2021-07-30: Oh shit, I’m not joking. I just realized it’s Friday. Like, I think I knew it was Friday, but I just …

2021-07-30: Incredible photography project— cut outs of Japanese buildings.

2021-07-30: Evidence for how shitty Google Docs is as a product. I am being actively @ mentioned in a document …

2021-07-30: It turns out my concerns about the internet today compared to the internet of the past mirrors elite …

2021-07-30: Finally reading, after frequently recommending, The Revolt of the Public, and damn if the discussion …

2021-07-30: I cannot go back to losing third spaces.

2021-07-29: I know that every product has a well of complexity that is unknowable from the outside, but I …

2021-07-29: I just want to see Dune in theaters. Please don’t fuck this up for me.

2021-07-28: Today in, "Your taste can exceed your talent." I was being driven crazy by the sound of my guitar. What’s wrong? The tuner says I’m …

2021-07-27: I’ve flipped from “delighted when a product has emoji reactions” to “infuriated when a product …

2021-07-27: Something 14 year old me would not believe about 34 year old me is that I haven’t been on a roller …

2021-07-26: Finished the last 30 minutes of a book at the coffee shop during a midday break. Positively …

2021-07-26: The Axis of Temperament But there isn’t just one spectrum; at the very least, there’s a quadrant grid, with policy goals on …

2021-07-25: In the US our current policy environment is, “The vaccinated will all get sick eventually, and a …

2021-07-25: I love that the title of Slate Money this week is Expendable Men, and I love even more that everyone …

2021-07-25: I sometimes rant and rave about poorly designed ERPs and how a bunch of my job when I work on …

2021-07-25: Yesterday I lifted about two hours later than normal and had a coffee before going to the gym. I …

2021-07-24: One episode of Ted Lasso is just not enough.

2021-07-24: Just spent a paycheck on this haul from @atomicbooks.

2021-07-24: Enormously frustrating to be just a tad flat on one important note in a song I love to play and …

2021-07-23: I struggled today. I’ll probably struggle again tomorrow. It’s better than the alternative.

2021-07-23: I’ve spent an hour looking at roadmap templates and I hate every single one of them.

2021-07-23: Hit my first goal weight today after a week long plateau/spike. Not sure if I’m happier about …

2021-07-23: Reminding myself that a difficult Friday is better than a difficult Monday.

2021-07-22: I will not feel diminished. I will not allow myself to become diminished.

2021-07-21: Trying really hard to savor it— today was one of those days where it really felt like I know how to …

2021-07-20: For years I would not say I was one of those people with a non-stop, robust internal monologue. I …

2021-07-19: Am I anxious or hungry? A memoir.

2021-07-19: Today’s lyric caught in my head: If I could bottle my hopes in a store bought …

2021-07-19: Three hour flight delay is a real waste of a good hair day.

2021-07-19: I would like to announce that I am wearing linen every day for the rest of my life. I am not …

2021-07-18: Current State of the Office Should have cleaned up before pictures. Missing: my amp, which is in the shop for as much as five …

2021-07-18: New cookbook day

2021-07-18: It has been brought to my attention that 7 years ago today the Jess and Jason show happened for the …

2021-07-18: Guitars are up Now I need to resist the urge to buy a Les Paul Gold Top with P90s, a ES-335, and a semi-hollow Tele …

2021-07-18: JBGB’s opened up not far from me. We had some great Italian heroes from there the other day and got …

2021-07-18: My friend and I are so millennial that I can tell which of their calls they didn’t mean to make and …

2021-07-17: So I think I’m going to move this light bar to the other corner and get some kind of light fixture …

2021-07-17: New bar in the dining room

2021-07-17: Why is no sound coming out of my amp? Uh oh, why is my rectifier tube with bent pins sitting at the …

2021-07-16: It's a mitzvah to exercise being a friend Yesterday my friend came to me for advice. Afterwards, they told me that I was, “…a …

2021-07-16: A lesson I need to learn over and over again– I can get significantly better at anything with …

2021-07-16: I think I should be concerned about web consolidation at Automattic, but mostly I am just happy …

2021-07-15: Real Names and Online Abuse Do real names reduce the need for moderation and introduce civility in online conversation? I used …

