the other troops defeat the latest video game.<br/>
+And above all he remembered the deep and lasting optimism that suffused every aspect of <span class="caps">SGT</span> Bonifacio’s being.</blockquote>
+What has <span class="caps">SGT</span> Bonifacio's death gained us? I would argue largely nothing but huge debt and more danger and hatred aimed at the United States. However, for the Iraqi people, it has gained <a href="">a whole new world</a>:<br/>
+<a href="/uploads/iraqi_vote.jpg"><img src="/uploads/iraqvotesm.jpg" /></a>
+<small>(Iraqi soldier and local boy holding up a sign indicating a polling place on election day, taken by the author of “365 and a Wakeup”)</small><br/>
+I have always thought this Iraq war a mistake – a grevious error of judgement by an overzelous administration misguided by power and unthinking ideology. I do not think it was in the best interests of the U.S. or our future foreign policy.<br/>
+However, I know that any list of genocides in the 20th century will contain Saddam and his slaughter of the Kurds in the 80's. I absolutely believe he needed to be overthrown and put to justice. It should not have been unilateral, it should not have been under <span class="caps">WMD</span> pretenses, it should not have been nearly two decades after the fact. Though unfortunately his overthrow was far too delayed for any other dictator to learn a neccesary lesson, his overthrow is obviously a good thing. Our troops are doing an incredible job under difficult and often unfair circumstances, democracy seems to be slowly winning, and Saddam is currently standing trial. The Iraqi people are gaining hugely, despite many setbacks, at a heavy cost to America in money and lives.<br/>
+So where do we go from here? Well, I'll leave my “official” Iraq position for a later post, but as the 2,000th soldier gives his or her life for this adventure, I would ask everyone to think about this from a different point of view than they normally would. A moment of silence for the lost lives and selfless sacrifice, a short prayer for one more country becoming a constitutional democracy. Whether or not you think one was worth the other, original intention or not, I will leave up to you.<br/>
+We'll talk about Iraq again very shortly.
9 _posts/congress/2005-10-27-culture-of-corruption.html
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+layout: post
+title: Culture of Corruption
+The <a href="">Bull Moose Blog</a> had this to say about possible upcoming indictments (emphasis added):
+<blockquote> Having stipulated his distaste for the Bushies, the Moose will not be as jubilant as some if Mr. Fitzgerald announces indictments, even if one of his targets is Rove (in truth, the Moose will then enjoy some schadenfreude). But, it will be a sad day for America. If Administration officials violated the law it will further weaken trust in our public institutions. <strong>Cynicism will be the victor</strong>.</blockquote>
+I am sad that, to a large degree, my side is focusing on this. They want comeuppance, and in my opinion, rightly so. However, it is not what the country needs, it will not improve politics. Dancing on the graves will only continue it’s downward spiral. Increased polarization, increased partisanship will be the ultimate results.<br/>
+We are just harping on the “culture of corruptionâ€?, which I agree is there and needs to be addressed, but I don't think we should just be pointing everybody at it and saying “at least we’re not themâ€?. Rumor has it that the Democratic slogan for 2006 will be “America – Together, we can do better”.<br/>
+Here's a thought – maybe we should just BE better. Demonstrate we are not corrupt by introducing a bill or a website that obviously and dramatically increases government transparency. Open all our campaign books with real time disclosure. Make it obvious through action who is actually not corrupt, not just through finger pointing and repetition but through action. Let's think differently, try to raise the bar a bit. What do you think? How can we <em>be</em> better?
22 _posts/congress/2005-10-27-take-our-land-please.html
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+layout: post
+title: Take our land... please!
+Although Pombo has said that his <a href=";type=printable">unbelievable proposal</a> to sell several of our national parks was “not serious”, today the House Resources Committee will vote on a budget measure that could “give mining corporations control over much of America’s federal public land”.<br/>
+From the <a href="">news release</a>:
+<blockquote> The budget reconciliation proposal put forward by Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo, a California Republican, would allow foreign and U.S. mining corporations to buy millions of acres of public lands in the West, including land in national parks, wilderness and other protected areas.<br/>
+In addition, the proposal would undercut budget deficit reduction by prohibiting the federal government from imposing royalties on minerals and metals removed from public lands.</blockquote>
+So, no, he's not selling the parks themselves, just several thousand acres within them so that private industry can rip all the natural resources out of them without having to pay any royalties.<br/>
+This proposal also includes the <span class="caps">ANWR</span> details, which he now calls by the more long winded “Arctic Coastal Plain Domestic Energy Security Act of 2005”. How verbose. As long as the title is blatantly patronizing, I think we should have gone with the “Liberating Energy from the Ground and Protecting Our Children From Terrorists while Happy Fun Caribou Don't Mind Act”.
+<blockquote> Chairman Richard W. Pombo (R-CA) introduced the Resources Committee’s budget reconciliation plan today, which includes opening the northern coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to energy production and granting more control of offshore energy production to coastal states.</blockquote>
+We're drilling everywhere! Off our shores, the Arctic Coastal Plain (the plain formerly known as <span class="caps">ANWR</span>), giving out mining patents – if you have a drill, we've got a patch of land for you! We even want you to drill in ambiguously defined regions of public lands :
+<blockquote> the Secretary shall hold the first oil shale and tar sands lease sales under the regulation, offering for lease a minimum of 35 percent of the Federal lands that are geologically prospective for oil shale and tar sands within Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.</blockquote>
+Isn't there some sort of protection that any of these lands have preventing this? Well, Alaska does, but don't worry, Pombo has it covered:
+<blockquote> <span class="caps">REPEAL</span>.—Section 1003 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 (U.S.C. 3143) is repealed</blockquote>
+That's just what I found by skimming. Feel free to <a href="">browse yourself</a>. Also, you can feel pretty confident that I am correctly blaming Pombo directly for this. In the top corner of the document, it has this filestamp :
+So, I'm again going to post some time my wife and I have spent backpacking in or otherwise visting federal land in Utah and Wyoming, before someone finds oil shale there.<br/>
+<img src="" />
+<img src="" />
+<img src="" />
+<img src="" />
15 _posts/congress/2005-10-28-no-more-bunny-ears.html
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+layout: post
+title: No More Bunny Ears
+You probably wouldn't expect this from me, being such a tech geek, but we don't have cable television. We have an antenna we bought at Radio Shack a few years ago when our previous antenna broke. Yes, the clerk gave me a funny look. Our entire marriage, Jessica and I have never gotten more than 5 channels.<br/>
+Now, we're not complete TV luddites - we watch some TV shows we have on DVD. However, as far as newer stuff goes, we currently only get about 4 channels, all over our rabbit ear antenna - only one and a half in english. (I don't think fuzzy KQED really counts as a full 'english' vote)<br/>
+Though this has, at times, helped us work on our spanish skills a bit, it rather severely limits how much TV we can stand. When it takes you 8 seconds to flip through all your channels and you end up on '<a href=";schid=6761">Sabado Gigante</a>', chances are it's going to be a short TV night. Which I think is something of a good thing.<br/>
+At any rate, the reason I am sharing this is that there is a <a href="">bill being discussed</a> in the Senate to force broadcasters to switch to all digital programming by the year 2009. This makes my story relevant in that they are going to spend about <em>3 billion dollars</em> (when you say that, be sure to put your pinky to your mouth, Dr. Evil style) giving converter boxes to people that still watch TV over the air. Like me.<br/>
+The silly thing is that they are doing this regardless of financial status, so, it's going to cost taxpayers about $40 for the one I would need to use. Not directly, the money would come from the sale of the spectrum, I'm assuming to the private sector, but it's less money to reduce our debt regardless.<br/>
+Also, this is one of the arguments in favor:
+<blockquote> The move to all-digital broadcasts will free valuable radio spectrum, some of which will be allocated to improve radio communications among fire and police departments and other first responders.</blockquote>
+Does that seem weird to you? I mean, that is obviously important, but is the radio spectrum that crowded that we need to sell off the free, over the air broadcast frequencies? Or, is the technology we are equipping our first responders with not making very good use of the existing spectrum?<br/>
+My question is: is this really a pressing need, or do the media companies just want to make sure they have digital rights management over everything that goes out? So people couldn't keep doing silly things like tape recording shows without paying extra.<br/>
+Anyhow, it looks like in the next few years we're (my wife and I) going to have to either cut TV out altogether or finally break down and pay for cable from our designated monopoly. (I've already had this conversation. Me: "What is your smallest package?", Them: "Well, we start at $49.99/mo and it comes with 850 channels, and you need a converter box so we can add another remote control to your life", Me: "How does that compare to your competition?", Them: "Our comp-e-<em>what</em>? [barely stifled laughter]") Maybe by then we'll finally be able to subscribe to good TV by the show and have the episodes delivered over the internet and none of this will be an issue anymore.<br/>
+Hmm. How much do you suppose the 'Daily Show' + 'Sabado Gigante' package would cost?
