Story of our lives, huh?
Vodpod videos no longer available.
So this rippled through the Interwebs today but I had actually stumbled upon it rather organically (or, ignorantly, as the case happened to be) and got a huge kick out of it – perhaps greater than if I had seen it online first then sought it out after – the beauty of a perfectly-executed stunt!
I was on my way to an appointment after watching the new Pres be sworn in this morning. Of course I was very excited, but also running a little late. As I biked quickly up the hill toward my appointment on Bush Street, I squinted toward the street sign to see if I’d met my destination (I don’t know this part of town well so was trying to get my bearings). I wasn’t wearing my glasses, either, but I swore – and as I got closer – did it really say? It looks like… OBAMA St!!
I stopped my bike at the corner and pointed toward a sign, exclaiming to a random man. English wasn’t his first language, so it took a second for us to get on the same page, then we smiled at each other, laughed and went our separate ways. It was beautiful. I snapped a photo on my phone and posted to Twitter.
After my appointment, I saw some students snapping photos but no one knew at the time who had executed this stunt. It was fun, though, watching people react to it – drivers honking, yelling, pedestrians smiling, snapping pics, etc. So super cool.
A friend of mine IMd me once I got back to my desk to inform that it was the work of Laughing Squid – how appropriate!
Well done, guys! This thoroughly made my morning. :)
UPDATE: Apparently I assumed this was done by Laughing Squid, however just learned that a group called Survival Research Laboratories (they have a Wikipedia page) was behind the stunt. Thanks, Derek, for the tip! http://sfcitizen.com/blog/2009/01/20/survival-research-labs-changes-bush-street-to-obama-street/
Today was certainly exciting. And amid all the excitement – and following up on the heels of Obama’s near-flawless digital campaign, including his YouTube weekly addresses which I’ve vowed to watch regularly now! (NY resolution #43925732890!) – the re-vamped Whitehouse.gov site (did anyone visit the White House Web site when Bush was in office? I sure didn’t) launched its new blog!
Heading up the blog is a new name (to me, anyway) – Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House. Macon explains the new Administration’s goals for the blog in one of the first posts.
I find this all very, very cool, as I think I’ve blogged about previously. Can’t wait to see all that comes out of this Presidency and our Government, moving foward.
Would be interested in your feedback on the site – what would you find most valuable from your government on its Web site and blog? Engage!
Also – some fun trivia for the day from Mashable via the CNN/Facebook alignment for inauguration day coverage:
1. There were 200,000+ status updates through the Facebook integration on CNN.com
2. at that time, 3,000 people commented on the Facebook CNN feed per minute
3. Obama’s Facebook Fan Page has more than 4 million fans and in excess of 500,000 wall posts
Did anyone tune in to this live streaming? I personally watched on the big (old school) screen with the office. Do share thoughts if you tuned in!
Peace! Enjoy your inaug celebrations!
OK, so many of you heard my tirade for wi-fi-enabled digital cameras. I did some searching after our meeting and found a David Pogue article as far back as Sept 2005 hammering on about the “obvious” pairing of wi-fi sharing and digital cameras. Duh! What’s taking so long, I wonder (as did Pogue, then).
WELL. You will be happy to know that a few cameras do exist with wifi – Kodak, for one. I have a Kodak EasyShare camera that I absolutely LOVE though I had no idea they offered cameras with wifi! (OK, so it was a gift, so I didn’t have much choice in the matter, but still!) I noticed they only offer 4 and 6 MP varieties, so I wonder if that has something to do with the price-point with Wi-Fi, etc. (keeping low enough to still generate demand, perhaps)
I can’t wait to see what comes out of this category. And if you find anything else cool in the category of wi-fi-enabled digital cameras, please let me know!
Like this – completely utilitarian – wi-fi camera UMBRELLA. Ah, the Japanese consumer electronics industry is awesome.