Inauguration Week Linkfest

January 20, 2009

  • In a perhaps kooky addition to the week's assortment of historical documentation, New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee (of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles fame) asks if this transcript of a 1862 speech by Abraham Lincoln possibly contains the first emoticon. Typo or early adopter? What do you think? ;)
  • And as Neela mentioned, Michelle Obama's inaugural ballgown
    was unveiled (and unveiled, and unveiled) at each of the 10
    Inauguration balls throughout the evening. The one-shoulder chiffon
    gown was created by 26-year-old Taiwanese-born Jason Wu,
    who grew up in Canada and currently resides in New York. The gown will
    be donated to the Smithsonian, in keeping with tradition.