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July 20, 2009

When Barack met Beckett

There is nothing I do not love about this photo — not least the look on Youk’s face!

February 5, 2009

Barack Obama is tired of your motherfucking shit

Barack Obama recorded an audiobook of Dreams of My Father, which means he says the words of the people in his life. Including Ray, who swore. Which means we have an MP3 of our president saying “You ain’t my bitch, nigga.”

This? Is awesome.

January 27, 2009

The Obameter: Tracking Barack Obama's Campaign Promises

A scorecard for tracking President Obama’s campaign promises. A great idea.

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January 5, 2009

Obama Phished?

Obama Phished?

Looks like the president-elect's Twitter credentials have been compromised.

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November 4, 2008

Is Obama President?


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October 22, 2008

Callie Shell - Obama - Digital Journalist

Some really outstanding photos of Barack Obama and the hubbub surrounding him in the lead-up to him winning the party nomination.

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October 16, 2008

Lexical Analysis of 2008 US Presidential and Vice-Presidiential Debates - Who's the Windbag?

All manner of interesting statistics and visualizations drawn out of the presidential debate transcripts.

October 10, 2008

30 Reasons

“30 graphic designers create 30 posters and give you their 30 reasons to vote for Barack Obama on November 4th.”

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October 6, 2008


Another focused attack site funded by the Obama campaign. I wonder how the return-on-investment compares between these and running 30 second commercials.

John McCain's Record

Another “attack” site from the Obama campaign. Wish there was a bit more hyperlinkage for sources.

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Keating Economics: John McCain and the Making of a Financial Crisis

The Obama campaign aren’t resting on their current lead in the polls. This shows promise that they intend to keep fighting all the way to election day.

October 4, 2008

September 12, 2008

Stumper : The Politics of Stupidity

“Years from now presidential historians will look back on Sept. 9 as the day the 2008 campaign got completely and utterly stupid.” I felt massively depressed on Wednesday, as the pig/lipstick and kiddie-sex-ed trains swiftboated on.

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September 3, 2008

Rupert Murdoch acted as peacemaker between Barack Obama and Fox News | guardian.co.uk

Some fascinating details on Rupert Murdoch swinging towards supporting Barack Obama. Murdoch has long been my favourite evil media tycoon — I may hate his right-wing propoganda arms, but I admire the smarts with which he’s conducted his businesses.


“Barack Obama will cut taxes for over 95% of American families.”

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June 13, 2008

Send Barack your baby

“Barack Obama travels a lot, but many babies live in places he hasn’t been. Send him your baby, and he’ll kiss it and send it back to you.”

May 22, 2008

Nom Nom Obama

Makes me smile every time I look at it.

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March 19, 2008

Black Guy Asks Nation For Change | The Onion

Most gloriously offensive Onion headline in a while? Perhaps.

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March 18, 2008

Transcript of Obama's speech on race - msnbc.com

“The path to a more perfect union […] requires all Americans to realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams; that investing in the health, welfare, and education of black and brown and white children will ultimately help all of America prosper.”

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March 14, 2008

NPR: Obama Campaign Skewers Clinton E-mail Statement

The Obama campaign responds to a Clinton press release in a format which highly resembles a snarky follow-up on USENET.

March 3, 2008

An hour and a half with Barack Obama

“What’s the picture that emerges from these four impressions?

Smart, normal, curious, not radical, and post-Boomer.

If you were asking me to write a capsule description of what I would look for in the next President of the United States, that would be it.”

February 22, 2008

YouTube - VIVA OBAMA 2008

Well, if a mariachi band won’t bring out the “hispanic vote” in Texas, I don’t know what will…

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February 21, 2008

Obama of Dreams

Obama t-shirts in a baseball-logo stylee. (Notably lacking in any donation to the campaign, though)

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February 14, 2008

chumby: barack obama is your new bicycle

Hooray! Just what I wanted!

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Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle

Collected facts about Barack Obama. This needs to be a Chumby app.

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February 5, 2008

20 minutes or so on why I am 4Barack (Lessig Blog)

Reasoned video from Lawrence Lessig on why he supports Obama. If you’re worried that Obama is all-sizzle-no-steak or cult-of-personality, this is worth watching.

(As an aside, I see from the comments that noted raging fuckwit Marc Perkel is anti-Obama. I consider that another positive.)

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February 4, 2008

A quick request to any readers who are registered voters in the twenty-two states that are having Democratic primaries tomorrow

Please vote for Barack Obama.

As you may have noticed from my links and tweets, I’m supporting Obama this year. The reasons are many, but primarily it’s because we’ve had eight years of a horribly divisive presidency, and I believe this country (and the world) needs a leader who can bring people together, rather than split them further apart. (Hillary Clinton is a fine person and a skilled politician, and I will support her if she gets the Democratic nomination, but she gathers as much loathing from some people in this country as I feel towards Bush and Cheney)

Every vote counts. All Democratic primaries tomorrow are assigning delegates through proportional-ish representation (unlike the Republicans, whose primaries are mostly first-past-the-post winner-takes-all affairs).

I’m still disenfranchised in the US, despite having lived here since 1998. All I can do is ask others to vote. If you have any reservations about voting for Obama, email or IM me—I’ll see if I can do anything to change your mind.

My application for citizenship is in the mail, and there’s a decent chance that I might be a US citizen in November. Nothing would make me prouder than getting to vote for Obama in my first presidential election.

Thank you.

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February 3, 2008

Yes We Can - Barack Obama Music Video

Song and video by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas (plus a bunch of other artists), based upon Obama’s stump speech. I cannot imagine anyone doing this with a Romney speech.

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January 26, 2008

A President Like My Father - New York Times

Caroline Kennedy endorses Obama. “I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.”

February 21, 2007

Second Life Barack Obama meetup

Second Life Barack Obama meetup

Now that I've got a suitably powerful computer, I've finally had a chance to poke at Second Life.

It's not living up to the hype by any stretch, though it is fascinating. While looking for something to do, I "transported" into this Barack Obama "meetup", which was guarded over by a stormtrooper. Obviously.

December 13, 2006

Are You Ready for Obama? - New York Times Blog

Barack Obama puts “all the doubts to rest” and makes his announcement.

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This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.