Contributing to vegalite

March 02, 2017
One of my goals for 2017 is to contribute more to the R open source community. At the beginning of last year, I spent a little time helping to refactor rio. It was one of the more rewarding things I did in all of 2016. It wasn’t a ton of work, and I feel like I gained a lot of confidence in writing R packages and using S3 methods. I wrote code that R users download and use thousands of times a month.
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Secular Morality in the Time of Trump

March 01, 2017
Do you believe… that this is about the rule of law, and that if we lose this, we’re going to lose it all. Now-Chief Strategist to the President Steve Bannon said this on his radio program while talking to now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions about immigration reform. When listening to this portion of The Daily1, I was angry. I thought we were past believing the law determines what is moral?
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My confrontation with the mainstream

February 27, 2017
You can check my Goodreads profile. I love science fiction and fantasy. And I know in 2017 and everyone has already observed the dominance of “geek culture”, with the dominance of Disney properties from Marvel and now Star Wars. Hell, Suicide Squad won a goddamn Oscar. Powell's Best Selling Fiction, 2017-02-26 Powell's Best Selling Fiction, 2017-02-26 But I never felt like SFF was all that mainstream.
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It shouldn't be an act of defiance

February 25, 2017
It shouldn’t be an act of defiance to expect brazen sexual harassment and discrimination will result in consequences for its perpetrators. Now a collective will organize minions to scour our past lives, public and private, to ensure that victims never forget they are victims and never stop being victimized. It shouldn’t be an act of defiance to express concern about the impacts of the extremely wealthy funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into a private corporation whose core business practice involves brazenly breaking the law until they change the law.
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Siri Won't Catch Alexa

January 14, 2017
“I just got an Amazon Echo and surprisingly, I really love it.” In one form or another, this story has repeated again and again across the internet. So while the recent headline seemed to be “Amazon’s Alexa is everywhere at CES 2017”, it really feels like this year was the Amazon Alexa year. I have an Amazon Echo. I bought around a year ago during a sale as the buzz seemed to have peaked 1.
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