Entries from January 2009

Stevie Wonder Lobbies For Accessible Touchscreens at CES

Comments   0   Date Arrow  January 29, 2023 at 12:43pm   User  by Mark Willis

Stevie Wonder recognized companies that are making gadgets accessible for the blind at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. [Photo source: AP/NPR]
Call it the barrier de jour. From iPhones to airline ticket kiosks to toaster ovens, the inaccessibility of touchscreen displays is a familiar disconnect for blind people who love their consumer electronic [...]

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In Paradise, A Prayer For More Snowmobilers

Comments   0   Date Arrow  January 28, 2023 at 10:06am   User  by Mark Willis

Ordained minister Edson Forrester presides over the Paradise, Michigan ’s annual snowmobile blessing . Edson burns cedar and tobacco, then spreads smoke over each vehicle, saying, “Creator, protect this snowmobile on its travels.” This year, people in Paradise say they’re adding an extra prayer for a better economy next year — and more snowmobilers. [Photo [...]

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Bill Cunningham Documents A ‘Gospel Miracle’

Comments   1   Date Arrow  January 25, 2023 at 8:37am   User  by Mark Willis

He didn’t have a ticket to the Inauguration. He didn’t have an official assignment from the Times. Bill Cunningham just got on a train and went to Washington. He stayed on the street, where he had freedom to move and take it all in. At the moment Barack Obama put his hand on Lincoln’s [...]

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Flaneur’s Gallery: Shepard Fairey

Comments   0   Date Arrow  January 25, 2023 at 6:25am   User  by Mark Willis

Street artist Shepard Fairey’s “Barack Obama/Hope” poster became an iconic image during the 2008 election. This week it was added to the permanent collection of the  National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. He talked about it on Inauguration Day on the BBC’s The Strand. See also Obey Giant. [Image source: Wikipedia]]
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Aretha, Baby, Where Did You Get That Hat?

Comments   1   Date Arrow  January 24, 2023 at 5:58pm   User  by Mark Willis

Aretha Franklin was so cool at the Inauguration that everyone immediately forgot about the Rev. Rick Warner. How could a cheesy TV evangelist hold a anyone’s attention after the Queen of Soul walked on stage in that hat?  Then she sang “My Country, Tis Of Thee” and blasted it into the stratosphere. She may not [...]

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Toronto Celebrates Barack Obama’s Inauguration

Comments   0   Date Arrow  January 22, 2023 at 7:43pm   User  by Mark Willis

This was the scene at the Bloor Cinema /The Annex in downtown Toronto when Democrats Abroad celebrated  Barack Obama’s Inauguration. Ms. Modigliani tells me there also was an outdoor Jumbotron set up at Dundass Square. Here’s what it looked like there on Election night at Dundass Square:

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President Barack Obama 2009 Inauguration

Comments   0   Date Arrow  January 20, 2023 at 7:09pm   User  by Mark Willis

C-Span: President Barack Obama 2009 Inauguration and Address
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See Andy Carvin’s video for a crowd’s eye perspective.
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