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Architecting Brennan Center's Interactive Map Building Tool

Our own devilishly handsome Project Manager and #1 Giants fan Tony Guzmán already wrote about the U.S. State Map building tool we created for the Brennan Center for Justice. Now I'm going to outline a bit of the underlying architecture, built on Drupal 7.

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Fire Drill

Yesterday afternoon, EchoDitto's D.C. headquarters had a FIRE ALARM. Mysteriously, our building's parking-lot turned out to have wireless internet access. And so we were able to continue working, even in the face of impending immolation.

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The Blog Trackers Cometh?

What is it with bloggers when it comes to links and stats?

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A different oil story

Believe it or not, not all stories about oil these days are in areas where the U.S. has troops.

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Blogging, Mayoral Style

I was delighted this morning to receive an email about D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams' new blog. It launched on Monday and has one entry and eight comments so far, from D.C. residents and one from as far away as Wisconsin.

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From one mother to another

It takes a lot to get someone like me to stop and read an email from the many mailing lists I'm on. Even if the subject line is interesting, my work moves at broadband speed and I usually just don't have the time.

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The Progressive Blog Report

To say that blogging involves
an inordinate amount of navel gazing would be something of an
understatement. However, such contemplation does occasionally yield

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Get Your Email On

Last week, I headed out to San Francisco (my first time ever in CA!) to speak on a "Politics and Technology" panel at the Young Democrats of America convention. Many of the leaders there were just beginning to learn how to effectively use the internet to organize on the ground.

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State o' the 'Sphere

In
the future, to paraphrase
Andy Warhol, everyone will have a blog for 15 minutes. That seems to be
the initial takeaway from the latest of Technorati's "State

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Battle of the XXX-Box

The recent ruckus over the "Hot Coffee" hack for the popular computer game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Fault, which allows users to play a mini-game involving illicit animated

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Roberts on Tech

Everyone's talking about John Roberts, the Bush
administration's Supreme Court nominee, and wondering just what his
potential confirmation will mean for various issues. Thus far, Roberts is hard to tack down on any number of

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