10 _posts/congress/2005-10-28-turning-everything-inside-out.html
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+layout: post
+title: Turning Everything Inside-Out
+Our campaign just got a <a href="">nice mention</a> on the <a href="">Politics and Technology Blog</a>.
+<blockquote cite=""> The typical approach for such a tough race is to raise buckets of money from big-money donors, unleash an attack ad blitz, and spend every waking moment stumping across the district.<br/>
+Well, Scott Chacon is anything but typical. He's a software developer running for Congress – and he's using his campaign as the testbed for an open source project to create a new kind of campaign management software. He's also doing just about everything differently.</blockquote>
+He mentions the <a href="">GroundWorks</a> software we're developing, as well as giving a good, simple overview of the campaign and how it's different.
+<blockquote> It's a new way of thinking about campaigns. Inside-out, really. Check it out.</blockquote>
20 _posts/congress/2005-12-04-stepping-down-endorsing-margee-ensign.html
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+layout: post
+title: Stepping Down, Endorsing Margee Ensign
+I have been quiet on this site for a while now because I am withdrawing my name from the race. When I first started this campaign, over a year ago, I had put myself up as a candidate because 1) no one else was both willing to run and try new, grassroots, open source ideas dedicated to the goal of involving people in their government, 2) I could not find someone I wanted to support in my district, and 3) I had assumed there would be no significant chance of anyone else defeating the incumbent this election.<br/>
+It became clear early on that this was not to be the case. Pombo has gained national attention for his questionable and controversial acts while at the same time his congressional mentor Tom DeLay is being prosecuted for corruption charges. Because of this negative attention, the <span class="caps">DCCC</span> and other democratic-leaning organizations have targeted our eleventh district. Pombo and the Republican party are vulnerable, so now candidates and money are pouring into this race.<br/>
+The lack of a viable, ideal candidate that would be willing to use technology and grassroots campaigning changed only a few weeks ago, when I met with Margee Ensign about her impending announcement to join the race. Margee was spoken highly of to us by Jerry Hildebrand when we interviewed him for our podcast, so I had known of her already. When Jessica and I met with her, that was the end of this campaign. Margee is unbelievably qualified, technologically savvy, internationally and politically experienced and still amazingly humble. We are continually impressed with her passion, kindness and strength of character. She is exactly who I want representing me. I have volunteered to do whatever I can to help her campaign and she has very graciously accepted. I have developed a website for her that just launched last week at: and I will hopefully continue to be involved in whatever capacity I can help.<br/>
+So what happens to this campaign?<br/> will become my blog, focusing on open source politics and races and will be a place for me to discuss the continuation of GroundWorks. I will continue to develop GW, first for Margee's campaign and also with other local and national campaigns that have shown interest.<br/>
+Though the campaign is ending, we have accomplished a lot with almost no money and little time. Our campaign produced several political examples that, as far as I know, nobody had done before:
+ <li>Open Schedule – first come, first served campaign scheduling</li>
+ <li>Micro Goals – small, easily achievable, specific donation goals with reports</li>
+ <li>Call Me – Letting people request a personal call from the candidate online</li>
+ <li>Open Books – realtime feed of donations and expenditures as they happen</li>
+I was also the first Congressional candidate with a Podcast and the only one so far with a Tumblelog or a Tag Cloud for the Blog I wrote myself. We were a campaign of firsts, experiments and ideas. Several of them are already being used and adopted by other campaigns, which I highly encourage, and I have learned an incredible amount about all of this.<br/>
+To those of you who supported me or donated to the campaign, I thank you kindly. You invested in tools and ideas that will be used by many other clubs and candidates for a long time to come. I hope you follow my work at as I continue to pursue the open source campaign and participatory democracy one election at a time. If you decide to run for something someday, and I encourage you to, please let me know how I can help.<br/>
+Thank you all,<br/>
+Scott Anthony Bylo Chacon
8 _posts/congress/2005-12-12-starting-a-new-conversation.html
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+layout: post
+title: Starting a New Conversation
+As I mentioned on my Congressional website, I am turning into my personal blog again. This time, I will be concentrating on campaigns and efforts across the country that further Open Source Politics or government.<br/>
+I have imported all the articles I had from the Chacon for Congress race (which goes back about a year) and I will try to get the comments imported a bit later. I will also try to archive a lot of the work of the Chacon for Congress race here for reference.<br/>
+I think Open Source and Participatory Politics is the future of governance and I'm looking forward to getting started on our next leg of this journey.<br/>
+Scott Chacon
7 _posts/funny/2007-01-08-elfs-lament.html
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+layout: post
+title: Elfs Lament
+<p class="note_content clearfix">I was listening in my nerdy way to the podcast of KCRW's <a href=";;h=78b4ee66666f4bf4c55bf2ed2c37262d" target="_blank" title="">Left, Right and Center</a> today and <a href=";;h=c93b315f94788425c8401d40fa38eda6" target="_blank" title="">Matt Miller</a> mentioned the Barenaked Ladies holiday song “Elf's Lament” at the end of the show, and I have to say, I found it really amusing. I'm adding this to my Christmasy musical magazine next year.<br/>
+<a href="" target="_blank"><span></span><wbr></wbr><span class="word_break"></span>ch?v=Qixiv080feg</a><br/>
+Lyrics <a href=";;h=96ca1ba9fb075b17a50cb1cd6b0b2aa8" target="_blank" title="">here</a>.
