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2019-05-13: Been thinking a lot lately about all those neighbors that said a high school opening in our …

2019-05-10: This is what I think the kids call a “bop”. Paint the Sky Red performed live by While We Sleepwalk

2019-05-10: It’s crazy to me that 5K monitors basically don’t exist (I have two LG 5Ks that I love) and that …

2019-05-10: Time travel stories have been getting better and better lately it seems. Permafrost was a good one, …

2019-05-08: It’s hard to overstate how influential this music video was to my… well everything.

2019-05-08: ‪Between school shootings and so-called heartbeat bills and everything Trump does and his 90% …

2019-05-08: Ajit Pai’s face is in the textbooks next to “regulatory capture”

2019-05-08: Meanwhile, the US continues to bury its head in the sand. UK goes a whole week without using …

2019-05-07: ‪I lean more on the “system of schools” than “school systems” side of education policy, but that …

2019-05-06: Microsoft caring a lot about Azure and serving those customers is doing a lot of good for Windows as …

2019-05-06: I’ve been thinking about the first episode of 10 Years with Hiyao Miyazaki since I watched it 2 …

2019-05-03: Where does one buy nice, casual men’s shoes?

2019-05-02: Is it crazy to bump up my micro.blog plan just so that I can post Overcast’s new video clips?

2019-04-30: Every book I read lately feels like it starts slow but ends up somewhere wonderful when I stick with …

2019-04-30: I think a lot about the tradeoffs between complexity on write versus complexity on read.

2019-04-29: Game of Thrones just sold more OLEDs than any sporting event would.

2019-04-28: Wow. Come From Away was incredible.

2019-04-27: Reeder 4 is an insta-buy.

2019-04-27: I Am Not Staying at an AirBnB While in Barcelona The AirBnB Invasion of Barcelona AirBnB removes a lot of friction in the market. In the past, as a …

2019-04-27: Update on Subscription Reviews Earlier this year I said that my two of my most vulnerable subscriptions were Digital Ocean and …

2019-04-27: It took some time (ok, like 18 months), but we finally got some plants for the outside of our house.

2019-04-19: Watching a cartoon and they said, “Look at this dweeb who likes sci-fi,” and he responded, …

2019-04-14: I think one of the most surprising things I tell people is that I don’t watch Game of Thrones.

2019-04-14: Goodreads doesn’t store ISBN for Kindle books (or it seems other books added through Amazon). …

2019-04-14: All three books in the masterful Last Policeman Trilogy for just $5.97 is a steal. 📚

2019-03-30: Becky Chambers has a new book coming out? Pre-ordered.

2019-03-28: Spring?

2019-03-23: Things I’d like to see at WWDC this year Wide support in macOS for sharesheet-style extensions, along with better built system supported …

2019-03-19: All I want for iOS 13 is auto-removal of expired boarding passes.

2019-03-19: How powerful are the network effects of Facebook? We’ll find out over the next few years. This kind …

2019-03-09: New bookshelves ❤️. @westminsterfox and I have always thought built-ins belonged on this wall and …

2019-03-07: Hopped on a call before anyone else was on. Muted call and started playing guitar while I waited. …

2019-03-07: Small, anonymous, interest-based, communities online was where the internet was at its best and …

2019-03-04: Five years ago today, I asked a question at a conference and it changed the course of my life.

2019-03-03: Last morning here. Can’t wait to come back with @westminsterfox once Southwest announces flights.

2019-03-02: Sunset in Waikiki

2019-03-02: Took a walk today in Hawaii.

2019-03-02: Hiking Diamond Head Road a bike up a bit from the beach to Diamond Head Trail. A long way up, but worth it. Killer views …

2019-03-02: Trees of Hawaii

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2019-02-25: Reparations makes for a better litmus test than the Green New Deal.

2019-02-18: Write blogs, not text as images on someone else’s platform.

2019-02-18: Back home after a weekend run up to NYC. I’m always sad when I take Amtrak along the Northeast …

2019-02-18: The best falafel is always green inside.

2019-02-10: Quite a few books I’ve been reading lately start out as 3s but morph into solid 4.5 or 5s in the …

2019-02-09: I loved the alleyways of Taiwan. Like grass pushing through the cracks of sidewalks, activated …

2019-02-09: This Saturday morning’s air guitar and singing around the house is brought to you by Midtown’s Save …

2019-02-08: I’m thinking about the phrase “group by”, which is great for technical folks but maybe not good UI …

2019-02-05: For dinner I had what I called a “Mediterranean tostada”, which was really just a warmed up pita …

2019-02-03: Spinning Silver was brilliant. At least as good as Uprooted. Wow. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📚

2019-02-01: This great post by Craig Hockenberry on the origin of the word “tweet” just makes me feel sadder …

2019-01-28: Is there anything more exhilarating than the last 25% of a good book, especially one where the first …

2019-01-28: I’m almost certain I’m going to finish 4 books this month and it feels great.

2019-01-28: Monday win— I think I did a good job with a hard conversation today. It’s the kind of conversation I …

2019-01-26: Soon Copenhagen will be a carbon neutral city Some things I learned from this video: The public …

2019-01-26: I’ve been thinking a lot about how important great editing is to great writing lately, how I almost …

2019-01-22: I’ve only ever read his excerpts/shorter pieces, but Robert Caro is just a joy to read. It’s time. …

2019-01-22: In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and requirements will change.

2019-01-21: Since Reeder doesn’t support the new iPad Pro, what RSS reader should I be using on mobile with …

2019-01-21: Seriously, there’s no way to map Caps Lock to Escape with a hardware keyboard on iOS? Jimminy.

2019-01-20: So how do I get a vim experience on iPad these days?

2019-01-20: Every book I want to read is expensive on Kindle right now. 😡

2019-01-20: Better Worlds, The Verge at their best Better Worlds is a series of 10 original science fiction stories commissioned by The Verge. …

2019-01-20: My experience at the Apple Store today— walk in knowing exactly what I wanted to buy, still wait …

2019-01-19: Surprisingly, when I went to https on micro.json.blog, it broke my OwnYourGram connection. I had to …

2019-01-18: I’ve always like Conduit as a street name.

2019-01-05: Worth It: Week 1 2019 five things from around the web I think were worth it this week.

2019-01-05: Just added open graph to json.blog for the three times a year I have an image in a post.

2019-01-04: Worth It: Week 1 2019 There’s No Shortcut to Wisdom A good read on Adam’s decision to dive away from reading …

2019-01-01: I was surprised to learn that the last two years I’ve read more books by women than men

2018-12-30: Oh. My. God. They discontinued Total Rasin Bran. Like 2 yeas ago.

