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How To Supplement Election Coverage?

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the news-junkie-overload dept.

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An anonymous reader asks "What information sources and social networking sites will you be using to supplement the election coverage on TV next Tuesday? I am ready with a big HDTV with Comcast, a Mac mini, and and an Xbox 360. I also have two laptops (one good for websites and one for streaming video), an old-school Blackberry, a 'regular' cell phone, a Nokia N810, a Squeezebox, and finally Sirius Satellite Radio. Which websites should I watch for live county results? I already know about the Twitter Vote Report for tracking and reporting voting issues and I already watch 'CNN Reporters' on Friendfeed for the national flair. What other Twitter accounts should I follow? Which urgent ones should I send to my phones? Which YouTube accounts or keywords I should subscribe to in Miro? What are the most popular sites for posting 'on-scene' videos — iReport, Flickr, something else? I know most local Fox affiliates are great about streaming, but is there a page that lists all of the streams, in case I need to quickly focus on one city or area? Basically, how would you configure all those gadgets?" This reader might find some guidance in what to focus on from a video produced by reader (and data modeler) Bruce Nash that lays out a predicted timeline for when the media will call each state, depending on when the polls close and how tight each race is expected to be.

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So really... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25598595)

How covered do you really have to be?

Re:So really... (4, Insightful)

killproc (518431) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598883)


Might I recommend Xanax? It sounds like you're a bit wound up there, big fella...

Re:So really... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25599151)

Well said! (or at least better said than what my first thought was) I was thinking that his level of whatever ails him might be beyond sane levels of Xanax- more like a couple of 'old school' Roher 714's.

Heh,Heh!
Yeah, just caught that myself. (worried about excessive Xanax dosages, then recommending a couple of 'Ludes! LOL!! I guess I should have put the blunt down earlier!)

Re:So really... (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599195)

LOL...funny.

Myself? I'll likely be watching the mini-marathon of Family Guy they usually have on TBS.

Re:So really... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25599061)

You could just do like I plan: Listen to Glenn Beck's online election coverage [glennbeck.com] .

Re:So really... (5, Funny)

jimdread (1089853) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599461)

Also, check the Sunday newspaper next week. They often put stories about important events from the week in the Sunday newspaper. Take a look around page seven, if it's a really big event, it might be on page five or even page three. If you can't find any news stories about it in the Sunday newspaper, check the classified ads. There might be an ad in there congratulating the victors.

Other information sources you might like to try are: wait for the 2009 Webster's Encyclopedia to be printed. It should have the 2008 election results in it. (You could try the new-fangled "online encyclopedia called Wikipedia, but it is known to be unreliable.) Or try casually standing around a water cooler in an office building. Somebody is likely to turn up for a drink of water and say "How about them Patriots, eh?" or whatever team it is you're supporting. Then you'll know.

Re:So really... (0, Flamebait)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599233)

Real-time coverage is important. I just want to be able to jot down the time when the Civilian Security Force [youtube.com] gets its charter. Between them, and the "fairness doctrine" which will shut down any media opposing them... gosh, we should be having a great time. Go, Civilian Security Force, go!

Re:So really... (1)

narcberry (1328009) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599243)

Seeing that people get paid to do this nonsense for you, why don't you just watch one channel and let them do the work?

whoa there.... (5, Insightful)

BWJones (18351) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598599)

"What information sources and social networking sites will you be using to supplement the election coverage on TV next Tuesday? I am ready with a big HDTV with Comcast, a Mac mini, and and an Xbox 360. I also have two laptops (one good for websites and one for streaming video), an old-school Blackberry, a 'regular' cell phone, a Nokia N810, a Squeezebox, and finally Sirius Satellite Radio. Which websites should I watch for live county results? I already know about the Twitter Vote Report for tracking and reporting voting issues and I already watch 'CNN Reporters' on Friendfeed for the national flair. What other Twitter accounts should I follow? Which urgent ones should I send to my phones? Which YouTube accounts or keywords I should subscribe to in Miro? What are the most popular sites for posting 'on-scene' videos â" iReport, Flickr, something else? I know most local Fox affiliates are great about streaming, but is there a page that lists all of the streams, in case I need to quickly focus on one city or area? Basically, how would you configure all those gadgets?"

