Category Archives: Ruhminations

Welcome to Nate’s New Blog

Welcome

Welcome to the new blog. I’ve already posted a number of entries in the past few weeks to give you something to read. Our son Nate is the focus, but I’ll occasionally post other random family events as well.

Subscribing

To subscribe, click on the Nate’s Blog RSS link on your left, or enter http://dashausvonruh.squarespace.com/nate-blog/rss.xml into your favorite RSS reader.

If you need an RSS reader, I recommend Reeder on the Mac, iPad and iPhone. Of course, you can always subscribe via your web browser and Google Reader.

Month-to-Month

I’ll be migrating the Month-to-Month pages to this new website over the next few months, as well as adding new ones.

Older Versions of Nate’s Blog

The site that I ran from Nate’s birth to early 2011 can be found here.

Is This Thing On?

If you’re still reading, you’ve probably noticed that this blog has gone silent lately.  There’s been a number of reasons for this.  I have the usual “I’ve been busy” excuse, with a two-year old, a busy job, and some other projects to point to.  But there’s another reason, more technical, and more serious.

This blog and website are created with Apple’s iWeb software, and hosted on their MobileMe publishing platform.  iWeb has not had a major update in about 3 years.  In a world where an increasing number of people are sharing photos, videos and stories on advertising sites(1), Apple has clearly lost interest in supporting this product.

Worse, earlier this spring, Apple announced plans to shut down MobileMe.  That’s right- on March 31, 2012, this web site, and everything on it, will disappear into the electronic aether.  

This left me in a bit of a quandary.  I’ve needed to find a way to save the contents of this site from extinction.  There’s no easy way to extract data from iWeb into another format.  I’ve also been acutely aware that the more I post on this site, the more material I will have to move over.  Not a pleasant prospect.  And not exactly an incentive to post more.

Fear not- the story ends well.  I’m made good progress setting up another website.  I even think I’ve found a way to move all the stuff  from *here* over to *there*.  But… there’s still a lot of virtual scafolding in place, and I want to wait a *wee* bit longer before I unveil the new site (2).

So this post is both an apology and a tease.  Watch this space for more.

(1) A found a great quote here: “If you’re not paying for something, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.”  I won’t mention them by name, but they rhyme with “Spacehook” and “Kugel Bus.”

(2) If you’re really curious, try your favorite search engine.  It’s not hard to find. 

Larimer County Democratic Convention

Last weekend I attended the Larimer County Democratic Convention.  The event was held at a local high school.  It was pretty crowded, with other 1000 attendees.  To start, we signed in as either delegates or alternate delegates.  At the caucus, I volunteered to represent my precinct as an alternate delegate for Barack Obama.  

 

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When registration is complete, the convention started in the high school auditorium, and the organizers figured out how many delegates didn’t show.  They first filled any empty slots with alternates from the same precinct.  They then filled other empty slots with alternates from other precincts with the same voter preferences.  This is how I got seated as a delegate- my name was drawn from a hat to represent another precinct.  This point was about 2.5 hours after I arrived at the convention.  After finding my seat in the auditorium, it was time to recess for lunch…

 

After lunch we heard a few speeches, and then voted for our senatorial candidate.  This took about 45 minutes, which would not have bothered me- except that there were only 2 candidates, and one did not get enough votes to make the cutoff threshold.  So we took 45 minutes to rubber-stamp the only candidate…

 

When I first arrived at the convention, there were Clinton signs everywhere.  I couldn’t figure this out- after all, we already voted at the caucus, and this whole day was just to confirm what we already knew.   Theoretically, though, delegates are allowed to change their votes, even if it is strongly discouraged.  Still, it was enough to feel nervous when the clapping started after the announcement that 199 delegates had pledged for Clinton.  But then they announced the 485 delegates for Barack Obama, and the auditorium shook with thunderous  applause.  OK, then…

 

For the presidential balloting, they did a better job of organizing the lines to vote, so I think it took less time.  I had to show my delegate credentials, then got a ballot.  I checked the box, signed my name, handed in my ballot, and went home.

 

Summary: Signed my name 7 times, checked a few boxes.

 

Elapsed time: 6 hours.  

 

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I Caucused!

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Dorinna and I went to our first political caucus tonight.  

It was strange, a bit chaotic, and kind of cool.  

Our precinct was represented by 45 voters, and there were maybe 10 precincts in the Junior High caucus site.  The precinct chair got elected the old-fashioned way- one poor guy was too slow to say he didn’t want the job…

We did a straw poll to start- a good old fashioned show of hands resulting in Obama 22- Clinton 20- Undecided 3.  We then actually debated – anyone who wanted to could speak up on behalf of their candidate.  The arguments were familiar:

Pro-Clinton: more experienced candidate; best person for the job

Pro-Obama: more support from Republicans and Independents; can win the election

I spoke on behalf of Obama.  Our camp managed to persuade 2 of the undecideds, with the other one remaining on the fence.  

So our precinct is sending 5 delegates to the county convention in March- 3 for Obama and 2 for Clinton.  I signed up to be an alternate delegate for Obama.

We continued to debate a number of resolutions for the party platform.  We voted to oppose nuclear mining (I was the sole dissenter), oppose the proposed Poudre River dam, support measures to help global warming, and support universal health care.

It was fun!

Ruh Music

Ruh band

No- really. It’s freaking me out a little, but there’s a rock band in Stockholm called “Ruh.” You can listen to some tracks on their MySpace page. They sing in English, and describe themselves as follows:

Expressive melancholy and dynamic voyages in omnicolour. During dark winternights – 05, acoustic guitar sessions took place in small flats surrounding Stockholm. A new idea was forming, taking its first steps towards realisation. Like all musicians, we had our eager discussions. What is great music? How come some music influence you and absorb, while some don’t? Ignoring the fact of individual taste we finally found that: – If you sincerely and truly honest mean your words and tones, people will be moved, and the music will prevail. In the end, that goes for everything. Mean it.