2018-12-29: I have completed my Goodreads challenge for the first time since 2015, just in time.

2018-12-29: 2018 Review of Subscriptions on json.blog

2018-12-29: Salads, noodles, trees, Elsa, street market food… Seems like a pretty on brand Top 9.

2018-12-29: Salads, noodles, trees, Elsa, street market food… Seems like a pretty on brand Top 9.

2018-12-28: 2018 Review of Subscriptions A quick inventory of things I currently subscribe to (prices per year): Washington Post ($48) …

2018-12-28: For years I couldn’t get @LastFm working with @Spotify. Just constant log in errors. I finally …

2018-12-28: Also, I just found out my hugo blog works totally fine with title-free posts, which I kind of love. …

2018-12-28: Are there any reasons I should keep using my own server and nginx stuff for a static site over …

2018-12-28: I have had this little motivation to do something in a very long time.

2018-12-27: A nation of cowards, operating on fears of status threat, using the state’s machinery to pull the …

2018-12-26: 2005 was a very weird time in my computing life.

2018-12-26: I know I’m late to the party, but Apple Photo’s Auto Enhance is incredible. It’s …

2018-12-23: How do you not love a local comic book store/bar that has this in the window display?

2018-12-21: Without specifically trying, 18 of the 30 books I read this year were written by women. Not bad. …

2018-12-19: For the second time in like four years, Worth It, stuff I read in the last few days that seemed …

2018-12-18: Worth It: December 19 The Yoda of Silicon Valley ↬ When Knuth chooses to be physically present, however, he is …

2018-12-18: Sometimes product management is about figuring out what must have feature makes it impossible to …

2018-12-17: Does anything I do on a computer invoke “power” less than PowerPoint?

2018-12-15: HomePod(s) With one HomePod, I though the sound was pretty good, but a bit small. I have lots of great “big …

2018-12-14: Anyone else notice you can’t use the left arrow to go “back” in the new Mac App …

2018-12-14: I’ve been a Tomorrow Night Bright person for a long time. Any color themes I should be looking …

2018-12-14: Indieweb should absolute have a reference open source blogging engine. I don’t want to use …

2018-12-11: I am happy to report the ECG feature on my Apple Watch says that things are ok. I’ve had a …

2018-12-07: Afternoon stroll through the Warehouse District.

2018-11-30: Our Legacies When I think about the legacy of politicians, I think about the growth of my personal political …

2018-11-28: I’ve added a Now page to my site, inspired by @manton who was inspired by @sivers

2018-11-27: Fascinating look at how solar costs have been reduced over time. Traces importance of R&D …

2018-11-26: Starting to get somwhere less horrible with json.blog, including finally getting SSL setup.

2018-11-26: Gracie chewing herself.

2018-11-26: Gracie chewing herself.

2018-11-25: A little Sunday #treatyoself

2018-11-24: I am getting tired of my current static site. Love the theoretically simplicity, but looking for a …

2018-11-19: Apparently when Comcast sees a closet like this, it is the equivalent of saying …

2018-11-18: How does “airplay this to my HomePod” not work with Siri? I mean Jesus, does anyone at Apple use …

2018-11-17: It seems like ever rock song lives in the high F/G territory, which is literally the highest note I …

2018-11-17: I got a HomePod. It’s kind of bad. Probably will buy at least two more at some point.

2018-11-17: We live in new construction. I had them run Cat6 everywhere in the house. Like, several thousand …

2018-11-13: The Lady Astronaut Series I just finished the two published books in The Lady Astronaut series. They are tragic and …

2018-11-07: Solid view of Nashville from this hotel.

2018-11-07: Solid view of Nashville from this hotel.

2018-10-30: This isn’t an iPad Pro announcement. It’s the opening argument for ARM on the Mac.

2018-10-30: It’s just baffling to me that folks are clamoring to recreate the laptop form factor with iOS. I’d …

2018-10-30: I can’t think of an app on iPad that isn’t in macOS, or isn’t a web app that would ditch native as …

2018-10-30: I don’t understand the argument that iPad should basically become a MacBook bc some people think …

2018-10-19: I have been accused of paranoia with regard to legal fights for “religious freedom”. “But you’re …

2018-10-18: You know you’re a product manager when you’re super excited about the way a table in …

2018-10-13: My god a good salad makes me happy.

2018-10-13: My god a good salad makes me happy.

2018-10-13: Do I recommend creative works, or am I recommending my emotional experience of those works?

2018-10-13: If whatever you’re doing right now is not reading The Calculating Stars you need to stop and do that …

2018-10-10: I’ve loved Explosions in the Sky for years, and even I forget just how remarkable The Earth is …

2018-10-08: If finishing a book makes you feel slightly more human, I might actually like you. Others need not …

2018-10-07: If you scream, people say you’re melodramatic; if you submit, you’re masochistic; if you call names, …

2018-10-04: Someone posted this playlist to r/postrock and it is 🔥.

2018-09-30: I am struggling through The Female Man, because it’s so powerful and painfully relevant. It’s so …

2018-09-29: It has been really tough to face some things I could do to succeed, but that I won’t. Not bc of a …

2018-09-25: I still can’t get comfortable with certain tasks on iOS. For example, I hate organizing things …

2018-09-20: The thing I’ll miss most while traveling this weekend is my fancy keyboard.

2018-09-18: How have I dealt with the Mac App Store for this long and just learned about softwareupdate -i -a?

2018-09-17: Slowing Down Over the last few weeks I have been resurrecting some old reading habits. I am trying to spend more …

2018-09-12: I really dislike the redesign coming to Overcast. For the first time since it came out, I’m …

2018-09-08: ‪It’s amazing to me how often we come across business requirements that seem totally sensible and …

2018-09-06: ‪Is there any reason the 2020 Democratic Platform shouldn’t be 11 justices and DC & Puerto Rico …

2018-09-06: I am feeling uninspired using Omnigraffle lately. Does anyone has other good suggestions for …

2018-09-04: The thing I struggle with most is how little of my work I feel I get to share. I’m doing my best …

2018-09-03: Here’s the cycle: underfund schools, claim administration is bloated, drive all possible dollars to …

2018-09-02: The more I think about it, the more I like the title “Record of a Spaceborn Few”. I’m …

2018-09-02: Just your regularly scheduled reminder that the second solo of Comfortably Numb is the greatest …

2018-09-01: I think it’s a major cultural failing that we are so concerned with a few people …

2018-09-01: @danielpunkass a quick piece of feedback about the MarsEdit site. I’m surprised it …

2018-09-01: The end of The Village Voice is yet another sign that we’re going through a rapid change that’s …

2018-09-01: Deadlifting is hard when you haven’t touched the bar in 4 months.

