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Two Huffington Post Interviews are up – Tim Daly, Rufus Wainwright, and Margaret Cho
|| 8/31/2008 || 11:35 pm || Comments Off on Two Huffington Post Interviews are up – Tim Daly, Rufus Wainwright, and Margaret Cho || ||

Jason Linkins who writes for the Huffington Post has put on-line two videos I that filmed for Liz Glover at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Above is the interview with actor Tim Daly of the Creative Coalition. Below is an interview with Margaret Cho and Rufus Wainwright in their dressing room at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. Click the images to watch the video on the Huffington Post website.

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A Polar Bear In Denver
|| 8/30/2008 || 10:14 pm || Comments Off on A Polar Bear In Denver || ||

A Polar Bear In Denver from Nikolas Schiller on Vimeo,

On Wednesday, August 27th, 2008, after the Iraq Veterans Against the War concert & march, I attended Ralph Nader’s “Open the Debates” rally at the University of Denver’s Magness Arena. At the end of rally I saw a polar bear inside the arena and decided to film this rare sighting.

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A Black Bear in Rocky Mountain National Park
|| 8/29/2008 || 10:41 pm || Comments Off on A Black Bear in Rocky Mountain National Park || ||

When I told my mom about going to Denver she mentioned that she & my step-father had been hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park earlier the week before and had spotted a black bear for the first time. When they were hiking down the trail they came across this black bear chowing down on termites in the trunk of the tree. They waited for awhile before the bear walked off. She sent me these two photographs for proof.

Last month I was in Rocky Mountain National Park for 24 Hours and didn’t see any large wildlife.

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Democratic National Convention 2008 – Photos from Day Three
|| 8/28/2008 || 11:49 pm || Comments Off on Democratic National Convention 2008 – Photos from Day Three || ||

I was able to secure a ticket to see Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at Invecso Field. Below are the photos I took of the event. I will note that the 5th floor at the stadium did not sell beer, but the lower floors of stadium did. Still unequal…

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Democratic National Convention 2008 – Photos from Day Two
|| 8/27/2008 || 11:44 pm || Comments Off on Democratic National Convention 2008 – Photos from Day Two || ||

The Iraq Veterans Against the War hosted a free concert at the Denver Coliseum with The Coup, Flobots, and Rage Against the Machine. After the sold out show, about 4,000 people took part in a 4 mile march to downtown Denver to give the presidential candidate Barack Obama Campaign a list of demands regarding the war the in Iraq and the treatment of veterans.

Below are the photos I took today:

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Democratic National Convention 2008 – Photos from Day One
|| 8/26/2008 || 11:15 pm || Comments Off on Democratic National Convention 2008 – Photos from Day One || ||

I decided to go to Denver to help a friend shoot video for some different websites.

Below are the photos I took today:

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My Weekend in Photos [8/22-8/24]
|| 8/25/2008 || 6:46 am || Comments Off on My Weekend in Photos [8/22-8/24] || ||

The photos below document some of what I saw on Friday, Saturday, and early Sunday morning.

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The Blogroll is back
|| 8/24/2008 || 12:44 pm || Comments Off on The Blogroll is back || ||

When I first started this blog I attempted to add my friends and various websites I frequented to the sidebar on the right side of this page. After a certain point it became too cumbersome, so I removed the listing from the sidebar and the links grew dusty hidden in the backend of this website.

Today I found a nice WordPress plugin that allows me to show only specific categories of my links and by exporting and importing my current Google Reader RSS subscriptions, I was able to create a separate page that shows the wide swath of blogs that I am currently reading. Click here to see the listing. You might find some interesting blogs to supplement your information consumption.



Obama’s vice presidential selection is a slap in the face to every progressive American
|| 8/23/2008 || 11:16 pm || Comments Off on Obama’s vice presidential selection is a slap in the face to every progressive American || ||

I think the screen grab from the LA Times sums up my feelings. You have an advertisement for Obama’s candidacy next to a photograph of Obama with his vice presidential selection Senator Joe Biden (D-Delaware). It’s as though the election has already been bought and paid for without any votes really being cast.

Years ago I made a pact that I would not vote for anyone who unconstitutionally & illegally gave president George Bush the authority to invade Iraq. Obama’s vice presidential selection voted for the war and so did Hilary Clinton. In all there were 23 senators and 133 representatives who courageously cast a vote against the war that would have been better vice presidential candidates.

Cynthia McKinney is only candidate running for president of the United States who voted against the war. She showed leadership six years ago, unlike Obama or Biden. Where were they before the war started? McKinney was at the anti-war demonstrations speaking up and clearly showing what it is to be a leader in America and that’s why I’ll be voting for her.


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Streetfilms comes to Washington, DC and checks out SmartBikeDC
|| 8/22/2008 || 8:30 pm || Comments Off on Streetfilms comes to Washington, DC and checks out SmartBikeDC || ||

I stumbled on to this short video because I trying to find a Wikipedia entry on SmartBike DC (there isn’t one yet). I was originally going to post two Google Maps (see below) showing the number of stations in DC compared to the number of Velib stations in Paris. The point of the two maps was to show that Clear Channel, which was beat out in Paris by JCDecaux, went a little skimpy when planning and implementing DC’s SmartBike program.

Velib was launched just about a year ago on July 15, 2007, with 10,000 bicycles and 750 automated rental stations each with 15 or more bikes/spaces. This number has since grown to 20,000 bicycles and 1,450 stations, about 1 station every 300 m throughout the city centre, making Velib the largest system of its kind in the world. Washington, DC, on the other hand, started with 10 stations, about 120 bikes, and is the first program of its kind in North America.

While Paris is a much larger city, I am disappointed that with all the hype surrounding the SmartBike program, the planners were not as Smart as they could have been. Had they placed racks at *ALL* DC-based Metro stations before launching I would have bought my SmartBike pass immediately and I bet more would-be bicycle riders would have as well. Until then, I don’t see myself purchasing a pass because I can get to all the current locations on my own bike.

Washington, DC’s natural topography features a hill that surrounds the “Federal City,” or the old part of the city below Florida Ave, which was once called Boundary Street because it was the natural line of demarcation. This hill is what stops me from going to some places on my bike versus taking the Metro. Yet the locations of all the SmartBike stations are located below the hill, so why bother using the bikes when mine works fine for this area? For example, I’d rather take the Metro to Tenleytown, hop on a bike there, and take it down the hill to Georgetown.

Anyways, I still want to make a video called “Doing Dumb Things On A Smart Bike,” but I guess I am going to have to wait…

For a comparison of scale, check these two Google Map screen grabs featuring the locations of the Velib stations and the SmartBikeDC stations:


Velib




SmartBike DC

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