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Mon Nov 05, 2012 23:27 (UTC -8)

Hi, I’m Jordon Kalilich from theworldofstuff.com. You may know me as someone who writes about things I do in other countries or computer stuff you don’t care about. But I do more than that. Sometimes I write about politics—and I vote.

I mean, I write about politics once in a while, but I vote all the time. Or rather, as often as I can. Which is once in a while.

Anyway, I know you’re tired of hearing about the presidential election and all that stuff, and this is the last place you want to hear more about it, but please allow me to say: Vote, stupid. Seriously. Do it now.

I live in Washington state, which conducts elections exclusively by mail. It’s more convenient than going somewhere and standing in some long line; I filled out my ballot yesterday in the comfort of my own home. I was wearing pants, but I didn’t have to. This morning, I sealed my ballot in the provided envelope and popped it into any mailbox or one of several convenient ballot drop-off boxes located around King County. I had to wear pants for that.

Washington probably has one of the more interesting ballots this year. Not only is there a hotly contested gubernatorial race, but we also get to decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage and marijuana (woooo!). And charter schools (wooo?). And phasing down the debt limit percentage in three steps from nine to eight percent while modifying the calculation date, calculation period, and definition of general state revenues. Woo.

And of course, there is the presidential race. I know someone here who said he might not bother to vote at all because, in a heavily Democratic state, his vote (presumably for the Republican candidate) simply wouldn’t matter; the Electoral College rears its ugly head again. I told him he should vote instead of believing a self-fulfilling prophecy. But, hypocritically, I used the same rationale in voting for Jill Stein, the Green Party’s candidate. If I still lived in Florida, which swings both ways, I’d have had to be more careful with my vote.

Fortunately, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is well on its way to effectively abolishing the Electoral College. If your state hasn’t joined the compact yet, write your lawmakers and tell them about it. Washington has!

Well, that’s about it. Like everyone else, I look forward to not talking about politics.

Redshift is a program for Linux that changes the color temperature of your monitor from its usual bluish hue during the day to a warmer, redder shade at night. The rationale is that at night, your computer screen should give off what looks more like electric light and less like sunlight. I’ve been using Redshift for about a year, and although I can’t say for sure that it’s helped me get to sleep easier, I definitely wouldn’t be able to work without it. You don’t realize how intensely bright and blue your computer screen is until you’ve used a program like this for a while.

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I live in California and voted Jill Stein for the same reason. While the electoral college does give people the impression that their vote isn’t going exactly where they want, and I’m not opposed to going to a straight popular vote, the truth is that mathematically and historically it works. Well, mostly, but there would certainly be plenty of problems with a popular vote also. Because of the electoral college I was able to vote my conscience and not worry that CA electorates would go to the far greater evil. I must say, though, I’m so sick of settling for the lesser of evils.

#1 by Seth: Mon Nov 12, 2012 19:07 (UTC -8)

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