Be a voter

Election day is nearly here. In fact, I would bet most of us in Oregon have already voted.

People give a few reasons why we should vote:

  • Vote now or shut up later
  • Voting is your best chance to change the government
  • Voting is your civic duty

I’m not convinced I agree with any of them.

  • You don’t give up your right to participate in democracy when you don’t vote. You only give up one avenue.
  • Voting might not be your best opportunity to effect change. Depending on where you live, your vote is unlikely to have any impact. A better way to make a change might be to work to change how campaigns are financed. Another good idea is to email your representatives. Because so few do so, you have a disproportionate voice.
  • I’m not sure I buy into the duty idea. Maybe if the those elected acted like they had any duty, this would be more convincing.

Use election season as an opportunity to educate yourself on the issues.1 Spend some time with your voters’ pamphlet. From there, it’s only a little more effort to vote.

Might as well… ;-)


  1. Or, don’t educate yourself. Just be sure to vote this coming Wednesday. :-p 

Veiled Moon

While I rode along Veteran’s Drive,1 I noticed low clouds blowing by the moon. I stopped to take a few pictures, waiting for gaps in the clouds.

While gazing at the moon, I remembered good days for NASA. And I was thankful there was no loss of life in today’s Antares explosion on launch.

Apparently, sending stuff to space is still rocket science.


  1. Which goes through the middle of the field at the south end of the Hillsboro airport, where I used to take lots of pictures

Incoming Transmission

While driving last week, I noticed something strange: a row of power poles had their transmission lines suspended from large pulleys. I’d not seen that before.

The power poles are only a short detour from my typical lunchtime bike ride so I went to investigate earlier this week. One of the workers said they are stringing transmission lines to a new substation. Once the lines are in place, they’ll lift the lines from the pulleys and attach them directly to the insulators.

By today, they had started that process.

Cool. :-)