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Fragments for 2008-12-29

  • The holidays are officially over: Writing about how people start in politics. Only problem: My coffee stockpiles are seriously depleted. #
  • Great news: A paper I co-authored with @pascal and @metaman has been accepted at the WebSci09 ( in Athens. #

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Some Short Readings for Sunday

What Erick Said by Patrick Ruffini: Great post by Patrick Ruffini on the need for techonogists in political parties to provide the foundations for political campaigns. He also adds some nice observations about the problems of old-school political communicators to adapt to “the culture of the Web”.

Rebuilding the Party: The Technology by Erick Erickson: Technology and conservative parties: The problems and what to do about them.

David Plouffe: The Obama Campaign Used Grassroots Data and Computer Modeling to Allocate Resources in Real Time by Colin Delany: Interesting article on how political campaigns can collect their own polling data and so improve the base for their descion making.

Foreign Friends: from a service-centric to an object-centric social web by Jyri Engeström: A great conceptional piece by Jyri Engeström about the un-walling of the micro-blogging feeds and other social media gardens.

Fragments for 2008-12-25

  • Reading The Revolution will not be Televised by @JoeTrippi: Great read on what makes a campaigner tick. Want to campaign, now! #books #

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Fragments for 2008-12-24

  • Spending the last three hours waiting for a late flight. At least geting some reading done. #

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Fragments for 2008-12-23

  • Tieing up loose ends in the hope the patchwork of stuff holds at least for the next few days. #
  • @julius01 Like the man said:
    “It hath been taught us from the primal state
    That he which is was wish’d until he were; (…) #
  • @julius01
    (…) And the ebb’d man, ne’er lov’d till ne’er worth love,
    Comes dear’d by being lack’d.” #

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Holiday Readings

Looks like I actually will be able to get some reading done between christmas and new year. It’s about time. The ratio of read to unread books in my flat has become rather embarrassing. So this is the list:

Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age by Larry M. Bartels

Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era 1829-1877 by Walter A. McDougall

The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, A.D. 200-1000 by Peter Brown

Hayek’s Challenge: An Intellectual Biography of F. A. Hayek by Bruce Caldwell

and finally

Die Philosophie Karl Poppers by Herbert Keuth

Well, at least that‘s the plan.

Are you planning to do some reading? If so, what‘s on your list?

Fragments for 2008-12-15

  • The whole Wohle Earth collection is now online: Worth more than one look. Via @hrheingold @dnsf @cfigallo #

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Fragments for 2008-12-14

  • Finally got a winter cold, battling it vigourously with excessive use of oranges, lemmons, tea and sleep. Should be a short skirmish. #

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Fragments for 2008-12-13

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Fragments for 2008-12-12

  • Rediscovering the fun in local politics: Democracy in action is awe inspiring every single time – so long as it works out in the end! #

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