Where's Dignan?

Thursday, September 02, 2004

For anyone who didn't see the performance put on by the Bush twins at the convention the other night, here is some of the reaction. It was really a strange and awkward sight to behold.

Monday, August 30, 2004

More evidence that "likability" is a huge factor in presidential elections:

GOP to play Bush's likability card csmonitor.com: "In part, it's an attempt to revive a more genial, softer side of the president and his party - one that may appeal more to moderates and independents - by reminding voters of the candidate who ran in 2000 as a 'compassionate conservative.' It's also an attempt to capitalize on Bush's 'likability' advantage in polls over Sen. John Kerry."

Caroline (co-worker) has some cool jewelry: *bontia* jewelry

In response to Adam's comment, Kerry's "boring factor" is not a question of policy -- it's a question of electability. It's hard to believe that the country would elect Kerry if he can't even connect with the Daily Show audience, a group of his most sympathetic supporters. Without personality, a sense of humor, and the ability to connect to the "common man" Kerry's chances of being elected are seriously threatened.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

This is a pretty accurate assessment of last night's show. In a setting where he had the opportunity to be a 'real person' Kerry was very disappointing: If He Only Had a Heart - John Kerry tanks on The Daily Show.

Equatorial Guinea coup plot. Although we probably don't want to be encouraging political coups, it is important to realize that President Teodoro Obiang Nguema is one of the most vicious men in the world. He's killed thousands of his countrymen and steals the revenue from the country's oil wealth to support his jetsetter lifestyle while the rest of the country lives in poverty. Then again, the country's rich oil resources are probably the reason why this plot was orchestrated in the first place.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

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Friday, August 13, 2004

Way to got Erica, the blog's lookin good. Can't wait to see the pics from Croatia...miss that place. the beasts

Trying to get back into it. Here's an interesting link to Lessig's blog: Lawrence Lessig

Monday, August 09, 2004

Note: ICANN | Staff Opportunities

Sunday, July 25, 2004


An article about Niall Ferguson.
He's a professor of History at NYU who just came out with a new book called "Colossus." From what I understand he's one of the most productive history scholars in the world with several books to his name.

He has some interesting theories that challenge many of the ways we usually think about history. While he focuses a lot of his work on the economic side of the story, he believes that a purely economic explanation of the world is short-sighted and incomplete. While a solid understanding of economic principles and theory can better help us understand the world, economic theory alone cannot explain the way the world works. I'm sympathetic on this point because I too see economics as a good place to start because the theory provides you with a solid foundation. However, we cannot discount the complex character of human nature and the fact that much of the time we act irrationally from a purely economic perspective.