16 _posts/git/2005-02-22-double-digits-podcast.html
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+layout: post
+title: Double Digits Podcast
+<p>Here it is, we&#8217;ve reached the 10th podcast, finally in the double digits. Many podcasters never make it this far, so I&#8217;m glad we&#8217;ve gotten here. My wife and I went to the Dawn and Drew party in SF this weekend to meet several other podcasters, including <a href="">Dawn and Drew</a>, <a href="">Devan and Kris</a>, <a href="">Steve Gillmor</a>, <a href="">Michael Geoghegan</a>, <a href="">Michael Butler</a>, <a href="">Adam Curry</a>, <a href="">Sam Levin</a>, and <a href="">Curtis the Podcat</a>.</p><br/>
+ <p><img src="/images/dnd-party.jpg"/>
+<br />
+<img src="/images/us-dnd-party.jpg"/></p><br/>
+ <p>I&#8217;ve changed my voicemail line so that it&#8217;s easier to remember, I have a custom outgoing message and the audio quality is hopefully a little better. My new number is <b>206-20-CHACON</b>. Be sure to leave me a message, so I can play it on the air.</p><br/>
+ <p><a href=""><img border=0 src="/images/podcast.gif">mp3</a> | <a href="">shownotes</a></p><br/>
+ <p><a href="">Tags</a>:
+<a href="" rel="tag">chacon</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">conversation</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">podcast</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">campaign</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">politics</a>, <a href="" rel="tag">political podcast</a></p>
4 _posts/git/2007-11-19-gitwebrb-interface.html
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+layout: post
+title: gitweb.rb interface
14 _posts/git/2007-11-19-rubygit-and-gitwebrb.html
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+layout: post
+title: Ruby/Git and gitweb.rb
+Lately I've been working a lot on <a href="" title="Ruby/Git homepage">Ruby/Git</a>, which is a library for using Git in Ruby. It's now about at the point that I can integrate it into the stuff I'm doing at my work (we were doing some rather advanced read-tree/write-tree stuff), but I wanted another target for it so I can see first hand how the library works on real-world situations.<br/>
+So, in the last two days I wrote <a href=";f=camping/gitweb.rb;h=6322e17e1dfdc501f012785dcf07ce87d63360ed" title="gitweb.rb">gitweb.rb</a>, which is a <a href="">Camping</a> app, weighing in at just 365 lines of ruby code for the whole thing. (Though, it's not really a tiny file, since I embedded code from the <a href="">SHJS project</a> for syntax highlighting, which is cool but not tiny.)<br/>
+It provides a similar interface onto a Git repo as the <a href=";a=tree;f=gitweb;h=ba2bdcc0fbeaebd8949f092dbd780bc24c326292;hb=dee1b1ea9e1b0b889d9c53c2501e7f6250703341">perl version</a> of <a href="">gitweb</a>, which is bundled with git itself. It uses my Ruby/Git bindings to do everything and it was a great test for me. My next Ruby/Git deal will be to reimplement some of the core stuff in either pure ruby or RubyInline or C bindings - my goal will be to get gitweb.rb to be able to run without the git binary present at all - no system calls forked.<br/>
+Anyhow, here is what it looks like.<br/>
+<a href="" title="gitweb.rb interface"><img src="" alt="gitweb.rb interface" height="270" width="419" /></a><br/>
+<br clear="all" /><br/>
+You can download it <a href=";f=camping/gitweb.rb;h=6322e17e1dfdc501f012785dcf07ce87d63360ed" title="gitweb.rb">here</a>, and run it like this:
+<pre>&gt; gem install camping git
+&gt; camping rubyweb.rb</pre>
+Then point it to your repositories, and you're good.
13 _posts/git/2007-11-27-gitr-pure-ruby-git-command-line-client.html
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+layout: post
+title: gitr - pure ruby git command line client
+I've been working on getting as much as possible of my Ruby/Git library to run in pure ruby rather than forking out to the git binary, and luckily the guys that started the gitrb project some time ago let me incorporate their code into mine. Now I have quite a bit of my gitweb camping app running without calling 'git' at all. Only the archive and diff methods are currently invoked - everything else is in pure ruby.<br/>
+The other cool thing I get from this that I've done a simple command line client that does a number of git functions without needing git compiled on the machine at all:
+$ gitr log
+$ gitr branches
+$ gitr ls-tree (sha)
+$ gitr cat-file (sha)
+$ gitr rev-parse v1.0.2</pre>
+All of those are run without forking out to the git binary. Sweet. You can get this code at my <a href=""></a> Ruby/Git repo. I will release it as a new gem soon.
7 _posts/git/2008-01-29-git-and-rails-news.html
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+layout: post
+title: Git and Rails News
+It looks like yesterday my Git/Rails screencast got on the new <a href="">ruby reddit</a> page, which I deduced because Peter Cooper (I'm assuming of RubyInside fame) left a comment on the page all of a sudden. So I looked at my Google Analytics page and my hits went from about 30 a day to 500 yesterday, which is a fun little curve. So, welcome all, I hope you enjoy the screencast.<br/>
+In other news, I have been informed that my presentation proposal for RailsConf 2008 has been accepted, so I will be speaking on <a href="">"Using Git to Manage and Deploy Your Rails Apps"</a> in Portland in May. I hope to see you all there. I promise the talk will be more energetic than my little screencast.<br/>
+Also, the <a href="">ErrFree</a> guys have just opened up beta for <a href="">GitHub</a>, which I have now moved the repo for <a href="/rubygit">Ruby/Git</a> to. I'll update the Ruby/Git page soon.
8 _posts/git/2008-02-20-github-invite.html
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+layout: post
+title: GitHub invite
+I have one <a href="">GitHub</a> invite left, if anyone out there is interested - it is turning into an awesome application that I think will really change how open source development is done.<br/>
+Send me an email at schacon [at] if you're interested.<br/>
+<b>Update:</b> I gave out the original one, but I have 5 more, so let me know if you want one again.<br/>
+<b>Another Update:</b> All out again - sorry everyone!
8 _posts/git/2008-03-09-rubygit-and-git-ruby.html
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+layout: post
+title: Ruby/Git and Git-Ruby
+I have been putting off releasing a new <a href="">'git' gem</a> for a few months now because I had decided to implement some of the base functionality in pure ruby. I have been wavering on whether having some of the commands in pure ruby and others as system calls was a good idea since I merged in the branch quite a while ago. Well, I finally decided that for now I don't want to do that.<br/>
+I've rolled back out the pure ruby code from the 'git' gem and created a new project that aims to make roughly the same functionality, but with a command line client and gitweb application - with no system calls at all. I feel this will make the APIs for what you can do with the git binary and what you can do without it a bit clearer. Perhaps at some point in the future, when the pure ruby stuff is really solid and complete, I'll incorporate the two into one project again, but I'm going to wait to see what I can accomplish in pure ruby.<br/>
+To completely confuse everyone (including myself occasionally), I have named the second project <a href="">'git-ruby'</a>, which is largely confusing since the original project is called <a href="">'ruby-git' on GitHub</a>, yet the gems will be called 'git' for the system call one and 'git-ruby' for the ruby only version.<br/>
+My first project in developing git-ruby will be getting the simple version of the <a href="">git-wiki project</a> running entirely without the git binary.
7 _posts/git/2008-03-11-git-ruby-success.html
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+layout: post
+title: Git-Ruby Success
+I just got my new <a href="">Git-Ruby</a> library to add files and commit a new tree properly in pure ruby. My 'gitr' command line interface is getting pretty close to being usable as a full git replacement in simple circumstances.<br/>
+The thing I'm not doing right now is using the index file properly. I haven't quite figured out what that format is in - my C is a bit rusty and going through the source has not blessed me with the answers to what the heck is going on there yet, but hopefully I'll get there soon. However, in the meantime, turns out I don't <em>really</em> need to use that to do most of the stuff in git. I can read and write the object database perfectly fine, so I just ended up re-implementing the index functionality from scratch and it works well enough.<br/>
+If anyone out there is really good at C and wants to help me with re-implementing some of the index features - it will probably be really helpful when I get to the merge / diff stuff. Let me know if you can help out.