2021-07-15: It’s not really odd at all that we’re letting the world burn

2021-07-15: 🤔it’d be nice if this combo amp was on a stand that angled it up a bit. 🤔it doesn’t fit …

2021-07-15: “And when people say, ‘what can I do?’ I’m like, ‘EVERYTHING!’ You can do anything and it can …

2021-07-14: Speaking of great things from Tumblr…

2021-07-14: It’s a lame, unattributed quote from a Tumblr post, but this just hit me where I needed it: You …

2021-07-14: The Providing Feedback section in this article about Teaching Elixir is well worth a read, …

2021-07-14: Being in tune with someone means there’s a >50% chance when you send them a link they were …

2021-07-14: Help! Lately I am beset by endless social awkwardness.

2021-07-14: Conflicting feelings about vaccine boosters I have not had great confidence in the FDA and WHO when it comes to getting the science of COVID …

2021-07-14: The theme of the week is Structure Procrastination.

2021-07-13: It’s Okay to Outgrow the Life You Thought You Wanted – an important piece with an …

2021-07-13: The whole Swords and Fire trilogy is on sale. I really enjoyed these books, and at these prices, …

2021-07-12: “Really, I’m on song 2 in this playlist?” he thought, right before realizing the first song …

2021-07-12: Am I working? Yes. Am I working on what I was supposed to work on? No. Is it true that I’m …

2021-07-12: My friend, Pik-Shuen’s, debut book is getting rave reviews, including this nice, short write up in …

2021-07-11: The D’Addario EXPs strike me as a little darker than I’d like, though not as dark as I …

2021-07-11: New string day

2021-07-11: Gorgeous photos of the Indus River. Adding another part of the world to the list of places I’d …

2021-07-11: I’m really enjoying To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. There’s something about a fast-paced adventure space …

2021-07-10: I am so angry that the US is not fully vaccinated right now. I’m so angry at the misinformation …

2021-07-10: I just realized how all those orgo courses on synthesis and mechanisms prepared me to do data …

2021-07-10: Clean electrification is the entrée, everything else is a side.

2021-07-09: I am at a loss for words. Terrifying doesn’t begin to capture the dread this makes me feel.

2021-07-09: There is a lot of quality writing happening in newsletters right now, but it’s still …

2021-07-08: I have never come close to getting the riff from Time Consumer sounding right. It’s just …

2021-07-08: Ok I think ~11 hrs over 12 is enough work for the day back from vacation. Feels good to be back in …

2021-07-07: It shouldn’t be a surprise that my day back to work after vacation is packed with meetings, but it’s …

2021-07-07: For my bus ride back to the Cancun airport at 9am, Ado has chosen, for some unexplainable reason, to …

2021-07-07: I know this is small compared to everyone’s complaints about Safari’s baffling redesign, but I don’t …

2021-07-06: Traveling home tomorrow from 9am to 4pm and I’m actually excited because I can catch up on all my …

2021-07-06: This was supposedly for two. Not shown: about four cups of rice. We did not finish.

2021-07-06: We’ve reached the part of each night in Tulum where I have to ask, “Is it too hot to wear my pants …

2021-07-06: I own vacation clothes now and you know what? I’m just going to wear them this summer because. So …

2021-07-06: Unsurprisingly, Elsa is now fully absorbed in some Mexican telenovela she found while we were here.

2021-07-05: Omakase at Kokoro We were staying around the corner from Kokoro here in Tulum without even knowing it— there’s a sign …

2021-07-04: The cultural depiction of small towns in rural America, especially in film, is a frustrating lie …

2021-07-03: Well-earned tacos al pastor (ok and dos de pollo y uno gringo al pastor), with my happy face.