........... Ummmm...... my suggestion to you is to vote, then leave all the gadgets behind. Go outside. Breathe some air. Find someone to throw a baseball back and forth to for a couple of hours. The election will turn out the way it will turn out regardless of how many feeds you keep.

I voted a couple of weeks ago, so plan on biking to work as usual, working then coming home, eating dinner with my wife, watching a few minutes of election coverage, then am going to bed. When I wake up on Wednesday morning, my fervent hopes are that this election is a blowout and will not have to be decided again by the courts.

fellow human beings? (5, Insightful)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598797)

Yes, get out of the house. How about going to a party, or hosting one? Instead of sitiing on your duff, you can drink, discuss, and celebrate/commiserate as the results come in. Much more interesting than trying to consume a dozen newsfeeds at the same time, whatever good that might do.

Re:fellow human beings? (3, Insightful)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599339)

When given the choice of sitting on or drinking your duff, always drink it.

Re:whoa there.... (1, Redundant)

Sasayaki (1096761) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598815)

Doesn't matter. Diebold decides the results, not the courts...

Mod parent up (1)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598853)

I completely agree. Sitting there glued to your TV on election night, watching as each vote gets counted, is hardly a productive use of your time. Cast your vote, go to sleep, and see the aftermath when you wake up the next day. Really, this election will not be decided Tuesday night, it will be very close and involve a lot of lawyers; in fact, both parties have already hired lawyers in Ohio, ready to contest what is likely to be an extremely close race.

Re:whoa there.... (3, Informative)

Zadaz (950521) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598919)

Agreed.

Though it's probably too late for this election, next time if you really want to be immersed in the electoral process you should become a volunteer at a nearby polling place. Rather than just drinking from the fire hose in a vain effort to feel connected, you could become an actual part of the process. You'll learn a lot more than you ever could at the sphincter end of a twitter feed.

Re:whoa there.... (4, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599283)

You'll learn a lot more than you ever could at the sphincter end of a twitter feed.

Is there any other end to a Twitter feed?

Re:whoa there.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25599303)

This is an awesome tip, and I really do appreciate it. I've been reading VoteSmart and vote411 to learn more about every topic and every seat I'm being asked to vote on, and it only became interesting this weekend. Just in time, too, because I was visited by someone running for state rep, and I was able to have a nice, long chat with him finding out where he stands on the issues affecting my state and community.

But thanks again, this was a great tip.

Re:whoa there.... (1)

byteframe (924916) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598929)

Get WebTV, it's crazy.

Part of the Problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25599059)

US elections are no longer about who gets elected, the companies that run this country really don't care. If they truly disapproved of a candidate then that candidate wouldn't have a chance (see: every third party candidate). They've turned the whole thing into a big game show and all they care about are the ad views.

Either do something fun or productive, or if you have the resources DoS some corporate news servers. And whatever you do, don't get addicted to their product.

Re:whoa there.... (3, Insightful)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599131)

Surely someone isn't just marking this thread down because the idea that you SHOULDN'T be following the news up-to-the-second is so offensive to them? I suspect hacking on the part of CNN.com.

What possible use could you have for being THAT up to date? Even the media itself could really benefit from cooling down on the refresh rate, so to speak. Remember way back when they called the election for Bush, then had to take it back, then called it again, then took it back, then the supreme court decided? I remember watching CNN as the supreme court was ruling, they literally had reporters on the steps skipping around in the ruling, trying to figure out who won. ON LIVE TV. They looked like idiots.

