capitolimg_photosynthUsing Photosynth technology, CNN combined their photos with professional shots to create three-dimensional spaces. This requires a download but its well worth it!

One potential inauguration tragedy, narrowly averted

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crowdThe historic crowd that gathered to see Barack Obama sworn in as president has now begun leaving the National Mall, crowding Metro stations and jamming downtown streets with human gridlock.

The “subversive” verses from Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land were sung by the American people today on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.


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This is my last pre-Inaugural post. These low quality photos were taken by me this morning with my cell phone at the Metro Center subway station. On the way in, on my bus, we passed the Capital and rode along Pennsylvania Avenue. Everything was decked out in red, white and blue glory. Its actually really pretty and peaceful today but I shudder to think what its going to be like next Tuesday when between one to four million people descend on DC.

Its really really cold here (13 degrees F, -3 degrees F with the wind chill) and its supposed to go down to single digits in the evening. On the day of the Inaugural its supposed to be a balmy 30 degrees F!

The metro was a mess this morning. There were two train outages on the red line and one on the yellow line. I managed to pack into one car like a sardine only to be told the train would be by passing my stop. Naturally, they didn’t announce that until we were outside so I had to get off the train and stand in the freezing cold for five minutes until one arrived that would be stopping on my stop. Does that make any sense? The upshot is, if Metro is having trouble with normal rush hour traffic today I don’t know what it will be like next Tuesday. It will most likely be the “commute from Xtreme hell”!

I have some RSS feeds here concerning the Inaugural and commuting in DC. I also have a bunch of links (look to your right). It would probably be a good idea to check out some of these links and feeds before you leave for the Inaugural (if you’re going) so you can gauge what you’re up against in terms of roads, metro, weather, parking.

I may post some interesting news stories, videos, etc before Tuesday but I won’t be able to give any first hand accounts of anything as I am off of work until next Thursday. Have a great weekend and holiday!

090115-security-hmed-4ah2No credible threat detected, but measures are the most extensive ever

WASHINGTON – Federal authorities have begun to seal off a security zone extending miles from the Capitol, where President-elect Barack Obama will be sworn in on Tuesday

msnbcThe inauguration coverage by the cable newsstarbucks_cup1 channel MSNBC will be projected onto movie theater screens in 21 cities next Tuesday. The channel is also planning to announce a partnership with Starbucks to simulcast its coverage in 650 of the company’s stores.

bruuuceFrom Backstreets.com

Sunday, January 18: Just announced today, Springsteen is officially part of the line-up for We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. Bruce will join a slew of other artists — including Beyonce, Bono, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Stevie Wonder, and Springsteen’s ’92-93 tour guitarist Shane Fontayne! — for this “Opening Celebration” for the 56th Presidential Inaugural. The event, which begins at 2:00 p.m., is free and open to the public; a portion will be televised courtesy of HBO from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Eastern. Don’t expect the E Street Band; according to the press release, “Rob Mathes will be the music director and arranger for the backing band, which will support all of the artists.” Producer/director Don Mischer: “This is a great opportunity to capture an historic event in a very meaningful setting. We will have the statue of Abraham Lincoln looking down on our stage and a crowd of hundreds of thousands of people lining the mall — a tableau any director would relish.”

Monday, January 19: Starting this day — also MLK Day and a national day of service — you’ll be able to listen to Working on a Dream in its entirety, streaming online at NPR.org as part of their Exclusive First Listen preview series.

Bruce just picked up a Golden Globe Award for this song:


I thought this was illegal? Is Blagojevich selling them?
Well anyhoo.

Here’s an article about ticket brokers from CNN.