I'm at the Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis, really enjoying it. Some reactions from day one:
* Lots of discussion of messaging and issue ownership. This is an area that academic researchers haven't really embraced, especially us quants. We should.
* The community is really open and egalitarian. I sat in the same panel with Markos Moulitsas for half an hour without realizing it.
* I've been impressed by the sophistication of research design in analytics and message experiments. It's got me thinking about what's the next step after AB testing... There's room for innovation here.
* The left-meets-right happy hour was kind of a flop. Where were all the Republicans?