Archive for November, 2008

Stepping It Up A Notch

Posted in Blog Stuff on November 11, 2008 by Jamie

I’ve always liked that saying, even though I have no idea what it literally means. Oh well.

Here I am, writing yet ANOTHER post about how I’ll be improving my blogging from now on. Believe it or not, I actually have a pretty busy life. Between work and school, I don’t have much free time to do anything at all. But a blog post really doesn’t take that much time at all. A few minutes and I should be able to whip up a little post, and the very least a paragraph or two.

So that is where I am now. Eexperimenting with Twitter and Digg (google them), trying to feel for myself what it’s like to be a real blogger. And by “real blogger” I mean someone that actually updates semi-regularly. And not just stupid updates about what I’m doing right now, for that I use Twitter. From now on I’ll be trying to actually do the one post per day minumum I’ve promised.

This blog will have more posts, more variety, reviews on movies and music (old and new), commntary on sports and politics, and even comments about the mundane life of a 19-year-old student. Hopefully I’ll actually begin to use this blog not as an escape into the virtual world, but as sort of an addition to my life, something that only makes it better.

Like an extra arm, but less gross.

The Awesomeness Of Motivational Posters

Posted in Blog Stuff with tags on November 5, 2008 by Jamie

An election recap will be available sometime today, but for now I’ve been wasting my time with something else; motivational posters.

motivtionalposters

Originally, motivational posters were used for their actual purposes: motivation. There would be a picture of a hiker, for example, followed by a subtitle like “perseverance” or something like that. Recently, the creation of motivational posters has been turned into a fad. Find a funny picture, enter it into a generator, and text, and you’re done.

So that’s what I did for the last few minutes. Click here for a full collection, and check back later tonight for the election recap.

Presidential Election – Live Blog

Posted in Politics with tags on November 4, 2008 by Jamie

12:26 – After a very long day, I’m exhuasted so its time for bed. Good night, and check back tomorrow for more election updates, including postings of the final results. Thank you for your support today.

11:30 – I was actually very moved my John McCain’s concession speech. He said what he needed to say and united the party, choosing his words very wisely. Onto Obama’s acceptance speech…

11:09 – Gonna go watch his acceptance speech. Thanks for visiting The Blender and check back later for more analysis.

11:03 – Obama is now projected to win Washington, Oregon, and California. Game over.

11:00 – OBAMA WINS VIRGINIA!

10:52 – Virginia and Florida still way too close, with Obama leading 51%-49% in both states with almost all (over 75%) precincts accounted for in each.

10:47 – “The fat lady hasn’t sung but she’s got her costume on.” Wow, I love CNN radio.

10:38 – Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Missouri are all insanely close, within 2 or 3 percentage points max. Because of this, even though polls have been closed for hours, no winner can be projected. If Obama wins California, he needs ONE MORE STATE to clinch.

10:25 – McCain has won Mississippi.

10:22 – John McCain has won Texas. Big deal. That’s like throwing a hail-mary pass when you’re down by 35 with a minute to go.

10:21 – McCain aides have been quoted as saying they see “no path to victory based on the results for tonight.” Sucks for him. Obama is virtually guaranteed to win California, so he just needs one more state.

10:08 – Obama has earned another vote from the state of Maine (they don’t have a winner-take-all system.) Eight more…

10:06 – CNN projects that Obama will win Iowa. His real magic number? 215. When he hits that it’ll be recognized by almost everyone that he has one, because he pretty much has California in his pocket.

9:56 – My newly updated predictions, click to enlarge:

9569:50 – OBAMA WINS NEW MEXICO! GAME OVER! (Not officially…)

9:44 – The race is pretty much over. California, Oregon, and Washington, which have a combined 73 electoral votes, are all very blue, meaning they will more than likely vote Obama. Though the results for these west coast states won’t come in until later, we know that if and when Obama wins then, he will be merely 3 electoral votes away from the magic number: 270.

If Obama wins just ONE of these remaining states: Nevada, Hawaii, New Mexico, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina, in addition to the three west coasters, it’ll be curtains for McCain. And those are all states where either Obama is projected to win, or in a very close race.

