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barackobama:

“Six months ago, Taylor [Morris] was serving our nation in Afghanistan. And as a member of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, his job was one of the most dangerous there is: to lead the way through territory littered with hidden explosives; to clear the way for his brothers-in-arms.
On May 3rd, while out on patrol, Taylor stepped on an IED. The blast threw him into the air. And when he hit the ground, Taylor realized that both his legs were gone. And his left arm. And his right hand.
But as Taylor lay there, fully conscious, bleeding to death, he cautioned the medics to wait before rushing his way. He feared another IED was nearby. Taylor’s concern wasn’t for his own life; it was for theirs.
Eventually, they cleared the area. They tended to Taylor’s wounds. They carried him off the battlefield. And days later, Taylor was carried into Walter Reed, where he became only the fifth American treated there to survive the amputation of all four limbs.
Now, Taylor’s recovery has been long. And it has been arduous. And it’s captivated the nation. A few months after the attack, with the help of prosthetics, the love and support of his family, and above all his girlfriend Danielle, who never left his side, Taylor wasn’t just walking again. In a video that went viral, the world watched he and Danielle dance again.
I’ve often said the most humbling part of my job is serving as Commander-in-Chief. And one of the reasons is that, every day, I get to meet heroes. I met Taylor at Walter Reed. And then in July, at the White House, I presented him with the Purple Heart. And right now, hanging on a wall in the West Wing is a photo of that day, a photo of Taylor Morris smiling wide and standing tall.
I should point out that Taylor couldn’t make it here today because he and Danielle are out kayaking. In Taylor we see the best of America—a spirit that says, when we get knocked down, we rise again. When times are tough, we come together. When one of us falters, we lift them up. In this country we take care of our own—especially our veterans who have served so bravely and sacrificed so selflessly in our name. And we carry on, knowing that our best days always lie ahead.”
—President Obama on Veterans Day

barackobama:

“Six months ago, Taylor [Morris] was serving our nation in Afghanistan. And as a member of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, his job was one of the most dangerous there is: to lead the way through territory littered with hidden explosives; to clear the way for his brothers-in-arms.

On May 3rd, while out on patrol, Taylor stepped on an IED. The blast threw him into the air. And when he hit the ground, Taylor realized that both his legs were gone. And his left arm. And his right hand.

But as Taylor lay there, fully conscious, bleeding to death, he cautioned the medics to wait before rushing his way. He feared another IED was nearby. Taylor’s concern wasn’t for his own life; it was for theirs.

Eventually, they cleared the area. They tended to Taylor’s wounds. They carried him off the battlefield. And days later, Taylor was carried into Walter Reed, where he became only the fifth American treated there to survive the amputation of all four limbs.

Now, Taylor’s recovery has been long. And it has been arduous. And it’s captivated the nation. A few months after the attack, with the help of prosthetics, the love and support of his family, and above all his girlfriend Danielle, who never left his side, Taylor wasn’t just walking again. In a video that went viral, the world watched he and Danielle dance again.

I’ve often said the most humbling part of my job is serving as Commander-in-Chief. And one of the reasons is that, every day, I get to meet heroes. I met Taylor at Walter Reed. And then in July, at the White House, I presented him with the Purple Heart. And right now, hanging on a wall in the West Wing is a photo of that day, a photo of Taylor Morris smiling wide and standing tall.

I should point out that Taylor couldn’t make it here today because he and Danielle are out kayaking. In Taylor we see the best of America—a spirit that says, when we get knocked down, we rise again. When times are tough, we come together. When one of us falters, we lift them up. In this country we take care of our own—especially our veterans who have served so bravely and sacrificed so selflessly in our name. And we carry on, knowing that our best days always lie ahead.”

—President Obama on Veterans Day

posted 1 year ago

via barackobama

iPhone 5 Initial Thoughts

My black iPhone 5 arrived Friday afternoon and like a true Apple nerd, I was elated. It really is a beautiful phone, and it’s so light yet solid it kind of beggars the mind. It feels like a piece of solid aluminum, yet somehow hollow and insanely light.

However, it’s not all sunshine an puppy kisses.

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posted 2 years ago

September in Seattle (Taken with Instagram at Hamilton Viewpoint Park)

September in Seattle (Taken with Instagram at Hamilton Viewpoint Park)

posted 2 years ago

daryn:

joesunga:

check out our mini-golf hole at amazonlocal! (Taken with Instagram at Amazon - Day 1 South (SEA22))

We had a mini-golf tourney in the office today…

daryn:

joesunga:

check out our mini-golf hole at amazonlocal! (Taken with Instagram at Amazon - Day 1 South (SEA22))

We had a mini-golf tourney in the office today…

posted 2 years ago

via daryn

David Lowery (of Camper Van Beethoven / Cracker):

I also find this all this sort of sad.  Many in your generation are willing to pay a little extra to buy “fair trade” coffee that insures the workers that harvested the coffee were paid fairly.  Many in your generation will pay a little more to buy clothing and shoes from manufacturers that  certify they don’t use  sweatshops.  Many in your generation pressured Apple to examine working conditions at Foxconn in China.  Your generation is largely responsible for the recent cultural changes that has given more equality to same sex couples.  On nearly every count your generation is much more ethical and fair than my generation.   Except for one thing.  Artist rights.

As someone who did a lot of music trading and outright music theft as a college radio DJ (and in surrounding years), and now as someone who makes a point of paying for music I enjoy (paying for a streaming service, buying physically or digitally the albums I tend to listen to more than once or twice—if possible, directly from the artists—and slowly but surely replacing the music I “discovered” as a kid with legit copies as finances allow), I need to emphasize that this is an important read for anyone who thinks they’re not hurting anyone by not paying for music. Mind you, I won’t cry for Gaga or Bieber when millions of their fans steal their music (they’re doing fine), but we lose more and more GOOD music and musicians due to no or little compensation for their contributions. That’s not fair.

posted 2 years ago

It can take a very long time to develop interesting products and get them right. But our society has an instant-gratification thing. We admire instant brilliance, effortless brilliance. I think quite the reverse. You should admire the person who perseveres and slogs through and gets there in the end.

Sir James Dyson 

(the linked brief interview is worth the minute of reading, you instant-gratificationistas)

posted 2 years ago

Markarians – Corner Canyon

posted 2 years ago

Cobain rolls in his grave (Taken with Instagram at City Of Aberdeen)

Cobain rolls in his grave (Taken with Instagram at City Of Aberdeen)

posted 2 years ago

Anxious much.
, from GB Bowers http://bit.ly/K8J3ID

Anxious much.
, from GB Bowers http://bit.ly/K8J3ID

posted 2 years ago

cos-play?
, from GB Bowers http://bit.ly/M2oyC7

cos-play?
, from GB Bowers http://bit.ly/M2oyC7

posted 2 years ago

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