"Uh... so it says here... uh... Well justice... uh... scalia says 'the decision in this case came down to whether or not the evi'... no wait, that's not it. Um... well Mark, as you can see, we have not had time to read the ruling in depth. I hear my colleagues from the Fox news network cheering so that would indicate a Bush victory. No, I'm sorry, that was actually a fraternity from Georgetown drinking from what appear to be brown bags... Ooh, maybe the last page has a summary... no, I don't know what those words mean.... We're going to have to get back to you..."

On live TV. I and most of america really wanted to know what the ruling was, but we could have waited 5 minutes for you to skim it and get the gist of it before fumbling around live.

And it's not just because journalists often have egg on their faces when they report on things before they know what it is they're reporting on. The important points in a news story get lost in the chaos, cutting from story to story, cutting from a speech by someone who might know something to go live to something that's "breaking" only to find out, no, wait, that McCain supporter wasn't actually attacked by an Obama supporter who carved a B into her face, she did that herself.

Sure it's breaking news, but ultimately, whatever they cut away from to cover that, was likely of much greater importance.

If you're watching the race that closely, you're going to get all the unimportant fluff crap and miss understanding the larger picture.

Re:whoa there.... (2, Funny)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599231)

Just wait for the newspaper [wordpress.com] to come out in the morning. They're always right.

Re:whoa there.... (1)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599327)

Aw man, I thought of that and meant to mention it, then forgot! I'd have to point out that there were some other flaws going on there. The polling stopped a week before the election if I'm not mistaken, because of poor polling methods it was assumed that Dewey had it sewn up, the newspaper jumped the gun based on that partly. I wouldn't say that's a reason to stay up to the minute though, look at the 2000 election again, even WITH instant reporting, they called that one early.

Re:whoa there.... (0, Troll)

denvergeek (1184943) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599155)

That's way too zen-like for me. I'm gonna get pissass drunk and beat my wife. That's the American Way!

Dude.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25598603)

Relax. It's not the end of the world. Unless Obama wins. :D

More seriously, I don't plan on watching anything.

Re:Dude.... (2, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598775)

Seriously...the guy's had two solid years of coverage of this damn election, and he hasn't had enough? I think he should just start beating his head against the wall repeatedly, it's a much more efficient means of self torture.

Eh? (4, Funny)

Warll (1211492) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598625)

"What other Twitter accounts should I follow?" Lol.... You actually want to hear what twitter has to say?

Re:Eh? (0, Troll)

smussman (1160103) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598651)

Wrong twitter [twitter.com]

Re:Eh? (2, Funny)

Warll (1211492) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598663)

Thats why its funny.... You may want to read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pun [wikipedia.org]

WGAS! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25598641)

Who gives a shit? The whole thing is just a glorified punch and judy show designed to showcase the illusion that you can actually change anything by voting

slingbox (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25598665)

I sent 7 slingboxes to friends who live in battle states - that way I can watch the local news live. I set my 42" computer monitor up so that I can watch 9 different video feeds at once.

"How To Supplement Election Coverage? "? (1)

Nyckname (240456) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598667)

A fifth of whatever hard stuff you prefer.

Re:"How To Supplement Election Coverage? "? (2, Funny)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598741)

I could stop at one-fifth if one ticket wins, but I'll need to finish the bottle if the other major ticket wins.

Re:"How To Supplement Election Coverage? "? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25599191)

I could stop at one-fifth if one ticket wins, but I'll need to finish the bottle if the other major ticket wins.

I've got a nice bottle of single malt set aside if Obama wins but just in case I have a bottle of Everclear ready if McCain wins. I'm thinking about a second bottle of Everclear to toast Palin. Then again Moonshine run through an old radiator might be more appropriate.

Re:"How To Supplement Election Coverage? "? (4, Funny)

Threni (635302) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598773)

I'm going to need at least an eigthth.

Re:"How To Supplement Election Coverage? "? (1)

paulthomas (685756) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598993)

Dubya, is that you?

