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January 30, 2004

Sometimes a picture tells the story: a Howard Dean sign next to a Kerry sign in NH

Mike posted a photo of a Dean campaign sign next to a Kerry campaign sign that he took while we were volunteering (for Dean) in New Hampshire last weekend. The Dean sign says "Hope not Fear" and the Kerry sign says "Doubting Dean? Vote Kerry." Quite a contrast in messaging style.

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January 29, 2004

House party coordinators conference call with Dean

I'm helping Amanda Boer coordinate house parties in Massachusetts for the Dean campaign. David Salie, the national director of the house party program, hosted a conference call tonight with volunteer state coordinators across the country. About thirty minutes into the call Governor Dean joined us to share his thoughts on the house party program moving forward and the campaign in general, too. He stayed on the call for at least twenty minutes and answered a bunch of questions. Dean mentioned that the perch the campaign was on weeks ago with lots of good press was not something earned from the voters. And I think that's of course good to keep in mind when the press decides to turn negative. And like he said, it's important to keep an eye on the delegate count. In New Hampshire it was 14/9/0/0/0 for first through fifth place. Coming in second with nine delegates is hardly reason to give up. Why should we let the media control the election?

And speaking of house parties ... this Sunday is Super Goal 2004: First Down for Democracy. The "home" party is if you're having friends over at your place for the Super Bowl and the "away" party is if you're going to someone else's shindig and want to bring some Dean info with you. Governor Dean will participate in a conference call before kick-off, too.

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Howard Dean and Social Networking

Howard Dean winter cap

Wearing my Howard Dean winter cap seems equivalent to being a dog owner. People out walking their dogs always seem more likely to have strangers come up to them for random conversations. This morning while waiting for the bus someone mentioned they liked my Dean hat. Mike gave me a tip once that he always has extra Dean buttons with him in case he talks to someone who is a Dean supporter. So, this morning I gave one of my extra buttons to Nora. Then later on when I was on the Red Line someone else mentioned they liked my hat. She already had a Dean button on her scarf. We talked about the Joe Trippi news and tidbits about our volunteering experiences in New Hampshire. Now I just need to remember to keep business cards in my bag so I can keep in touch with these people.

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January 28, 2004


Something is a bit off with Movable Type's trackback feature or I'm doing something wrong. Whenever I update an entry that I've pinged someone else on already, it re-pings that person's website and lists my entry a second (and beyond) time on their trackback listing. Oops?

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January 27, 2004

Dean on CNN after the New Hampshire primary results

Howard Dean's weblog quite speedily posted the transcript from his interview with Larry King on CNN earlier tonight. Dean talked about his "solid second" in the New Hampshire primary. I just wish he had used some (more?) of the stuff from the main campaign website's "Stand With Us" call to action. It's the sort of inspiring and hopeful message that got me interested in Dean's campaign and politics in general in the first place.

We are going to win this nomination.

To all those who believe that America needs real change, and someone who's actually delivered change, stand with us.

To all those who believe we need a president who will stand up for what's right, even when it's not politically popular, stand with us.

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The car had other plans

We didn't make it to New Hampshire tonight thanks to a cranky car. So, it was a night of television watching. I thought Dean gave a pretty good speech at the end of the night. My roommate Meg and I are hopeful that he will be able to reach out to the rest of the country the same way he made sense to us. It will be interesting to see what he does next.

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Google and Howard Dean

I'm not sure if I would go so far as to say I'm obsessed with my referrer statistics but I do check the page often enough that it's probably pretty close. It's fun to see Google putting my website above the mainstream press's blatherings about Howard Dean's post-Caucus speech (aka "The Angry Yell That Wasn't") in Iowa last week.

I wanted to spend the day in New Hampshire to do primary day volunteering but I need to work. Michael and I are headed up most likely to Salem at 5pm and then on to the party with other volunteers, staff and Howard Dean. It will be interesting to see what sort of speech he gives this time around. Maybe I'll get some audio blog posts recorded, too.

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January 26, 2004

World66: Where have you visited in the United States

This "create a map of where you've been" web tool at World66 is nifty. But it doesn't beat Michael's hand drawn maps!

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Website Referrer Spam from Joe Lieberman

Is Joe Lieberman's crew responsible for the referrer spam that I'm finding in my web stats? Yikes. How unclassy. At this point I think it's going to take a lot more than good page rankings on Google and links to his website to help this guy out.

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January 24, 2004

Howard Dean's Caucus Speech in Iowa : A video from someone in the crowd

While the media is hyper focused on the sixteen second snippet (which interestingly enough has the crowd's audio mostly removed that Dean needed to yell over), someone in the crowd video taped Dean's speech and it's online. Context is everything! The speech is available in QuickTime and Windows Media formats.

» Howard Dean's Iowa Caucus Speech

January 26 Update: Yesterday when I was on my way to Nashua, New Hampshire for another day of volunteering for Howard Dean's campaign, Steve Garfield posted a comment to this entry pointing out a CJR article analyzing the media's coverage of Dean's speech in Iowa.

