::going too fast can be good for you::

Saturday, October 30, 2004
  Scientific Method
From Political Scientist via Chris Lawrence and Daniel Dresner. The comments on the Dresner blog are excellent additions to the conversation, and should be read:

The scientific method consists of five steps:

1. Carefully examine the data and take note of any clear-cut patterns therein.

2) For each such pattern, formulate a hypothesis you can test statistically.

3) To avert suspicion, throw in a couple of extra hypotheses that you know are wrong.

4. Using the data from Step 1, tests these hypotheses statistically.

5. Based on the results of Step 4, proclaim that your main hypotheses have been upheld.

thanks Omri, you fascist 

  Four More Days!
Unless they cook the voting of course...

Thanks to a Mr M Moore for the idea of changing the chant to reflect what one hopes is a more accurate count.

Vote, and attempts at cheating and cockups may fail in the end. I am guessing it's the only way.. 

Thursday, October 28, 2004
  Voting Machines
This is what might happen if you vote. But go and do it anyway, so at least some true votes might be cast! Warning: Dark humour...

Also, see the whole story on a documentary at Votergate

PS tell me if it goes down: I dont' know how much the USC servers can take :)
[UPDATE: I've found the original site, and re-linked to there: it's the Boom Chicago troupe from Amsterdam, an excellent bunch whom I remember from a visit there back in 97...] 

Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Votergate, a new half-hour documentary (the whole voting machine scandal to come out on DVD after the election is up for FREE download oir streaming in about as many formats as you can think of on. Russell Michaels and his team have shown segments of the documentary on ITN's Channel4 news.

We all know what happened in Florida 2000, and how Diebold and other voting companies have promised to deliver the election to the republicans, overtly or not. The whole saga is a sorry mess of easily-hackable computers, lax acounting, and political mechinations.

See for yourself: go to to watch the documentary. BEWARE, send people to VOTERGATE.TV, and NOT to copycat sites or This low-taste documentary site apparently stole 20 minutes of the footage from the guys at, and although the real Votergate still had copies of it, they are passing it off as their own. They even are using some of Russell's Channel 4 footage, which ITN is not happy about...

So, share the video with your friends. There's a week to go and the message is, to the Americans, GO and Vote and it may overcome the security of the machines. Send out emails, share the files, and get informed about the problems of corrpution, voting and technology.

(Also posted at perfect

Sunday, October 24, 2004
  John Stewart download (for Brits)
Fellow Brits (most Americans have seen this) see my post on perfect for a video where a satirist takes on the news establishment. John Stewart has one of the most incisive media political minds of this generation.

  badger chocolate
thanks to all my new friends, colleagues, acquaintances at the socialtext workshop for introducing me to the world of badger. So, here's my response

Wednesday, October 13, 2004
  Oh Pants
My interim mblog host has gone under, with my files, so I"m back here for now while I work out how to get my posts back up. Stick with and you'll know where to stay! I've paid them a few dollars to dsend me the dB. as usual, I was going to back up the files in case of this later on today. Bollocks. Looking for a new host in the meanwhile... has moved to guess where...:: ::communication : networks : information : music : mayhem : streetluge::

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