Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Yes ... My Aunt Has One ...

JOB INTERVIEWER (uncredited): Have you ever had any experience running a high-speed digital electronic computer?
VIRGIL: Yes, I have.
VIRGIL: My aunt has one.

Woody Allen, in "Take The Money and Run"

We touched on this other day, in our "Muted McCain Moola";
Barack Obama, virtually, has mountains of cash flying out of his computer screen, raising unprecidented amounts of money on-line, and via small, extremely small donations.

Stumblin' Bumblin' John McCain is going about putting on five-figure, rubber chicken dinners, with his best-buddy, The Commander Guy, that can't sell enough tickets and have to be downsized from convention centers, to private residences.

And, without saying "Presto" or "Abracadabra", there's a bevy of articles on how Barack Obama's fundraising has crashed the computer systems of the Federal Election Commission;

FEC, media can't handle Obama jackpot
Yet it’s had another consequence that has gone all but unnoticed. The campaign finance reports filed by Obama and Clinton have grown so massive that they’ve strained the capacity of the Federal Election Commission, good government groups, the media and even software applications to process and make sense of the data.

A milestone of sorts was reached earlier this year, when Obama, the Illinois senator whose revolutionary online fundraising has overwhelmed Clinton, filed an electronic fundraising report so large it could not be processed by popular basic spreadsheet applications like Microsoft Excel 2003 and Lotus 1-2-3.

Those programs can’t download data files with more than 65,536 rows or 256 columns.
Oh My!

Sounds like we're on that Woody Allen train, again ...

And, there this, of Stumblin' Bumblin' John McCain, biting the hand that he's been holding;

McCain afraid of being seen with Bush tomorrow

The pair will be seen together before TV cameras only fleetingly, at the airport as Mr. Bush departs on Air Force One, and there are no plans for either to formally say anything. […]

A senior adviser to Sen. McCain said the campaign considered the risk of having the candidate appear with the president at all but concluded there was no way to avoid it given that the event was in Sen. McCain’s home state.

Hmmm ... I wonder how much cash the worst President in U.S. History can rake in?

Or, one of Cindy's home-cooked recipes?

Can't imagine it will crash any computers.

Bonus Links

Roger Cohen: The Obama Connection

Joshua Green: How Silicon Valley made Barack Obama this year’s hottest start-up; The Amazing Money Machine

The Longer Morning of a McCain Presidency

McGovern Straight Talks The Straight Talker

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