2018-08-31: I hope Apple gets its shit together. …

2018-08-30: Was in a major funk of not getting shit done, so I cleared the calendar and I’ve been clearing …

2018-08-28: Consultants– bad for the culture of consulting firms, bad for the culture of their clients, …

2018-08-28: Elsa and I have long discussed a road trip up to Montreal through New Hampshire and Vermont. Every …

2018-08-26: Fascinating look at how our built environment impacts behavior. What if we had an “abandoned …

2018-08-25: I’ve always been liberal. Two men I disagreed w/ but respected from GOP were John McCain & Colin …

2018-08-23: It’s a huge bummer that our best friends all live in NYC.

2018-08-23: I have a confession. The other day I was about 45mins into an intense work meeting with a client …

2018-08-22: I think a lot about how I’m falling short of the example set by those I admire. I guess I should cut …

2018-08-21: Sometimes I imagine dedicating myself to being a skinny person and then I remember milkshakes exist.

2018-08-20: If this rumored Mac Mini is: real ~ $1000 can drive LG 5K display has 16gb of ram (upgradeable oh …

2018-08-20: Audio Engine N22 or TEAC AI-101DA? I want one to drive an extra set of Paradigm Atoms and my Fidelio …

2018-08-19: I thought I liked this song, and then the trumpet came in and now I love this song.

2018-08-19: I hate Sunday night packing so much I’m gonna turn it into Early Monday Morning packing. …

2018-08-19: Tips ∝ Diet Coke refill rate.

2018-08-16: Took a hiatus from guitar for the last few years. But boy, I never regret buying this Larrivée …

2018-08-16: This is a great article about the discovery of archaea, how paradigms change in science, and the …

2018-08-16: A great example of why I use Spotify over Apple Music and why open platforms win: there is a bot on …

2018-08-16: A New Citizen Decides to Leave the Tumult of Trump’s America A great read on the complexity of …

2018-08-15: Good reminder, Tina. Just because you think something is embarrassing doesn’t mean you have to …

2018-08-15: We All Die! What A Circus! is quite the eponymous album. I’ve played it at least 5 times since …

2018-08-12: This $500 reverb pedal is how I’ll become a great guitar player right?

2018-08-12: Continuing to read my interest graph Media personalities are better follows on most social media platforms because they are generating …

2018-08-12: How Jason can a day get? So far I’ve: eaten cold leftovers for breakfast, bought a Jewish cook book …

2018-08-11: GYBE is playing in Baltimore and I didn’t know and I’m not going and this seems wrong.

2018-08-10: Someone posted in our neighborhood Facebook group a picture of a groundhog. Now like 10 more …

2018-08-09: When does it get easy?

2018-08-07: I don’t think I’ve watched these movies for over a decade, but they were formative for me and I …

2018-08-06: When I’m really frustrated and anxious I do a lot of fantasizing. Just me or is this a normal coping …

2018-08-06: This Will Destroy You is very good music.

2018-08-06: Sometimes I decide I’m going to play a song that requires a few repeated chords and rip my …

2018-08-06: How Infowars Reinforces My Support for the Web I sometimes have difficulty explaining to friends why micro.json.blog exists. Why post there and …

2018-08-05: Philosophy Bites is a great podcast, but this episode on “overdoing democracy” is particularly good …

2018-07-30: Elsa and I often use partner. Here are my reasons: At some point I decided assuming straightness …

2018-07-29: What a lovely story about Mel Brooks, a man who has deeply influenced my sense of humor.

2018-07-29: Evening walks with the pups, @gracie.and.brandy

2018-07-29: Go to Whole Foods to buy food for dinner: that’ll be $80. Go to Wegman’s to buy food for the week: …

2018-07-28: I haven’t evenread this yet, but I wanted to say, “Of course there’s a woman I’ve never heard of who …

2018-07-27: Summer of Storms In some ways, the endless torrential rain this summer is the ideal way to break in a new home. What …

2018-07-25: This morning I was feeling down. I was wallowing (self-analyzing?) and I think I achieved some …

2018-07-23: Also, holy crap, I’ve been playing guitar longer than I haven’t. I missed that moment. Although to …

2018-07-23: I’ve been playing guitar for 17 years and I just now realized that Hallelujah is in the sweet …

2018-07-22: Hello, “moderate” Republican 👋🏻. Did your party abandon you, or does it turn out your political …

2018-07-22: This is good weather and a good joke. It’s silly how much I love my weather app.

2018-07-21: Currently reading: The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley 📚

2018-07-21: Just about nothing is more frustrating in development than a slow cycle time. Taking 20 minutes to …

2018-07-16: A break in the clouds #nofilter

2018-07-16: A break in the clouds #nofilter

2018-07-01: An international lens on anti-gentrification. tl;dr It’s about distrusting outsiders, which is …

2018-06-30: We’d do well to allow politicians to explain both their ideals & their plans for practical steps …

2018-06-30: Horrifying look at Baltimore Police Department IT, which is still running on decades old systems and …

2018-06-29: New keyboard day, ask me anything.

2018-06-24: I set up Ubiquiti equipment at home and I got it working just fine without much hassle and it makes …

2018-06-20: Sometimes I try and imagine myself failing up into a cushy, lucrative job. The fantasy seems nice, …

2018-06-19: Got a tetanus shot in the arm today, I am supposed to bench press at 9am tomorrow. How well is this …

2018-06-19: While I don’t think concentration camps are the right comparison, I’ve been thinking a lot about the …

2018-06-17: Pretty much nothing goes wrong when you combine mushrooms and butter.

2018-06-17: What is the best way to share something with people these days asynchronously? I feel like everyone …

2018-06-16: This horrific article is a great example of the banality of evil.

2018-06-16: I’ve never read Ulysses, but The Dead was one of the first pieces of literature I ever read that …

2018-06-16: Why does anyone eat anything but BBQ?

2018-06-08: I’ve had a tough few weeks personally. I thought getting back to routine would help, but honestly …

2018-06-07: All I ever seem to want to eat is pizza.

2018-06-01: One vacation and three deaths in the family in the last two months means I’ve barely been to the gym …

2018-05-27: Uncle My Uncle has passed. Uncle Marty lived with my parents from before I was born. Growing up I was …

2018-05-25: I’m feeling very ungenerous today.

2018-05-20: I’m not sure there’s any experience quite like cleaning out a grandparent/parent’s home after …

2018-05-15: I received a compliment today so deep and affecting that I am sure I will remember it for the rest …

2018-05-13: Hampden

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2018-05-10: TFW your really nice knitr to s3 to web workflow slowly becomes a CMS 😂 #rstats

2018-05-09: Every once in a while I forget how much I like Jimmy Eat World.