23 _posts/git/2008-03-14-git-ruby-library-benchmarks.html
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+layout: post
+title: Git-Ruby Library Benchmarks
+I just finished a simple benchmark of the various Git ruby libraries out there, my <a href="">git gem</a>, <a href="">Err's Grit</a> (as used by <a href="">GitHub</a>, and my new pure ruby Git lib, <a href="">Git-Ruby</a>. Turns out that because the other two libraries are running system calls for everything, the pure ruby version is pretty dang fast:<br/>
+<a href="">Git Gem</a>:
+ user system total real
+objects 0.030000 0.130000 0.730000 ( 0.759323)
+log 0.480000 0.420000 2.210000 ( 2.258663)
+branch 0.120000 0.920000 5.450000 ( 5.434611)<br/>
+<a href="">Grit</a> :
+ user system total real
+objects 0.020000 0.120000 0.590000 ( 0.587605)
+log 0.280000 0.430000 1.990000 ( 1.958004)
+branch 0.020000 0.160000 0.850000 ( 0.877369)<br/>
+<a href=""><b>Git-Ruby</b></a> (pure ruby) :
+ user system total real
+objects 0.030000 0.010000 0.040000 ( 0.049364)
+log 0.950000 0.100000 1.050000 ( 1.059527)
+branch 0.130000 0.070000 0.200000 ( 0.191696)
+Sweet. Still a lot of work to do, though.
25 _posts/git/2008-03-23-ticgit-and-a-new-git-gem.html
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+layout: post
+title: TicGit and a new Git gem
+I just put my new gitty project, <a href="">TicGit</a> up at <a href="">GitHub</a> for all to enjoy. I'll release a gem to Rubyforge in a few days, but for those of you who are curious, you can build and install your own gem pretty easily. <br/>
+It is basically a simple command line client that keeps simple ticket information in a new bare branch. It doesn't keep any files in your working directory. All the git operations on the new 'ticgit' branch are wrapped by the 'ti' command line client and should be transparent to you. Tickets can be created and worked on offline and pushed to central repositories. Right now, the ticgit branch will have to be merged manually (ie: git merge ticgit origin/ticgit), but I'll fix that pretty soon. The way the project keeps it's data in git, there should not ever be any merge conflicts, since I never edit files. <br/>
+So far, I like the way it's turning out and I'm keeping my bugs and features for TicGit in the ticgit repository. You can see them by running 'ti list' from a new checkout.<br/>
+#>ti list -s open<br/>
+ # TicId Title State Date Assgn Tags
+ 1 9ebd07 add attachment to ticket open 03/22 schacon attach,feature
+ 2 6ca8be download attached file open 03/22 schacon attach,feature
+ 3 9b83ea general tag management open 03/22 schacon feature,tags
+ 4 94f24e show expanded comments open 03/22 schacon feature,ticket
+ 5 f3dd9b remove a ticket open 03/22 schacon feature,ticket
+ 6 e1629e improved cli support open 03/22 schacon cli,feature
+ 7 9c0804 find the git directory pr open 03/22 schacon bug
+ 8 28c3fa start web ui open 03/22 schacon feature,webapp
+ 9 9b0e09 link to a git object open 03/22 schacon feature,ticket
+* 10 93ef93 change ticket assignment open 03/22 schacon feature
+ 11 6f9e7c priority for ticket open 03/23 schacon feature,ticket
+If you're interested, you can see a bunch of examples and more documentation on the <a href="">TicGit GitHub wiki</a>.<br/>
+The only requirement is my <a href="">Git gem</a>, but you'll need version 1.0.5, which I also just released today, so run another 'sudo gem install git' if you already have an older version installed. Among improvements in 1.0.5 : gc, each_conflict, ls_tree, stash support, advanced logging, tree_depth, checkout_file, bare branch support, more testing and some optimization. I'm happy to say that more than half of this release was provided by patches from others - <a href="">Joshua Peek</a>, Cassie Schmitz, <a href="">Eric Goodwin</a>, Shu-yu Guo, Bernd Ahlers, Mateusz Jedruch, Skaar and Nick Hengeveld - thanks all!
14 _posts/git/2008-04-29-peepcode-git-book.html
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+layout: post
+title: Peepcode Git Book
+I've been wanting to write a book on Git for a while now - at least since the beginning of the year. I really wanted to take the time to write out a book that taught Git the way I wish I had been taught - describe the internals first, what Git is really doing, rather than comparing it to SVN or just showing random commands without context.<br/>
+I laid it all out and started writing, but it's really hard to justify the untold hours it takes to finish it if you're not sure anyone will even read it. So, about a month and a half ago, after a few false starts, I asked <a href="">Geoffrey Grosenbach</a> if <a href="">Peepcode</a> would be interested in publishing a mini-book on Git - it seemed to be getting more popular (remember, this was before GitHub or Rails moving to Git) and he was enthusiastic. So, off I went, and just a few minutes ago the <a href="">Peepcode Git PDF</a> product page went live:<br/>
+<a href="">
+<img src="">
+<br clear="both"/><br/>
+This is actually only half of the book that I laid out - about halfway in it became clear that this is way too much for one mini-book, so I will be coming out with a follow-up book on "Advanced Git" hopefully sometime in the next few months.<br/>
+In addition to the PDF, I also produced 8 short (5-15 min) screencasts that are associated with several of the chapters - you can download them all when you buy the book and there are sidebars in the text that point you to which episode demonstrates the contents of that section. Also, I am working on an audio-book version in case you want to review the content on your commute - that should be available this weekend.<br/>
+I originally intended this content to be free, but not having something on the line would never have gotten me to actually do it, nor would the final product have been nearly so polished. I'm really glad I went with <a href="">Peepcode</a> - I think the $9 is worth the quality that the Peepcode production added to it. I hope you agree. Let me know what you think!
14 _posts/git/2008-05-20-gitcasts-git-screencasts.html
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+layout: post
+title: GitCasts - Git Screencasts
+Continuing on my git-ish roll, I've just launched a new site called <a href="">GitCasts</a>. I've noticed that a lot of people have been watching my <a href="">other screencast</a>, nearly 5,500 views so far - so I thought I would do something along the lines of the excellent <a href="">RailsCasts</a> website and do a bunch of short, topical screencasts on Git usage and internals. <br/>
+I've put the site live with the first 4 screencasts:<br/>
+<li><a href="">Setup, Initialization and Cloning</a>
+<li><a href="">Normal Workflow</a>
+<li><a href="">Interactive Adding</a>
+<li>and <a href="">Git Log</a>
+Those of you who have my <a href="">Peepcode Git Book</a> may notice that these are the same screencasts that are distributed with the book. Next up will be "Browsing Git Objects", "Branching and Merging", "Rebasing" and "Distributed Workflow". After that, I will continue to produce short screencasts, mainly from the list I'm keeping <a href="">here</a>, so if there is something you want to see, give me a <a href="">shout</a>.<br/>
+Hope you find it helpful.
21 _posts/git/2008-06-02-railsconf-git-talk.html
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+layout: post
+title: RailsConf Git Talk
+<p>I just got back from RailsConf 2008, which was held in Portland again this year, and I have to say I had a really excellent time. I met tons of really cool people, had a hundred conversations about Git and Ruby and consumed a fair amount of Drop Top.</p><br/>
+<p>In addition to that, my talk went as well as I could have hoped. The place was packed, I talked on the second day after they had extended the rooms and the room was still almost totally full. The presentation went off without a hitch and dozens of people came up to me through the rest of the weekend to say they enjoyed it, so that made me feel really great.</p><br/>
+<p>One of the awesome guys that I met there, Daniel Wanja of <a href=""></a>, was kind enough to take some video of my talk, if you're curious how I present or how many people there were:</p><br/>
+<object width="400" height="300"> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <param name="movie" value="" /> <embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="400" height="300"></embed></object><br /><a href="">RailsConf 2008 Git Talk by Scot Chacon Video</a> from <a href="">daniel wanja</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.<br/>
+<p>You can also download <a href=""> my slides</a> here:</p>
+<a href="">
+<img style="border:1px solid #333" src="">
+<br clear="all"/><br/>
+<p>There were about 520 slides that I went through in 55 minutes (went a tad bit over the time limit) and some of them had moving pieces, meaning I probably clicked that clicker at least 600 times during that talk.</p><br/>
+<p><b>Update</b>: I've recorded my basic talk over the presentation of the full slide deck and posted it as an episode at <a href="">GitCasts</a>, if you want to see the whole thing.
