What's In a Middle Name?
My friend Dave Budin, the musician and writer whom I've mentioned briefly in the past, has come up with an interesting new way to support his favorite presidential candidate. In an email, he explained how the site came to be. "Last week I sent a message jokingly suggesting that we all change our middle names to Hussein until November 4. I mean, I thought I was joking. Then a lot of people e-mailed back and said they were actually doing that -- and they were forwarding my message to their friends, etc...Visit the site -- and, if you want to, sign in. And pass it along to anyone else you know who might be interested. It's not so much that it's pro-Obama (which it obviously is), as it is -- to quote Mark Mothersbaugh's description of his group Devo -- 'anti-stupidity.'" This Sunday, he and his brother will be participating in The Audacity of Votes: A Concert for Change, at the uniquely wonderful Beachland Ballroom, owned and operated by another old journalism comrade, the saintly one, Cindy Barber (scroll down to review all our past mentions of Cindy).
A special welcome to any new visitors/readers from the COSE small business conference. I'll post some wrap-up comments about that in the next couple of days. I met some extraordinary folks on the first day, and will no doubt meet some more on the second and final day of the conference. If you missed it, no problem. As soon as they're available, we'll post a link to the podcasts of all the sessions, including ours. We were tickled (and humbled) by the standing-room-only crowd and the quality of the questions and audience participation. It was just a wonderful event. Thanks, COSE.