2018-05-06: An afternoon walk in the park.

2018-05-06: An afternoon walk in the park.

2018-05-05: Does anyone outside of New York make pickles that are any good? So far all signs point to no.

2018-05-05: Elsa has been dying to go to a taco place she found in Baltimore started by fellow Poblanas. She …

2018-05-04: I think micro.blog should allow anyone who follows more than say, 10 people to get a Discover feee …

2018-05-04: Don’t fuck with me when it comes to the discrimination so many see in the workplace. One of the …

2018-05-03: Hampden has nice trees too. Feels good to be home.

2018-05-03: Hampden has nice trees too. Feels good to be home.

2018-05-03: Hampden has nice trees too. Feels good to be home.

2018-05-01: Just found a copy of The History of Love I gave my grandma to read that I’m pretty sure my friend …

2018-04-30: Sometimes it’s good to listen to the music you loved before and fall in love all over again.

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2018-04-25: Another Walk Up A Mountain. Once Again, Worth It Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery 萬佛寺.

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2018-04-24: A Tail of Two Breakfasts We went back into Hong Kong City from the Island side this morning to go for “Hong Kong French …

2018-04-24: A Rainy Morning in Hong Kong I walked around this morning to get Elsa some allergy medication— she appears to be allergic to Hong …

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2018-04-22: I don’t recommend The Fifth Season; I proselytize.

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2018-04-22: Select Sights From A Free Walking Tour

2018-04-22: Food Day 3 藍家割包: Guanaco! Gontran Cherrier.

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2018-04-21: Taipei’s MRT is the most impressive subway system I’ve used as a tourist. Super easy, fast, and …

2018-04-21: A stroll through National Taiwan University National Taiwan University (國立臺灣大學).

2018-04-21: Favorite trees, you shall not pass edition.

2018-04-21: Just love that there’s this beautiful public space in the MRT station abutting a park with families …

2018-04-21: Hazy Day From Taipei 101 Taipei 101 Food Court (台北101美食街).

2018-04-21: Day 2 Food Lee’s recommendation of shaved ice was spot on, as was Elsa’s insistence we eat bao.

2018-04-21: Hiking The Elephant Trail Xiangshan Hiking Trail (象山登山步道). It was a tough 20 mins up the steps this afternoon. We had already …

2018-04-21: Taipei Day 2 Taipei 101, more walking around the city, a short hike, and total collapse. We missed the night …

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2018-04-20: First Day in Taipei Pictures from our first day Taipei, which involved napping, beef noodles, napping, walking through …

2018-04-20: So much Studio Ghibli

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2018-04-20: Beef noodles and dumplings. @westminsterfox and I had this for lunch. Basically $11.55 with tip for …

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2018-04-19: 6:20am in Tapei. Devices are recharging and we have chosen our noddle place for lunch. And I have a …

2018-04-17: I hope my mild panic about taking a long vacation is understood entirely as fomo and not as …

2018-04-16: Things I did not do today: - prep at all for international travel coming up - attend 50% of the …

2018-04-14: Finding Places About 6 or 7 years ago, Elsa and I visited San Francisco. I think we were there for a conference, …

2018-04-14: Baltimore is starting to spring.

2018-04-13: Working at a startup means tiny effort can have a huge impact on you, your company, and most …

2018-04-13: As much as I hate Excel, let me remind you that every day you talk to someone who has never used a …

2018-04-11: Find you a job that goes from demoing with potential vendor and client partners, figuring out …

2018-04-08: Weekend win: I felt like I was good at my job the last 7 days.

2018-04-07: Chicago The new Apple Store is gorgeous. I feel like you always see it from the river, but what impresses me …

2018-04-07: Posit— one reason people tend to “fail up” is that failure enables open outreach to professional …

2018-04-06: This is totally the content I want as a @theincomparable member.

2018-04-06: I still have anxiety about every single user of our product, constantly hoping we empower and …

2018-04-05: This week I’ve put about 10 hours into creating an automated way to do a task I’ve been dreading. …

2018-04-05: If you’re hired to express your ideas and your ideas are bad you should get fired. Yes, ideas can be …

2018-04-04: A great article on continued orientalism, conveniently read after Elsa and I had a long …

2018-03-21: If you’re freaked about Facebook, consider posting on your own site and syndicating that post …

2018-03-21: Me at 10:45pm: I’m pretty tired. Me at 10:46pm: I’m snoring. Me at 03:45am: Well that sleeping thing …

2018-03-18: Thinking a lot about how advertising targeting men is different than advertising targeting women.

2018-03-18: Never fails. Spend time on the West Coast, can’t sleep past 6am. Get back to the East Coast, can’t …

2018-03-18: This is a good answer from Wizards of the Coast designer Mark Rosewater on representation in games.

2018-03-18: Annual restatement that Google Reader, pre-Buzz and Google Plus integration, was the best social …

2018-03-17: We lack complex female stories, and we lack real relationships between the sexes We don’t see complexity in female stories because we have so little experience imagining it might be …

2018-03-14: Does Weighted-Student Funding Imply Autonomy? Sorta. I tried to make a point today at an AEFP panel on weighted-student funding that came out all wrong. …

2018-03-13: Has there ever been a more horrific sentence than “The user experience will be identical to …

2018-03-13: 🎶Today’s jam A Sixth Trumpet by From Monument to Masses 🎶

2018-03-12: I wonder which is my most controversial pop culture opinion: I couldn’t care less about The …

2018-03-12: It’s shockingly complex & costly to hire employees in multiple states. We’re a small company …

2018-03-12: I am a sucker for new mechanical keyboards…

2018-03-12: 🎶 Today’s tune, definitely Auto Rock by Mogwai. 🎶

2018-03-10: A couple weeks back I was a little disappointed at my one rep max deadlift. I felt tired from my …

2018-03-09: Paul Ford makes the best bull case for the blockchain I’ve ever read.

2018-03-08: Our heat is out. It’s 34 degrees outside. I still want to put on the fan in the bedroom. Elsa might …

2018-03-08: “I’m sure this $8 airplane wifi will be fine for Slack and Google Docs,” he …

2018-03-08: SXSWEDU 2018 2018-03-05 I may have over ordered BBQ and ended up with some serious meat sweats. 2018-03-06 The …

2018-03-08: Good lord tech, you have to do a lot better than this. “I’m just an engineer,” is a horrific …

2018-03-08: I think I need one of these.

2018-03-07: Part of me wants to walk to BookPeople right now. Then the other part of me remembers I can go to …

2018-03-05: Did a little sleuthing and confirmed that it was yesterday, March 4th, four years ago that I asked a …

2018-03-05: Hi Austin, spiritual home of micro.blog. Time for tacos and brisket.

