Bruce Schneier's election night analysis

I'm about to go off-blog until November 17* (I'm off on my honeymoon!) but I'd be remiss if I failed to mention that Bruce Schneier will be doing mathematically oriented election coverage on the Making Light blog on election night. If it wasn't for the fact that I'll (literally) be on a tropical island with nothing higher-tech than a scuba-regulator to hand on that night, I'd be all over it.
Dissect the exit polls, debate statistics, ridicule pundits, advance theories, and–hopefully–repeatedly celebrate. So wherever you are, alone in front of the computer, at a party in front of a television, or at one of the zillions of parties around the country, spend the night here as well.

Prizes will be awarded to the people who best predict the presidential winner in each state and the popular vote margin, the winner of every Senate race, the winner of the 11 governor’s races, and the winner of the close House races. Predictions must be posted by 6:00 PM EST to be eligible.

Watch the election results with Bruce Schneier–at Making Light

* Though I do have some killer book reviews lined up for next week that'll robo-post while I'm gone, and of course my lovely co-editors will still be posting totally awesome stuff here in a merciless torrent of total awesomeness.


  1. “I’m about to go off-blog until November 17* (I’m off on my honeymoon!)”

    …We expect the video and stills when you get back. All uncensored, of course.

  2. Have a great honeymoon. I hope you have a memorable time and I hope we have a memorable election (in a good way).

    I have great respect for Bruce Schneier, but do we really need more instant analysis? Making sense of random flotsam and jetsam of the data stream coming in from the election is meaningless in the short term.

    That said, I will likely tune in to join in the celebration, and because I enjoy pundit ridicule as much as the next person.

    Here’s a true story. I think it was one of the Reagan elections, but I’m not sure. I do know that Mary Alice Williams was reporting on a presidential election. She said something like this: “And now returns are in from Montana where holds a commanding lead with 75% of the votes.” What she didn’t say, and what was on the screen was that 1 district was in with a total of 12 votes cast, 8 for one candidate and 4 for the other.

  3. Congratulations and have a wonderful time. Stay offline and don’t forget to relax and enjoy your time off!


  4. Congratulations! Wonderful news, and good luck!

    And here’s a little po-em for election night:

    The candidacy of McCain,
    Was the choice for Republican gain;
    But inclusion of Palin,
    Means red states are failin;
    The result at the polls will be pain.

    The candidacy of Obama
    Is a truly American drama;
    As Habeas Corpus
    Is returning for us
    From Gitmo to deep Alabama!

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