9:36 – Obama wins Ohio! Game, set, and match.

9:32 – Obama has leads )albeit small ones,) in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. This could get ugly.

9:24 – McCain won West Virginia.

9:14 – John McCain has won Georgia.

9:09 – So where do we stand right now? Obama has won Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maine, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, Illinois, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and New York, for a total of 174 electoral votes.

Meanwhile, McCain has won Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama, Wyoming, and North Dakota, for a total of 49 electoral votes.

If Obama wins four of the west coast states he should win (Washington, Oregon, California, and New Mexico), he’ll be just 14 electoral votes away from clinching the presidency. McCain cannot afford to lose Virginia, Florida, or Ohio, or else the election is pretty much going to be official.

9:02 – Rhode Island, Michigan, Wisoncsin, Minnesota, and New York will go for Obama and Wyoming and North Dakota will go for McCain.

9:00 – Alabama will go for John McCain.

8:58 – Most of the Midwest are closing polls in a few minutes, and some big states (New York, Texas, etc,) will officially be awarded (almost 100% likely to be Obama, McCain, respectively.) expect a bunch of announcements soon.

8:55 – Not too much is happening that I haven’t stated already, but Elizabeth Dole, the wife of former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole, has lost her bid for election in North Carolina. Can that state swing over to Obama’s side? We’ll see…

8:42 – Obama wins Pennsylvania.

8:41 – 54%-46% for McCain in Virginia with 43% of precincts reporting.

8:31 – Obama wins New Hampshire.

8:25 – Arkansas’ polls close in five minutes. Woo-hoo!

8:22 – McCain is winning 56%-43% in Virginia, with 26% of precincts reporting.

8:19 – Obama has a 54%-46% lead in Florida, with 24% of the precincts reporting. McCain has a 52%-47% lead in Indiana, with 34% of the precincts reporting. Other states are still too close to call, and even these two are still too close.

8:12 – It’s still a bit early to make any more projections, but personally, I project CNN will show the crowd in Chicago (who have gathered in extremely large numbers in anticipation of an Obama victory,) at least 100 more times tonight.

8:05 – Obama has a big lead in Florida, which would be great for his chances. It’s still early though.

8:03 – Barack Obama is now projected to win Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, and Illinois. While McCain is projected to win Tennessee and Oklahoma. This is in addition to the previous projections.

7:58 – John McCain is projected to win South Carolina’s eight electoral votes, despite being down in the current polls.

7:55 – “If John McCain can’t carry Pennsylvania, he’ll have a tough challenge ahead of him.” – Wolf Blitzer. He is so right… if McCain loses it, he’ll need to perform extremely well in the other states, including Florida, where winning by 16 percentage points, 58-42, with 11% of precincts reporting. Please feel free to comment by the way.

7:53 – Polls are closing at 8:00 pm in 15 states, including battlegrounds Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Florida, and Missouri. We should get some detailed results soon.

7:30 – Polls closed in Ohio, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Not enough data is available to predict a winner in either of these states.

7:24 – Polls getting set to close in Ohio, West Virginia, and North Carolina. A projected win for Obama in Ohio would be devastating to McCain’s chances.

7:02 – Polls close in those six states. CNN projects Obama will win Vermont and McCain will win Kentucky (no surprise here.)

6:47 – A number of states, including Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina, Indiana, and Vermont, end polling at 7pm. Stay tuned. These results could be big…

6:45 – Check out the “pages” at the top of the blog for various election material.

Election Special: What To Expect

Posted in Politics with tags on November 4, 2008 by Jamie

I’ve been very busy lately, so I haven’t had much time to update the blog with some new stuff.

But because today, (well probably, tomorrow or even later,) a new president will be elected, choosing a new president for the next four years, I figured I needed something.

Sometime today, before polls being to close (around 7) I will submit my last election preview. In addition to that, I will have a live updated post, stating and discussing each result as it comes in. You can go to my blog, and keep refreshing every few minutes for brand new updates.

Enjoy.