Re:"How To Supplement Election Coverage? "? (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599003)

Whoosh.

Re:"How To Supplement Election Coverage? "? (3, Funny)

paulthomas (685756) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599075)

Whoosh.

There are at least two contexts in which that is funny.

*giggling like a school girl* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25599209)

Dude, you made me drop the blunt in my crotch!
*puts out fire in pants*
Ahhhh!, Oh yeah....You insensitive clod!

My plan... (1)

subreality (157447) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598675)

... Is to go about my life, and check the web the next morning to see the results of all the issues I care about. I think treating the whole thing as a giant spectator sport is part of what creates the whole us-vs-them mentality that makes politics so divisive in this country.

If you're just *itching* to know the results, though, why not set up a program to scrape results from CNN, and email your phone when they get called? Everything else on the news in between is just useless prattle.

The only site you need to check out the next morn (3, Insightful)

/dev/trash (182850) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599041)

Is the SCOTUS web site

Quantity, not quality (2, Insightful)

tobyp (10493) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598685)

You seem to think the more screens you watch the election results on, the better informed you will be. Actually, if you shut down all your electronic gadgets and read a good book (The Prince or Primary Colors spring to mind) you will wake up the next morning a better educated and wiser person. And whoever wins will still have won.

Toby Poynder
London, UK

Re:Quantity, not quality (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25599125)

You seem to think the more screens you watch the election results on, the better informed you will be. Actually, if you shut down all your electronic gadgets and read a good book (The Prince or Primary Colors spring to mind) you will wake up the next morning a better educated and wiser person. And whoever wins will still have won.

Toby Poynder
London, UK

Shut your limey jew mouth.

Bravo! Very sensible advice! (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599435)

Thanks for the reading suggestions, I will have to check them out.

Here in my home state(Oklahoma, USA), third party/independents have to get a minimum number of signatures on a petition (IIRC 50,000) to be included on the ballot-write-ins not allowed, as they are marked invalid*, or not counted*.

This presidential election, we (in Oklahoma) only have two choices for casting votes for the President...Republican(McCain/Palin) vs. Democrat(Barrack/Biden), or choose not to vote.

IMHO, that sucks. My personal choices this election is to either vote for the lesser of two evils, or abstain from voting on the presidential race. I would much rather have a third option of writing in a 'valid'** candidate to vote for. I guess I need to work on getting this changed....

*Only for that 'line item' of the ballot, not the whole ballot.

**Excluding such nonsense as: Mickey Mouse, Richard M. Nixon, George Washington, etc., but actual 'real' people.(I also understand why it is this way- it does reduce the 'noise in the signal', so to speak, but there should be/needs to be a middle ground here).
Sorry about the awkwardly worded sentence above!

Yes, the 'lesser of two evils' phrase used above does imply my political bias in this election, but I still think my rant/opinion may be valid overall.

Sorry if this sounds pedantic, I just wanted to be clear.

Text Message Results? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25598713)

I'm going to be a poll worker in Florida during this election and although I'm not supposed to have any media within the polls, I'm looking for a service that will provide text message (SMS) updates as the state returns come in.

I've been Googling but found nothing as of yet.

Re:Text Message Results? (1)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599373)

although I'm not supposed to have any media within the polls

Then don't. Give no excuse for anyone to question that polling places results. Whoever wins, will still win whether you know about it instantly or not.

Re:Text Message Results? (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599401)

It shouldn't be a problem for you. No state election returns will be released when the polls are open. And with Florida in the east coast, you probably won't miss anything.

I'll be doing *my own* coverage (1)

Roblimo (357) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598719)

I plan to spend Tuesday evening going from one "victory party" to another in Sarasota and Manatee Counties (Florida) with my Canon XH-A1 video camera, then to send all my videos to Channel 10 (local CBS outlet), then post them @ my own site, http://roblimo.com./ [roblimo.com.]