2018-03-04: I don’t want to wait until July for Record of a Spaceborn Few. 📚

2018-03-04: Some important work I need to do involves uninterrupted thinking. Not desk work like coding, but …

2018-03-03: A great blog post about the twin awful experiences of dating and job hunting.

2018-03-01: “You think a newborn knows what it all means? It just happens and then you go about the mean …

2018-02-27: The only thing that ever really calms my imposter syndrome is recognizing just how much I’ve …

2018-02-27: My frequent flouting of my (sometimes) crippling imposter syndrome is not a cry for reassurance. …

2018-02-26: It’s as though toxic masculinity was collected and coalesced into one living man.

2018-02-25: I remember when Sunlit came out for ADN and I remembered liking it but I remembered very little …

2018-02-25: I have to admit, I’m pretty torn on whether I should move json.blog and my other domains to …

2018-02-25: Missing the vulnerability of a smaller, pseudonymous internet I think the internet stopped being fun for me when I was 18 in 2005. Our family signed up for …

2018-02-24: sqlite is totally the right tool for this job, but I ❤️ PostgreSQL too much to stop myself.

2018-02-24: How I start my work in R Ideation At the start of every project, there’s a blinking cursor. Actually, that’s …

2018-02-20: I have only read two of the Nebula nominees for best novel, which means I can add 5 more books to my …

2018-02-19: Altered Carbon was good, but probably about 100-150 pages too long. 📚 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, book 7 of the year …

2018-02-17: It’s been 9 long years that I haven’t had my amp and pedal board in my home. Here’s hoping I play …

2018-02-17: Tell me about the temporal_tables PostgreSQL extension. Anyone use it? Any gotchas (other than no …

2018-02-17: My typical Saturday position. Just missing the Kindle.

2018-02-17: Reunited.

2018-02-16: Get you a weather app that understands your feels.

2018-02-13: What annoys the hell out of me about Brian Chen’s HomePod review is I remember how annoyed I was …

2018-02-11: Just booked a trip to Tapei and then Hong Kong. Never been anywhere near that part of the world. …

2018-02-10: Finished my 6th book of the year and it feels so damn good.

2018-02-07: Solid work view for this Baltimore resident.

2018-02-07: Interesting to consider different protections for commercial versus residential real estate. Outside …

2018-02-06: Seeing that dummy sitting in a Tesla Roadster in outer space is somehow way cooler than I could have …

2018-02-04: I’m afraid of a world without brave, outspoken Holocaust survivors to hold our collective …

2018-02-04: I am shocked at how slow a fairly straightforward DELETE is on PostgreSQL. Stupid nested data with …

2018-02-04: This shit is toxic. The casual abuse women face in tech is deeply disturbing. I can’t even imagine …

2018-02-03: Missed my GoodReads challenge 2 years in a row. So I started this year by breaking one of my rules …

2018-02-03: A new, smaller home I believe in owning my own space on the web. I have had some form of a blog since LiveJournal, but …

2018-01-24: Stack of Glue I have some text, but I want the content of that text to be dynamic based on data. This is a case …

2018-01-02: Naming Manual Colors with ggplot2 I have been using ggplot2 for 7 years I think. In all that time, I’ve been frustrated that I …

2018-01-02: Leftovers

2017-12-30: This Year in My R Code Looking back on 2017, there were three major trends in my R code: the end of S4, directly writing to …

2017-12-16: #domesticgoddess

2017-11-13: Hard to complain about the traveling I do when I get to see this outside of the window. Off to …

2017-11-03: New favorite tree candidate?

2017-10-01: Feels like fall, but it looks like summer.

2017-09-12: Killer title at front desk of a new @allovuebalance district

2017-09-09: Pork tenderloin is inexpensive, low fat, high protein. Great for watching weight. The lack of fat …

2017-08-04: My dogs have an Instagram now. #furbaby @gracie.and.brandy

2017-07-20: R, Docker, Circle, and Environments My latest project at work involves (surprise!) an R package that interacts with a database. For the …

2017-06-11: Same

2017-05-31: Announcing jsonfeedr, a new R package I have not yet spent the time to figure out how to generate a JSON feed in Hugo yet. But I have …

2017-05-31: Still my favorite spot, especially when I’m feeling down and out.

2017-05-28: Functions as Arguments in R Sometimes, silly small things about code I write just delight me. There are lots of ways to time …

2017-05-24: Finishes for the new house. Colors are a bit off in photos. In my defense, this is after like 6hrs …

2017-05-17: Making Sense of dplyr 0.6 Non-standard evaluation is one of R’s best features, and also one of it’s most …

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2017-04-28: I think this is my new favorite tree.

2017-04-23: We’re not even done brushing her. @westminsterfox

2017-04-11: Maxwell House purchased literally three decades of advertising with these free Haggadahs.

2017-04-09: maiz y cacao. @westminsterfox is like one of three POC sitting here. #stilldelicious

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2017-04-03: Now it’s spring.

2017-04-02: Foreign Keys and assertr I have been fascinated with assertive programming in R since this from 2015 1. Tony Fischetti wrote …

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2017-03-29: One of my favorite things to eat in Baltimore.

2017-03-23: Feels like coming home.

2017-03-12:

2017-03-02: Labeling Data with purrr Here’s a fun common task. I have a data set that has a bunch of codes like: Name Abbr Code …

2017-03-02: “I’ve been waiting for you.”

2017-03-01: Contributing to vegalite One of my goals for 2017 is to contribute more to the R open source community. At the beginning of …

2017-02-28: Just a night on the town in Portland.

2017-02-28: I was not!

2017-02-27: This is a part of the march of progress that seemed certain to triumph a few months ago.

2017-02-27: My confrontation with the mainstream You can check my Goodreads profile. I love science fiction and fantasy. And I know in 2017 and …

2017-02-26: Has a bookstore ever known it’s sci-fi/fantasy audience this well?

2017-02-26: Chilaquiles, always, everywhere.

2017-02-25:

2017-02-24: Grilling in the dark because our courtyard lights are broken.

2017-02-19: 70 degrees? We’re grilling.

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2017-02-04: Star Wars was on when we got to grandma and grandpa’s!

2017-02-04: Going to grandma and grandpa’s house for rehab.

2017-02-01: Stoned post-surgery

2017-01-30: Last couple of days she’ll have both ears.

2017-01-17: Best friends.