+<p>So, now I go back to work, but I enjoyed myself and met a bunch of great people and learned a lot about DataMapper, Erlang (Fuzed and Vertebra), and even a little Ruby... I also got to whine at Chad Fowler about the sessions not being videotaped, which he commiserated with me on. Lastly, I wanted to point out that for those of you who missed <a href="">Nick Kallen's</a> talk on ActiveRecord at the very end of the conference, you missed out on a really well done live coding session - probably the most informative and well presented Ruby learning I've had in months.
12 _posts/git/2008-07-25-the-launch-of-git-scmcom.html
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+layout: post
+title: The Launch of
+I love Git. However, a lot of people have the idea that Git is hard to learn, which I really disagree with. I have been working with Git for a few years now, but I understand it vastly better than I ever understood SVN or CVS, which I worked with for many, many years. Why? Because it's cheap and easy to try things out, the model is ultimately very simple and understandable, and it's really pretty hard to really screw things up - Git almost never <em>removes</em> information. So, I found it easier to play with features and find what is really helpful to me, rather than being scared of costing myself more time than it's worth.<br/>
+I assume that the main reason people think Git is difficult is because they've heard other people say Git is difficult and they didn't have a good teacher or learning resource, so when they fall back to their instinct - what SVN would have done or something - nothing works as expected and they get confused. Then they auto-complete for 'git-' and get 150 commands. How are they supposed to know that only about 20 of those are really going to be useful to them most of the time?<br/>
+So, I'm trying to build some resources that will help newcomers love Git from day one. Really try to focus on the usability of the main site, make it easy to find reference or tutorial documentation, and eventually I'd like to build a really nice online book that answers learners questions when they need to know them and guides them through the learning process as naturally and easily as possible. I honestly don't think that Git needs to be made easier somehow, I think the learning process does. The current docs are wonderful for many of us that are more technical, but often it's easier to learn with screencasts and diagrams.<br/>
+However, first I wanted to fix <a href=""></a>. I have always pointed to it as the git homepage, and Petr is awesome - he's always kept it up to date and is a core contributor himself. However, as a landing page for a project, it is very overwhelming. There are nearly 1200 words on that page - almost all of them at the same font size. It is very difficult to skim, and pretty difficult to figure out what Git really does in a second or two. <br/>
+<a href=""><img src="" width="200" height="143" alt="gitscm" /></a><br/>
+So, I've forked the source of that site (because awesome Petr made it open source) and created a new site, which is now being hosted at <a href=""></a>. I've broken the page up into 5 topic pages and drastically simplified everything I could. Hopefully it is easier to navigate and find what you're looking for. The version number should be updated automatically, and I've setup a mirror of the Git source code at <a href="">GitHub</a> that I will eventually be doing some fun automated statistics with. The source code for the website is at <a href="">GitHub</a>, if you have an idea or contribution to make, feel free to fork the site and send me a patch.<br/>
+Now that is done, I'll work on the spiffy new documentation project, which will likely be another branch in that same repo. I'll do another post when there is enough to share, at which point I would be happy to have all the contributor help I can get.<br/>
+By the way, in case you're wondering, the logo at the top is a Git. He's a BLOB that is COMMITed to storing TREEs. Little Git humor, there...
12 _posts/git/2008-09-05-git-community-book.html
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+layout: post
+title: Git Community Book
+<a href=""><img src="/git_community_book.png"></a><br/>
+For the past several weeks, I've been working on a free, open source, online book on Git called the <a href="">Git Community Book</a> that I'm hoping to turn into a great one-stop resource for learning Git. <br/>
+The idea is that we have a super solid Git resource linked right off the Git homepage that people can get most of the answers they need in a single, easy to browse place, from super-beginner to super-advanced. I've taken some content from the existing User Guide and tutorials that can be found scattered around online, and re-written a lot of it and added a ton of my own content, screencasts and images. There is a PDF version of the book that is generated and linked automatically everytime I do a build, so for those of you who like a paper or local copy, I've got your back. Probably 80% of the book is done now, and now I'm looking for some other contributors and some feedback.<br/>
+I have a bunch of ideas for <a href=""></a> and the <a href="">Git Community Book</a> - I'd like to do searchable documentation, a cookbook, a quick-start guide and a few more things - but first I want to get this online book at least initially complete. If you are interested in helping contribute content for a section or chapter, I would hugely appreciate it. Even if it's just notes that you've tested, I would be happy to humanize it for you. Or, if you've written a blog post that I can re-use the contents of that cover one of the topics, that would also be great.<br/>
+The topics I'm currently looking for are Advanced History Modification, Corruption Recovery, Branch Tracking, Subversion Integration, Git with Perl/Python/PHP, and Git with Editors (especially NetBeans/Eclipse). I can write them, but since I have limited personal experience with these topics, I'm not very confident that they would turn out particularly well.<br/>
+Again, the book itself is open sourced and you can download the raw markdown and build scripts from it's <a href="">GitHub repo</a>, and read the "how to contribute" guide on <a href="">it's wiki</a>.<br/>
+Write me if you can help contribute or proof-read the existing content at <a href="">schacon at</a>.<br/>
+Thanks, and I hope you like the book!