You can do the same thing yourself, even if you don't have a hook-up with a local TV station or pro-quality video gear. Grab your cell phone with built-in vidcam, your Flip Video cam, your 1-CCD camcorder -- whatever you have -- and upload your videos to YouTube or other video sites.

You might also want to do your own exit polls. As long as you're on public property, no one has the right to keep you from shooting video.

Nowadays there is no reason to be a passive video consumer instead of a media creator.

Get out there and BE the media instead of sitting on your ass watching people who are no smarter than you TELL YOU what's going on.

- Robin

 

Re:I'll be doing *my own* coverage (4, Interesting)

gclef (96311) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599057)

You might also want to do your own exit polls. As long as you're on public property, no one has the right to keep you from shooting video.

This is very bad advice.

While a school may be public property, if it's being used as a polling place you most certainly do not have the right to shoot video or poll people inside. If you want to do either of these things in or near a polling place, please (please, please, please) check with the poll workers at the polling place first. They will know what rules there are and what limits there are to video and exit polling. (There are procedures for what the media can & can't do in a polling place, but the most important one is: if the chief judge says "no", then you're not filming...and you need to ask first.)

I have volunteered as a poll worker this cycle, and I'm really worried about getting into fights with people about the "Video the Vote" campaign. Video or photography inside the polling place is illegal in my state (I suspect it's illegal in all states, but I only know my state's law for sure). I don't want to get into these fights, but the Video the Vote folks have buried their CYA "please ask the poll workers" stuff in the middle of huge blocks of text that no one's likely to read, so I'm not optimistic.

(By the way, the whole soft-shoeing of the need to check with the election judges by "Video the Vote" really pisses me off...the poll workers are going to have a tough enough time this cycle with the expected huge turnout. The last thing we're going to need is some zealot screaming voter suppression when we try to enforce the "no filming" law in the polling area.)

</rant>

In short, if you want to be the media creator, that's fine...you just need to play by the rules.

Re:I'll be doing *my own* coverage (3, Interesting)

Roblimo (357) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599285)

The idea of an "exit poll" is to talk to voters outside the polling place after they've voted, not to intrude on the sanctity of the polling place itself.

In other words, be on the sidewalk or other 100% public property.

My polling place in Bradenton, Florida, is in the rec room of a large mobile home park, which is private property. Many other polling places around here are on property that belongs to various churches.

As long as you stay on true public property -- that is, places to which the public has unimpeded access, you can film.

One way to tell if you're in a legal spot as opposed to intruding on a polling place is to look at the placement of candidates' signs. There is typically a minimum allowable distance from the polling place for them. Use them as your guide to the "safe" distance. Beyond that, as long as you are on public property and not impeding traffic, neither an election judge nor a police officer has the right to stop you from filming.

(I, too, have been an election judge.)

Re:I'll be doing *my own* coverage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25599475)

do not have the right to shoot video or poll people inside

Some part of the word EXIT you're having particular problems with, fucktard?

it is like watching the Super Bowl (1)

10e6Steve (545457) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598723)

...but with a hundred different feeds. I guess you can always Tivo certain TV stations so you can watch replays of McCain fumbles later.

overkill? (1)

Tom (822) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598747)

I am ready with a big HDTV with Comcast, a Mac mini, and and an Xbox 360. I also have two laptops (one good for websites and one for streaming video), an old-school Blackberry, a 'regular' cell phone, a Nokia N810, a Squeezebox, and finally Sirius Satellite Radio. Which websites should I watch for live county results?

And why, exactly, do you want all this information overload?

You ask a question, but you omit the most important piece of information: Goal or purpose.

The election results and any interesting details will be plastered all over the media. It'll be hard to miss anything important. So why go to any effort at all to increase information input? What are you processing the info for?

Not that I don't agree the election result is important. It absolutely is. But "more information" does not equal better information.

Re:overkill? (1)

narcberry (1328009) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599227)

Considering the media just pillages each other for information, I don't think it's going to be an information overload; rather an information echo echo echo echo.