2021-07-03: Personal Physical Progress Test The best kind of progress for me is not measured on the scale. Instead, it’s measured by my …

2021-07-03: “How should we connect our homes to the internet?” The answer: “Fiber.” — …

2021-07-03: Mountain biking, cave biking, cave/jungle hiking, cave swimming, and then back again. 20 min stop …

2021-07-02: I like pizza

2021-07-02: Lunch with a view

2021-07-01: Good thing we’re not really beach people. But 80s, cloudy, and a nice breeze is how I like to drink …

2021-06-30: A more low key day today, what with the ceaseless Caribbean rain, but had some aguachile, yucca …

2021-06-30: This is a great article pointing out how few spaces there are for girls. It’s great and should be an …

2021-06-30: A small bit of justice, against incredible odds and requiring far too much effort, to right a wrong …

2021-06-30: Vacay Jay A rare picture of myself. Introducing, Vacay Jay. (It’s pouring here in Tulum, I’ve got to entertain …

2021-06-29: The sea bass was fine.

2021-06-29: These rice noodle wrapped shrimp were amazing.

2021-06-29: Burrata Stuffed Heirloom So tonight I was introduced to a “caprese salad” which was actually burrata and pesto stuffed into …

2021-06-29: Drum on fertility data matches my read and anecdotal experience as someone who graduated from …

2021-06-28: Finally reading the lyrics and story behind one of your favorite albums like…. seven years after it …

2021-06-27: So I shouldn’t put a developer beta on my phone right before I leave the country just because I want …

2021-06-27: Cycle of thoughts today: I should buy a nice gimbal for my iPhone I should buy a prime lens for …

2021-06-27: I made a mistake. My backup went into a folder that I back up to Dropbox (oops), which became a new …

2021-06-27: I’m flying again Tuesday after possibly the longest hiatus in my life. It’s so weird to be worried …

2021-06-27: I think I just figured out how to whittle down a huge, new complex system we need to build at work …

2021-06-26: I’m about halfway through The Hidden Palace and my word @helenewecker is a talented writer.

2021-06-26: Glad to see the New York Times calling out Long Island’s awful zoning. Multi-family housing should …

2021-06-26: Strong contender for my favorite album of all time.

2021-06-26: I don’t believe in serendipity in offices. I don’t believe it’s meaningfully more difficult to …

2021-06-26: Bawlmer

2021-06-26: Camera people: our “big” camera is a Sony NEX-5R. I still think the photos look better than …

2021-06-26: I know it’s going to be a bad day at the gym when they only put one weight in my box.

2021-06-26: It’s been a few days so I’m confident it’s real— officially at my lowest weight in at least 4 years. …

2021-06-25: Of course, racism persists in America, infused into its very fabric in ways that are insidious and …

2021-06-25: This column gets the “debate” on critical race theory right. They chose a barely applicable set of …

2021-06-25: Some people learned nothing from the hype cycle around MOOCs and it shows.

2021-06-24: I ran into cases where I was missing having . when using the new native pipe (|>) far faster than …

2021-06-24: Sorry to vague-blog, but I want to write this somewhere publicly. After processing my feelings over …

2021-06-24: There are a ton of great apps to help you make flow charts, take notes, and build mind maps, but all …

2021-06-23: rJava on arm64 for R 4.1 In case you need this, if you install Java via homebrew, e.g. brew install openjdk, you’ll …

2021-06-23: Thing I did not know you could do in PostgreSQL that I hope I never forget to do, now that my …

2021-06-23: Arguments about critical race theory demonstrate how low turnout elections used to encourage local …

2021-06-23: Connecticut hires consultants who ably demonstrated that the United States has no fucking clue how …

2021-06-22: What Is Your Favorite Jewish Joke - And Why? is an absolute delight.

2021-06-22: I know my diet is going well, because I saved up my calories, ate 2/3s of what I normally would …

2021-06-22: Good dinner.

2021-06-22: This post on some of the innovative practices coming to European cities made my heart ache. Also, …

2021-06-22: The ghosting on my LG 5K is getting pretty bad, and I’m just so mad with Apple right now.

2021-06-20: This was a lot of chilaquiles. Only ate about half.

2021-06-20: Very trivial gripe, but waiting 6 months for a piece of furniture we ordered is driving me nuts.

