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monday, january 8
SXSW Interactive
11:30 AM | HS

monday, december 4

The '60s: Ancient History by David Brooks, Tom Frank
3:59 PM | HS

wednesday, november 29

Voting for better voting
7:46 PM | HS

sunday, november 12

My humble election opinion:

Machine counting has a margin of error, which can be estimated to a certain order of magnitude, i.e. - 1 in 1000, 1 in 100, etc.

Manual counting has a margin of error, which can be estimated to a certain order of magnitude. i.e. - 1 in 2000, 1 in 1000, 1 in 100, or 1 in 90, etc. It may be greater or smaller than a machine count. In any case, even if it is smaller, there is still a margin of error.

In both cases, there exists the possibility for abuse. It would seem likely to be greater in the latter case. This might or might not be offset by increased accuracy of the count, but in any case, there will always be a margin of error.

It would seem that any vote that ends up within the estimated margin of error in repeated counts should be regarded as inconclusive -- a tie.

If it's too close to call, let's not call it.

I would treat Florida as a tie -- they should decline to allow their electors to vote.

To understand what that would mean, consult the 12th Amendment.
9:48 AM | HS

thursday, november 9

Why 19,120 People Voted Twice by Jacob Weisberg
6:36 PM | HS

Amazon.com Purchase Circles -- West Palm Beach, FL - see #8.
10:05 AM | HS

wednesday, november 8

I rarely agree with Michael Kinsley, but in this case I really do believe that the media will imbue the election numbers with meanings and implications that they in no way actually support.
7:16 PM | HS

saturday, november 4


7:25 AM | HS

tuesday, october 31

"Exit Interview"
1:50 PM | HS

wednesday, september 27

Monkeys the new weapon of Paris gangs
2:21 PM | HS

monday, august 28

Comics, discussed in Slate
11:19 AM | HS

thursday, august 3

Slate: "Rock 'n' Roll Heaven" by Robert Wright
1:37 PM | HS

monday, july 31

My lone take on the current Napster moan-and-groan-a-thon is this:

I've heard a lot of easy attacks on the "specious arguments" of the copyright-flaunting hordes. What I haven't heard is a well-reasoned defense of copyright law as it currently exists. If ever there was a case where the status quo needs a positive reappraisal, this is it.

If you know of an elegant argument, please send me the URL.

Maybe it's hiding in here and I just haven't found it yet...
6:16 PM | HS

thursday, july 27

Inside Tapster
12:59 PM | HS

wednesday, july 26

Thank You
5:42 PM | HS

friday, july 21

Test Your Design IQ
2:27 PM | HS

thursday, july 13

I just like saying "Large Hot Pipe Organ." Check out the "Pyro Tango." Awesome...
2:18 PM | HS

wednesday, june 28

Raymond Replies to Kakutani
12:43 PM | HS

tuesday, june 27

Kakutani on Cyberslang
7:11 PM | HS

A movie called "Nashville"
3:21 PM | HS


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