November 7th, 2006

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I voted

As usual these days, all the candidates worth voting for on the top of the ticket were Democrats. I usually do a bit of research on other candidates, and this year the "zero tolerance for Republicans" also kicked in. My protest is not voting for anyone running unopposed. Wound up voting for IRV and against changing the Constitution on taxes. Let's let the legislature work for a living.

I brought a camera along, but everything went smoothly and I'm unlikely to be in a position to claim the $500,000 prize for documenting voting fraud. Later, I'll probably go to one of the GOTV places and help out. I feel I've done a lot, but there's something about being in the center of the action.

Is it just me, or is the glue on the back of the "I Voted" stickers less adhesive than in the last century? Maybe I've just waterproofed my hat too much, but they used to stick on for a long time, and now they fall off easily; it fell off between there and here. I got a spare, and decorate my cabinets with red dots.
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Palindromes (to keep your mind off You Know What for a few hours)

Gleaned from Boing Boing: A giant list of palindromes. Really, lots and lots. And a play with dialog entirely of palindromes. I'll pick a few different examples than Boing Boing:

And DNA and DNA and DNA ...
Did I strap red nude, red rump, also slap murdered underparts? I did!
Now, Ned, I am a maiden nun; Ned, I am a maiden won.
O, memsahib Bart, rabbi has memo.
Swap God for a janitor? Rot in a jar of dog paws!
Was it a car or a cat I saw?
Young Ada had a gnu. Oy!
Zeus was deified, saw Suez.
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In 1964...

In 1964, when I was nine, I remember being at the place to follow the presidential election: My father's newspaper. It was a place that had more than one tv and the reporters were tracking all three tv networks. It was exciting. They let me fill in an electoral chart of the country. It was cool. It was information overload, at least for a nine-year-old, and I enjoyed the heck out of it.

I just came back from door-knocking in S. Mpls with a guy from Turkey. We mostly mopped up last-minute in heavily Dem areas, but we both felt a part of the victory. I think I've done a lot in this election, but there's no substitute for boots on the ground. I came back and...

...turned on CNN, checked CSPAN and a few other tv stations. Most of the local networks aren't going to start heavy coverage until 8 (about 15 minutes from now), so I'll have another three channels to watch. (Fox, of course, is broadcasting House)...

...went on the web and looked at a bunch of sites offering up-to-the-minute commentary and polling and results from around the country...

...poured myself a stiff drink.

In 2006, I'm at the place to follow hundreds of elections: In front of my computer watching cable tv. It's not the same as before, and it may not be better, but it's cool.

I may even take a break for an hour and watch House (vs. taping it), then come back to the horse races.