2021-06-20: A Short Review of 18 Months Sleep Tracking Here’s what I’ve learned: I always feel pretty good after a night with an unusually high amount of …

2021-06-19: When you’re as big as me, losing weight basically means having a protein shake for breakfast and …

2021-06-18: Dinner. A lot of food for just under 700 calories (not shown, the rest of that pita in my hand that …

2021-06-18: My morning

2021-06-18: The Resource Gap is (much) of the Outcomes Gap Focusing on closing the resource gap in education is important as a mechanism to close the outcomes …

2021-06-18: Why did Jesse have to call me out like this 1 on a week when I’m already struggling with …

2021-06-18: Data is Overrated is about transit, but I think the same can be applied to education. Our challenges …

2021-06-18: I am deeply moved each time I read stories that draw from Jewish culture and history. How is it …

2021-06-17: Not sure I should admit this, but here goes nothing: I’ve never been to a Waffle House.

2021-06-17: My new favorite coffee spot closes at 4pm, and it’s really messing with my desired way to live …

2021-06-17: Apparently holidays are some kind of scarce resource, and we can’t have two summer holidays without …

2021-06-17: Yeah, yeah, the patriarchy hurts men too, but have you spoken with women? Men should be projected …

2021-06-17: There’s Nothing Especially Democratic about Local Control of Land Use is so good. A near …

2021-06-17: 13 days until vacation. It’s been years since I’ve needed one as badly as I do right now.

2021-06-16: I thought I might try to be a Product Thought Leader ™, but flopped. Turns out, it’s hard to …

2021-06-16: My mental health feels like it’s slowly restoring as I sit in a coffee shop, listening to coffee …

2021-06-16: Two patterns that I’m looking to read more about are user-customizable approval flow (think …

2021-06-16: I didn’t eat so well for dinner last night so… this should be a fun hour at the gym.

2021-06-15: Step 1: Tell people what you’re feeling and talk about it rather than make assumptions about their …

2021-06-15: Call it authoritarianism. We are suffering from the same rot that has brought down democracy in …

2021-06-14: Look, I don’t think it’s too much to ask that members of Congress don’t need to visit the United …

2021-06-14: Oh wow, Apple added a TabularData framework. This looks pretty great!

2021-06-14: One thing too stupid to believe.

2021-06-14: Demonizing the bureaucracy is a great way to destroy state capacity, which is a great way to destroy …

2021-06-14: I spent a significant portion of my day talking about my work/professional fears and insecurities, …

2021-06-14: I kind of think that Day One + Tumblr make the perfect amateur writing platform. Day One is an …

2021-06-14: The more I learn, the more I become convinced that the wealth tax is a much worse idea than estate …

2021-06-14: Anyone have a scale they really like that more accurately measures body fat percentage? The one at …

2021-06-13: So dramatic.

2021-06-12: I am actually choked up a little bit. I have 6 flights (3 trips) in the next 60 days scheduled right …

2021-06-12: I went clothes shopping very briefly today. I’m here to report it is still miserable in general, …

2021-06-12: I kind of think $28M is a great price to join Jeff Bezos in space.

2021-06-12: I’m excited for the prospect of being able to remove my mask indoors, but I’m struggling …

2021-06-11: Gabe is back with another great post. I was especially pleased to see him reference scripting.com’s …

2021-06-11: This piece by Rotherham resonated with me– the federal policy vacuum is brutal for those of us …

2021-06-10: If my 17 year old self found out that my 34 year old self was worse at guitar, he’d be so …

2021-06-10: Feels like the most important thing Baltimore City can do is really crank on vaccinations of the ≥ …

2021-06-10: I don’t know the precise shape of it, but I feel like a policy like, ”If y% of income for …

2021-06-10: It feels great to have tired muscles after a morning workout.

2021-06-09: Sometimes you can’t be what someone else needs in one moment so you can protect yourself and be what …

2021-06-08: I am, ostensibly, a professional product manager. I cannot distinguish between a ridiculous, …

2021-06-08: Starting to see image retention on my LG 5K more and more often. I can’t believe there’s …

2021-06-07: All three fields at Roosevelt Park have Little League games going right now. Baltimore is healing.

2021-06-07: Did Apple just give me a free VPN? Cool!

2021-06-07: Focus is my first “oh that’s really nice!” moment this WWDC.

2021-06-06: I have appointments before 9am every day this week. What am I doing to myself?

