Archive for September, 2008

Does McCain really believe this stuff?

Friday, September 26th, 2008

I’m beginning to worry that the McCain camp might be spinning their own candidate. A certain amount of bravado is to be expected from campaign aides, but now that credit crisis has hit full on, they’ve entered a level of fantasy that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before in a Presidential campaign. Could it […]

On The Impossibility of Deregulation

Friday, September 19th, 2008

My friend Biella made a really good point about the financial crisis and the government bailouts this week: Consider the position of politicians and free-market theorists who decry government regulation of financial markets. Compare that with our situation today: effectively, we now have government nationalization of much of the financial services industry. As Biella observed, […]

Jessica Ferris’ Birthday Present

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

I just got this email from my friend Jessica Ferris, and was so delighted that I wanted to share it with everyone: It’s September 19! I’ll be 31, which for some reason seems a whole lot more significant than 30. Like, I’m not just in my thirties as a little novelty, I’m actually keeping going […]

Web designer, etc, needed for election-related project.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

We’re looking for a web designer and a systems/db person available soon, for paid work on a project that would last through Election Day. (If it goes well, the project might continue after Nov. 4th, but think of election day as the deadline.) It hasn’t been green-lighted yet; it partly depends on how quickly we […]

So how hard would it be…

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

How hard would it be to make a distorted map of the United States in which all the state borders are shown, but with the states shrunk or expanded to have areas proportional to their populations? In other words, like this map from FiveThirtyEight.com… …but with each state re-sized to visually represent its electoral college […]