California First Lady Maria Shriver & California Secretary of State Debra Bowen at the Women’s Conference at the California Museum
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One morning before work I went to the Women’s Conference in Sacramento.
June 30, 2010 • 9:59 pm 0
One morning before work I went to the Women’s Conference in Sacramento.
June 30, 2010 • 8:06 pm 0
At this completely non-smoking House of Two Urns Bed and Breakfast and Apartments, guest rooms include satellite TV. A DVD player is also provided in each room.
The House of Two Urns features free off-street parking. The property also includes on-site laundry facilities and a kitchen. The hotel offers free passes to the local fitness center.
The O'Hare International Airport is a short drive from the Two Urns House. Millennium Park is located near the property.
Schwarzenegger's new agreement raises the retirement age for state workers by five years and requires current workers to contribute more of their salaries into their own retirement accounts. The deal is expected to save $72 million this year — a number that would grow to $2.2 billion if all the state's public sector unions reach similar terms, according to the state finance department.
There's increasing political pressure for them to do so. Voters in a number of California cities will be voting this year on increasing retirement ages and cutting pension benefits for government workers. Meg Whitman, who won the Republican nomination to succeed Schwarzenegger last week, has called for raising the retirement age of state workers.
June 28, 2010 • 8:07 pm 0
At least 30 feet of pvc, 1/2" or thicker
About (10) 1/2" T-Connectors
One 8'x10' tarp or larger
PVC cutter or a hacksaw or sawsall for cutting pvc. Note, a pvc cutter is cheap an will make everything go much faster, plus they are a cool tool to own.
Clamps of bungies to secure tarp to frame (duct tape would also probably work, or just having a very big tarp)
Final pool size is ~ 4×6 feet
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June 27, 2010 • 8:04 pm 0
We wanted to find the intranet homepage most pleasing to the eye. The incentive of an Ipad as a prize certainly helped the entry numbers, and we received submissions from as far afield as Sydney, California, Barcelona, London, and Venlo and Noordwijk in the Netherlands.
So what does “open government” really mean? How does it work? And how can we as New Zealanders, embrace it and enable governments to better meet the peoples’ needs?
A central component is the role that emerging technologies such as infrastructure, cloud computing, Web 2.0, open data and information transparency, can play. It also encompasses issues of policy development and governance, the development of human capital, and the utilisation and understanding of the role of social media.
June 26, 2010 • 8:03 pm 0
The administration views sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as a good way to improve government transparency, participation and collaboration. But a memo from Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag directs agencies to be cautious when establishing a Facebook page or posting a video on YouTube. Agencies must examine privacy policies of third-party websites they plan to use and update their own privacy policies to address the use of social media.
Many government agencies already connect with the public through privately operated websites: for example, the Federal Emergency Management Agency hosts informational videos on disaster response on YouTube, and the State Department launched a program on Facebook called the Virtual Student Foreign Service.
June 25, 2010 • 8:04 pm 0
…One of the main topics we have been covering is the idea of breaking down silos – between fields, between organizational departments, between people, and even more deeply, between our own ideas about the values that defines us and who we really are – so the analogy of building bridges seems appropriate.
boomerang is opensource and released under the BSD license, and we have a whole bunch of documentation about it.
June 23, 2010 • 8:04 pm 0
* What are the critical infrastructures that only government can help provide that are needed to enable creation of new biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information technology products and innovations — a technological congruence that we have been calling the “Golden Triangle" — that will lead to new jobs and greater GDP?"
Mountain View open sourced its $124.6 million VP8 codec less than a month ago in an effort to create a royalty free standard for web video, rolling it into a larger media format known as WebM, and WebM has already turned up in developer-build and beta browsers from Mozilla, Opera, and Google itself.
The VP8 bitstream – the format of the video itself – is fixed. As the encoder and decoder are tweaked, the project's main tree will stick to the same bitstream. But on the experimental branch, Google is already looking ahead to future versions of the codec, allowing changes to the bitstream as well. The experimental branch will house work on, say, VP9.
June 22, 2010 • 8:10 pm 0
As a society we have always understood the value of big pieces of information. Every day corporate moguls exchange it for power, spies have used it to bring down ancient kings, and criminals have occasionally been able to turn it into money by blackmailing a cheating spouse. However, at the lower end of the scale we’re probably just starting to understand the value of the information that we hold.
June 21, 2010 • 8:06 pm 0
“Automated infrastructure management represents one of the most complex and urgent problems in IT,” said Rachel Chalmers, industry analyst at The 451 Group. “The launch of the Opscode Platform has the promise to become a watershed moment for web infrastructure. It’s the salesforce.com of configuration management.”
With the advent of cloud computing and virtualization, it is easier than ever to create new servers on demand. Very quickly, a bottleneck has developed around the configuration management layer, where files are written and packages are installed as new server infrastructure is built and maintained.
The explosion of social media constitutes a radical shift in the way we communicate. Erik Qualman, writing in Socialnomics, says it’s the biggest cultural shift since the Industrial Revolution. Unfortunately, current state law doesn’t address the communication transformation that has made the Facebook population the fourth-largest country in the world. And because of this legislative technology gap, the public is left wondering what government business is being conducted on social media and what we’re missing.
June 20, 2010 • 8:04 pm 0
Zepheira identifies patterns and relationships inherent in your data, to deliver strategies that reduce complexity and increase collaboration.
I'm inspired by the idea that nuggets of opened data could seed guerilla public services, plugging gaps left by government, but i don't see any of that in the data.gov.uk apps list. The reasons aren't technical but psychosocial – the people and communities who could use this data to help tackle their own disadvantage and marginalisation don't have the self-confident sense of entitlement that makes for successful civic hacktivism.