The Wii

Didn’t so much sleep last night with the 32 degree temperatures and being 28th out of 100+ in line for 84 Wiis at Best Buy this morning. Got the console, Zelda and an extra Wiimote/nunchuck. Played more this morning than I planned to. Slept most of the afternoon.
It can take a few minutes for whole motion-sensitive-controller thing to not feel weird, but pretty soon slashing the remote to swing a sword feels like the most natural way to control Link. It’s really kind of amazing how quickly you can adapt to it.

Voting Problems

I don’t think all the focus on “voting problems” helps us. We don’t need to know about every voting machine that won’t start up and every guy who thinks there weren’t enough pens at their voting place and every 5 minute delay. That just serves to undermine confidence in the system which works just fine in the overwhelming majority of incidents. From the reports you’d think that if you go out and vote today your polling place is going to be serving 600 people with one machine or that your going to be turned away because your license address doesn’t match your voting address.

On Diebold

I have to say I’m getting rather sick of all the complaining about the electronic voting machines. “Oh, those Diebold machines are a joke, they’re easily cracked and don’t even have a paper trail!” I’ll tell you what, if your Diebold machine doesn’t have a paper trail it’s because your state or county officials were stupid enough to order an electronic voting machine without a paper trail. If your machine doesn’t have that paper trail don’t go blaming Diebold or electronic voting in general, blame your local idiots.