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Visualize Vee Pees: Data-crunching the Biden-Palin debate

Regardless of how you viewed tonight's vice-presidential debate between Democratic Sen. Joe Biden and Republican Gov. Sarah Palin, the data visualization site    More
Thursday, October 2, 2008 by Ian Gillingham

20 Minutes to the Veep-down

Do you have your Palin Bingo cards ready?

...   More
Thursday, October 2, 2008 by Ian Gillingham

BEIJING STREET REPORT: Simms Shuts Down the Olympics

As the games in Beijing come to a close and the Olympic flame is doused, Jason Simms files his last report about his time there, making videos on the street for the English, baby! website:
With the closing ceremonies...   More
Sunday, August 24, 2008 by Ian Gillingham

Wash Post: Biden Is VP Pick

The Washington Post is reporting confirmation that Barack Obama will be announcing his selection of Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate Saturday:
Saturday, August 23, 2008 by Ian Gillingham


Jason Simms files another report on the Olympic Games:
Other than my ping pong tickets, we didn't buy anything in advance because we had this Chinese hookup who was going to get us in to stuff and the priority was to make videos for    More
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 by Ian Gillingham

BEIJING STREET REPORT: The Man with the Metal Balls

Jason Simms continues his reporting on the games outside the Games in Beijing (read earlier dispatches and watch videos here, here and    More
Saturday, August 16, 2008 by Ian Gillingham

BEIJING STREET REPORT: Simms Engages in Ping-Pong Diplomacy, Races Bike in Short-Shorts

Further emailed adventures of Jason Simms during his visit to Olympic-fevered Beijing for the website English, baby! (Read earlier dispatches here and    More
Friday, August 15, 2008 by Ian Gillingham

BEIJING STREET REPORT: Simms Trades Photo Ops for Interviews, Declares Chinese Karaoke "Not Lame"

Jason Simms sends a new dispatch from Beijing, where he's roaming the streets with a crew from the Portland-based website English, baby! during the Olympic Games. (Read Simms' first emails, including his experience of the opening ceremonies, here.)
Anyone can be famous in Beijing. All you have to do ...   More
Monday, August 11, 2008 by Ian Gillingham

Turn Your Dead Trees into Live Saplings: "36-Inch Forest," Monday at the Square

If you have a printer, chances are you also have a stack of junk pages sitting next to it—all those useless printout sheets created by overflow lines of copyright or legal disclaimer whenever you print out, say, a Google Map.
This coming Monday, instead of try...   More
Saturday, August 9, 2008 by Ian Gillingham

OLYMPIC CEREMONY UPDATE: Beijing Street Report from Jason Simms

Updated noon Friday, Aug. 8: Jason Simms sends an update after the Olympic opening ceremonies in Beijing:
Here's an opening ceremony update...before it even airs in the US!

Earlier today, a lot of people mistook me for an athlete but that's another story. What the world wants to know about now is the much anticipated opening ceremony. Right now, four billion people are watching the opening ceremony on TV. I am one of them.

Why would I watch it on TV if I'm in Beijing? Well, I'll tell you. I think I had a pretty typical opening ceremony evening for a Beijinger, actually.

Beijing is a city of 17 million people. The Olympic stadium can't hold more than 100,000 people. That's already 1/170th of the population of the city, but if you factor in all the foreigners at the opening ceremony, it adds up to the fact that pretty much no one actually got tickets. I mean, I met a millionaire today who wasn't going.

So all of these people who couldn't get in, figured they'd go somewhere to watch fireworks. There were three fireworks shows around town, but the English, baby! crew figured we'd go close to the stadium.

But no such luck. Everything is closed off for miles around the stadium. So we got as close as we could in a huge group of people up against a barricade in a park. It reminded me a scene in a zombie movie.

There were a few low fireworks, and the crowd surged. They couldn't see anything, really, and what they could see was pretty common place. Just fractions of fireworks like you see on any new year's. But everyone was taking pictures and shouting. Those were Olympic fireworks. You don't have to see them, you can feel them.

...for a while. After amazing us with their enthusiasm for something that couldn't be seen (we interviewed two young Chinese people at this time and both of them said that this was the most important day for their country in their lifetimes), people realized they couldn't see anything and left. Maybe there will be a huge fireworks show at the end of the ceremony. I wouldn't know. I'm going to bed in a minute. Watching all the country's teams parade by is only slightly less boring than staring at the skyline in a park. I hope no one thinks I'm a horrible person for saying that, but, c'mon, parades are boring, admit it.

Biking in Beijing, however? Never boring. Nor is Olympic ping pong, I imagine. I'll find find out for sure Wednesday.
[Photos from Beijing Olympics website]

Friday, August 8, 2008 by Ian Gillingham
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