Monthly Archives: August 2003

civic renewal in NYC

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I was supposed to go to New York City today for a meeting at the Social Science Research Council, but I found when I reached the airport at 6 am that no flights were leaving because of … Continue reading

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a class on geography & obesity

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This is the latest plan for a grant proposal that would allow us to work with high school kids, doing research in the community and generating public products for the website that they have been building at … Continue reading

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the budget

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0A lot of people’s eyes glaze over when they hear about a “budget”—whether it’s for a business, a club, or the government of the United States. Yet the government has enormous influence on our lives because of … Continue reading

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involving kids in research

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m busy trying to raise money for the Prince George’s Information Commons, our project that helps local kids use the Internet for civic purposes. There’s one specific grant opportunity that I want to go after, and it … Continue reading

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Arnold and stealth democracy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Saturday’s Washington Post quotes a California citizen who supports Arnold Schwartzenegger’s gubernatorial bid: "His eyes brightened behind his glasses as he discussed how someone like Schwarzenegger would bring fresh ideas and an eagerness to correct the state’s … Continue reading

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productivity is not always good

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Productivity rose in the second quarter at an annual rate of 5.7%, yet unemployment remained stubbornly high. Businesses did not increase spending on equipment, so their productivity gains didn’t come from upgraded technology. Instead, I suspect, they … Continue reading

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politicians are sometimes sincere

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Since the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation is clearly benefiting Republicans and harming Democrats, why did most Republicans vote against it and most Democrats support it? There are cynical explanations. For example, maybe neither party predicted the … Continue reading

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Washington versus DC

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I was at a conference out of town recently, sitting with two people who had previously lived in the nation’s capital, where I’ve resided for a dozen years. They said that they like "DC," but they don’t … Continue reading

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smart mobs

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The latest technological phenomenon to get the attention of the New York Times is "mobbing." An announcement spreads around blogs, listservs, and bulletin boards: everyone is supposed to show up at a particular time and place to … Continue reading

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against artificial intelligence

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I have lost the reference, but sometime within the last 72 hours, I read a quote by an official of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency that helped launch the Internet and recently got … Continue reading

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