Friday, March 23, 2007

Bush Was Promised That There'd Be No Math

Speaking from the High Horse Room at the White House, Bush sneered at the "narrow margin" by which the 2008 troop withdrawal measure passed the House.

218 out of 430 votes.

That's 50.7%.

If that number sounds familiar, it's because that's how many votes Bush got in 2004:


Back then, he claimed 50.7% was a "mandate" that gave him "political capital."

Of course, I'm sure 50.7% seemed like a lot to Bush, since in the 2000 debacle he failed to crack 48%.

I guess margins must seem wider the closer you are to them.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Grande Google Mobile No-Google

I love finding ways to use Google and my cell phone as a problem-solving duo. I've written about how great an app Google Mobile is, and how Google Send-to-Phone is a must-have if you are snippet-oriented (as I am). And sending text messages to Google Calendar is a really easy way to schedule appointments. (And don't get me started on Google Notebook)

But as always, Google SMS is the service that most wows people who've never used it. In short, just send a text message to the mobile number 466453 (GOOGLE). Tell it what you want and where you are. That's it.

You can text "Pizza 90038" or "Starbucks 60620"... and you'll get back a text message or two with some suggestions. Text the word "help" and you'll get a list of all the cool things you can do (movie times, prices searches, translation, driving directions, etc.... as well as just plain old Googling).

I confess I've used that Starbucks search many times, in order to find the nearest java fix pronto. Well now Starbucks itself has gotten into the act. Just text your zip code to MYSBUX (697289) and you're golden.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Great Ad: "89% of Women Can't Find Anything to Wear in the Morning"

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My Friend Irma (and Nia)

This is a great way to start your Monday.

I'm a sucker for unlikely-animal-bonding stories, and this one is a good one. Baby Sumatran tiger cubs Dema and Manis are rooming with baby orangutans Nia and Irma. And loving it.

The four were abandoned by their mothers shortly after birth, and have bonded in captivity in a way they never would have in the wild. They've been playing and cuddling for a month, but sadly, in another month or two nature will win out over nurture and they'll have to be separated.

But if Disney movies have taught us anything, it's that years from now, grown-up Manis will be bearing down teeth-first on a juicy orangutan and suddenly stop short. "Irma? Is that you??"

And then their new adventure will begin. A journey that will take them through dangers that will thrill you and discoveries that will move you. Moments that will make you laugh and moments that might just touch your heart... and new songs by Elton John, Phil Collins, Counting Crows and Jack Johnson.

(This film is not yet rated.)