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Monday, September 27, 2004

Making the Electoral College Better

A couple of articles explain the ballot initiative in Colorado to split electoral votes between candidates.

The articles aren't great, so let me summarize: 49 states currently give all electoral votes in that state to the winner. So if you win Colorado you'd get all 9 electoral votes, no matter if you win by 1 vote or 1 million. Splitting would allow the votes to be split between candidates based on their percentage of the popular vote.

This a good step for correcting the problems with the electoral college. I hope, as do the proponents of the measure, that it will spread talk of altering or abolishing the electoral college on the national level.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Michael Tomasky lays out "A unified theory of everything that explains why Democrats always get outfoxed."

Well written and a good read about how both sides differer in their approach.

"Republicans know that voters will respond emotionally to character questions, and they know that the media will lap them up like a thirsty dog. Democrats keep thinking that voters will do something as improbably nutritional as study a health care plan (as, surely, a scattered few do), and that the media will show themselves eager to write articles and broadcast discussion segments about health care plans. Both assumptions are folly."

God is bigger.

"I mean, let's face it, Christ would have had a ball with the people Bush doesn't support. The people that Bush condemns would have been Christ's congregation, the outcasts of society," she said.

She said she believed Mr Bush was a sincere Christian - but too small-minded.

"God is bigger. He is not your little Texan God."

-Ann Whitlock, as quoted by the BBC

83 year-old woman arrested for peaceful protest

I hope to be so lucky some day...


Bush & Kerry on Science

Nature had Bush and Kerry answer questions about science issues. While there is not a ton of substance, it is nice to see both pitches side-by-side.


Monday, September 13, 2004

Are we a nation of gun nuts?

As President Bush is in Holland today wooing all my friends to the dark side, he won't be talking about the 19 types of assault weapons that I can purchase starting today.

A 10-year-old law (remember the Brady Bill?) banning these automatic assault weapons expires today [BBC Coverage] because congress won't schedule a debate to keep it. Who controls both House and Senate? Oh yeah.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Who I am.

Matt and KTB have each put up their personality profiles on their blogs, inspiring me to follow suit. I'm been and INTP for a while, and always thought the description suited me. So here it is, from personalitytype.com. Is it me? Let me know!

Life as an INTP

People of this type tend to be: quiet, independent, and private; logical and unemotional; creative, ingenious, and innovative, global thinkers; curious and driven to increase their competence; casual, and adaptive; nonconforming and unpredictable.

The most important thing to INTPs is their privacy and the opportunity to solve complex problems in unique ways.

How to Love an INTP

  • Respect my privacy and independence.

  • Appreciate my competencies and wealth of creative ideas.

  • Encourage me to spend time alone.

  • Don't talk too much or force an emotional conversation before I'm ready.

  • Try not to nag me about being messy or meeting deadlines.

  • Above all - give me plenty of space to pursue my interests in depth and time to think things through.

How to Spot INTPs

  • private, selective, and reserved

  • cool, detached, and unemotional

  • logical, intellectual, and analytical

  • casual, calm, and adaptable

Tips for Communicating with INTPs

  • Challenge their creativity to solve complex problems

  • Respect their competence and expertise

  • Give them plenty of time to think about things in new ways

Great careers for INTPs

Here are just a few popular and often satisfying careers for people whose Personality Type is INTP.

  • Computer software designer/developer

  • Venture capitalist

  • Legal mediator

  • Financial analyst

  • Economist

  • College professor: philosophy, economics

  • Musician

  • Intellectual property attorney

  • Web site designer

  • Investigator

  • Strategic planner

  • Neurologist

  • Pharmaceutical researcher

  • Network integration specialist

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Almost Famous

I'm quoted in the Holland Sentinel today, talking about blogging and my other (more interesting) blog, the Drunk Poets' Society.


It takes a while to get to me, but its a good article!

Monday, September 06, 2004

Yay for election reform!

San Francisco is becoming the first location (that I know of at least) to begin using "Ranked-Choice Voting" aka "Instant Runoff". This is mathematically far superior to our normal voting methods and allows you to vote for third parties without "throwing away" your vote.

They have a cool flash demo that will help familiarize you with this kind of voting. Check it out, and lets hope the rest of the nation follows suit someday.

Good ole San Francisco...maybe I should move there.