2017-01-13: Siri Won't Catch Alexa “I just got an Amazon Echo and surprisingly, I really love it.” In one form or another, …

2016-12-28: A Gateway Drug to purrr A lot of the data I work with uses numeric codes rather than text to describe features of each …

2016-12-27: Introducing json.blog I have written a lot on the internet. This isn’t a surprise, I’ve been here since the …

2016-12-09: Men’s room finally caught up @crystalcoache

2016-11-17: My new daily view walking around the neighborhood.

2016-10-18:

2016-10-13: The view from my desk is pretty solid.

2016-09-18: Gracie on the road to return home to Providence.

2016-09-04: westminsterfox and my grandparents.

2016-09-04: Officiating complete. Wedding well underway. My job is over.

2016-09-02: Such a hard day

2016-08-28: Diet food

2016-08-26:

2016-08-21: Ben and Hillary’s wedding. Just one more this season!

2016-08-15: Indoor grilling

2016-08-07: I never tire of the view from my couch.

2016-08-06: My papa says my mama is coming home tonight.

2016-08-06: Two sets of weather.

2016-07-30: Across my lap to lay her head down. Definitely one of her favorite spots.

2016-07-08: Songs in the Key of Allovue When I entered high school, video games were beginning to lose their appeal. So I sold my four video …

2016-05-21: Elsa’s dad is the best.

2016-05-19:

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2016-05-14: Saturday

2016-05-05: Finally made it to Camden Yards to see the Yankees with my dad. cc: @themikeadams

2016-04-26: Passover, by Elsa.

2016-04-23: A note on sequels I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, genres filled with long running book series. Until the …

2016-04-20: She won’t let me into bed. Color brought to you buy Hue, on late night mode

2016-04-17: Last night I made bolognese from scratch. Tonight @westminsterfox made pappardelle from scratch to …

2016-04-13: Favorite time of year.

2016-03-26: Happy Saturday!

2016-03-11:

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2016-01-23: Gracie can be a bit of a layabout when I go on the couch she normally sleeps on.

2016-01-14:

2016-01-13: This is where my head goes. Until Gracie pushes me off my own pillow to wake me up. This, after she …

2016-01-09: Right between us in bed.

2015-12-28: She accepted her new bed in no time at all.

2015-12-24: Perfect beach hair attained.

2015-12-24: Not a bad view for fish tacos.

2015-12-23: This big Shepard ran back and forth after his yellow toy in the water the whole time we were at the …

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2015-12-22: Nothing sketchy at all about this. Move along now…

2015-12-06: Caught her sleeping like this.

2015-11-08:

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2015-10-18: It may be cold outside but the view from in here is great.

2015-10-01: This is what happens my first day back at work (at home) after coming back from the @allovuebalance …

2015-09-30:

2015-09-26: Sleepy

2015-09-26: Nice day.

2015-09-11:

2015-09-10: Baltimore

2015-09-07: Still sick. Won’t even have an ice chip. Poor thing I hope she turns this around tonight.

2015-09-05: Gracie and her grandpa after a long walk.

2015-08-30: Great-grandma’s

2015-08-30: On the way and at grandma and grandpa’s house.

2015-07-18: Working hard in Chicago.

2015-07-06: Approximately exactly where my body belongs.

2015-07-05: Returning to Tumblr I have had a Tumblr site for a long time but never knew what to do with it. What is Tumblr exactly? …

2015-07-05: Been working hard to keep these guys alive and improve the view this summer.

2015-07-04: News on Assertions in R How many times have you written R functions that start with a bunch of code that looks like this? …

2015-07-03: Friday

2015-07-02: Thursday

2015-07-01: Wednesday

2015-06-30: Tuesday

2015-06-29: Mondays

2015-06-14: Rhode Island Disease When discussing policy in Rhode Island, I almost always encounter two bizarre arguments. Rhode …

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2015-04-17: “Don’t go poppas. Hit snooze. 10 more minutes. Pleeeeease?!?”

2015-04-16: Acceptable Terms An initial proposal has been made to the city of Providence and state of Rhode Island to keep the …

2015-03-16: I’m so happy.

2015-02-27: Oh right. I’m supposed to take pictures of my food in restaurants before I eat it. It was …

2015-02-18: #tbt

2015-02-17: Not an action shot. She was sleeping.

2015-02-17:

2015-02-13: My morning view. Yes that’s my stomach she’s on.

2015-02-08:

2015-01-29: Made to the end of the week but Gracie captures my feels.

2015-01-27: Korean beef and bok choy from Elsa. This is how you #snowghazi

2015-01-27: “Everything the light touches is my kingdom.”

2015-01-27: Snow drifts say: YOU SHALL NOT PASS

2015-01-27: Snowghazi supplies.

2015-01-25: In position for blizzard. “Papas, I don’t care if it doesn’t start for another …

2015-01-22: A PostgreSQL Cheat Sheet for OSX and R I keep this on my desktop. Install: brew install postgresql initdb /usr/local/var/postgres -E utf8 …

2015-01-20: How I’m given samples at home.

2015-01-20: Just another day at the office.

2015-01-18:

2015-01-10: Taking Control Severing My Daemon When I was in high school, I piggy-backed on a friend’s website to host a …

2014-11-27: Amazon Creating A Services Marketplace Online A few thoughts: This is a very interesting way to take advantage of a number of existing Amazon …

2014-11-27: The Power Of Sound It has been said a thousand times before, but I feel the need to say it again. So much of what Star …

2014-11-20:

2014-11-19: Apparently I can’t be trusted.

2014-11-18: School Funding Reform, Hard Work and Fraught with Potential Because of the primacy of equity as a goal in school finance system design, the formulas …

2014-11-18: Some of that home made ravioli from the other night.

2014-11-16: More adventures in our completed kitchen.

2014-11-15: Note: This is what every meal in my house is like when @edure is around and we have a functioning …

2014-11-14: That’s @edure nailing it again.

2014-11-12: How do we attract the best teachers to struggling schools? There are some basic facts about the teacher labor market that are inconvenient for many folks …

2014-11-12: That’s @edure killing it with #blueapron

2014-11-06: Just some of the @allovuebalance extended family tonight at #1106party

2014-11-01: NaNo(Blo)WriMo November marks the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The quick version is folks …

2014-10-05: Growing Up in the Internet Hate Machine A terrible thing is happening this year. Women all across the internet are finding themselves the …

2014-08-14: Me and Martina, ca 1992. #tbt

2014-07-26: Got these in gold. Wearing non-stop. First pair of sunglasses since I was 9 and went prescription …

2014-07-26: Don’t wake up early in the morning to pee unless you’re ok with losing your spot.

2014-06-12: When We Legislate and Ajudicate Our World View The Vergara v. California case has everyone in education talking. Key teacher tenure provisions in …

2014-05-26: Sleepy Monday.

