Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

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oct
16
2008

the debate decoder

One of the big projects occupying my time over the past few weeks has been the Debate Decoder, an interactive feature combining debate video, transcripts, analysis and inline fact-checking. We also invited user feedback in the form of “who won …

aug
25
2008

convention fever

I’m not in Denver for the Democratic National Convention, but a good number of my colleagues are. In this video, Jill Bartscht of the Washington Post gives a tour of the Post workspace and the Pepsi Center where the convention …

aug
19
2008

pick your president

Today we rolled out our fall election contest — Pick Your President — in which users are asked to predict which candidate will win in each state and the Electoral College, thus winning the presidency. The contest runs through October …

jun
06
2008

triple crown

Yesterday I worked on a graphic about another kind of horse race: the Triple Crown. Big Brown has a shot at winning this weekend’s Belmont Stakes, which would make him the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown (meaning, he’d …

jun
03
2008

montana and south dakota primary results

Tonight marks the end of primary season, with elections in Montana (Democrats), New Mexico (Republicans) and South Dakota (Democrats and Republicans). It’s been a long road since the Iowa caucuses kicked things off five months ago. Tonight, we’ll have county-by-county …

may
23
2008

montgomery county budget calculator

Yesterday, the Montgomery County, Md., county council voted on its 2009 budget. As part of our coverage, we rolled out a budget calculator game to allow users to try their hand at balancing the county’s budget. For revenues, the numbers …

may
20
2008

kentucky and oregon primary results

For those following the presidential primaries (and, in particular, the Democratic race), we have county-by-county results maps again for tonight’s primaries in Kentucky and Oregon:   Polls in Kentucky close at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern Time (the state …

may
14
2008

the post 200

On Monday we rolled out the 2008 edition of the Post 200, an annual listing of the top companies in the Washington, D.C., area. The section includes coverage of regional business / economic issues, a searchable database of company listings …

may
06
2008

indiana and north carolina primary results

We’ve put together another set of live maps of election results by county for tonight’s Indiana and North Carolina primaries: News organizations called North Carolina for Barack Obama much earlier in the night. At present, Hillary Rodham Clinton leads in …

apr
22
2008

pennsylvania primary results

After a month’s break, it’s primary night again. Tonight: Pennsylvania. This morning, the Post ran another installment in its “Political Geography” series, this one focusing on the Pennsylvania Democratic Primary. The map highlights key areas of the state for Hillary …

apr
01
2008

2008 democratic delegate scorecard

The Democratic primary race is extremely tight, and all eyes have been on the delegate count. We’ve just created a widgetized version of our Democratic primary map and delegate scorecard, so you can follow the results from your blog or …

mar
23
2008

pick the prez

Earlier this week we rolled out the Electoral College Prediction Map, which lets users game out how the Electoral College vote may go with this November’s presidential election. Start from scratch, or select from a variety of “modes” to get …

mar
14
2008

swing states

I did a quick interactive map this week for Chris Cillizza’s “Friday Line” on his washingtonpost.com politics blog The Fix. The topic: potential swing states this November. Note: Please upgrade your Flash plug-in to view our enhanced content. var statesmap …

feb
25
2008

2008 digital edge awards

washingtonpost.com won in two categories in this year’s Digital Edge Awards, sponsored by the Newspaper Association of America: “Best Design and Site Architecture”“Most Innovative Use of Interactive Media” for the Issue Coverage Tracker (a project I worked on last year …

feb
14
2008

primary results: d.c., maryland and virginia

For Tuesday’s “Potomac Primary” — presidential primary contests in D.C., Maryland and Virginia — I set up another set of interactive results maps (county/city-level for Maryland and Virginia, ward-level for D.C.): Also worth checking out: I’ve also beefed up the …

jan
29
2008

florida primary results

We did another live county-by-county results map for tonight’s Florida primaries. John McCain won the Republican vote (in a close race with Mitt Romney), while Hillary Clinton won the Democratic. As with Michigan, the Democratic National Committee stripped the Florida …

jan
19
2008

nevada and south carolina primary results

This weekend’s main political events: the Nevada caucuses and the South Carolina Republican primary. As before, washingtonpost.com has county-by-county results maps.   (Update, 1/26: The South Carolina map now includes the Democratic results.) Given my prior interest in the uncommitted …

jan
16
2008

michigan primary results

Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton were the victors in tonight’s Michigan primaries, for which I helped put together another county-by-county results map. (Of course, the Democratic results don’t officially count, as the national party last month voted to strip Michigan …

jan
08
2008

new hampshire primary results

Another day, another primary. Tonight’s main event: the New Hampshire primary. Like last week with Iowa, I put together a Flash-based map of county-by-county results for New Hampshire. The difference this time was that our developer, Larry Sanderson, set things …

jan
04
2008

iowa caucus results

I put together a Flash-based map of Iowa caucus county-level results to go with our caucus coverage last night. You can look at overall results by party, or see how each individual candidate did. Credit for this also goes to …