If you put this much effort into hacking the vote (2, Funny)

Cordath (581672) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598751)

...you wouldn't need to check the results!

Re:If you put this much effort into hacking the vo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25599487)

done... Obama won, er wins.

Get a DVB-S for wildfeeds from stations (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25598807)

Get a DVB-S dish and receiver to get live, raw feeds from sources as they happen. You can have one source per campaign hq or for live field reports. Some of these things don't make it to air

Medication (1)

tshetter (854143) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598809)

With all that data you are going to over load your brain and freak out. You will require valium or xanax to deal with the constant swings in exit polls and the declarations of who won what states.

Get some beer or a bottle of your favorite poison a few good war movies and contemplate how you will defend off the crazies from your opposing party, should they win.

Or just pawn all those fancy electorics, get some hookers and blow from the seedy part of town and party like the world is ending.


After all, it really is all gonna end one day.

High Definition!! (5, Funny)

Pilois (835353) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598813)

"I am ready with a big HDTV"

I dunno about you all but I am PSYCHED about seeing EVERY PORE on John McCain's face during his concession speech. I mean, election coverage without picture-perfect high definition quality is just not acceptable.

Re:High Definition!! (1)

maz2331 (1104901) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599079)

Or the HDTV shots of the riots when Obama loses?

Bruce Nash (1)

Bruce_Nash (766419) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598839)

Since my site is now thoroughly slashdotted (thanks everyone!), you might want to check out the video at blip.tv: http://brucenash.blip.tv/#1425102 [brucenash.blip.tv] Bruce

Outcome or Action (1)

nlawalker (804108) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598841)

What is it you're trying to see: the outcome of the elections, or the action (or lack thereof)?

Uh.... (1)

RyoShin (610051) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598861)

My plan is to watch the Daily Show/Colbert Report live hour-long special, then either watch CNN or turn off the TV and just wait for results in the morning, as I wish most news outlets would do.

I will be browsing various sites through all this, but only a few of them will have ongoing political discussions, then there's Slashdot.

It sounds like you're setting yourself up for information overload. Dear heavens, why?

Wrong question (1)

Lije Baley (88936) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598873)

How about "How do I get the fuck away from Election Coverage?" I can't believe how the media is buying into the historically-bankrupt notion that this is the "most important election ever". No, wait, WTF was I thinking, the media will say anything that sounds cool.

Re:Wrong question (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599165)

No, the media has an agenda and will twist whatever facts it has to in order to fulfill it's own desires.

I'm going to... (1)

Greg_D (138979) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598899)

... take the gf out to dinner, then go see a movie, then pick up some dessert on the way back. I figure whoever was elected on Tuesday will still be the President-elect on Wednesday, and the crowds should be smaller than usual to boot.

Something you didn't account for (1)

cj1127 (1077329) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598909)

Maybe four extra pairs of hands and six extra pairs of eyes?

Re:Something you didn't account for (1)

maz2331 (1104901) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599097)

Gee - wouldn't that be more useful for the pr0n awards?

Best listening in UK? (1)

Jabes (238775) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598931)

For some reason I am REALLY engergised by these US elections. I am UK resident and full time worker.

I'd like to listen to as much as I can without compromising too much of my work week

Which UK radio can I listen to at which times are going to keep me informed? And what UK time can I expect to keep my eyes opened for key results?

viral marketing (4, Insightful)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598955)

This article is the 4th in 5 days that has been posted purely as viral marketing for twitter. The jerks that own that site must be running out of cash (hopefully). Editors, please STOP the twitter slashvertisments.

Re:viral marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25599201)

Just a quick note. I posed the question. Its not an ad at all. I have no connection with them other than a fairly active user. I have a 5-digit id here and a bunch of people know me, so I needed to stay on the QT. Sorry that it came across as an ad, but I meant in no way to do so.

