Rants & Ramblings

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

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dec
10
2007

candidates week

The Washington Post is running daily profiles of eight front-runner presidential candidates this week.

nov
06
2007

general assembly

As part of our election night coverage, I’ve put together a Flash-based map of the Virginia General Assembly House and Senate districts that displays election results (by party) as they come in. (Kudos to Larry Sanderson for setting up the …

post politics

Last night we went live with a bit of a “freshening up” of the Politics sectionfront at washingtonpost.com. The new page features a large photo for the lead story and bulleted headlines to key to the other top stories of …

oct
17
2007

donor search

New in the washingtonpost.com campaign finance database: Look up individual campaign donations to the presidential candidates. Users can search by name, zip code, candidate, date and amount. This new feature coincides with the release of candidates’ third quarter financial reports. …

oct
09
2007

election collection

The Election Collection is a Flash-based widget that gives you easy access to the latest news about the 2008 presidential campaign from a module that you can place on your blog or social networking profile.

sep
05
2007

issue tracker

We just launched a new feature at work called the Issue Coverage Tracker, a Flash application that offers ways to sort through press / blog / opinion coverage of key issues and candidates. Issue Tracker was developed by DayLife, and …

jul
24
2007

trail-bound

At work this morning we launched a new Politics blog centered around the campaign trail and the run-up to the 2008 presidential election. The Trail will feature regular updates and analysis from the Post's political staff, as well as promote all the big campaign-related multimedia, interactive and enterprise work being done at the Post and post.com.

jul
02
2007

the independents

This weekend saw the debut of a new project from the Post's polling unit: The Independents, an examination of the attitudes and voting behaviors of people who self-identify as independents rather than as Democrats or Republicans.

jun
28
2007

the cheney vice presidency

On Sunday, the Post launched a four-part series about Dick Cheney's tenure as vice president called Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency — “angler” being a reference to Cheney's Secret Service code name and passion for fishing.

jun
14
2007

the fast-track campaign

The Fast-Track Campaign explores the impact of the compressed primary calendar (the party nominees could be decided as early as February 5) on the presidential campaigns.

jun
12
2007

this week at work

Three new projects: A special report on the Washington, D.C. school system, a Google Map of Robert Mueller's travel records and a simple Flash infographic about Mitt Romney's sons.

may
29
2007

eppy '07

washingtonpost.com won an EPpy Award in the “Best Design of a Media-Affiliated Web Site” category, beating out elpais.com, nytimes.com and slate.com.

may
08
2007

new on campaign tracker

Just launched on post.com's Campaign Tracker: See on a map where candidates have spent the most time and raised the most money.

may
01
2007

recent projects

The Post has launched two cool new Politics databases — one tracking presidential campaign events; the other, candidates' quarterly financial reports. On an unrelated note, I also highlight a project I did in December: a multimedia tour of D.C.'s historic Congressional Ceremony.

mar
04
2007

citizen k street

Citizen K Street is a 27-part series about lobbyist Gerald Cassidy and the rise of lobbying as a big-money industry in Washington, D.C.

jan
18
2007

sustainable albuquerque

One of my recent freelance projects is an interactive map highlighting the City of Albuquerque's “green” programs.

jan
16
2007

radio, radio

Washington Post Radio has launched a redesigned homepage. The new design forgoes the schedule grid in favor of a stopwatch motif, as the station's format for most of the day now follows a fairly consistent hourly schedule.

dec
08
2006

district map

I recently converted a Post-produced map of all the congressional districts across the United States into something usable (and easily manipulated) in Flash. Here, I use it to display 2006 midterm election results.

nov
22
2006

a game of rehabilitation

A new post.com photo gallery spotlights Oak Hill Youth Center, a D.C. juvenile detention facility that uses its football program as part of its new effort to emphasize rehabilitation.

nov
13
2006

clarendon

Today's Washington Post looks at Clarendon's history and future, and how it risks becoming a victim of its own success as the independently-owned neighborhood shops and restaurants are priced out of the market and replaced with big chains.

sep
22
2006

ohio river ramble

The Ohio River Ramble is a road trip through nine congressional districts along the Ohio River Valley, in which two reporters and a videographer report back on the prevailing political winds in those areas.