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January 21, 2004

Beyond the Media

Dave Winer: "Listening to reporter commentary today it seems Dean must have no chance of winning New Hampshire."

I guess I'm remaining hopeful and optimistic that people (beyond those of us already supporting Dean and the movement he represents) will see beyond what the media chooses to say. As much as I'm irritated that Michael Moore has endorsed Clark, Moore made some good points to his email list this week, primarly directed at Dean supporters.

"As one who does not support Dean, I would like to say this to you: DON'T GIVE UP. You have done an incredible thing. You inspired an entire nation to stand up to George W. Bush. Your impact on this election will be felt for years to come. Every bit of energy you put into Dr. Dean's candidacy was -- and is -- worth it. He took on Bush when others wouldn't. He put corporate America on notice that he is coming after them. And he called the Democrats out for what they truly are: a bunch of spineless, wishy-washy appeasers who have sold out the working people of America. Everyone in every campaign owes you and your candidate a huge debt of thanks."

But what I do not like about Moore's email is his reference to "Deaniacs." Hello. I am not a maniac for Dean. Don't insult our intelligence.

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Quote of the day

My youngest sister Amy called me tonight on my way to meet up with friends. I told her about the late night/early morning Dean rally I went to and asked her if she had heard of Howard Dean yet. She quickly responded: "Of course I know who he is! I read Time Magazine!" I advised her to vote for him, too. Maybe I can inspire her to host a Super Goal 2004 house party on February 1st at her apartment in Fremont, Nebraska. I had to catch the subway and lost my cellphone reception but I'm looking forward to hearing what sort of impression people in her part of Nebraska (where I spent my first twenty years) have regarding the election and Dean in particular. The Super Goal 2004 house party has two formats. The "home" party is for anyone who is hosting a superbowl party and the "away" party is for anyone who is going to someone else's party and wants to bring Dean information with them and speak for a couple minutes. My roommate Meg and I are hosting one at our place but I have a feeling the game will be on mute until the last few minutes in the fourth quarter.

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January 20, 2004

Birthdays and Howard Dean

Last night's 2AM rally to welcome Howard Dean back to New Hampshire was quite an adventure. We got there around 1:15 as the crew was finishing setting up the stage areas. The Shifters, a (mostly oldies) rock cover band performed from 2am until shortly past 3am. A teacher and Dean organizer from New Hampshire came out to talk about why she supports Howard Dean and introduced a NH state official who then went on to introduce Dean. I recorded a few snippets of the short speech in audio posts in the previous entries. The airport hangar was filled with hundreds of energetic people. Joan Jett missed her connecting flight and arrived shortly after Dean but she decided to perform anyway after Dean finished up and wandered through the crowd for a few minutes. I didn't realize Dean would be speaking off to one of the sides so most of my photos were of the crowd and Joan Jett.

I don't think I could have asked for a better way to start my birthday. And of course, birthday wishes to Meryl, too! Next January 20th, I hope we share our birthday and innauguration day with Howard Dean and not George Bush, please.

As we were leaving the event, I walked past a very tired looking Joe Trippi. I only have one regret: I never gave the guy a hug. He certainly deserved one. But maybe a random stranger (who doesn't normally give hugs in general) coming up to the hardest working campaign manager might have been a little weird. I wish I had offered it anyway.

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Howard Dean at the 2am Rally in Portsmouth, Audio Post #2

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Howard Dean at the 2am Rally in Portsmouth, Audio Post #1

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January 19, 2004

A Lydon Gem About Howard Dean

Chris Lydon sums it up in a recent report from Iowa.

"So we say: even if the Kerry surge is real (purchased with some $2.5 million of the candidate's own money), and even if the Edwards surge is real, the Dean phenomenon is something else. It is the future. "

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First Audio Post

I thought I'd finally try out audblog tonight on the way to and during the 2am Dean Rally in Portsmouth. The HTML formatting of each entry will probably be a mess until I get back to my computer to fix it up. Each audio post is in MP3 format. Starting with the following ...

audio post powered by audblog

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Dean Rally in Portsmouth tonight at 2am with Joan Jett

I spent the morning and afternoon today volunteering at the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Dean for America office. While I was there I found out more information about tonight's rally at Pease International Airport in Portsmouth. Special guests include a performance by Joan Jett. Doors open at 2AM. This will be a fun way to spend the first few hours of my birthday.

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January 17, 2004

Beyond The Usual Suspects

Joe Jenett noted that only four of the 126 RSS feeds/websites that he reads appear in the feeds.scripting.com Top 100 list. I would be interested in seeing who falls between numbers 300-500 since we already know about the usual suspects at the top of the list.

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January 16, 2004

Canvassing for Howard Dean in New Hampshire on Monday, Trip #2

I got a call earlier from Jen Wan, Dean for America's local organizer who is working very hard gathering Massachusetts people to canvass for Howard Dean in New Hampshire until their primary on January 27th. She wanted to know if I could canvass again (like I did back in October) this weekend. Thanks to Monday being a holiday for Martin Luther King Jr., it looks like I'll be able to participate for at least one day. Michael is going, too. The bus departs downtown Boston at 9am. Canvassing is definitely outside my comfort zone but it's really important and a great experience.

