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What are you voting for?

Like many liberals, I was a very strong supporter of Barack Obama in 2008. In fact, when hearing him speak at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, I thought to myself, "this man ought to run for president." I had fully and faithfully drank his "hope and change" Kool-Aid. I even defended some of his cowardice in the first year of his presidency, thinking that he was compromising now to build a coalition to get more done on the serious stuff, down the road.

But... but... but our ancestors ate animals

Let me start with something completely unrelated and see if I can tie it into the title in a meaningful way. A couple of years ago I went skydiving. I always kept telling my wife how much I would love to go skydiving except I never did anything about it since I am scared, I mean, crazy scared of heights. Being the wonderful wife she is, she decides to get me a skydiving gift certificate... one with an expiration date. One thing I dislike more than heights is wasting money. I am, after all, Indian.

Live as if we'll live forever.

Carpe Diem. Most people take this to mean that we should live everyday as if it were our last. But, for you, dear reader, and billions of others around the world that is not the case. Most of us will live another day; in fact, very likely many days. To live as if it were our last day on this planet would most certainly encourage hedonistic activities and cause us more harm than good. Clearly, this is not a good way to go about our daily lives.

Why a third party is the best bet for progressives and liberals.

UPDATE 3: I guess I was wrong. Hopefully, Obama will be a better president the second time around.

UPDATE 2: Americans Elect did not reach the support they hoped to gain, so will not have a candidate in the 2012 Presidential Election. Therefore, if you call yourself a liberal or progressive, consider voting for Jill Stein or Rocky Anderson, whoever has the higher media presence. I say higher media presence because their political views are similarly aligned and voting for the one without the media presence will split the true liberal votes. Whatever you do, stay away from the two dominant dumber and dumber candidates.

UPDATE: Soon after I wrote this post, I was made aware of Americans Elect, a organization that is creating the first nonpartisan presidential nomination in U.S. history where citizens choose candidates based on issues that matter to them. Check it out at http://www.americanselect.org/.

To all the Obama apologists out there, answer me this question, is the country better off now than when Obama was sworn in as president?

Don't give me BS answers like, how much worse it would be under the alternative because that is not what happened. In 2008, he was the right choice, but is he still the right choice for 2012? Do you support the war on Libya (and the reasons why we aren't in Bahrain and Syria)? Do you approve of the extension of the Bush tax cuts that he signed into law? Are you OK with Obama saying he will close Guantanamo but hasn't? Are you OK with the drone strikes in Pakistan that kills more innocents than terrorists? Are you OK with Obama administrations treatment of Bradley Manning who exposed the war atrocities of the U.S. military? Are you OK with asking immigrants to support Obama, whose administration oversees ICE and is responsible for rounding up and deporting more "illegals" than Bush?

Adding fade-in fade-out effects in Windows Live Movie Maker

Recently I needed to add fade-in and fade-out effects to a video using Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM). By default, you can only apply one effect per clip and I needed to apply two. It is possible to do this in WLMM. I searched the intertubes to find a tutorial on how to do it but did not find any that worked with the Live version of Window Movie Maker. So, after digging around the settings, I found the solution and thought I would create a video tutorial on how to do it. Here it is for your pleasure. Video transcript below, just in case.

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