Heckling Goes High Tech

Confronted by a candidate who refuses questions from voters and the media alike, Democrats take their queries to new heights with a high-tech heckling system [via Gizmodo] — At a Sarah Palin rally in LA on Saturday, the California Democratic party rented a...
Groupthink by Any Other Name

Groupthink by Any Other Name

I’ll admit it: the usability geek in me is smitten with the coolest doodad of the political season, CNN’s live dial-testing of a focus group during the debates. There it is in real-time — the collective response of a group of undecided and presumably...
In so many words…

In so many words…

Giuliani: A noun, a verb and Nine-Eleven. McCain: A noun, a verb and P.O.W. Palin: A noun, a verb, a pause… an exclamation, an adverb, a folksy gesture and a blank stare. Update: Slate bravely goes where most grammarians fear to tread, tackling the task of...

A Schism at the Church of Wall Street

I’m not an economist. And, despite all evidence to the contrary – my mailbox stuffed with offers of shiny new credit cards and cutthroat rates for refinancing my home, the glossy ads in the newspaper begging me to buy a shiny HDTV today and wait two years to pay for...

I’m Not Looking at You

So… one debate down and right now — right this very moment — hundreds of thousands of folk are furiously typing millions of words on why their guy won. Me, I’d just like to make a single observation of one thing that struck me as extremely...

I Can’t Hear You!

It reads like an episode of The Office. Turns out, it’s your government at work. From the New York Times: “The White House in December refused to accept the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be...

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