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David Sloane
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Thinking very seriously about computers, information, and community. Also croissants.
Thinking very seriously about computers, information, and community. Also croissants.

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World + Dog Embrace DevOps - here are some references on how to do it right
The guys who wrote The Visible Ops Handbook - an indispensable ops book - wrote a novel called The Phoenix Project , about DevOps. I have a hard time taking a novel about DevOps seriously - I like my fiction and IT guides in their own formats. So I haven't ...
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Iceland 2014
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Wicker Park's Fountain + panorama
Bucktown, Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago's Millenium Park panorama, today, after the rain stopped
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At the corner of Damen, Milwaukee and North, in Wicker Park, Chicago, this morning at 5:00 AM.
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Davis Square at the end of March, before the sun went down.
Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts
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On March 8, 2011, the President spoke to a bi-partisan group of college students in Boston, and he emphasized the need for compromise and pragmatism, of modest, achievable goals.

At http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/07/17/obamas-last-lecture/, DDay writes:
"One of the more constant critiques of this Presidency is that Barack Obama has failed to teach a generation of willing listeners a story about his beliefs and his values, something that will outlast his term in office and provide a blueprint for the future. This isn’t true. He’s teaching a fundamental lesson. It just may not be one that progressives value."
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I sometimes comfort myself, or others, with the idea that the President, an extremely bright man, just doesn't understand something. If he seems ineffective, it's just a lack of understanding, of rhetoric, or of political theater, or of Republicans, or of Wall Street... But that's an unrealistic assessment. This is who he is, a practical, pragmatic centrist. When he expresses liberal ideals in detail, he's inspiring. But usually these ideals are referenced briefly, as an example of unrealistic expectations.

Obama is not FDR, or JFK, or even Bill Clinton, who can still muster a righteous, rhetorical indignation at inequality and injustice. For all of his gentle, needling criticism of Bill Clinton during the 2008 campaign, Obama's penchant for compromise looks awfully familiar. He has not been an outspoken champion for the rights and welfare of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters - the poor, the sick, the very old, and the very young. I'll work very hard for his re-election. Not only is the President very bright, he seems to be an excellent manager. And electing even the most rational, moderate Republican available would be a terrible setback. But, to avoid disappointment, as Obama advises so clearly, I'll look elsewhere for liberal fighters and messengers.
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