2021-06-06: Finished reading: Project Hail Mary: A Novel by Andy Weir 📚

2021-06-06: I just fell asleep for 15 mins in the couch and woke up slowly, feeling slightly embarrassed. Then I …

2021-06-06: It’s funny, iOS, in many ways, seems like it needs shelf apps, far more than macOS. But unlike Gabe, …

2021-06-06: Her Majesty

2021-06-06: She’s not sad. This is just her face.

2021-06-05: The NIMBY Ratchet

2021-06-05: If we’re so worried about inflation in the used car market, we could you know, pass an …

2021-06-05: “What’s it like dieting, Jason?” “Chicken.” “No, I mean…” “Chicken.” “But?” “CHICKEN”

2021-06-05: May have gone overboard cooking for one. I also made a salad. 🙊

2021-06-05: I’m home alone today. It’s sunny and hot out. I did my penance at the gym this morning. I’m really …

2021-06-04: To a first approximation, no one reads my blog, and certainly, almost no one who does read it visits …

2021-06-04: The Folly of Design-Build in Infrastructure and Software A great piece by Alon again over at Pedestrian Observations, this time outlining how America’s …

2021-06-04: Six months ago, this task took me about 3 hours. Tonight it took one 25 min Pomodoro session while …

2021-06-04: “Wow this song that just came up on Spotify is really good. Let me go like it.” “Holy crap, …

2021-06-04: I’m at the “one beer makes me feel a little drunk” stage (admittedly, 10% abv), …

2021-06-04: Of course, it’s nearly as important to know what complexities are worth tackling, either …

2021-06-04: Most days my job is like being a truffle hog, but for complexity. This way we can strip out as much …

2021-06-03: Personal Email is Magic🔮 For all the ways that professional email and marketing email has cursed our inboxes, personal email …

2021-06-03: I’m off from work today, but all I can think about is how it took me 5 mins from reading the …

2021-06-02: This would go a long way toward making my iPad more useful. Added to the increased RAM reducing the …

2021-06-01: I just went through some stacks of paper in my office and it feels so good to have a fresh desk.

2021-06-01: That feeling when it turns out past Jason did 80% of the work current Jason thought he had to do get …

2021-06-01: Love to see Amtrak come out swinging against maglev in the Northeast. Total waste of resources …

2021-05-31: Revisiting old code-- the power of across and tidyselect Tonight I was revisiting an R script for cleaning up data that I wrote a couple of years ago. This …

2021-05-31: I still find almost no iOS or macOS automation valuable. I’ve never seen an iOS Shortcut or …

2021-05-31: This realisation … came to me in the form of a Revelation. What I mean by this is that I knew it to …

2021-05-31: I think we’re going to see a tragic uptick in death in a few weeks in the US. We’re already seeing …

2021-05-31: After a very slow start to the year, I finished no books in April. I’ve read 5 books in May.

2021-05-31: Finished reading: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke 📚

2021-05-30: Now 2021-05-30 It’s been a while since I’ve updated this page. My intent was to keep this a place to …

2021-05-30: The experience I just had calling @hover support was easily the best customer service interaction …

2021-05-30: Fixed the bad margins on mobile and adjusted layout of header to be better too. Is my site great on …

2021-05-30: Finished reading: Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse 📚

2021-05-30: “I just mean that when something is part of your identity for so long, even if it’s not a good …

2021-05-26: For various reasons, the last three days I’ve had to wake up 60-90 mins earlier than normal. Can’t …

2021-05-25: Taiwan is my favorite country that I’ve visited.

2021-05-25: What is your most “online” belief? Mine is probably, “That would be solved better …

2021-05-24: I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to eat on my birthday and Elsa pointed out the obvious …

2021-05-22: I just learned from a TV show that you can text 911, which makes total sense but I still feel like …

2021-05-22: Irrational level of joy when someone adds Trains by Porcupine Tree to their great list of Top 30 …

2021-05-22: It’s your neighborhood script kitty. (🔊 on)

2021-05-22: Men will literally trade Bitcoin and GameStop and listen to Joe Rogan instead of going to therapy.

2021-05-22: My only aspirations as a high school musician was to create music that could reach past people I …

2021-05-21: Shameless. Of course Texas Governor Greg Abbott knew.

