"Cool guy" and friend of CTA riders named CTO for Obama's re-election campaign

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Harper Reed (Photo courtesy of Harper)

The Obama re-election campaign has snapped up Harper Reed - "probably one of
the coolest guy ever" and a whip smart Internet strategist - as its
chief technology officer, the Tribune reports.

CTA Tattler readers may be familiar with Harper from his work on CTA Bus Tracker, and more recently CTA Alerts.

Harper worked with CTA developers to create the API that allows outside developers to use it for other applications and mashups. Last year he shared an award for that work.

In 2010, Harper, along with with my brother Daniel X. O'Neil, developed ctaalerts.com to aggregate all CTA customer alerts and broadcast them via Twitter and RSS feeds.

Congrats to Harper!

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  • Congrats Joseph Goebbels.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    Physical appearance, or just your take on propaganda?

    At least it appears that he is just concepting [yes I got a red squiggly line under it] the flash e-mail (named after a Hormel product) distribution system and not the content. Yes, his CTA work looks good so far, to the extent it is actually delivering data to someone's computer. And, as I implied earlier, what Obama wants to do is to broadcast to Twitter, although I don't think that @GeoffPeterson is that interested, unless Obama wants to go to Geoff's place.

  • In reply to jack:

    Sorry, wrong Geoff Peterson. The one I meant is @GeoffTheRobot, who last tweeted "Tonight my special birthday tribute to the legendary Morgan Freeman. And also I say balls a lot."

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack asks: "Physical appearance, or just your take on propaganda?"

    I assume you're talking about my "Cool guy" quote. It's kind of an inside joke with Harper. Follow the link to his www.HarperReed.org website and you'll see in the title tag of the page he calls himself "Probably one of the coolest guys ever."

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    You are taking stuff too personally.

    If you look at the thread, I was replying to ibilldavis, who said "Congrats Joseph Goebbels."

    I see you don't hit the reply links, but I do.

  • In reply to jack:

    Meow!!!!

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Of course I was being sarcastic, I was referencing the appointment to obama's re-election campaign. An obvious bleeding heart liberal who supports this president who is furthering putting our country in debt, and is the worst president in U.S. history. I apologize for going on a tangent.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    It certainly is a tangent, but the Jeff Albertson "worst president ever" award has to go to Jimmy Carter (Iran hostage crisis, double digit inflation), with others like Warren Harding and James Buchanan certainly up there.

    In fact, the statement on whitehouse.gov A Democratic leader, William Gibbs McAdoo, called Harding's speeches "an army of pompous phrases moving across the landscape in search of an idea" seems to be the model for most politicians these days. Does the name Quinn ring a bell?

  • In reply to jack:

    How quickly we forget Richard Nixon, who committed crimes and brought disgrace to the office. And resigned.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    I guess I should be out, too, but while Nixon committed crimes of power, he wasn't incompetent like Carter.

    But things come around:
    Nixon=Blago
    Carter=Quinn.

  • In reply to jack:

    I'm not usually political here on ChicagoNow... I tend to stay within my sweet spot (boobs, beer & bears), but I couldn't help myself with seeing a worst Presidents list. I must add a couple names if I may: James Buchanan, Jr. & Warren Gamaliel Harding.

    Actually, the two we're quite womanizers for their time, so perhaps this generation may cherish their charming ways more so than in the past.

  • In reply to gwill:

    *were

  • In reply to gwill:

    I just realized this is my first time commenting on the CTA Tattler blog.

    I will celebrate by opening a bottle of St. Supery cabernet and watching Brazilian porn.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    If we'd listened to Jimmy Carter and started conserving energy then...oh wait, Kevin's right. This conversation should be over.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Serious Conan hair.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Maybe closer to the subject, I just came back from a Subway (the one with the meatball marinara, not popcorn on the seat), where I overheard some guy in a black shirt saying "Harper Reed got appointed Obama's CFO. I know him, I mean I know someone who knows someone who knows him."

    I guess your brother is a little closer to the source.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack, that's hilarious! Did you say to the Subway guy: "I know some guys who probably don't know him but know of him from a blog who were dissing his hair and political bent"?

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    No, I didn't say anything to him; I just chomped down on my Meatball Marinara and Spicy Italian (2 for one coupon).

    But I thought you would enjoy the story.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Wow. I know a guy who writes a blog who knows a guy who works for Obama. Do either of them know Kevin Bacon?

  • In reply to marthat3:

    I had it on the Noodles and Co. Mac and Cheeseburger, but I see that's no longer on the menu.

    You also can't get it at the Kosher Subway.

    I also see that the type of people I commented about here and here have come over to here, but I guess that's life on the Internet.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Who said Conan hair is bad?

  • In reply to jack:

    At least Nixon loved his country.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    All-righty then. I'm done with this conversation.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    Indeed. He loved it so much he wanted to get everyone either on tape or included on his 'special friends' list.

    Listen, in all seriousness, your Goebbels comment was beyond offensive. Some of have studied the Third Reich in more depth that offered on the History Channel, and no matter your views on Obama--hate him, for all I care, as I am no fan boy--comparing his CTO or whatever to a member of an inner circle of racist, warmongering, genocidal thugs is beyond any standard of decency or historical knowledge that I know. Take my cheap advice: Get a grip.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    You are right. Worst. Ever. I mean, have we ever in US history had a president who was not only a Muslim, but a Nazi and a Commie and a devious time traveler who alters birth certificates all in the hopes of ruining this country that was so bad to him it gave him the chance to go to fancy Ivy League schools, marry a smokin' hot and apparently very smart woman and make good scratch? Oh yeah, Obama listens to rap and has no trace of pale skin.

    He's got nothing on the likes of James "Where's my fiddle?" Buchanan, Dick "it's not paranoia if they really hate you" Nixon, Warren "Where da girls at?" Harding or Andrew "Damn, this presidenting is really hard" Johnson.

  • In reply to vise77:

    sorry vise77, didn't see you already commented about harding & buchanan. just back from a bar in river north and my senses are fleeting at this hour.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    I don't care if you now say you were being sarcastic. You posted the "Goebbels" comment at 9:35 and come back an hour later claiming to be "sarcastic."

    I've been thinking about this remark today. And just for the record, I've about had my limit of readers using offensive terms for and name-calling on other readers.

    I think you are all smart enough that can get your point across without stooping so low as to third-grade name-calling.

    Please stop. Now.

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