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(Originally published in Local Pols)


Recently, in an online chat, I was asked the difference between PHP and PHP-Nuke. I explained that one was a programming language, and the other was a content management system. The person who had asked me the questioned nodded politely, and then asked again what the difference was. From there, I went into a discussion about different programming languages and different ways of setting up websites. Another person joined the chat and asked if I was speaking Klingon.

Based on this, and other discussions I’ve had recently, I have decided to write my comments about different types of websites.

The Howard Howl, Dean Scream, or barbaric yawp

(Note: Originally published on my MovableType Blog. Moved here for consolidation)

Yesterday, I had breakfast with Britt Blaser ( http://blaserco.com/blogs/) and Doc Searls (http://doc.weblogs.com/).

On the train in, I noticed the USA Today article, “Dean scream gaining cult-like status on Web” (http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/nation/2004-01-22-dean-usat_x.htm)

I thought a little about this on the train, and started thinking about my comments about this. Years ago, Primal Scream therapy was a popular fad. We were encouraged to express our excitement, disappointment, joy, anger. Of course those of us from New England never really bought into it. We’re a little to restrained to go in for stuff like that.

But I think there is something important going on here. I started composing my thoughts in my mind:

Are you tired of politicians creating the largest tax hike on our children through the government running up massive deficits and calling it a ‘tax cut’?
Try a Howard Howl.

Are you grieved that over 500 loyal Americas have died in Iraq because of ‘misinformation’?
Try a Dean Scream

Do you want to issue a wakeup call to an American populous that has stopped caring enough to vote?
Try a ‘barbaric yawp’

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Joan Jett and the Young Republicans

(Originally published on my MovableType blog, and moved here for consolidation)

The story going around the blogs right now, http://blog.deanforamerica.com/archives/003214.html, http://travis-bushman.dailykos.com/story/2004/1/17/23537/3980, and http://www.needlenose.com/pMachineFree2.2.1/comments.php?id=P777_0_1_0 is about a Dean rally at Drake university yesterday, which got crashed by a group of about thirty young Bush supporters. One of them rips a Dean sign and poses for the cameras, another is said to have pushed Joan Jett who responded: You can push me, but don't touch my guitar. (this guitar kills fascists...)

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What now?

(Originally published on my MovableType blog and moved here for consolidation).

Three years ago, I left a powerful position at a large hedge fund in Connecticut, in hopes of finding a more fulfilling job. Over these three years, I’ve consulted to various financial firms, mostly to keep the cash flow as positive as possible. I’ve also worked with several startups and have a few articles published on a wide array of topics from hedge fund technology to psychology of online behavior to looking at politics online. At the same time, I have dabbled in essays and fiction.

New York Dean Grassroots Summit

(Originally published in my MovableType blog, and consolidated here.)

The Official Blog has comments on the DC Grassroots Summit but I haven't seen any comments on the New York Summit, other than on a mailing list of Dean Rapid Response Network coordinators.

So, here are my comments.

Paul Maslin spoke quite well. I loved his comments about Passionate Patriots. That is what we are, and is a wonderful response to the compassionate conservatives, whom we are finding out to be neither compassionate, nor conservative.

He spoke about a recent poll showing Dean having 23% and Kerry 22% in Massachusettes. I haven't been able to find that poll online, so if anyone can provide a pointer, I would love to see it.

We discussed a Field Organizing Guide with very helpful comments about canvasing and getting out the vote. Fortunately, CTForDean already has a good field plan in place that is doing pretty much what is described in the guide. It was good to see the Connecticut plans validated.

With all of that, I didn't find that I got much for new information from the summit, and I suspect that others who read the blogs and mailing lists regularly, and are involved in organizing, probably didn't get much new information either.

However, what I did, which I consider extremely important, was an opportunity to meet many people face to face that I had developed friendships with online.

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