- The first article, at discover.com, is fairly accessible and has plenty of nifty colored graphs.
- The second article, from The Perl Journal, though written to appeal to Perl hackers, is also readable enough, and is open source, to boot.
Basically, the problem we face now is that a third (or fourth or fifth) political party is simply not viable under the current plurality system; consequently, people either vote for someone who is not his/her first choice, or they engage in various sneaky, if understandable, voting strategies. What we want is a voting system that allows one to vote for their first choice, and failing that, their second choice, all in good faith.
Last night I dreamt that George W. Bush kicked my friend Hoss in the back at a press conference, so I tackled him to the ground and punched him in the nose. Knowing that a Secret Service agent had to be nearby, I stopped, giving G.W. the chance to leap to his escape on a speeding locomotive. Damn.
* Thumbs twiddling on a gamepad as we play Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, the best game ever, that is.
*which hazel beat last night around 2am.