Some Advice For My Fellow Ron Paul Supporters

I’ve been clicking around Technorati and Digg to see the reaction on the Iowa Straw Poll, and of course there is already talk in the blogosphere about voting machines.

Look. I like Ron Paul. I support Ron Paul. I want his campaign to continue. If you feel the same way, it may be best to stop with the “Diebold-gate” talk.

At worst, you run the risk making the whole movement look like it’s full of 9-11 conspiracy nutjobs.

At best, you make Dr. Paul look like Al Gore.

Neither is very appealing. Nobody likes self hating wackos or crybabies.

Ron Paul’s Appeal to the Technoclass

No one can deny Ron Paul’s support and presence online is pretty amazing. How can a guy be so huge in the online community, yet still considered an outsider in the mainstream conversation? I’ve written before about the issues that mainstream media has dealing with the Paul campaign, but it is frustrating to be on the pro-Paul side of the argument and see him basically shut out of serious debate in the broad media. Probably the most frustrating are the accusations that the online support for Dr. Paul is actually very small and being perpetuated by a few puppet masters who are using their technical expertise to generate hype.

The fact is, Ron Paul’s support in the blogosphere and in other online arenas is very real and very large. While it may seem unlikely or unbelievable to the mainstream, there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for the online community’s sudden interest and large support of a single candidate where none has existed before. For the most part, the web is still driven by computer geeks and engineering types–LOGICAL THINKERS, FACT SEEKERS, AND PROBLEM SOLVERS–The Technoclass.

The ideas Ron Paul presents in debates and interview strike a chord with the technoclass for a few simple reasons. While most candiates base their platform on party loyalty, emotion, or poll results, Dr. Paul’s platform is based on logic, facts, structure, and actually addressing the issues. Ron Paul’s ideas follow the same line of thinking that we engage in every day–Identify the problem (issue), determine the factors that contribute to the problem (events that lead to the issue), determine the limitations of possible solutions (the Constitution), implement the best solution.

So why hasn’t the technoclass chosen a candidate for widespread support before this election cycle? Well, there’s a reasonable explanation for that as well. Never before, at least since the web has become widely popular, has a candidate taken the approach of presenting reasonable arguments and solutions to problems. For the technoclass, often the most reasonable course of action when no feasible solution to a problem has been presented is to do nothing.

That’s exactly what the technoclass has chosen to do, until now.

Of course, I could be wrong…dopplegangr has an alternate explanation.

Ron Paul up to #4 on Technorati

Ron Paul is currently the 4th most searched term at  He’s the only candidate in the top 10, and is *gasp* ranked higher than Paris Hilton.
I’m sure he’s a big fan of the internet right about now.   That’s the great thing about free speech and free markets–the best ideas and products really do win out.

Virginia Tech Shooter Photos

Virginia Tech Shooter is a piece of shitWow. Those are super disturbing. Personally, I think it sucks that the media is giving this guy the exact glorification and exposure he wanted.  I didn’t want to glorify “that guy” by mentioning his name or posting his photo here. However, I dug through the archives and found one that I feel accurately represents him.

Not Much to Write About

It’s tough to pay attention to much for the past couple of days that isn’t related to the VA Tech shootings.  It’s a horrible thing.  I doubt I could add anything to the conversation that isn’t being said somewhere else.

Besides, I tend to be a sarcastic (just a tad) and this definitely isn’t the time for that.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fights!

And teachers are doing nothing about it!  This is news!!!  Local6 in Orlando has video as well, if that’s something you want to watch.  Not for me, thanks.

“The teacher was just sitting there, and as soon as they started hitting each other, the teacher had called someone else,” student Partrick Charite said.

Witnesses also told Local 6 News that the substitute teacher said, “Let them fight,” during the scrum.

First, let me state (again) that it makes my stomach turn every time I hear a fight or scramble for a basketball referred to as a “scrum”.  I don’t think it’s too much to expect professional writers to know the meanings of the words they use, especially when they are sports writers and are using a sports term.  

A scrum is not a frantic melee, but the most complicated and intricate aspect of rugby.  It is kept safe and controlled mostly because its participants are strong, technically sound, and agile.  Saying that a couple of out of shape seventh grade girls slapping and pulling hair is a scrum is like saying that two mixed breed dogs humping Continue reading “Girls Just Wanna Have Fights!”

Good Idea? Bad Idea!!!

Frantic Industries has a nice little piece on crowded market spaces on the web that you may want to avoid for a new startup.

Most of the spaces named here seem tough to break into at this point without either some very serious backing or a truly unique spin on the technology.  For instance, Younanimous is doing something a little differently by incorporating search engine results along with socially popular results.


Only a month and a day after posting this, I come across, which bills itself as a social search engine.  Results are based not only on traditional search engine results that it retrieves, but also on user recommendations.  Check it out, pretty cool!!!