The Ross Writ

Published by Joe Edelheit Ross

Monday, July 21, 2008


Alejandro at the controls

Testing out video on Flickr.

It seems to to work well!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007


The Voter Genome Project is Launched

The team that cracked the human genome is now going after the American voter. They have launched the Voter Genome Project. It promises to be a full service Democratic analytics and consulting firm applying cutting-edge technology from Silicon Valley and Biotech IT to deliver the right message to the right voter at the right time.

VGP performs multi-hundreds-of-variables analysis on 200,000,000 voter records in minutes using the most advanced technology available. Here's what VGP promises to deliver:
We can find and rank the top 10,000, 100,000 or 1,000,000 of a candidate's supporters (or potential donors) and further break those supporters down into geographic, psychographic or demographic subgroups.

We can find the independent and Republican voters who are either likely or persuadable to change their registration to vote in a closed Democratic primary.

We can find the 2,000,000 newly enrolled voters nationwide who are most likely to support a particular candidate.

We can find every person in the country whose household income is over $200,000 and who is a likely strong supporter of a particular candidate so that the campaign can do a targeted fundraising appeal to get them to max out this quarter.

We can find 500,000 unregistered voters who are likely to be enthusiastic supporters of a candidate early enough to register them to vote.

The VGP is being spearheaded by Silicon Valley veteran Ron Turiello and guru-pollster Tom Wilson (bios here), both on the project full time. Disclosure: I have been in the Voter Genome kitchen discussions since the beginning and I am proud to be a part-time adviser.

Friday, March 02, 2007


The Next Net: Will Widgets Kill the Webpage?

Widgets seem to be everywhere all of a sudden. This is a good primer. - BitTorrent targets downloads market

Peer-to-peer technology is increasingly being adopted by content owners as a distribution architecture: The Financial Times had this story last week:
"Michael McGuire, an analyst at Gartner, said film studios' rush to embrace BitTorrent, Joost and other startup video services reflected lessons learned from the painful experiences of music companies, who failed to embrace digital distribution models until sales of CDs had already slumped.

'The studios are realising they have to get out in front of it and create as many legitimate distribution points as they can, rather than fighting abuses all the time,' he said."

Friday, February 02, 2007


The Globalization of ConLaw

The Stanford Law Review and the Stanford Constitutional Law Center will host a symposium this month on Global Constitutionalism. Speakers include the attorney general of the United Kingdom and senior Iraqi government officials who played a role in writing Iraq's new constitution.

From the symposium website:
Discourse and thought about constitutional norms increasingly transcend national borders and founding documents. Spirited debate has arisen within the United States about whether and how foreign law should be utilized for purposes of construing the U.S. Constitution, but there is no doubt that citations to foreign law increasingly surface in U.S. court decisions. Less attention has been paid, however, to the larger interplay between the constitutional norms of the U.S. and other nations. What role does the U.S. Constitution play in other nations’ interpretations of their own constitutions? To what extent is that role impacted by the perceived willingness, or lack thereof, of the U.S. to look to other nations’ constitutions? What are the constitutional benchmarks for nations constructing new constitutions and how do such nations choose between them in the face of divergence? What can nations learn from one another about common constitutional controversies—such as those surrounding security initiatives as they may impact civil liberties and larger constitutional norms? This Symposium will explore these questions, gathering prominent scholars, practitioners, and judges from the U.S. and abroad in order to do so. The unifying theme will be the manner in which constitutionalism is developing, and should develop, around the world as viewed from the perspective of the U.S. and other nations with their own proud and distinct constitutional traditions.

Friday, September 02, 2005


The Day Before

"I don't think," President Bush said yesterday on Good Morning America, that "anyone anticipated the breach of the levees." He would have us believe the flooding in New Orleans took everyone by complete surprise.

But in fact, "just such a potential nightmare has been foreseen by storm experts, investigative reporters, academics, and even by U.S. government agencies for years," writes Cox News reporter Julia Malone. CNN had the details of the impending disaster on August 28 (check out CNN's "Worst Case Scenario" video). So how is it possible President Bush and his staff did not?

The rest of the media should jump on this. Because the real scandal here is not how the feds have been rudderless in the days following the storm.

The real scandal is what the feds did not do the day before. "

The extent of this disaster was clear at least 12, maybe 24 hours before the hurricane hit. It was obvious to experts the city would be flooded if the hurricane hit directly.

So why wasn't the Navy deployed the day before from Mayport so it would arrive the day after?

Why didn't feds commandeer busses to get the rest of those neighborhoods evacuated?

Why was there no execute order for the national guard until afterwards?

Wednesday, August 10, 2005


"An Insult to High School Sophomores"

Guest blogger Flatiron Dante wonders why talented people stay out of politics, particularly in New York:
I have to say that the politicians I have met here in NYC have been some of the most unimpressive politicians I've ever seen. To call them the Junior Varsity is an insult to High School sophomores. Is that because there aren't any talented and idealistic and charismatic people here in NY? Or is it because those people are busy doing other things? Is Barack Obama such an unusual person or is it just that he's one of the few decent people who have decided to get into politics at that level? I admit that he is immensely talented and seems like a like a decent person from my limited interaction with him, but I've met a lot of pretty amazing people in other walks of life who, although they care deeply about what is happening in the world, would never think of running for office. And that's a shame. Maybe we can do something about that.

There's a cable channel I watch that has as one of its ads a scene of a typewriter on a kitchen table. The text says something like "Jane was a lawyer who dreamed of being a novelist . . . " and the next line says "so she took six months off and wrote a book." I am hopeful that this collection of talented and idealistic and charismatic people will become inspired by all of this back and forth to write our "book." Although it seems like an enormous challenge for this small band to reverse decades of decay in the party, I think we would all sleep better if we tried.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005


Mock Trial for China

"This case is about a bar owner, some bar bouncers he never should have hired, and a big 'ol beating those bar bouncers brought upon a boy named Jackie Junior..." In July, the Stanford Mock Trial team gave Chinese Public Television an example of American courtroom antics. In return, we got these stringy things.


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