The Gettysburg Address Powerpoint Presentation


If Abe had Powerpoint his speech would have gone something like this:

Good morning. Just a second while I get this connection to work. Do I press this button here? Function-F7? No, that’s not right. Hmmm. Maybe I’ll have to reboot. Hold on a minute. Um, my name is Abe Lincoln and I’m your president. While we’re waiting, I want to thank Judge David Wills, chairman of the committee supervising the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery.


This was an interesting article about outsourcing. He makes a great point with this quote:

If a U.S. employer said out loud, “Gosh, we have a lot of 50-something engineers who are going to kill us with their retirement benefits so we’d better get rid of a few thousand,” they would be violating a long list of labor and civil rights laws. But if they say, “Our cost of doing business in the U.S. is too high, so we’ll be moving a few thousand jobs to India,” that’s just fine — even though it means exactly the same thing.

Centralia, PA

Interesting site about a little town called Centralia, PA:

Centralia is a town located in the heart of the anthracite mining region of Pennsylvania. In May 1962, a fire in a trash dump accidentally ignited the coal mine under the town. It has been burning underground ever since. Attempts to put out the fire over the years have been unsuccessful, and the population of 1,100 residents has since dwindled to only twenty or so.

I had read about Centralia several years ago in a magazine article and was intrigued. I couldn’t believe that this fire was burning for so long and nobody could find a way to put it out. Being interested in abandoned places, I thought it would be a great place to visit — an opportunity to see a ghost town before it becomes one. So one year around Independence Day, while everyone else was off enjoying the usual holiday celebrations, I was hopping in my car and driving 300 miles to Centralia, to see fireworks of a different kind.
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