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June 3rd SF ballot

In the interest of provoking a thoughtful decision about my own votes (and yours) I’m posting my thoughts and recommendations for the upcoming election.  Because I live in a precinct with too few voters to have a poll, I vote by mail usually, so I have my ballot for weeks …

Turning the web black

Many years ago I ran an online grassroots group called the Voters Telecommunications Watch and was part of the "Turn The Web Black Day" protest.   The folks at Old Wide Web have done a bit of history of that day with an interview of me. I'm happy to have had …

I fucking draw the line at nudity.

A few weeks ago I had to fly to DC for some business.  I flew Virgin America.  If Virgin America was a woman, I’d cheat on my wife.  They understand the psychology of what frustrates people on planes so well, and have architected the experience so perfectly, that I’m in …

Consider Larry Lessig for the long list for the Supreme Court

I’m sure that since the transition, President Obama’s team has been thinking about nominees for the Supreme Court.  A democratic president means that some of the justices that weren’t comfortable with an imbalance on the court could finally get to retire.  And now we have one. I don’t know if …

The cost of the inauguration

On Inauguration Day one of my oldest friends asked on Facebook quite innocently "[I] just read that this inauguration cost 170 MILLION dollars… Wow… Don't care who's going in to office… did we really need to spend that much at this time?" With all the respect that's due someone I've …

Shenanigans in Reno, NV

My Obama partner and I have two red staters assigned to watch us. We all sit here in the observer pen.   They complain about everything we do, and have the McCain palin lawyers on speed dial. My friend in sparks brought me a coat and hat since it's snowing …