Friday, February 27, 2009

OMG! iPhone in metro??!

Heyyyy!  I come bearing great news ... from WMATA!

No longer are Verizon and Sprint a part of the exclusive club that can use their cell phones on Metro ... everyone is joining the party.  And we are going to get upgraded service, so you can actually browse the internet and such in the system.

Additionally Metro is scoring a new public safety and communications network.

This will all be in place by the end of 2012, but twenty of the busiest underground stations will have the service by the end of this year!!

Metro is also making big bucks off of this - which is good during the budget shortfall!

The press release is here.

Now I wonder when we talk about Quiet Cars... Because that will be necessary - ASAP.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

DC Voting Rights Act

Thank god for this:

Not this crazy crap.

Metro. Metro. Metro.

Hey ... In case someone who reads this blog isn't my Facebook friend - Metro is on Facebook.

Yea ... I am really excited.

They are here.

And yes you should add them as a friend.

Additionally - as you don't know.  I've been meaning to write a post about all this garbage with Metro considering service cuts due to the budget shortfall.  I am being extremely lazy and have not been able to get around to writing it (sorry), but I'm sure you've read it on every other DC blog.  Though no one is advocating for fare increases as much as I am.

Anyway ... WaPo ran a story over the weekend about Metro's fan page, and decided to quote me (though they didn't inform me that they were doing so) ... needless to say I am quite flattered/excited.  The article is here - you should go check it out and give WaPo some hits.  I'm not sure if it was published in the actual paper, but I doubt it - after all who reading a physical paper knows what social networking is.  And I took a little excerpt from the article, so you should enjoy:

Metro could certainly use friends like one poster named Tim.

"I really think that Metro needs to stop talking service cuts and start talking fare increases," he wrote. "I understand that we raised fares only a year or two ago -- but I would much rather be paying an additional 50 cents per trip than I would have to deal with trains/buses coming less frequently (they already don't come frequently enough)."

Me, My, I?


Ask anyone of my friends and they will tell you that I am not exactly on the up and up with my grammar ... eh it happens.  It's not the end of the world.  I try when I can, but I'm not going to break my back over it.

So The Paper of Record has an interesting Op-Ed piece regarding Obama's use of 'I' instead of 'me' ... read it ... enjoy it.  Here.

Oh - also here is the full text of Obama's speech before the Joint Session of Congress

Monday, February 23, 2009

Gays at the Oscars

I'll be brief, but I wanted to highlight how excited and touched I was by the two wins for MILK last night at the Oscars. Dustin Lance Black (only 34 years old) won for Best Writing in an Original Screenplay and Sean Penn won Best Actor.

It's not often that we sit down together as a country, and hell, with people around the world watching, it's not often we sit down as a global community ... and discuss gay rights. In a forum with as much viewership and impact as the Oscars, these two wins meant an enormous amount to me. My heart swelled listening to these two speeches ... I got the chance to truly feel proud about who I am.

Many will say that this is just the first step, there's so far to go, or the impact of this will be lost because of this or that ... but I'm going to savor it.

Black's acceptance speech:

" ... When I was 13 years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas to California, and I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life. It gave me the hope one day I could live my life openly as who I am and then maybe even I could even fall in love and one day get married.

I wanna, I wanna thank my mom, who has always loved me for who I am even when there was pressure not to. But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he'd want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches, by the government or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights federally, across this great nation of ours. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you, God, for giving us Harvey Milk."