SNL VP Debate

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The crew at Saturday Night Live has, I think, outdone themselves again.  If the Palin/Clinton speech and Couric interview skits were comedy gold, their take on the VP debate went to a whole new level.  They parodied both Biden and Palin mercilessly.

 

The Battle Hymn and the Centrists

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According to the commenters over at Michelle Malkin’s blog (but not necessarily Michelle herself), you have to be a conservative to appreciate the song played for the arrival of the Pope at the White House, the Civil War-era patriotic song, “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

The highly religiously themed song seems appropriate to welcome a reigning pontiff, but that’s not why I appreciate the song.  Not being very religious, I don’t care much about its lyrics.  I care more about the music, and BHotR has some awesome music.

It’s a very powerful piece, and listening to it twice over just now really set up the rest of my day for me.  Take that as you will.

 

A New Way to YouTube

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I’m glad that YouTube has finally decided to let people upload multiple videos at once.  That way, you just fill out all the information and go away for a while.  No more coming back to check if one video is done, so you can go on to another.  It works for someone like me, since for the club I’m in, we upload the news packages that we create for the newscast to YouTube, so people can see them when we’re not airing the newscasts.

We always have several packages per week, so it helps to be able to do it all at once, since I have a tendency to forgot about them if a good show is on or something.  So, an hour will pass, in which I could probably have gotten them done, and I’ll only be on the second.

I’m also happy that YouTube has raised the file size limit to 1gb.  Not happy they haven’t changed this for single file uploads, but hopefully they will soon.  Now people will be able to upload videos that come out with better quality in the end.  Still not quite as good as the original, but it’ll be a start.

Overall, I’m happy with the changes.  I, like other people, wished they’d up the file limit, in case I ever attempt to put on a full show again.  Frankly, Google Video makes things a little too anonymous for my liking – nothing is linked to a certain uploader like with YouTube’s channels.  Plus, I don’t want to have to go through two places, though I understand the differences between the two, or at least the perceptions.  Google Video is maybe construed as their more “professional” service, while YouTube is more of a “home video” upload place.  I don’t say they’re right, but maybe that’s Google’s thinking.

Anyway, happy with the changes, but more are needed.

 

Reaction

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I have received some very positive commentary on a couple of the questions I submitted for the CNN/YouTube Republican debate, and I cannot be happier that I decided to participate.  Commentary is obviously no guarantee any of my questions will get chosen for the debate (which would be an awesome thing to happen), but I’m just happy to know that people took a look at them.

I do plan on submitting some more questions in the coming weeks, and I’ll probably touch on some other hot button issues as illegal immigration and abortion.  However, with the slew of other people asking these same questions, I want to be creative.  Ever sine I submitted it, I haven’t seen any questions asking the candidates to choose one mistake they’ve made during their terms, and tell the lessons from it.  There could be some out there, who knows, but I have yet to see it.  So, I hope to really focus on more questions such as that one.  Something that could get the candidates really thinking.

Since, honestly, any candidate can just repeat a platform position that anybody could look up.  But when they have to start getting honest with voters about their past, I think it can really show their character.  It is true that they could just simply deflect the question, but I hope they would not, as that too would be a show of character.

So, in conclusion, I’m happy with what people have said, and though I was planning on doing so anyway, seeing that really makes me want to continue submitting questions.  Prepare to see more in the coming weeks!