Slashdot article mentions current fad!?! Outrage! (1, Interesting)

Talisein (65839) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599213)

The twitter advertisements aren't so bad as the more prevalent "blog" advertisements. Nearly every /. article mentions some blog or another. The jerks that own blogs must be running out of cash (hopefully).

Re:viral (obama llama song) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25599271)

Speaking of viral marketing, if you haven't seen the Obama Llama Song [youtube.com] it's too funny not to.

Re:viral marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25599309)

What's twitter? I hadn't heard of it until you mentioned it just now. I think I'll check it out. Thanks!

Re:viral marketing (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599335)

The jerks that own that site must be running out of cash (hopefully).

Not really. Those important updates are brought to you by Linden Lab.

Supplement, hell. I'll be glued to FOX (1)

smchris (464899) | more than 5 years ago | (#25598997)

If they steal a third one, I can watch them unfold the story line.

Otherwise, I can undoubtedly watch the most volatile melange of Freudian neurotic mechanisms seen in one place since Hilter's last days in the bunker.
 

Shut up about the elections (1)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599005)

Seriously. I live abroad and for the last year it has annoyed me GREATLY that every week there was at least one topic about the US election. And it has been progressively getting worse. I feel sorry for people in the US for probably having to suffer through this hell times ten because the coverage is total overkill. Just hold the elections. Tomorrow for all I care and then STOP with the coverage. I have had enough of Joe the Plumber and Sarah "you betcha" Palin and Obama's cousin twice-removed. Just stop. Show us the other things that are happening in the world please, like an indepth topic about the situation in Congo.

But it's heresy that I want to talk about a big conflict in a large country where thousands of people are dead and even more are on the run. Let's switch over to Obama's mailman from 3 decades ago, because we all know that there is no thing that is more important than trivial matters in an election.

Get it over with and shut up.

This message not brought by the Obama campaign nor the McCain campaign.

None at all! (1)

schnikies79 (788746) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599039)

I've already voted (absentee) since I will be out of the area.

I'm going media free election day. No internet, no television, no radio. Is my being glued the tv/web going to change anything except my stress level?

Wednesday, I will know.

Re:None at all! (1)

Kineel (315046) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599389)

I may wait until the weekend to find out. I work from home. I can avoid all news outlets for that long. The better to get drunk when I find out. Celebrating or commiserating, isn't it great that alcohol goes with both?

spoQnge (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25599045)

summary of the Nash presentation (2, Informative)

bcrowell (177657) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599101)

For anyone who doesn't want to sit through the entire (long) Flash presentation by Bruce Nash, here's a micro-summary. Basically, he predicts that it will be around 8 pm Pacific time that they call Virginia and Pennsylvania for Obama, at which point it will be clear that Obama has won.

ha (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599119)

Who has time, I get to spend 12 hours outside in the Florida sun being a poll watcher.

Need a pill (1)

gsgriffin (1195771) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599193)

With a setup like that, you just need the blue pill. Just the suppliment you appear to need.

Don't forget your BATHROOM!! (1)

AmigaHeretic (991368) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599197)

Bestbuy has a pretty good deal on an LCD HDTV for under $300. Might want to get one for the bathroom incase you have to 'poop' as they're about to announce the winner. Just sayin'...

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8987475&type=product&id=1218006548849 [bestbuy.com]

.

wget the Internet (1)

spintriae (958955) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599211)

You'll never be able to keep up. Just wget the Internet on Nov 4. I'll be too busy to myself, so if it wouldn't be too much trouble to email a copy in a zip file, that would be great.

obligitory xkcd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25599223)

http://xkcd.com/intrade/
or
http://norvig.com/election-dashboard.html

If you're checking these more than once an hour then maybe you need to take a breather...

dear god (1)

Deadplant (212273) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599269)

"This reader might find some guidance in what to focus on, when, in a video produced by reader (and data modeler) Bruce Nash that lays out a predicted timeline for when the media will call each state, depending on when the polls close and how tight each race is expected to be. "

Kdawson your english teacher is spinning in his or her grave.
That paragraph sized sentence is a crime against humanity.

