Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lunar Eclipse

Last night, there was a lunar eclipse - the last one until December, 2010. Since it was very cold and had just snowed, instead of setting up my tripod outside like I should have, I took some pictures and hand held the camera. Still, they came out okay. If you want to see the pictures, click here. My daughter was pretty excited about it, and was even willing (eager!) to extricate herself away from American Idol to look at it several times.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

An article about Internet voting

David Dill and Barbara Simons have written an excellent essay about some of the risks of Internet voting and a system that is being deployed for the Democratic primary. While the dangers of electronic voting with paperless DREs have been covered in great detail in this blog and in other places, the risks of voting on home computers over the Internet are significantly greater. It seems only fitting that Dill & Simons published this article on Groundhog Day. If you saw the Bill Murray movie where every day repeats as though for the first time, you'll appreciate the way Internet voting seems to appear again in every election in a similar fashion. Dill and Simons refer to Internet voting "experiments" as a whack-a-mole.