10 _posts/git/2008-10-02-a-githubber-now.html
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+layout: post
+title: A GitHubber Now
+My big news of the day is that next week I officially start my new job at <a href="">Logical Awesome</a>, working on <a href="">GitHub</a>. This is a really exciting move for me, I've been interested in GitHub since long before it was released, nearly a year ago, when Chris first told me about it and I was first writing my Git/Ruby library. <br/>
+Since then, I have loved it as a tool, evangelized it in my talks and whatnot, and done some part time consulting work for the site - I helped write <a href="">Gist</a>, <a href="">Inline File Editing</a>, and added some <a href="">pure ruby goodness</a> to the Grit library we're using on the site. I have greatly enjoyed drinking, podcasting and working with <a href="">Chris</a>, <a href="">PJ</a> and <a href="">Tom</a> and I'm looking forward to doing that full time going forward.<br/>
+Most importantly, I'm incredibly excited about working on Git stuff full time now. For the last few years, it has taken up more and more of my free time and now I get to do what I am truly passionate about for a living. Everyone should be so lucky. What's more, all my talks and events I go to are now somewhat justified - I have to spread the Git love! The only downside is that where before I could plug <a href="">GitHub</a> as being truly awesome from a somewhat neutral viewpoint, now people will likely think I'm biased. :)<br/>
+On a somewhat related note, we announced this at the <a href="">Git Down</a> event last night in San Francisco that GitHub put on, hosted by <a href="">Serious Business</a>, where we got to learn a little about git-sh, codeswarm and magit. Tom showed us some of the new stuff he's working on for GitHub and I got to show off my GitHub iPhone app preview and talk a bit about <a href="">ObjectiveGit</a>, my Objective-C implementation of Git. A good time and a fair amount of beer was had by all.<br/>
+Anyhow, it's likely that future posts will be even <em>more</em> Git related, and I hope this means I can be even more effective in getting people to use and understand this tool that I enjoy so much.<br/>
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+title: On Mercurial
+It seems that a rather popular theme when reading about distributed SCMs on a blog post is that someone says that they hate or love Git, where the hate is generally that it's hard to learn, unintuitive, etc. Then, generally without exception, a mercurial user jumps in on the comments and says something like "I tried Git, but it was impossible to learn, so I'm using Mercurial and it's easy-peasy". That person is wrong.<br/>
+Git is not hard to learn. At least, not any more difficult than Mercurial is. There, I said it. If you think that Git is like learning Linux - powerful but steep in the curve of learning, while Mercurial is like Mac - more constrained, but far easier to learn, you have either tried the systems a long time ago or have never really tried them and are just repeating the Merc FUD.<br/>
+Don't get me wrong, it certainly used to be this way. My point here is that if you take a fresh look at the two systems, the majority of beginner to intermediate tasks that you have to do with a DSCM are very similar in both systems and being sufficiently familiar with one takes very little effort to use the other.<br/>
+I state this because of the incredibly scientific research I concluded tonight, wherein I used hg. I have been a Git guy for several years now and have never previously touched mercurial, and I dove right in a few hours ago and took some notes so I could share what is _not_ intuitive in hg, even from an advanced DSCM user, and to give it a fair shake. Here is what I have concluded:<br/>
+<li> Git and Mercurial have nearly the same learning curve
+<li> Some things are easier / more intuitive in Git, and some in Hg
+<li> Both systems have a similar number of overall common commands, of which 90% are identically named
+<li> You can pretty easily move from one to the other for basic tasks
+Let me get into a bit of detail about what I found. As my first piece of evidence, I will look at the help menu. If you simply type 'git' or 'hg' on the command line, hg will give you the following 17 commands :<br/>
+ add add the specified files on the next commit
+ annotate show changeset information per file line
+ clone make a copy of an existing repository
+ commit commit the specified files or all outstanding changes
+ diff diff repository (or selected files)
+ export dump the header and diffs for one or more changesets
+ init create a new repository in the given directory
+ log show revision history of entire repository or files
+ merge merge working directory with another revision
+ parents show the parents of the working dir or revision
+ pull pull changes from the specified source
+ push push changes to the specified destination
+ remove remove the specified files on the next commit
+ serve export the repository via HTTP
+ status show changed files in the working directory
+ update update working directory
+and Git will give you the following 21 commands:<br/>
+ add Add file contents to the index
+ bisect Find the change that introduced a bug by binary search
+ branch List, create, or delete branches
+ checkout Checkout a branch or paths to the working tree
+ clone Clone a repository into a new directory
+ commit Record changes to the repository
+ diff Show changes between commits, commit and working tree
+ fetch Download objects and refs from another repository
+ grep Print lines matching a pattern
+ init Create an empty git repository
+ log Show commit logs
+ merge Join two or more development histories together
+ mv Move or rename a file, a directory, or a symlink
+ pull Fetch from and merge with another repository
+ push Update remote refs along with associated objects
+ rebase Forward-port local commits to the updated
+ reset Reset current HEAD to the specified state
+ rm Remove files from the working tree and from index
+ show Show various types of objects
+ status Show the working tree status
+ tag Create, list, delete or verify a tag object
+Take a good look at that, because there is not a lot of frickin' difference. If you know one, you <em>basically</em> know the other. I can attest to that because I didn't need to look up a lot to figure out how to use hg - not because it's so super simple, but because it's nearly identical (for the basic things).<br/>
+One of the things I hear a lot is that Git has a billion esoteric commands that are cryptic, magical and impossible to remember. That... is true. However, it doesn't matter. What matters are the porcelain commands that are meant to be used by the end user, and there are about 30 of them - the 21 above plus some special stuff like 'stash' and 'submodule'. On the other hand, if you type 'hg help', you get a list of 41 commands. <br/>
+Now, there are another 100 commands that git will respond to, but they are plumbing commands and are just there in case you want to build something novel - using them is the equivalent of opening up Mercurial and modifying the source. I happen to use a bunch of them to do some really weird stuff that is just not possible in Hg, but there is no reason users even need to know they're there. They are not in the path (as of 1.6) - out of sight, out of mind. As far as a new user is concerned, Git is simpler in it's command set then Hg.<br/>
+Now, let's look at a simple use of hg - creating a new hg repo and commiting and import:<br/>
+mkdir test1; cd test1
+hg init
+cp [files] .
+hg add .
+hg commit -m 'my message'
+hg log
+Now, let's look at the same thing in Git:<br/>
+It's exactly the same thing. <code>clone, add, annotate*, commit, diff, init, log, merge*, pull*, push, rm, status</code> - these are all basically identical in the two systems. (annotate is generally called 'blame' in git, but 'git annotate' will also work, and merge/pull work slightly differently but do largely the same type of thing) This is the core of both systems, these commands are what you spend nearly all of your time doing, and they are <em>almost exactly the same</em>.<br/>
+Now for the fun part.<br/>
+<h3>Things that are Confusing in Mercurial</h3>
+I get to listen to Mercs take the high ground all the time about how git is hard to learn and the UI is confusing - now it's my turn. Here are the things I had to go look up because I didn't get it and even the 'hg help' wasn't helping.<br/>
+<strong>You have to set your username via 'vim ~/.hgrc'</strong><br/>
+In Git, one of the first things you do is :<br/>
+$ git config --global 'Scott Chacon'
+$ git config --global ''
+In Mercurial, far as I can figure, you gotta do that by hand. There is an 'hg showconfig', but no setter (again, far as I can tell). That means you have to look up a snippet of what the actual config format is and paste that into your ~/.hgrc file manually before your commits will stop complaining that no user is set. PITA.<br/>
+<strong>There is no staging area</strong><br/>
+This is really just a Gitter wondering how Mercs do it, but the lack of a staging area is something I didn't know I would miss. The lack of control over what versions of what files you're committing seems like a huge, huge missing feature to me (again, only because I'm used to Git). People argue that it keeps it simpler, but you can get the equivalent functionality by adding a '-a' to the 'git commit' command every time, which a lot of people do. In my initial foray, that was the only place where Git was actually more complicated than Hg - ignoring the staging functionality takes an extra '-a'.<br/>
+<strong>How do I setup a remote repository?</strong><br/>
+OK, I have this Hg repository, and I want to create a remote one and push to it. I know I am being an idiot here, but I literally could not figure out how to do this short of doing an 'hg clone <url>' and looking at the .hg/hgrc file to see what was added to allow 'hg push' to know where to go. I figured out that you could specify it on the command line, but the thought of typing a url every time I want to push made me throw up a little in my mouth. I could not find the equivalent of a 'git remote' where I could add and manipulate my remote repositories without editing the '.hg/hgrc' file. I couldn't find it in the hg book, either. Perhaps in the comments someone could enlighten me. <br/>
+I setup a repo on BitBucket and the instructions on how to push into it were simply 'clone this', and then I assume you're supposed to pull your files in and then push, but what if you already have a repo? This drove me nuts, and I still don't know how to do it.<br/>
+Then, for Act II of this little play, I wanted to know how to have another remote - say I want to be able to push my repo to my staging server for deployment and my central server for collaboration. Again, could not figure out how to add it - I ventured a guess and just copied the line in the config file and gave it a different name and that seems to have worked, but do you really have to edit the file to add a remote repository?<br/>
+It also appears that something that happens incredibly frequently in your typical day is much more complex in Hg than Git - pulling. In Mercurial, you have to do three commands each time you want to pull (and merge) changes from your remote repository:<br/>
+1 hg pull
+2 hg merge
+3 hg commit -m 'Merged remote changes'
+In Git, that is effectively done with 'git pull'. Now, you <em>can</em> do that with Git:<br/>
+1 git fetch
+2 git merge --no-commit
+3 git commit -m 'Merged remote changes'
+But WHY? (as an amusing side-note, there is a Merc plugin that adds an 'hg fetch' command that does what 'git pull' does, so in hg: fetch == pull + merge and in git: pull == fetch + merge...)<br/>
+<strong>Branching... poor, poor branching...</strong><br/>
+I passed out for a quarter second when I read this in the Hg Book:<br/>
+The easiest way to isolate a “big picture” branch in Mercurial is in a dedicated repository. ... You can then clone a new shared myproject-1.0.1 repository as of that tag.