2014-05-26: This is what happens when you attend a graduation and forget sunblock.

2014-05-21: Goodnight, Providence.

2014-05-19: They really don't make them like they used to... I have never found dictionaries or even a thesaurus particularly useful as part of the writing …

2014-05-14: Me.

2014-05-12: Pindown: Failed Dreams I had never thought of a use for Brett Terpstra’s Marky the Markdownifier before listening …

2014-04-27: Lazy Sunday

2014-04-12: Sleepies in Bellmore.

2014-04-01: Symlinking Your Data I frequently work with private data. Sometimes, it lives on my personal machine rather than on a …

2014-03-10: Waking up next to Gracie.

2014-03-09:

2014-03-09: Expressiveness Counts Education data often come in annual snapshots. Each year, students are able to identify anew, and …

2014-02-26: Latinos in Rhode Island Face Housing Burden We burden Latinos (and other traditionally underserved communities) with expensive housing because …

2014-02-17: Appreciating the Beauty of dplyr Hadley Wickham has once again1 made R ridiculously better. Not only is dplyr incredibly fast, but …

2014-02-09: Freedom Should Be Reserved for the Wealthy These quotes are absolutely striking, in that they give a clear glimpse into the ideological …

2014-02-05: Dreamschooling My Democracy Prep colleague Lindsay Malanga and I often say we should start an organization called …

2014-01-06: Garrahy Complex: Rules for Public Investment in Parking James over at TransportPVD has a great post today talking about a Salt Lake City ordinance that …

2013-12-09: Did public schools build economies, or did economies build public schools? We find that public schools offered practically zero return education on the margin, yet they did …

2013-12-03: Calculating Age with Precision in R Update > Turns out the original code below was pretty messed up. All kinds of little errors I …

2013-12-02: A Different Angle on PISA I wanted to call attention to these interesting PISA results. Turns out that student anxiety in the …

2013-11-28: Trying to drive home for Thanksgiving but this.

2013-11-22: A Good Long Read on Assessment and Accountability Although it clocks in at 40+ pages, this is a worthwhile and relatively fast read for anyone in …

2013-11-20: Bilingual Education at Providence Public Schools “We are trying to work towards late-exit ELL programs so (students) can learn the concepts in …

2013-11-19: DeBlasio: Weak on Implementation De Blasio and his advisers are still figuring out how much rent to charge well-funded charter …

2013-11-18: More evidence for "mere facts" To recap, the first study discussed above established that children from disadvantaged backgrounds …

2013-11-18: The four ways to really fix education More schooling, reoriented calendar Wider range of higher education Cheaper four-year degrees …

2013-11-17: It's Poverty Stupid... or is it? If I had to point to the key fissure in the education policy and research community it would be …

2013-11-12: Oops. I should probably tell Elsa.

2013-11-10: It’s always clear when bed time is.

2013-11-03: #everymorning

2013-11-03: #everyevening

2013-10-28:

2013-10-28: Waking up to the sun over desert mountains is my favorite. iPhone 5s just can’t capture this …

2013-10-27:

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2013-10-27: Elsa and I

2013-10-27: Phil

2013-10-27: Brothers of the groom

2013-10-27: Katie

2013-10-27: My favorite.

2013-10-27: Elsa looking lovely

2013-10-27: Bride and groom

2013-10-27: Super groom and groomsmen.

2013-10-27: Also the ring-bearer.

2013-10-27: Best man

2013-10-27: Tonight’s secret identity for the wedding.

2013-10-27: Erik’s final night as a single man.

2013-10-20: Amazing colors.

2013-10-20: No thanks

2013-10-20: Panda

2013-10-07: Incomplete Evidence I spent most of high school writing, practicing, and performing music. I played guitar in two …

2013-09-22: Using R to Calculate Student Moblity In a couple of previous posts, I outlined the importance of documenting business rules for common …

2013-09-22: Cocktails. Soon.

2013-09-16: A New Calculation for Student Mobility How do we calculate student mobility? I am currently soliciting responses from other data …

2013-09-12: Documentation of Business Rules and Analysis One of the most challenging aspects of being a data analyst is translating programmatic terms like …

2013-08-21: Some Changes for Rhode Island State Aid to Education In December 2009, the education department head, Professor Kenneth K. Wong, another graduate student …

2013-08-14: What can be done for Rhode Island Pensioners? This post originally appeared on my old blog on January 2, 2013 but did not make the transition to …

2013-07-28: Thoughts on Teach for America One of the most interesting discussions I had in class during graduate school was about how to …

2013-07-22: Smarter Balance Released Items Scare Me CCSSI Mathematics posted a scathing look at the items released by the Smarter Balanced Assessment …

2013-07-22: Summer Reading This summer has been very productive for my fiction reading backlog. Here are just some of the …

2013-06-19: Economic Policy Institute is Wrong The Economic Policy Institute has release a short issue brief on the Rhode Island Retirement …

2013-06-11: Calculating Age in R A few months back I wrote some code to calculate age from a date of birth and arbitrary end date. It …

2013-06-09: Triumph

2013-06-04: Stubborn Problem with MOOCs Kevin Carey has a great new piece on his experience taking a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). If …

2013-06-01: Linear Thinking Apple will be revealing new details for both of its major operating systems at WWDC on June 10, …

2013-05-29: Cleaning URLs with TextExpander One thing I really dislike about Google Reader is it replaces the links to posts in my RSS feed. My …

2013-01-27: The name is Victor Lamarr. Art Critic and sommelier.

2013-01-27: 1940s. All’s Fair in Art and Money.

2013-01-27: Murder mystery weekend are fun. I was not the killer, but I did have quiet the violent past.

2012-12-19: The Slow Trek to Pelican Update: Please see below for two solutions. I have grown increasingly unhappy with Wordpress lately. …

2012-12-08: First Night. Elsa lit candles.

2012-12-07: This is how you streetcar #sanjosé

2012-12-07: San José rocking public toilets.

2012-11-22: Trypto-toast.

2012-11-22: 82nd and 65th birthdays.

2012-11-19: A little knowledge is a wonderful (dangerous) thing It is so tempting to try to apply cognitive science results in education. It seems like an obvious …

2012-11-07: Snow time. Also means I’m outta here. #officeview

2012-11-03: Frictionless Apple has released the iPad Mini. Microsoft unveiled the Surface RT. Google has expanded its play …

2012-11-01: Paul Cuffee Middle School, Addressing Emotional Needs I like this piece in Slate on Paul Cuffee Middle School, a charter school right here in Providence. …

2012-10-08: Where I Share I have been meaning to write this post for the past couple of weeks. Like most other people, I am …

2012-10-07: I drive for 10+ hrs over 48, go to a wedding, and get a 630 fire alarm wake up and GRACIE is sleepy?

