Links for January 21st from 08:43 to 17:23

This entry was published at least two years ago (originally posted on January 21, 2009). Since that time the information may have become outdated or my beliefs may have changed (in general, assume a more open and liberal current viewpoint). A fuller disclaimer is available.

Sometime between 08:43 and 17:23, I thought this stuff was interesting. You might think so too!

  • US Democracy Server: Patch Day: * Leadership: Will now scale properly to national crises. Intelligence was not being properly applied. * A bug has been fixed that allowed the President to ignore the effects of debuffs applied by the Legislative classes. * Drain Treasury: There appears to be a bug that allowed loot to be transferred from the treasury to anyone on the President’s friends list, or in the President’s party. We are investigating. * Messages to and from the President will now be correctly saved to the chat log. * Messages originating from the President were being misclassified as originating from The American People. * A rendering error that frequently caused the President to appear wrapped in the American Flag texture has been addressed.
  • Gregg Nations’s Job – Keeping ‘Lost’ on Track: ith 34 episodes to go in its two final seasons, the stories of nearly 100 characters to wrap up, several Dharma stations to keep track of and a whole lot of time traveling going on, the writers of “Lost” are doing anything but winding down. Yet their task — untangling the seemingly impenetrable mass of plotlines that have become addictive to some viewers of the show and alienating to others — is relatively simple compared with that of Gregg Nations.
  • The Inauguration of President Barack Obama – The Big Picture: Yesterday was a historic day. On January 20th, 2009, Barack H. Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America – the first African-American ever to hold the office of U.S. Commander-in-Chief. The event was witnessed by well over one million attendees in chilly Washington D.C., and by many millions more through coverage on television and the Internet. Collected here are photographs of the event, the participants, and some of the witnesses around the world.
  • 88 Lines about 44 Presidents: Washington was quite reluctant / Didn't want to rule the land, / Adams, more enthusiastic, / Claimed Sedition Acts were grand, / Jefferson bought half the nation, / Headlined the two dollar bill, / Madison's Federalist Papers / Seemed to give him quite a thrill.
  • Obama inauguration stops traffic – web traffic, that is: Shh! Hear that? It's the sound of people not searching and not doing things on the web while Barack Obama is giving his inauguration speech. This is a man who can stop traffic of all sorts – including web traffic.