Re:dear god (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599397)

I think his English teacher is working in a factory in China.

The Obamarama Megathread (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25599275)

On the Something Awful forum contains all the news I or anyone else should ever need.

"Reader"? (2, Funny)

mqduck (232646) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599279)

This reader might find some guidance in what to focus on, when, in a video[...]

Isn't it a bit presumptions to assume that, just because he posts on Slashdot, he's actually a reader?

Re:"Reader"? (1)

mqduck (232646) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599287)

Come to think of it, calling that person "he" was also presumptuous.

Re:"Reader"? (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599425)

What if it is a dog!?

Fox News is all you need. (4, Funny)

bedroll (806612) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599291)

What better way to spend election night than to watch with elation as the Fox people have to call state after state for Obama? Grab a beer and tune in to Fox. Maybe every now and then tune in to another organization to see if they've already called states for Obama that Fox is waiting to call because they just can't stand it.

Re:Fox News is all you need. (0, Troll)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599485)

This site [mrblinky.com] is just as objective as Fox News, if not moreso.

Well, according to the ads on Slashdot... (1)

writermike (57327) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599341)

Perhaps you could watch CNN HD on Dish Network. After all, they have "MORE HD FOR LESS MONEY." Clearly this is a win/win! ;-)

Enhance?!? (1)

Kineel (315046) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599371)

I still want to figure out how to ignore the fracking campaign.

Old school (5, Insightful)

lucm (889690) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599393)

Miro? Laptops? Blackberry? Xbox? You probably have a bigger electromagnetic footprint than the power lines in my backyard...

Do you really need all that Inspector Gadget weaponry? Why don't you coze up with an old AM radio, a bottle of gin and a beat-up deck of cards which has the perfect texture to play Solitaire in a dimly lighted living room? And a simple sheet where you strike or circle states as they are being called officially?

Do you really see any value in being the first to send a twitter to your pals about such or such result, while everybody on Earth and beyond will be completely aware of the information in a matter of minutes or hours? There is no scoop on election night, only an annoying chase to be first to know.

You want a real scoop? Here is one: while Obama is way up in polls, McCain will be the next president. Because the people that were supposed to vote for Obama were too busy subscribing to RSS feeds and setting up gamma on their webcam so they would be ready to upload their comments on youtube, and they neglected to go on and vote. While the good ol' God fearing folks were first in line at the booth and spent the election night sipping gin and playing Solitaire. That's exactly how Le Pen got so far in the French elections a few years back - not enough people casting their vote because the polls were on their side.

There is just too much gadgets people. Time to pull a few plugs and get in touch with reality, where elections are won by people who get the most votes, not people who get the most Digg or website hits.

an Xbox 360? (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599441)

Umm, seriously? How exactly is that going to help you find election results?

Talk About Overkill (1)

coaxial (28297) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599479)

Let me tell you how the campaigns do it.

They watch TV.

That's it. You pick a channel (or two) and you go with it. If you care about state and local elections, then pick a broadcast network, since CNN isn't going to cover San Francisco's Proposition R [sfgate.com] . You want some fine grain coverage, or fine grain coverage outside of your media market? Secretary of State websites.

Youre done.

Twitter? HA! And double HA! Those losers watch TV. Twitter doesn't break a damn thing.

Just vote, worry about the data later. (1)

surferx0 (1206364) | more than 5 years ago | (#25599499)

The only thing that affects the outcome is you voting, there is no reason to be watching vote by vote results as they come in one a second by second basis. Nobody cares that you are watching besides the TV sponsors, the same outcome will happen regardless of how much attention you give to it.

If you want to know all the data concerning what areas voted for what, it will all be available to you after the election is over, and it will be complete and useful information should you care to access it unlike incomplete live results.

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