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I have had a year very much worth reflecting on. I may try and do a blog post on all this. It’s tough, because there’s a lot of work stuff I can’t really talk about.

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Not in love with the instructions for Day 4, but think it’s hilarious I did a bunch of work and then realized regular expressions were the right answer.

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I just had a thought— how much would I pay for a Mondo poster of Baby Yoda? The answer is far higher than I am comfortable admitting.

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Day 3 of #adventofcode2019 using #rstats complete. I found today pretty challenging, even though it resulted in pretty unremarkable code. If this is the ramp. I doubt I’ll make it to double digit days.

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I just completed “The Tyranny of the Rocket Equation” - Day 1 - Advent of Code 2019 adventofcode.com/2019/day/… #AdventOfCode – I did some gnarly recursion in R that I’d like to think about how to refactor, but I only remembered about AOC at 10:30pm so…

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‪I had a great overall reading year but have actually ready very little the last two months and have been slogging through. I want a book that will make me cry a lot. Give me your recs! SFF preferred, other genres (or non-genres) welcome. Non-fiction need not apply.

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I haven’t watched Chapter 4 yet, but boy I love that The Mandelorian is making episodes as long as they need to be.

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‪When I was sick, my heart rate was more than 20 bpm faster while sleeping than when I recovered. I find that remarkable.‬

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‪When I’m sick my body can never decide what temperature it is. Crazy hot?! Take off sweatshirt. Now freezing. Go under a blanket. Nope burning hot again, but just my left ankle.‬

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RI Funding Formula Time Again— Some Things I Would Do

Since it’s funding formula time in RI again, here’s a list of things I’d change, in no particular order.

  1. Use AEWAV for state share of pension costs.
  2. Increase state aid significantly that goes through the formula— say at least 25% over 5 years.
  3. Lower base and add weights for home language (ELL proxy not determined by school staff) or “ever ELL” (ELL, but count a student who was ever and ELL and not just current).
  4. Fully fund high cost SPED circuit breaker. Add a weight for high service percent per day SPED students, probably somewhere around 50% in service.
  5. Double pay about 5% on charters (districts hold back 5% of total per pupil, state kicks that in extra for charters). Require districts offer underutilized space to charters with something like right of first refusal to try and reduce overall systems capital costs. Districts should risk forfeiting 5% if fail to offer space to charters.
  6. Consider state wide minimum property/land tax to raise more money to go through the formula, reducing incentive/ability for high wealth districts to raise so much from local taxes the overall distribution of spending becomes highly regressive.
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I’ve always felt like I slept poorly in hotel rooms. Using AutoSleep the past three months, I’ve seen a clear pattern of 5-7 bpm higher heat rate during sleep when not at home, with a more pronounced pattern when changing time zones. Wonder if that pattern will hold up.

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Things that surprised me this decade: I have achieved ownership and autonomy over my work and I’m so proud of it, and I’ve traveled way more for work and way less for fun than i thought I would.

Also, people have too much capacity for cruelty, and too little for empathy.

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Find your product breaks when shipped? Just disguise it as a different, fragile product and get better treatment.

See also: get harrassed everytime you say something on the internet? You’re probably a woman, just pretend to be a man to be treated with respect.

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How do I know the seasons are changing? Elsa just came in the bedroom to get a foot warmer out of our closet. To use. Inside our house. Because I don’t turn on the heat.1


  1. 67 is fine during the day. 65 is fine at night. [return]
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I’m not sure what caused me to be radicalized into someone who advocates for safe streets, great public transit, walkable neighborhoods, and good urbanism in general. Cities always felt like they were functionally and aesthtically superior.

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