+I was naive enough to think that branches living in entirely different directories was a thing of the past. How SVN of them. I cannot imagine living my life making local clones to effectively deal with long running branches. The book literally says:<br/>
+<blockquote>"In most instances, isolating branches in repositories is the right approach."</blockquote><br/>
+Um, no thank you.<br/>
+It turns out that the more I get into branching stuff, the more I understand why they advocate that you clone to branch. Everything is on one track - you can't commit something and then easily leave it there for work later and ignore it for the time being, which is what I use branches mainly for. It's like Mercurial is a one-track mixer with some post-it notes to remember where you were and Git is a multi-track board that starts with one and then allows you to snap on new tracks at any time. Not sure if that metaphor worked, but the constraint of not having cheap, real local branches would drive me batty.<br/>
+When I tried to have two topic branches going at the same time (say a master branch and an experiment branch), it was rather painful. It worked OK until I went back and forth and then when I tried to push it gave me a:<br/>
+$ hg push
+pushing to
+searching for changes
+abort: push creates new remote heads!
+(did you forget to merge? use push -f to force)
+No! I didn't forget to merge, I want to have two branches! So, I forced it. Then, when I want to switch back to my other branch, it gives me this:<br/>
+$ hg branch newbranch
+abort: a branch of the same name already exists (use --force to override)
+Yes, I know it does, I'm switching back to it, you bastard! So, you _can_ have several local branches being developed at the same time, but hg <em>hates</em> it and you cannot push one of them without pushing all of them. It looks like it stores them as sequential changesets but then stores the parents so you can technically recreate the history. However, it seems that you _cannot_ push your A branch without also pushing your B branch. <br/>
+That. Is. Annoying.<br/>
+Perhaps some of these things are simpler at first in Hg, but I don't really think they are that much easier (if at all), and the amount of flexibility you lose is so immense that I can't understand how anyone can think of Mercurial as anything other than 'Git Lite'. Same great usability, much less functionality. And if your answer to that is 'get X plugin', then <em>why</em> do you think you're winning the usability battle again?<br/>
+That's it - I'll keep playing with Hg and sharing my thoughts (being as how they are sooo unbiased). In the meantime, I'll leave you with some more metaphors:<br/>
+* If DSCMs were bikes, Hg would be the Git bike with the training wheels soldered on.<br/>
+* If DSCMs were TVs, Git and Hg would turn on to the same channel, but then Git would also have cable.<br/>
+* If DSCMs were GPS units, both would have places of interest, but Git would also come with the street maps and be able to do driving directions.<br/>
+* If DSCMs were shoes, you could play basketball in either, but Git would have the pump (for when you needed extra jumping and whatnot)<br/>
+* If DSCMs were alarm clocks, they would both wake you up, but Git would also make you coffee.<br/>
+(if you have others, please share - again, the theme is that they're the same out of the box, but then the one is ultimately a lot more useful)<br/>
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+title: London Git Training
+![Git London Bus]({: class="right"}
+At the end of March, I’m going to be traveling to Europe for [Scotland on Rails]( to do a Git talk (also likely a talk at the University of Edinburgh, if you’re there).
+While there, I thought I would do a more in-depth training session in London for all our friends toiling in SVN heck or otherwise wanting to sharpen their Git-Fu. My friends at Codebase have helped me rent a space, catering and all that so we can have a nice long session learning the ins and outs of Git.
+If you are interested in signing up for the training, which is happening on April 3rd (a Friday), you can check out our website at []( If you know anyone in the UK who might be interested in doing it, please do let them know. If you’re in the UK and don’t want to do the training, but do want to go out for beers after, send me a note.
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+layout: post
+title: Jessica in Europe
+I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. Independence Day was also Jessica's birthday, but unfortunately you can't wish her happy birthday right now, as she is on her way to Europe with the Jewish Labor Committee's Holocaust Teachers Program. In Europe, she will be visiting Poland and the Czech Republic to study with leading Holocaust scholars and visiting the camps. Hopefully she'll have some time to see a bit of the less sad sides of Warsaw and Prague as well.<br/>
+From the <span class="caps">JLC</span>'s website:
+<blockquote cite=""> In Poland, we will spend time in Warsaw, Krakow and Lublin, where teachers can still touch history. They can see traces of the former death camps, gas chambers and crematoria. They will visit the Jewish Historic Institute in Warsaw, a worthwhile museum with important archives, Holocaust materials and exhibitions that attract many international scholars and educators. Teachers will listen to prominent historians from Yad Vashem and Lohamei HaGeta’ot, as well as to testimony from survivors still living in Poland.<br/>
+In the Czech Republic, our group will visit the infamous Theresienstadt concentration camp, where the Nazis brought Jews from many countries. This camp was supposed to be a German “showcase� for the International Red Cross; in reality, it was a camp of suffering, of pain, of death and most of all a transit stop to the gas chambers of Auschwitz for thousands upon thousands of men, women and especially children.<br/>
+After Prague, we will travel to Washington, D.C., for three days of evaluation, lectures and workshops at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.</blockquote>
+The pattern of telling people about this trip is almost always the same : “What are you doing this summer?” – “I'm going to Europe” – “How much fun, what are you doing there?” – “Visiting the ghettos and death camps of the Holocaust” – ”... oh, um … yay …”<br/>
+In reality, Jessie has been studying this for quite a while now, and has used it as a case study for her units on human rights and genocide in the 20th century. We both feel that it is very important to teach these subjects meaningfully to her students, and I am very proud of her for being accepted to this program. It has been over 60 years since Auschwitz (one of the camps she will be visiting) was liberated, and there are only so many more years we will have first person witnesses with us.<br/>
+So, wish Jessica luck and I'll keep everyone updated on her adventures.<br/>
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+layout: post
+title: Back from Poland
+Jessica is now back, safe and sound. Her trip to Poland and the Czech Republic was great, and we have about 2.5 Gigs of digital pictures from the trip. We'll put up some of them for everyone to see as soon as they're all white balanced and such.<br/>
+As for the me, I'm at the end of the first phase of the campaign's new website construction. We have been hard at work making a website framework that will allow us the kind of flexibility we want to build the tools we need for a new kind of campaign. It will be open source and the project website will be announced at the same time as the new site is launched.<br/>
+Also, a word on podcasts. I stopped producing them regularly all of a sudden, which I apologize for. I am rethinking the format and will start them up again soon, with more interviews and guests. It is pretty exciting to see our podcast feed in the new Apple iTunes directory, though!<br/>
+That's it for now, look for the new site soon.<br/>
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+layout: post
+title: Fellow Bylo Chacon
+<p class="note_content clearfix">Yesterday my wife got a letter from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum that let her know that she was choosen for the USHMM <a href=";;h=a416239a5169a7818f8b2149736e76f9" target="_blank" title="">Museum Teacher Fellowship Program</a>.<br/>
+I'm very proud of her - she's worked hard on a lot of Holocaust and genocide studies programs, many of which have been on her own time and expense, and I think she'll be able to learn a lot from this program.  Yay Jessie!