2021-05-19: Things you don’t love to hear at the doctor, “I’ve been talking to my colleagues …

2021-05-18: I remember reading @_lionelhenry on possible future R syntax all those years ago and being super …

2021-05-18: Poor in Tech by Meg Elison

2021-05-18: Anyone else getting absolutely smashed with allergies? It’s like my body said, “No colds for over a …

2021-05-17: You know you’re a geriatric millennial when instead of buying stonks on Robinhood you know how …

2021-05-17: Look, I love me a chicken thigh. It’s a beautiful thing. But the obsession Americans had with …

2021-05-17: Put on my good headphones, hit play, and this track came on. Whoa. What a start to Monday.

2021-05-17: Walkies!!!

2021-05-16: I miss waking up somewhere that makes me feel completely disoriented. I can’t wait for international …

2021-05-16: When I try to cook this many things at once, something always gets messed up. This time it was …

2021-05-14: I think I threw out my back by laughing while my arm was draped over the back of the couch and I was …

2021-05-14: Starting to feel like if I can stick with an Elixir course long enough to learn Ecto, I’m …

2021-05-13: With R coming out with a native pipe that matches Elixir’s native pipe, what’s the best …

2021-05-13: Finished reading: The Galaxy, And The Ground Within: A Novel (wayfarers) by Becky Chambers 📚

2021-05-11: My primary care physician is seeing patients in office again, which means I can get a proper …

2021-05-11: Sadly, I will probably never return to Israel I have family in Israel that I love. I have had three incredible trips there, including the very …

2021-05-11: Like Kevin Drum, I’m not convinced that democrats lose elections by not offering enough to the left. …

2021-05-11: Remember buying CD-ROMs of clip art?

2021-05-11: Currently Reading: The Galaxy, and the Ground Within: A Novel (Wayfarers, 4) by Chambers, Becky 📚

2021-05-11: Got @bogart’s book. It’s gorgeous, and settling in its new place of honor.

2021-05-11: Even though I’ve already read it, the Incredible Doom hardcover release is very exciting. …

2021-05-10: When I hear about someone starting The Magicians, I wish I could experience A Life in the Day for …

2021-05-09: Somehow forgot to oil the grates so this should be a fun one. Here’s to hoping for release when …

2021-05-09: The solution to my fish challenge should have been so obvious— go to H-Mart.

2021-05-08: Look, 2oz (57g) is not a serving of pasta. A serving of pasta is at least 100g.

2021-05-08: Any speech system that results in greater penalties for Janet Jackson’s nipple slip than Tucker …

2021-05-08: Eat fish they say. It’s healthy they say. Fish: $20+ a pound motherfucker.

2021-05-08: Three weeks ago: I should work out again. Today: I’m not sure that morning workout kicked my ass …

2021-05-07: Mythic Quest: still got it.

2021-05-07: Resting

2021-05-07: Great piece of journalism that explores the textbooks our representatives learned from to understand …

2021-05-06: It feels optimistic, even as most of the people I interact with are fully vaccinated but… I bought …

2021-05-06: Having one of those weeks where I still made time to get to the gym, but I’m working too much …

2021-05-05: My Apple Watch unlocking my phone while I wear a mask is a game changer for being out and about …

2021-05-04: If you ever want deep insight into someone’s mind, look at how they design a spreadsheet to …

2021-05-04: I just opened an article whose opening sentence was, “Politics didn’t used to enter the schools.” …

2021-05-04: “We’ll be talking about race regardless—there’s no putting that genie back into the bottle, and we …

2021-05-03: For All Man Kind. Jeebus.

2021-05-03: Holy shit the ending of S2E9 of For All Mankind.

2021-05-03: My dogs stayed with my parents for a month and we just got them home. So of course Gracie woke me up …

2021-05-02: Farm season 2021 commenced.

2021-04-30: Down the hill, over the river, around the bend, into the forest, up the trail, and to the clearing …

2021-04-30: Why the GOP Is Ideologically Lost by Eric Levitz, a near perfect summation, a must read.

2021-04-30: People who love California weather, I get that. People who love Florida weather? Does. Not. Compute.