The photo is from the October weekend I spent canvassing in Dover, NH. Click the image to see a larger photo. There's also a photo gallery at Mass for Dean from that weekend. I never did get around to posting all my photos from that amazing experience. Maybe after Monday's adventure!

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January 15, 2004

Going the distance for Dean

Ofer Inbar, a Massachusetts for Dean volunteer organizer, travelled with a few friends by car from Boston to Iowa last week to canvass. They are currently embarking on their road trip home. He's interviewed in a Boston Globe article today about volunteers from the different campaigns who made the journey from Boston to Iowa to help inspire Iowa residents to attend their local caucus.

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January 14, 2004

Voice of Reason

Whenever I get worried about someone catching up with Dean, I talk to Mike C. and he zaps all that cynicsm. Read his letter to the Washington Post that appeared in today's paper. Now if he'd just update his weblog!

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Vote by Issue.com

I somehow managed to get through News Hour and WBUR's "Vote by Issue" website to find out which of the nine Democratic candidate's had views that most resembled mine based on various quotes for fourteen issues. Howard Dean and I had the health care issue in common and the rest was a mixed bag from the others. It was an interesting excercise but I'm afraid my attention span started to fade after question three. Dean still gets my vote.

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January 13, 2004

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January 12, 2004

Quicklinks of the day

My favorite shampoo: Phyto (It's fabulous enough to link to, honest.)

Tomorrow's Ryze Boston event: Over 95 RSVPs so far. Hoorah! I think I'll be lingering near the fireplace.

Rock & Roll Library benefit: Saturday, January 17th at the Middle East upstairs featuring Lamont, The Hidden, Shanghai Valentine and Bones Brigade. The show is 18+, $10 and doors open at 9PM. It supports my favorite nonprofit organization.

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January 10, 2004

Bloggers dim sum tomorrow/Sunday, January 11th at Chau Chow City

Jessica, one of the regulars at the Berkman Thursday Weblog Writers Meetings, organized another bloggers dim sum that is happening tomorrow morning at 11am at Chau Chow City in Boston's Chinatown. Maybe some of the people listed over at Boston Blogs.com will feel inspired to show up, too!

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A room of one's own

I've been setting up my home office today that I share with one of my new housemates and it reminds me of Virginia's Wolf's book "A Room of One's Own." It's nice to finally have a room to do work in (and maybe eventually get back to writing again, too) that is seperate from my bedroom and the couch in the living room. Now if I could just find the power supply thingie for my printer.

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January 09, 2004

The importance of social networks and relating as humans II

After exchanging a few comments about Doug's social networking rant/entry on his weblog, we decided to conspire on some sort of social networking manifesto. Sure, it sounds a little silly; but why not? I've been blathering my philosophy regarding this matter for years to friends -- we might as well write it down. And this is another reason why I lovelovelove the Internet. I just met Doug (through Gregor) and we are already conspiring to conspire. Fun! Thank you Tim Berners-Lee! (Follow that link for a great interview that Christopher Lydon recently had with Berners-Lee.)

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January 08, 2004

The importance of social networks and relating as humans

Doug Dalton shared his thoughts about the importance of social networks.

Admittedly, this is nothing really new. No (wo)man is an island. Interdependency is at the root of humanity. We all know this. So often though, we forget it.

I've been a connector and matchmaker for friends and colleagues for a long time. It's just what I do. I resisted websites like Ryze at first because they seemed so unnecessary. But I've come around since then mostly because I figure it can't hurt to be open to new ways of making new connections. (Thanks to Shannon for inspiring me to check out Ryze again and sign up Summer 2002). I think most of us need to be reminded that it's important not to worry so much about how useful someone can be for you. I'd rather concern myself with just getting to know someone as a human and not worrying about the person's usefulness in my life whether personally or professionally.

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January 07, 2004

Curious ways to extend social circles and meet new humans

For the past couple weeks I've been participating in an online exchange-of-sorts with someone I met online. Instead of the usual (boring) "Who are you, What are you all about" sort of initial blather, we are collaborating on a weblog-style exchange of music tidbits, art/images (he's an artist), words and some haiku tossed in, too. It's been a fun experiment chronically an exchange between two strangers. Maybe it will be something to make public in the future.

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January 05, 2004

Oleg Volk's 2004 Gallery

I've been a fan of Oleg Volk's photography for several years after stumbling across his website doing a search for digital photography resources. He recently moved his online archives over to the Gallery tool. My favorite of the bunch is the nature albums.

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January 04, 2004

Upcoming event: Ryze Boston Business Networking Mixer at Caveau

Ryze's business networking events are launching in a bunch of new cities this year including Boston. I'm organizing the Ryze Boston mixers and we've got something coming up on Tuesday, January 13th at Caveau (inside Marche Movenpick at the Prudential Center). Looks like it should be a good time and over 65 people have RSVP'd so far. Anyone can attend and the cover charge is reduced for Ryze members.

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