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Good quote

I found this great quote today from an ancient New York Times Magazine piece on Bill Parcels.

Don’t confuse routine with commitment.

I think I’m going to have to remember that in my rowing training. Just showing up because I’ve always shown up isn’t enough; I have to always push myself.

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I’m supporting Obama in ’08

Ever since his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, I’ve been a fan of Barack Obama. Even before that famous speech I had known about him, given the chaos and mess of the 2004 Illinois Senate election. He had won the Democratic nomination, a bit of a surprise if I remember right, and then became the obvious favorite once the Republican candidate dropped out of the race. (Even at that point, no Republican wanted to join the election halfway through, running against a charismatic Obama.)

I was excited to hear that he was interested in running for President, and even more excited when he actually announced his candidacy. From the news I read and the people I talked to, I thought he would do better than the media was predicting.

After Barack won Iowa and South Carolina, people have really started looking at him anew. Just in time for Super Tuesday!

I’m supporting Barack Obama for President in 2008. As an American that lives abroad, I don’t really get a chance to vote for him in the primary, but certainly look forward to voting for him in November. I’ve also put a poster-pic in the right sidebar of this blog.

If you haven’t already seen it, please play the video below. It’s the kind of video that could be a true phenomenon in this years’ election.

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Incredible bookstore!


A while ago I read about this absolutely INCREDIBLE new bookstore in the Netherlands. (H/T to John at Brand Autopsy.) An old (essentially unused) church in the heart of this city was turned into the most incredible bookstore you’ll likely ever see.

The building hadn’t been used as a church for years. In more recent times it had been used for bicycle storage, of all things, which seems like an inappropriately poor use for a building of that significance.

Well, a bookstore has now moved in and really done a good job of melding a bookstore into the space and beauty of a good-sized cathedral.

These photos are fantastic.


[UPDATE]- More photos on the BLDG BLOG here.