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Thank you for believing all the way. Through every hill, through every valley. You lifted me up the whole way, and I will always be grateful for everything that you’ve done and all the incredible work that you’ve put in.
Barack Obama (via mar-see-ah)
Tonight more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our own union moves forward. It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American nation and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.
Barack Obama (via mar-see-ah)
election:

How a genius election-related graphic came together
The other night, I posted this really amazing New York Times graphic breaking down the numerous roads to Electoral College victory Obama and Romney can take. Think the graphic was cool? Now here’s how they did it. In the words of the Times’ very own Mike Bostock:

The hard part of this graphic, implementation-wise, is the animated transition as you flip states. Although this is superficially similar to collapsible interactive trees I had implemented previously, it turned out to be more challenging due to the pruning below decision nodes. To assist my thinking, I sketched out a sample tree with eight different interactions and the corresponding animations. With examples, it was possible to generalize the behavior of the transitions and start the implementation.

Which road do you think the Electoral College is going to take?
— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

election:

How a genius election-related graphic came together

The other night, I posted this really amazing New York Times graphic breaking down the numerous roads to Electoral College victory Obama and Romney can take. Think the graphic was cool? Now here’s how they did it. In the words of the Times’ very own Mike Bostock:

The hard part of this graphic, implementation-wise, is the animated transition as you flip states. Although this is superficially similar to collapsible interactive trees I had implemented previously, it turned out to be more challenging due to the pruning below decision nodes. To assist my thinking, I sketched out a sample tree with eight different interactions and the corresponding animations. With examples, it was possible to generalize the behavior of the transitions and start the implementation.

Which road do you think the Electoral College is going to take?

— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

(via gov)

Mitt Romney: “Terrorism wasn’t even mentioned in 2000 debates” — only it was.

cognitivedissonance:

Mitt Romney, Oct. 22nd, 2012: “In the 2000 debates there was no mention of terrorism, for instance. And a year later, 9/11 happened. So we have to make decisions based upon uncertainty.”

Survey says…

Sen. Joe Lieberman, Oct. 5th, 2000: “In fact, this administration has begun to transform the American military to take it away from being a Cold War force to prepare it to meet the threats of the new generation of tomorrow, of weapons of mass destruction, of ballistic missiles, terrorism, cyber warfare.”

Vice President Al Gore, Oct. 17th, 2000: “In the Congress, in the House of Representatives, I served on the House Intelligence Committee and I worked hard to learn the subject of nuclear arms control and how we can diffuse these tensions and deal with non-proliferation and deal with the problems of terrorism and these new weapons of mass destruction. Look, we’re gonna face some serious new challenges in the next four years.”

Now, if Romney had said that terrorism hadn’t been mentioned in the 2000 debates by George W. Bush or Dick Cheney, he’d be right.

Sorry, Mitt. Your point about terrorism is more like errorism.

Tumblrarians, make it happen.

annaetc:

morerobots:

thelifeguardlibrarian:

It’s clear we’re a community now. So I’m thinking, as such, we should make things happen. And I know you’re hearing this a lot from me. I’m not trying to Smoot you to death. But one of those things I’m hoping might happen is to signal boost the socks off EveryLibrary.

Trust me, I have no more pennies to put into this thing. That’s not what I’m asking for either. But we pump up the followers, send out the message, we reach the people with pennies to give and we make it happen.

There’s a $500 matching pledge on this week. Let’s do it.

I’m in. Reblog this, facebook it (make sure your statuses are public though grr), tweet it, whatever trendy new social network is in it. Even if you aren’t a librarian. 

Libraries are about making information as easily accessible as possible for the public. If you don’t have a computer or internet access, it can give you that. It can help you with your homework. Everything you ever wanted to know, and then some. 

I love working in a library. I love being a librarian. Library school was one of the most last minute random decisions in my life, and today I’m so so so glad I did it because despite all of the problems the library world faces, I truly believe that this is the BEST time to be a librarian right now. Everything is changing and I love every minute of it.

As a lifelong fan of libraries and a maybe someday library school student: Yes. Good. Do this.

(via annaverity)

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