Neil Schemenauer's Web Log


May 02, 2011

Hooray for paper

I like technology. Sometimes though the old ways are still best. I voted in the federal election this morning. I used a graphite pencil to make a mark on a slip of paper. It really was about as painless as possible. The simplicity of system greatly reduces the chances of fraud or failures.

I'm heading to the field soon. There exist a number of field record keeping systems based on PDAs, mobile phones or computers. For the foreseeable future I plan to continue to use a per-printed paper form, a clipboard and a pencil. Entering the data into the computer after the fact is not a serious problem. I'll let someone else be the technical pioneer in this case.

Neil Macdonald reports on Osoma's death

"The Devil likely died happy".

I hope American citizens will continue to fight to restore lost liberties. If you haven't seen it, The Power of Nightmares seems fitting at this point given that some of the news reporters are asking what this means for the leadership of al-Qaeda.

Why We Fight is also worth watching. The notion that terrorists attack because they "hate America's freedom" is ludicrous. To effectively fight someone you really should be clear on their motivations.