I’m going to come right out and say it; since I’ve been a registered voter I have never voted for the winning president nor have I ever voted for a Democrat or a Republican. I’ve always listed out the issues that matter to me and found the candidate that matched up the most for me. Without emotion.
The internet has actually made this real easy and I would encourage everyone to do it. You may say; “Vince, aren’t you throwing your vote away by voting third party?”
I think I’m throwing my vote away when I compromise. I would love to imagine a world where everyone voted based on issues they cared about and not personality, emotion and certainly not a political party.
After some searching I came up with these sites and went through the process of picking who I will vote for.
Vote Smart has a cute interface that isn’t exactly intuitive but I figured it out. You click through various categories and answer 1 – 3 questions in each. The sweet ‘signs on the White House lawn’ thing will help those of you not that into reading. I would also add that I’m not really sure what ‘Shows/Lacks Courage’ means.
**UPDATE glassbooth.org now has a splash page up indicating a relaunch. Stand by…I’ll get on it as soon as it’s ready.
I like the way GlassBooth.org started off by asking me to rate the issues I care about. It then put together a series of questions and seemed to give me more questions related to the issues I gave more value…nice! Then I got my results only to find out GlassBooth.org decided I should vote for Ralph Nader…who isn’t running. Looks like GlassBooth.org hasn’t updated from the 2008 presidential election. But it still had me voting for the Green Party.
This one pretty much sucks because it only considers Republican and Democrat to be options. Which is kinda sad. I’m not even sure what the results mean. Personally I reject the labels of liberal and conservative as dead fictions of an old system. Don’t waste your time on this one.
One of the better user interfaces of the bunch. Each question had a slider next to it where you can rank how important it is to you. It also has an option to write your own answer should none of the options be quite right. I felt, given the quality of the UX, there could have been a few more questions to drill down to a result.
As creatives we tend to lean on our talents more than we should.
Having information is clearly losing value because by the end of 2011 half of all Americans will have all of the information one would need right in their pocket on their smart phone.
It is being said that we are in a higher education bubble right now that is getting ready to burst because the information that you would acquire in college is available online for free. Sure the quality may be better in a university setting but the price of that information is getting ridiculous. What’s more, there is hardly a reason to commit such information to memory, whether to pass a test or excel in a career, given that I can simply reach into my pocket and invoke any number of data I may have paid money to learn in college.
Has your Twitter account been sending spam direct messages to your followers? Lately I’ve seen a lot of Tweets like this one:
It’s from a friend, and to someone new to Twitter might look innocent enough to click on. If you click on that link it will ask you to log in with Twitter to ‘see the photo’ and that’s when you handed over the ability for that app to send tweets on your Twitter account. Hacked! Boo!