Here's my election guide, to California state wide propositions, some elected offices, and some local measures

California propositions )

Elected officials, statewide and others )

Local measures )
Bay Area people, I've planning on organizing an Iron-blogger like group* here in the Bay Area. Let me know if you're interested.

*Iron Blogger is a group in Cambridge who agree to blog every week (and if they don't they put a few bucks in a pot, and the entire group goes out to beer every month on the proceeds). It sort of seems like a good way to use group camaraderie/peer pressure to write!
This letter was sent in response to some incorrect political analogies in the following New York Times article, Voting Complete, India Awaits Deal-Making

Hello Somini Sengupta,
I had a couple of comments on choice of terminology in your recent article, "Voting Complete, India Awaits Deal-Making".

First, you said, "voters went to the polls for the fifth time in as many weeks to choose their next national government."

To the voter unfamiliar with Indian elections, this could confusingly imply that every constituency went to the polls five times, instead of what actually happened -- where different constituencies were polled at different times during this period for reasons of logistics and ensuring security.

Secondly, you refer to the southern state of Tamil Nadu as a "swing state". During American presidential elections, this is meaningful as 48 of 50 states give all of their electoral votes to the winner. However most Indian states and territories have multiple seats in the lower house of India's Parliament, the Lok Sabha. Tamil Nadu, which has 39 seats has 39 separate contests, not just one. J. Jayalalithaa, leader of the AIADMK party of Tamil Nadu, would not be able to deliver all of Tamil Nadu's parliamentary seats -- just those controlled by her party.

In a true parliamentary system, like India, it would be more
appropriate to speak of swing parties.

*insert my real name here*
Exactly seven years ago today, I started using livejournal. The username was the hostname of my first computer at MIT back in 1997.

Let's see what's happened since then, where then could either be when I started using livejournal, or when I got the computer this username comes from. I finished up an undergrad degree, moved states, and got my Master's in a different field, and moved to the Bay Area to start a job in the software industry.



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