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+layout: post
+title: Tri For Fun
+I just got back from the Pleasanton <a href="">Tri-For-Fun Triathalon</a>. It is a 400 yard swim, 11 mile bike and 3.1 mile (5K) run. Wow – for someone who a) hasn't done a triathalon in probably 8 years, and b) hasn't swum (swimmed? swam? – probably swam…) 1 yard in several months, I was doing pretty well, I thought.<br/>
+This is how much thought I put into this race – I got interested around the time Jessica did her lake swim – it seemed like fun. I was actually both a distance swimmer and cross country runner in high school (though that is about the last time I have done either of those distances), and I guess most Triathaletes don't come from a swim background, which gives me a bit of a lead. Whereas biking is generally easiest for most – I am much stronger in the other two events.<br/>
+Case in point – I sign up for the Triathalon on Tuesday. Wednesday I realize that I in fact have no bike. I don't even have a mountain bike. I came to this realization oddly while training on the stationary bike in the gym, and thinking that I can't actually compete on one of those. So, Friday (yesterday – the day before the actual race), I walk into the <a href="">Dublin Cyclery</a> Bike Shop, to purchase a bike. Which, by the way – is just a great shop. Everyone was really friendly and helpful and the guy didn't even look at me oddly when I told him what I needed the bike for. No “perhaps you should have owned a bike before you registered for the race” looks anywhere to be found.<br/>
+So, for the guy who has now owned a bike (and I don't mean <em>this</em> bike, I mean <em>a</em> bike…) for less than 24 hours, who figured out how to shift gears last night before he went to bed, I can't tell you what a thrill it was, and how thoroughly prepared I was for it, when the front tire of my bike went flat about 9 miles into the 11 mile bike leg. Also, how much fun it is to walk a bike back to the finish line. Luckily, I didn't have to walk all 2-3 miles, since the course was designed so I was at the opposite side of the park and could just cut through it. So, my time doesn't really count. However, I did end up coming in behind people I had been riding with (as I passed several of them on the run), so if anything, my time is probably a little slower than I might have had (Though, not everyone else had a nice leisurely walk to rest up a bit in the middle). At any rate, it was good fun, good exercise, and a time to beat in the August one. After I learn how to fix a bike.<br/>
+If the pictures aren't too embarrassing, I might post some later.<br/>
+Back to working on the campaign software and materials!
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+layout: post
+title: On Our Way to Wyoming
+We're almost ready to launch the new site and much more, but first Jessica and I are taking a short vacation. We're just right now finishing packing to go on a short trip to Wyoming to visit my sister who just moved out to Utah, and spend some backpacking time in Grand Teton National Park. We'll be back next Sunday, and I'll tell you all about it.<br/>
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+layout: post
+title: Back from Wyoming
+Jessica and I just got back from our vacation in the <a href="">Grand Teton National Park</a> in Wyoming. Here are some of the pictures we took there.<br/>
+<a href="/pictures/Panorama-TetonFront2.jpg"><img src="/pictures/Panorama-TetonFrontsm.jpg" /></a><br/>
+<a href="/pictures/IMG_1895.JPG"><img src="/pictures/normal_IMG_1895.jpg" /></a><br/>
+We were gone from Saturday the 6th to Sunday the 14th. We drove there, covering over 2590 miles of the American west.<br/>
+<a href="/pictures/IMG_1915.JPG"><img src="/pictures/normal_IMG_1915.jpg" /></a><br/>
+We backpacked for three days and two nights, hiking over 29 miles on one of the most amazing trails I've ever seen, the Teton Crest trail.<br/>
+We covered over 8 miles the first day, 12 the second, and another 8 the third. If anyone out there backpacks, we would both highly recommend this one. Hopefully these pictures show some of the beauty.<br/>
+<a href="/pictures/IMG_1849.JPG"><img src="/pictures/normal_IMG_1849.jpg" /></a><br/>
+Then, when we get back, I read <a href="">this</a> in the paper :
+<blockquote> The new evaluation by the Bush administration cuts the estimated value of recreation in national forests from $111 billion to $11 billion, leading some environmentalists to warn that the study could be used to justify increased logging.<br/>
+...forestry trade groups and the timber industry hailed the reassessment, saying it more accurately reflects the true value of natural resources to the nation's economy.</blockquote>
+<a href="/pictures/IMG_1865.JPG"><img src="/pictures/normal_IMG_1865.jpg" /></a><br/>
+We spent much of our time on this hike in national forest area, as the Teton Crest trail goes in and out of park boundaries. I have to say that after having just lived and breathed this, I find it utterly missing the point to be putting a price on it at all. They say they want to be able to have numbers to compare “apples to apples”, but I don't see that as possible.<br/>
+My wife and I just spent three days enjoying the raw beauty of America – saying that was worth $450 to the government is insulting to me and our experience.<br/>
+That aside, if you get a chance to go on a vacation like this, consider hiking in the Tetons rather than it's big cousin, Yellowstone. I promise it is worth it. It is far more amazing than these pictures.<br/>
+<a href="/pictures/IMG_1802.JPG"><img src="/pictures/normal_IMG_1802.jpg" /></a><br/>
+I think that more accurately reflects the true value of these natural resources than a dollar figure, what do you think?
13 _posts/life/2006-04-14-3-months-in-6-minutes.html
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+layout: post
+title: 3 months in 6 minutes
+Wow, you ignore your blog for a while and what do you get? 100 spam comments on one post. Man.<br/>
+Well, it has been a while now since I've been posting here, but I'll try to get it up to speed again – there is a lot going on. I was trying to get another site launched – a fun project I've been working on with Margee Ensign, interviewing people around Stockton about issues and social solutions there. However, my video editing skills aren't what I had hoped and it's just taking forever to get them turned out. The more I put off posting here about it, the more I didn't want to post anything else and alas, the site got ignored.<br/>
+The new project <em>will</em> be called <a href=""></a>, but there is just a holding page there right now. Soon though – I have enough raw footage to get a couple stories up. Maybe I'll start putting some of them here as I'm doing them.<br/>
+As for other things, I have been busy. I have been working with the <a href="">Grassroots Champion Coalition</a> on their California Precinct Captains program. I'm trying to help out with some programming, but the Advokit codebase is… well, let's just say <em>special</em> for right now. The program is great and the people involved are the best, it's just the software that needs a little work. Or, you know, complete rewrite. However, I am a Captain now, so if you live in my precinct and you're a Dem, watch out because I'm coming to meet you.<br/>
+I'm also trying to stay involved in the Congressional race, and being a Captain I am also trying to stay basically neutral until the mid-terms. I've spoken with both major campaigns (Thomas didn't respond to my request) and it's certainly interesting. I am not endorsing either candidate, though the <a href="">McNerney</a> team has been kind enough to ask my advice on a number of things, so I am doing some volunteer work for them. Maybe I'll post more on that later.<br/>
+I have also been contacted by Mark Warner's <a href="">ForwardTogether <span class="caps">PAC</span></a> web team about what they are trying to do with technology, and I am very impressed. I would recommend checking out their site and I'm sure I will write much more about them and my involvement with them in the coming months.<br/>
+Lastly, I have recently been invited to a Communications Symposium on the <span class="caps">UOP</span> Campus on April 20th, where I'll be on the Professional Panel, which should be fun and/or interesting. I'll try to get some pictures or video or something to post here.<br/>
+On a non-political front, I just competed in my first Triathalon of the season a few weeks ago in Oxnard (near where I grew up) in the <a href="">Strawberry Fields Tri</a>. It was great, nice and short, and fun to be back in my home town for it. For those keeping score, it was a 400yd swim (which was cancelled due to the waters being too dangerous, so we high-kneed it through 200yds of water – ouch), then an 11mi bike and 5k run. Much fun.<br/>
+Well, that's all for now – I'll try to be a bit more regular with these from now on.