Election Ads, 2016 ed., Part 1

Posted Sat 04 June 2016 13:33 under category politics

Hello readers! If you've been living under a rock (or, really, anywhere that isn't California), this coming Tuesday (June 7th) is the most important primary election in California in recent memory! As befits such a momentous occasion, I've received another batch of election spam!1

2016 Primary Election Ads

Surprisingly, the biggest issue in this election in San Francisco isn't the presidential primary, but is instead the election of the Democratic County Central Committee (the DCCC); the vast majority of election spam that I received was either a complete slate for the DCCC, or an ad for an individual candidate ...

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Serialization Format Performance

Posted Sun 31 January 2016 11:53 under category programming

Most of the work done in actual programming jobs is taking structured data in some particular format from one system, slightly tweaking it, and sending it off to some other system. When exchanging data between different processes, it's almost always necessary to serialize it into a series of bytes which can be sent across a dumb byte-oriented transport (such as TCP). There are hundreds upon hundreds of different serialization formats out there, but I just wanted to talk about a few of the most common that folks use with the Python programming language.

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2015 Election Ads - Update

Posted Sun 01 November 2015 19:58 under category politics

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the election spam that I'd gotten. I figured that since voting had begun, the flow of ads would taper off. Boy was I wrong! Here's my current count:

Candidate/Issue —2015-10-18 2015-11-18—2015-11-18 Total
(so far)
Yes on Aaron Peskin/No on Julie Christensen 15 13 28
Yes on Julie Christensen/No on Aaron Peskin 8 18 26
Yes on Prop A 2 3 5
Yes on Prop D 2 6 8
Yes on Prop F 1 1 2
No on Prop F 7 3 10
No on Prop I 6 3 9
Vicki Hennessy for Sheriff - 1 1
Voting Slates 5 15 20
(total) 46 63 109

In addition to all of this paper spam, I now get between one and four phone calls a day from supporters of various candidates (and, in one case, from a candidate themselves). And three times now, I've caught campaigners tailgating into my apartment building to annoy people door-to-door.

Here's the list of distinct organizations I've gotten voting voting slates from so far:

  • San Francisco Tenant's Union
  • Alice B Toklas Democratic Club
  • Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Young Democrats Club
  • Affordable Housing Alliance
  • San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
  • Sierra Club
  • FDR Democratic Club
  • District 3 Democrats Club
  • Affordable Future for San Francisco PAC / Jane Kim

Most of these have sent three or four different ads with the same slate but different artwork or highlighting different issues.

Augh.

At least there are only two more days.

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2015 Election Ads

Posted Sun 18 October 2015 16:30 under category politics

You may or may not know this, but 2015 is shaping up to be a big election year in San Francisco. Yes, it's an off-year. Yes, there are "only" nine propositions on the ballot. Nonetheless, if you believe the rhetoric, this is the year that's going to make it or break it for the city of San Francisco. How do I know all this? It's because I read through all 46 pieces of printed advertising that I've received so far this season.

Election spam

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Pebble Time Steel Review

Posted Wed 23 September 2015 22:20 under category tech

In February, I Kickstarted the Pebble Time. As soon as it was announced (March 3), I upgraded my Kickstarter pledge to the Pebble Time Steel. As you might remember from last year, I had Kickstarted the original Pebble ("Pebble Classic" now) and purchased the Pebble Steel as soon as it was released, so this was a no-brainer.

Well, it took a few months longer than expected, but my Time Steel arrived about a week ago, and here's my review.

Pebble Time Steel on wrist1

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My Honeymoon!

Posted Sat 27 June 2015 20:15 under category personal

As most of you probably know, I got married last month! The wedding was in Claremont and went great, and it's probably worth a post of its own; however, what I've come to write for you is a description of what followed — our honeymoon in France. We visited Paris, Beaune (in Burgundy), Avignon (in the Southern Rhône Valley), and Saint-Raphaël (in Côte d'Azur). Read on for more pictures and anecdotes than you could've ever asked for!

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