Obama’s Post-Convention Bounce

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I won’t say we’re off to the races just yet… While McCain’s Sarah Palin debacle may help inflate Obama’s numbers in the near term, you can be sure the GOP has some nasty nasty tricks up its sleeve come October. Still, Gallup’s latest tracking poll sure looks good, as do the latest Gallup/USAToday polling numbers:

The new survey shows Americans settling into their choices. Twenty-one percent of registered voters say they either haven’t decided or might change their minds. In a USA TODAY Poll before the convention, 30% were swing voters.

Among other findings:

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Hurricane Gustav: Social Media to Help You Help Others

NPR new media man Andy Carvin launched a Ning site for information and services regarding http://gustav08.ning.com is up and running.

We want your help and ideas. It takes a network army to avoid future catastrophes like Katrina three years ago. Log in here and join the discussion and please tell your friends and contacts to add their input / services / requests / ideas.

Thanks. My fingers are crossed, but the current infrared satellite shot below looks terrifying — whether the storm comes ashore near New Orleans or elsewhere. Up to 100 people have already died as a result of the storm in the Caribbean. And Tropical Storm Hanna is not far behind in the Atlantic.

Now’s the time to prove the strength of social media circa August 2008.

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radar image of Gustav via NOAA taken at 6:15pm EDT August 30.


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Radiohead at Hollywood Bowl — Best Live Band Today

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After being somewhat underwhelmed by Radiohead from outside Lollapalooza earlier this month, I was completely blown away last night at the Hollywood Bowl. I had looked forward to seeing Radiohead at the Bowl all year as it is my favorite venue — the open [dry] air element lends itself to pristine sound and with the elaborate light/visual show put on by Radiohead’s crew, sitting in the Bowl felt not unlike floating in outer space. Jonny Greenwood is one of the greatest guitarists of our time. I’m saying this now, because, it’s not just his tone and creativity, but his ability to rip away in multiple directions and also disappear into the atmosphere of a song or play straight acoustic. Kind of like Jimmy Page. And while I like to make fun of Thom Yorke for mumbling and moaning incessantly, he was very effective and very sharp utilizing his voice as a melodic instrument. And the guy is no hack at guitar/piano either.

I snuck some short video clips with my crappy digital [still] — it’s worth sharing the handful of 15-second clips combined in the video below to give you an idea of the light show. The sound is horrible on the camera, although it was pristine at the show… and yes, the video may be nauseating, but, hey, you’ve been warned. Further below, the setlist and a few more videos from the end of the show of 1-2 minutes each.

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