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Landslide [Nov. 14th, 2008|10:13 pm]
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Disorienting, isn't it?

So we had an election. It was a landslide.

This is not a bad thing, because (Prop 8 aside) I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. But it's left me feeling a bit unsettled. You have to tread carefully on the newly exposed ground, because everything has moved.

President-Elect Barack Obama collects comics, y'all. For serious! Spider-Man and Conan!

I read things like this and every time I'm a little bit surprised. My brain keeps going "Wait, what? Really? I mean, it's beyond awesome, but—how is this real? How did this happen?"

The Newsweek behind the scenes coverage of the election is amazing. If I were more coherent, I'd try to say something insightful about how it shows the conservative McCain candidacy being about individuals, the old-school Clinton candidacy being about hierarchy, and the paradigm-shattering Obama candidacy being about self-organizing crowds. As it is, I'll just point in that general direction and wonder how much of that is How Things Are and how much is a compelling narrative embedded by skilled journalism.

GPS canvassing and comics and Mac laptops and hybrid cars and student loans and Harry Potter and Bach and nuance and uncertainty and and and.

You guys, somehow I think we managed to elect a geek as President of the United States.

What?
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[User Picture]From: casecob
2008-11-15 12:27 pm (UTC)
Video: Holy crap. I think what strikes me most is like, then sandbags are PERFECTLY placed - i mean, they're soooo close to the action. Does that normally work out to be so predictive?

Content: Yeah, i'm stoked. Hurrah for mac laptops! My advisor is only person in our 20+ lab who does not use a mac laptop. Everyone's a bunch of computer scientists/biologists and she finds it INFURIATING that no one has the appropriate connectors for the overhead projector when she needs to hook up her laptop :-p
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-11-15 03:39 pm (UTC)
I think what strikes me most is like, then sandbags are PERFECTLY placed - i mean, they're soooo close to the action. Does that normally work out to be so predictive?

My guess is that those sandbags are probably hiding a crack in the roadway where things started to slip sometime earlier. If there's an existing fault, the earth usually moves along it.
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[User Picture]From: dcseain
2008-11-15 05:11 pm (UTC)
Probably so about the sandbag placement. My brain wrote off the placement to "it's Japan, they do that there".
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