Tuesday, 02 November 2004

I'm chatting with a friend on IM as the numbers flow in. We're teaming up and splitting duties between news sources, and sending each other info on MSN Instant Messenger. I copied and pasted numbers from a web page into the MSN IM program:

Candidate Vote % Electoral vote
Bush (R) 51% 269
Kerry (D) 48% 207
Nader (I) 0% 0
77% of precincts reporting

And here is what was sent/converted by the IM client when I cut-and-pasted the text:

Interesting that MSN IM thinks Bush is the gay one, Kerry is a drunk, and Nader has the bright ideas. And it must be true - I saw it on the Internet!

Or maybe I'm missing something? ;-)

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Tuesday, 02 November 2004 22:20:51 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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I am taking some time off from the "well it looks like we won't get to go home on time after all" news-pundit crowd by watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart election night coverage on Comedy Central. Much has been said recently about the "fake news" show. It's hilarious.

Great references to Tron and any number of other hilarious things. Rob Corddry exit polling aliens in Halo. And the interviews are classic. The best part is these interviews are not set up - their real, just off the wall in the question department.

The looks on the faces of the interviewees are priceless... And Rob even gets them to lick voting booth curtains after speaking to a scientist about what's likely to be found on those curtains when so many people use the booths.

Question by Rob Corddry: "Is it possible that I got genital warts while voting?"

Scientist's answer: "The probability is near zero."

This is so much better than the real news.

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Tuesday, 02 November 2004 19:44:13 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Will it be the same thing all over again, only exactly the opposite? If Zogby's exit polls hold true (always use caution with exit polls, as we learned 4 years ago), Kerry wins the election, and Bush wins the popular vote. Now that would be ironic. It would be interesting to see what impact that would have on the pre-election polls done by Time Magazine that showed the majority of Americans are in favor of abolishing the electoral college. Do you think that opinion would change, as well?

CAUTION: Early 2000 exit polls showed Gore +3 in Florida [and we know what happened there]; showed Gore-Bush even in CO [Bush won by 9], 2000 exits showed Gore +4 in AZ [Bush won by 6]

Zogby International's 2004 Predictions
(as of Nov. 2, 2004 5:00pm)

2004 Presidential Election

Electoral Votes:





Too Close To Call

Nevada (5)

Too Close To Call

Colorado (9)

Zogby International Finds: Bush at 49.4%, Kerry at 49.1%

The nationwide telephone poll of 955 likely voters was conducted (November 1-2, 2004). The MOE is +/- 3.2

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Tuesday, 02 November 2004 15:47:05 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Well, after what I can honestly say was one of the best weeks of my life, I am back home again, quite tired but feeling great.

I got to spend time with a good friend, and made a new one, too. I saw the dedication, hard work, fun and shenanigans of the young people that make the USS John C. Stennis work. If you ever have a chance to sail on a US Navy ship for a cruise, take the opportunity, no matter what. You'll be glad you did.

Being home again feels both great and terrible. I could have spent another few weeks, easily - Mostly because of the people I had the opportunity and privilege to meet and spend time with.

From this cruise I take home a number of important things:

  • Spending only a day and a half in Hawaii is as close as you can get to committing a sin without paying for it by going to hell. So, I have to go back. The north shore is awesome.
  • Good friends just happen.
  • Getting old sucks.
  • Being old is a state of mind.
  • The modern aircraft carrier is an incredibly amazing system, and a terrific example of the integration of people, process and technology.
  • People make the world go round, and it takes all kinds.
  • If you spend a week sleeping on a big ship on the ocean, don't be surprised if you wake up on land to the feeling of swaying. Woah.
  • The F-14 Tomcat is FREAKING LOUD. It's also being retired, which is a sad thing. And end of an era.

People are emailing, IM'ing and calling me asking for pictures and how it went. Coming soon - I'm pretty wiped and still need to unpack my crap. Plenty of pictures and stories to come. Probably 20 of you will be interested in my trip, and hundreds of others will wonder what happened to the random technology posts. Oh well, it's my blog, and heck, I'm still trying to figure out why anyone pays attention anyhow! ;)

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Tuesday, 02 November 2004 14:00:38 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Sunday, 24 October 2004

I have to say, as someone who was just searched under a special screening procedure at the PDX airport, I'm glad the TSA is doing things the way it's doing them.

I'm a single passenger, with a one-way ticket to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, who changed his flight at the very last minute yesterday. So I got flagged.


I feel safer knowing that I was searched and singled out. Not because of who I am, but because of the situaion I created by choice.

After the special screening, not knowing why I had been singled out (and being the curious person that I am), I asked one of the TSA employees if the decision to search me was just random (at that point I assumed it was). She told me that no, it's not really random, and that's when I realized the profile/pattern I fit into.

And the Hawaiian Airlines gate person just called my name and inspected my paperwork to verify I had been properly screened.

I'm glad someone's paying attention.

Greg Hughes

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Sunday, 24 October 2004 07:28:50 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Saturday, 23 October 2004

Your future will be decided on November 2. Be part of the decision, no matter what sides of any fences you fall on...

Ballots have been sent to all Oregon voters. Fill yours out. Return it. It's important.

You can't afford not to. We're not just checking boxes. We're deciding issues, left and right, conservative and liberal, change or stay put. Suit up and show up. Make your statement, make it yours, and make it well.

People far better than you or me have died for your right to cast your ballot. There's no reason that you shouldn't be able to make the effort to do so.

I voted. I did my part. Now you go.

(borrowed and modified from other weblogs that also urge you to do your part and vote)

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Saturday, 23 October 2004 21:31:57 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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