Simpler RIA with REST*
Discussions of REST usually begin by claiming that REST architecture involves much, much more than reducing the syntax of services to database-derived verbs: create, read, update, delete (CRUD). That might be true, but for this talk, that supremely useful reduction will be "REST"...
Matt Garland is a Flex/Flash/Rails developer. His current project is River of Talk, a chat site inspired by improv. He is a Reed College grad back in Portland with family in tow. He has a Ph.D. that is useful for FB status updates and nothing more. He sincerely believes that non-traditional forms of direct democracy will emerge with surprising rapidity, and he is working on an astonishingly ambitious interactive: a chart which citizens can use to vote directly on tax schedules and budgets.