2021-04-29: My version of, “Get off my lawn!” is yelling at a YouTube video, “it’s a trailer!” every time they …

2021-04-29: My tips for a good day: Eat delicious, healthy food. Move a lot for at least an hour. Maximize time …

2021-04-28: The sound of my now fixed dishwasher running after two and a half weeks is so soothing.

2021-04-28: Glass Walls by James T. Green Powerful writing about the experience of a Black producer at Gimlet.

2021-04-28: The operative question is how do the people who work there feel about their workplace environment …

2021-04-28: It’s important to be able to level strong, harsh, and immediate criticism without also …

2021-04-27: Managing my Power One thing I try and do a lot more of these days, with some success, is try really hard about being …

2021-04-27: Took my Twitter thread, lightly edited, and tossed it into my short post as a new long form post, …

2021-04-27: More Basecamp thoughts Because of my frustration with bad UX and no visible product improvements, I was already internally …

2021-04-26: I had 260g of protein and still stayed under my calorie count today so I think I get super powers.

2021-04-26: On Politics at Work What happens when you can’t have a political conversation at work? Political conversation continues …

2021-04-26: I beg of you Hollywood, can you please represent the 99% of us that can have a fight with someone of …

2021-04-26: Anyone else find they need to re-add/re-authenticate their SSH key after rebooting an M1 Mac?

2021-04-25: When the farm share gives you too many carrots and lots of peppers you make giardiniera, apparently. …

2021-04-23: Excellent articulation of what’s at stake in our current political divide and how the GOP hold a …

2021-04-23: When dinner has that perfect crispy skin.

2021-04-23: I had no idea that Mumsnet existed, and I’m absolutely terrified that their radicalization …

2021-04-23: Has their ever been a more pure implementation of @siracusa’s naked robotic core than the AirTags?

2021-04-22: I’m with Kevin Drum on this one. Nice to hear about the goal, but I need to see Biden channel Warren …

2021-04-22: It’s not a coincidence that after the civil rights movement we shunned public goods and public works …

2021-04-22: I was so proud when I heard that Baltimore would be producing a huge amount of COVID-19 vaccines, …

2021-04-22: I cannot stress enough how important it is that every single one of you gets vaccinated. This is not …

2021-04-22: Boy, they sure don’t make them like they used to. Ogden High School, Utah

2021-04-22: Someone is blogging again who I’ve missed from blogging and I’m afraid to say anything …

2021-04-21: Hot take: this is very bad. Source: Bloomberg

2021-04-21: As an upwardly mobile, educated millenial, my interest in places to live fall into the only two …

2021-04-21: I got through half of my to do list yesterday so please kindly refrain from adding more to it today …

2021-04-20: Design Review Boards are Fucked Up The city’s design review board did things like postpone the approval of a 400-unit, transit-oriented …

2021-04-20: I hope the right-wing media is listening to those that CNN is interviewing right now in Minneapolis. …

2021-04-20: “There is no justice in this country… we are in a militarized zone. We are a peaceful …

2021-04-20: I wish it didn’t feel so unusual that such a clear case resulted in a clear verdict for justice.

2021-04-20: I like Becky Chambers so much, I think I bought two copies of her book on pre-order that arrived …

2021-04-19: I work with creative, wonderful people.

2021-04-19: You’re Wrong About has an episode out on Political Correctness. Without even listening, I’m …

2021-04-18: In this article, women having autonomy and power is problematized rather than seen as a knockout …

2021-04-18: Here’s a fascinating new idea from Shane Phillips about housing that I’ll be thinking …

2021-04-18: Bought the Hangz sawtooth hooks thinking they’d be great for getting two posters that have …

2021-04-18: Just wrote two paragraphs to someone who was being ungenerous and then deleted rather than hit …

2021-04-18: Tiny, thoughtful gestures are such powerful expressions of care.

2021-04-17: Most criticism of Biden, especially by mainstream media, has felt like they’re working hard to show …

2021-04-17: Doesn’t look like much, but probably the best thing I cooked in 2021.

2021-04-17: I’m not sure how I missed this yesterday, but #rstats 4.1 release date is now set for …

2021-04-17: json.blog used to look absolutely terrible on mobile. I just added <meta …

2021-04-17: Back at the Gym I’ve had two successful runs at getting healthier and losing weight in my adult life. One …

2021-04-16: Bonus Mythic Quest episode I didn’t know was coming? Awesome.