2012-09-30: Thoughts on Grit I have not had the opportunity to read Paul Tough’s newest book on “grit”1. I …

2012-09-30: What Can Management Do? iOS6 Maps Monday-Morning Quarterbacking Philip Elmer-DeWitt has suggested the iOS6 Maps debacle falls on the shoulders of Scott Forstall1. …

2012-09-25: Me and my family dog, Martina, ca 1992/1993

2012-09-20: Image created with #Snapseed

2012-09-18: Thoughts on Grading Bruno is a skeptic on standards-based grading. He seems to think that “mastery of …

2012-09-02:

2012-08-21: There must be an easier way... survey questions in R So I have this great little custom function I’ve used when looking at survey data in R. I call …

2012-08-19: Every morning she pounces on me to wake me up only to go back asleep on top of me instead of at my …

2012-08-17: Thanks @edure

2012-08-05: Pay For Quality: Join App.net I like paying for good software. There are applications I use every day, some for hours a day, that …

2012-07-21: Last day of vacation. One hour until airport.

2012-07-16: The 80s wants its cruise ship back.

2012-07-11: Follow up to Nesi's Notes Guest Post: Woonsocket School Funding Ted Nesi was gracious in offering me a guest spot on his blog, Nesi’s Notes this week to …

2012-07-11: Legal Context: Can Woonsocket Successfully Sue the State for Additional Aid? My last post ended with an important question, “Who is responsible for ensuring students are …

2012-07-11: Limitations of the Nesi's Notes Analysis and Some Additional Questions There are several questions that come to mind when looking over my analysis on Nesi’s Notes. …

2012-07-11: Using the Common Core Data on NCES My analysis on Nesi’s Notes depended entirely on the National Center for Education …

2012-07-09: Ranked Likert-Scale Visualization Update See below for more information now that Ethan Brown has weighed in with some great code. A …

2012-07-09: Update on Social Promotion This poignant post from Michael Goldstein ends with a few policy thoughts that largely support my …

2012-07-08: Work Place Liberty in the Context of Education How can we tell if principal directives are fair to teachers? There has been a great conversation …

2012-06-15: Prospect, #nofilter

2012-06-15: Prospect

2012-06-12: Algorithms Design and Analysis Part I Tonight I started Coursera.org’s Algorithms: Design and Analysis Part I. This class should …

2012-06-06: Fixing Dyer Street The removal of I-195 from the Jewelry District is supposed to help spur Providence’s second …

2012-05-29: Sleepy poppa. I so sleepy.

2012-05-26: #providence #waterfire

2012-04-24: Downtown Improvement District I am a firm believer that some goods should be public. I do not believe that my tax dollars are …

2012-04-21: Elsa’s first lobstah

2012-04-21: Brunch

2012-04-08: First time at Oki’s.

2012-04-04: If I were still in college, I would buy this for “RELEASE” when real drunk.

2012-04-03: The end of every night.

2012-04-03: Trees are early on Westminster.

2012-04-03: I’m on Instagram now. I guess this makes me hipster enough to be cool again.

2012-03-19: Providence needs a little innovation Have you ever tried to access public information about Providence on the web? Due to the recent, and …

2012-02-14: Social Promotion, Tutoring, and Funding Social promotion, in education circles, refers to the practice of allowing students to move on to …

2012-02-08: Worth It Five Stories from the Last Week I read literally hundreds of posts from RSS feeds every day. I use Google Reader as an aggregator, …

2012-01-30: Bank of America will leave 111 Westminster I was pretty disappointed, but not surprised, that Bank of America has chosen to leave 111 …

2012-01-24: Providence Pensions-- Let's Call a Spade a Spade (or the COLA a Raise) Ted Nesi has done a pretty solid job tracing the history of some awful decisions made by …

2012-01-22: Providence Real Estate Sales in R The past few months I’ve been learning how to use R. This morning, I decided to try out two …

2012-01-17: What if the technology revolution in schools is really about the simple stuff? The complicated school day is essentially designed so the minimum number of staff are away from kids …

2012-01-12: Value-Added on Core Knowledge Blog-- some thoughts on Chetty, Friedman, and Rockoff Jessica Lahey wrote an interesting post over on Core Knowledge Blog that I decided to comment on. …

2012-01-06: Associated Press: Israeli schools not looking so good against OECD peers. I read an interesting article this morning on Israeli schools. Facing extreme poverty among …

2011-12-18: GrapheR is an awesome GUI for R beginners If you’re just beginning to use R and want a quick and easy way to make some charts/graphs, …

2011-12-13: House wants unemployed to earn GEDs against all economic sense Here is a doozy. What is the purpose of the GED? Is it a market signal, indicating your …

2011-12-11: Diane Ravitch, rebuttals. So I wrote a harsh post after reading a harsh article by Kevin Carey in The New Republic about Diane …

2011-12-10: How to use Picasa with iOS5 I’m mostly writing this post because I had a fairly hard time finding a resolution to a real …

2011-12-07: How Social Reading Should Work I am becoming increasingly frustrated by the failure of all the major players to get social right. I …

2011-11-28: Contracting Technology in Education I am glad that Philissa Cramer is reporting on some of the deeper details of the Special Education …

2011-11-27: Is Diane Ravitch a reliable historian? UPDATE: You should also read this page on jasonpbecker for some very strong and interesting …

2011-11-05: Why isn't the Core Connector using Westminster with full RoW? I love that Providence is pursuing a streetcar. There are really just two things I don’t …

2011-10-15: GoLocalProv -- Bad at Math There are lots of things that are misleading about this story published on GoLocalProv. It is …

2011-10-14: TEA Party and Occupy Wall Street I wondered to myself If I could explain these two movements in a few sentences. Is this fair? The …

2011-10-05: School facilities-- anachronistic, expensive, isolating, and all around bad public spaces? I wanted to write a lot more about this, but I just don’t have the time. This storyis about …

2011-09-25: Downcity Residents Should Support the Core Connector and the Tax Makes Sense As a resident of Downcity, I have been closely following the development of Providence’s Core …

2011-09-15: Justin Baeder asks the Wrong Question on Teacher Evaluation If you’re interested in education, I highly recommend Justin Baeder’s1 ”On …

2011-09-14: Libertarians and Charity As an undergraduate I largely avoided political science because I couldn’t imagine getting …

2011-09-13: Apple Migration Assistant For several years I considered switching to Apple. I’ve been a wannabe believer since OSX. I …

2011-09-07: Community Voice at the Knowledge District Development Framework Meeting Tonight, I went to a public meeting run by Providence’s Department of Planning and …