Sample Ballots, Anyone

Call me nutty, but I like to make my voting decisions before I step into the voting booth. Unfortunately, after a day of web searching, I can’t seem to find a sample ballot for Brooklyn, NY. I’ve tried League of Women Voters, voter information, and all of the usual suspects, as well. If I can’t […]   read more »

Voting for Voting

One of the best reasons to vote this in this election is that, if you don’t, it may very well be the last time your vote is counted at all.   read more »

Complementary Currency

My writing on is often an exercise in figuring out how to take whatever it is I’m really interested in the moment and make it relate to cell phones in some way. Here’s a pretty successful one, on the notion of complementary currency. I’d be interested in what you think of it – especially […]   read more »

The Persuaders

No, I don’t like the title either, but the upcoming Frontline documentary on which I served as writer and commentator is a pretty good portrait of the American messaging marketplace. It’s supposed to air on PBS stations Tuesday November 9 – but check your listings. We’re doing a panel about it next Tuesday in New […]   read more »

Public Health

People seem to be wondering how the hell a truly national health insurance system would be paid for. What I found out by direct experience yesterday, however, is that we really do already have something a lot like one. Seven months pregnant, my wife was strongly urged by her doctor last month to get a […]   read more »

Giving Comfort to the Enemy

Cheney and the people presumably transmitting to Bush through his earpiece during the debates seem to love to accuse Kerry of giving “comfort to the enemy” whenever he recounts how badly the war is going. I certainly hope Kerry’s people have realized the glaringly obvious way they can turn this rhetorical device to their own […]   read more »

One Debate Moment

Responding to a question about the use of pre-emptive force against Iraq Bush said, “the enemy attacked us,” conflating Osama, Saddam, and, presumably, all who oppose America into one big evil clump. Even more remarkably, Kerry picked up on it, and called the statement “extraordinarily revealing.” He then made the distinction that close to half […]   read more »

Happy Yom Kippur

Sounds oxymoronic to those who know the holiday, doesn’t it? But – having just gotten off the phone with my mother-in-law – I feel obligated to tell the world that Yom Kippur is not a sad time. It’s not a rip-roaring celebration, exactly, but its pureness of heart is sometimes mistaken for the austerity of […]   read more »

Networks without a Net

I just posted this piece to TheFeature, about whether the most interesting wireless networks will be those that arise independently of the Internet altogether. …Just as the Internet has fostered a sense of global connectivity for users pinned to their desktops, the wireless network — by coming along in one’s pocket — can enhance users’ […]   read more »

Steph Dumais just created a new online home for the graphic novel, Club Zero G at – with discussion boards and everything. Come by if you have the chance.   read more »