News item600 private jets fly in to Obama's inauguration, 300 to George Bush's. http://blogs.wsj.com/wealth/2009/01/20/obama-inauguration-sets-record-for-private-jets/
      – DigitalBoss, 2009-01-21 at 21:29:00   (19 comments)

On 2009-01-21 at 21:29:30, DigitalBoss wrote...
limousine liberalism.
On 2009-01-21 at 22:34:48, Baslisks wrote...
I didn't see people hit the streets cheering when Bush was elected. I heard a groan when Gore was taken down.
On 2009-01-22 at 05:59:59, BorgClown wrote...
This Obamania is starting to worry me. It's like crowds living of wishing and hoping. Obama can't possibly fulfill the HUGE expectations he raises, he can't make the bogeyman go away in just four years.
On 2009-01-22 at 11:20:04, Lee J Haywood wrote...
At the very least he's a big contrast with Bush/McCain. It's really amazing how much he's actually planning to change - most of the things he mentions are stuff that politicians wouldn't ordinarily care about at all. And it's not just Obama but his entire team. I did spent ages looking at the inauguration Photosynths yesterday, but they were a bit disappointing considering how many pictures would have actually been taken. This one works in the browser with Silverlight (but not Moonlight), whereas the CNN one on the Photosynth site runs as a downloadable application... http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2009/44.president/inauguration/themoment/
On 2009-01-22 at 12:08:19, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7844280.stm
On 2009-01-22 at 16:39:25, Baslisks wrote...
I had people asking me why it isn't raining unicorns yet. It's his second day in office....
On 2009-01-22 at 19:43:47, Thelevellers wrote...
I think a lot of people will be disappointed, but as a change from the Bush years any thing he does is likely to be a giant leap in the right direction, so it will also be hard for him to get stuff wrong... Raining unicorns?! Sounds painful to me... Not quite sure what the original point of this thread was(?!), so I wont try and get back to it...
On 2009-01-22 at 20:21:15, Baslisks wrote...
@Thelevellers: Well the original point was to call us hippies hypocrites.
On 2009-01-22 at 21:42:32, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Yes, I meant to say that - even if Obama does nothing at all, it will be an improvement... well, almost. But there's news coming out of the White House already, and it seems that he's being mega busy doing cool things from the outset. http://i44.tinypic.com/11r8w78.jpg
On 2009-01-23 at 18:17:38, Thelevellers wrote...
Tee-hee - Hippiecrits! I know FAR too many of them, when you get concentrations of hippies you get all the bad ones too, and my parents are living in what must be the densest population of hippies in the UK... :S Lol, all I think when I see that pic, Lee, is a combo of 'WASUUUUP!', and the (I'm guessing UK only) Phones4U ad... It makes for interesting 'viewing'!
On 2009-01-23 at 19:07:53, Baslisks wrote...
there was a beer commercial. Wassup was a big thing for awhile in the USA.
On 2009-01-23 at 21:35:01, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I thought it was really impressive when someone shouted 'We love you, Obama' and he responded with 'I love you back'... but then I realised that he's used the exact same response several times, which ruins it slightly. http://www.panoramas.dk/US/baltimore-obama.html http://venturebeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/satellite-inauguration.png http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/bto/20090120/inauguration_3_crop.jpg
On 2009-01-24 at 10:06:57, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Thelevellers: I don't watch adverts... I've been using that gesture for at least a decade, so it's disappointing that it's been appropriated like that.
On 2009-01-25 at 03:52:59, BorgClown wrote...
Whoa, the crown picture is sweet. People really look like ants. I guess that all the colorful clothes eventually merge and look like a dark mess after a certain distance. Kinda like when you mixed all your putty into a big, dark plaster.
On 2009-01-25 at 03:53:32, BorgClown wrote...
I meant crowd, sheesh.
On 2009-01-25 at 10:15:05, Lee J Haywood wrote...
In that case, the sun was quite low so everyone would have been casting a shadow on their immediate neighbours. The shadows would necessarily be without much colour.
On 2009-01-25 at 14:47:42, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=15374
On 2009-01-26 at 02:14:26, BorgClown wrote...
Shadows or color blending? I'm inclined for the color blending theory, thinking that shadows would just darken a little the clothes. A close-up from above would be very colorful, shadows included.
On 2009-01-26 at 11:12:17, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Hmm, well I've noticed on a lot of aerial photographs that the shadows often betray the presence of objects that are otherwise too small vertical to be seen directly - e.g. flags on a golf course, or just lampposts, etc. The colours do blend as well, and I'm sure they would appear dark without the shadows.