The markets and polls both suggest that the election is not that close. There's no question who will win in my (and Obama's) home state. The senate race here is even less interesting with the Republicans not even bothering to mount a serious campaign against the incumbent and Majority Whip, Dick Durbin. At least the house race in my district is tight with the incumbent, Mark Kirk, a moderate republican running against Dan Seals, an up and coming African-American. Sounds familiar.
Before voting, check out the answers Obama and McCain both gave to Science Debate 2008. Keep in mind that science will likely get a back seat given the tight budget constaints that we will have in the next several years. McCain's promise to freeze most federal spending will be particularly bad for science.
In the category of "Good Searching means Less Privacy" comes the Contributions Search Engine on the New York Times site. Type in a relatively unique name like "Fortnow" and you'll discover my $255 donation to the Obama campaign. In full disclosure, I also donated $100 to Obama in the primaries.
So why $255? Did I really mean to donate the maximum I could in one unsigned byte? Actually $255 = $1000/4 + $5, with the $5 coming from one of my daughters who wanted to add her own contribution. I still live in a base-ten world.