Analysis of Pakistan’s (accidental) takeover of the YouTube network: “even though YouTube’s routing information was still there, packets would flow towards Pakistan Telecom because of the longest match first rule.” Must have been some bandwidth bill that day.

Wired: “Adobe Releases AIR 1.0, Brings Desktop and Web Closer Together”. Looks like a pretty clear win for Flash developers, who are no longer constrained within browser security sandbox. Not so sure if this will be a good thing for everyone else. Depends on how much Adobe, having embraced, extends.

Dirty, dirty politics

Just watched the re-run of the CNN debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. One thing in particular is sticking with me. Did Barack Obama ever talk about the quality of his oration before the “action not words” criticisms started? Here’s why this is striking. It’s plainly obvious that Obama is an inspiring speaker. If you go back into the blog archives just after he gave the keynote at the 2004 Democratic convention, you won’t have to look hard to find “Obama in 2008?”-themed posts. That was the kind of presence he was, and still is.

And it’s not unreasonable that an opposing campaign would try to diminish that strength. “Action not words” doesn’t really hold water — words do not imply inaction — but it’s perhaps a fair strategy. A new twist comes into play, however, with the surfacing of Deval Patrick’s 2006 “Just Words” speech. Hillary Clinton repeated it in tonight’s debate. She said, “If your candidacy is going to be about words, then they should be your own words.”

Look at what she did there. She got him talking about his strength, then turned the discussion into something else entirely (he never said his candidacy was about words), then drove home on a criticism of the fabricated position.

I need to take a shower.

One night in Boston

The year was 1994, or maybe it was 1995. My girlfriend and some friends and I were at the Middle East Restaurant, Boston, in the smoky “downstairs” venue. We were there to see the band Morphine. We showed up early, more to get the night going than for the opener, who must have been local, because a number of beer-nursing regulars kept shouting “yeah, Chris!” as the music rose and fell. We were blown away by the singer’s rich voice and the gorgeous melodies. Pretty soon we were shouting “Go, Chris!” too. Morphine was earth-moving, of course, but what we remembered afterwards was our surprise at how great the opener was. We stuck with them, seeing more performances around town in the years that followed. I have a wonderful memory of a disco-ball-accompanied performance of Silvertown at the long-gone dive Gerlando’s in Allston. We were two of probably six people in the whole place. It was transporting.

Afterward: Chris was Chris Trapper of the Push Stars. He is now on the PodShow Network. Go there now and listen to some of the tracks, there’s a “play all” button about mid-way down the page, or just click on the track name. Morphine disbanded in 1999 after singer Mark Sandman died of a heart attack, RIP. The girlfriend and I got married in 1998.

Special thanks to Adam Curry for spinning Chris on Friday’s Charlie. Definitely a part of the soundtrack to my life.