April 02, 2006
Searching for that Lost Hour -- It's Needed for Important TennesseeTicket Upgrades
I hate "Spring Forward Sunday." The day is always half over before it starts.
I'll have some exciting new site changes to announce soon, but for now, I'm trying to figure out how to get around some kind of limitation that's truncating the last several lines in the House of Representatives page when I save it on MT. Ninety-nine districts' worth of candidates and info makes for many lines of html.
To be fair, I have built these ballot preview pages using Movable Type index templates, so I haven't necessarily used the right tool for the job. Someday I'll move everything over to my own privately hosted site, or do some kind of hybrid where the blog itself remains on Chattablogs/Terrablogs, and the auxiliary pages live over there (probably GoDaddy, which is where I've parked the domain name).
For now, I'm staying put, and I'll just have to get rid of the table with the district numbers. "But how will I click down to the district I want to review?" you ask.
Ah, but that's the exciting part. "Maps. We have maps." Soon, very soon, there will be a district-specific click-able map of the great State of Tennessee on both the TN House and TN Senate ballot preview pages. It's something I have wanted from the beginning, but didn't know how to do myself; fortunately, someone has generously offered to collaborate with me so that the 2006 General Assembly elections are properly covered in the blogosphere. This joint effort will result in an election-data resource that is unprecedented (to my knowledge).
The fact that Adam's a solid Republican and I'm generally regarded as a lefty, despite my generous libertarian streak, probably lends credibility to our work. We aren't colluding on a politically biased agenda; we're promoting the idea that an informed electorate makes the best decisions.
Stay tuned for these imminent changes, y mucho mas. Now I'm going back to working on them.
Miscellaneous | By joe lance | 01:30 PM