2021-04-15: I need to stop delaying eating until I’m too hungry to make good choices.

2021-04-15: I just don’t get the, “Redoing all our pipes to get rid of lead and giving folks money to …

2021-04-14: This is one of those moments where a really important product in my life may be becoming something …

2021-04-14: Interesting thought experiment– what if a government body’s power to govern flexes with …

2021-04-13: I’m glad someone wrote a response to PG’s latest essay that is a lot more generous to PG …

2021-04-13: Is my MX Master 2s dying, or is the macOS API for Mission Control unreliable as hell?

2021-04-13: So, if you know anyone who wants a 16-port Ubiquiti powered switch, a USG, an 8 port powered switch …

2021-04-13: My Cloudkey randomly got hosed again and I cannot get it back up even with a factory reset. Between …

2021-04-12: THE MONEY IS FUNGIBLE! …might be an appropriate thing to put on my 🪦.

2021-04-12: Tesla Solar Roofs– still barely more than vaporware, now also a bait and switch.

2021-04-12: Because I like pain, this morning I’m re-reading Alon Levy’s explanation in Streetsblog …

2021-04-12: Boss: why did it take 7 years to build something we talked about the first day we met? Me: so the …

2021-04-11: Storm is coming.

2021-04-11: The Power of Another’s Faith The Internet has generated one huge machine to press upon every self-doubt I have. Any small victory …

2021-04-11: We have all wood floors with some small carpeted areas. I think most robot vacs/mops are not worth …

2021-04-11: This sounds like… a really great list of reforms? Great job, Maryland.

2021-04-10: Replanting

2021-04-08: Great piece contextualizing the why of Biden’s big agenda.

2021-04-08: So that I don’t have to keep searching for where this is (and the benefits of others), you can …

2021-04-08: Gosh, Lisa Schmeiser is good at this. I cannot choose a quote. When Disney Owns The National Myths

2021-04-08: Absolutely wild report of software assuming “Miss” meant child and “Ms.” meant …

2021-04-08: That feeling when you just brought you car in for an oil change two weeks ago and now they decide to …

2021-04-07: What bands do you think are underrated? What one-hit or one-album wonder do you wish more people …

2021-04-07: Oh my this American Football song with Hayley Williams is incredible.

2021-04-07: My favorite pay-for is to expand the IRS workforce to enforce tax compliance with a focus on earners …

2021-04-05: There are two kinds of people in this world— those who can’t wait to tear off their socks and …

2021-04-05: Tomorrow is our first day of Thirdly, where our team used to get together in Baltimore and celebrate …

2021-04-04: ‘Battle for the Soul of SoHo’: A Debate on Gentrification, Race and Wealth — SoHo residents …

2021-04-04: Drawing to scale. How’s your Sunday going?

2021-04-03: It's Just Like the Flu From /r/dataisbeautiful, a dose of reality to the many who still have not come to grips with how …

2021-04-03: Good summary of the ledger on Georgia’s new law. Here Are All the Pros and Cons of the Georgia …

2021-04-02: You know you’ve reached the end of the internet when you’re watching YouTube videos dissecting The …

2021-04-02: Are there no consequences when your policy fails to achieve any of its extraordinary objectives? Not …

2021-04-02: Is there any other area like transit advocacy, where alternative options seem largely agreed upon by …

2021-04-02: This is not a law about election security.

2021-04-01: What’s the best “use my iPad to control my Mac” software these days?

2021-04-01: 🔗 How Slavery Shaped American Capitalism Slave-owners were particularly afraid of allowing democratic control over property because they were …

2021-04-01: New in M.b plugin Glightbox– images in galleries are resized to 260px thumbnails (click for …

2021-03-31: My kryptonite? Remembering I’m supposed to ask how you’re doing after you ask me the same.

2021-03-31: One of many wrenching stories I could be sharing today. Read about how a demifemme in tech feels …

2021-03-31: Great article about two restaurants in Providence struggling to survive during the pandemic while …

2021-03-31: We’re getting closer and closer to vaccinating children in the US, a critical step to achieve a …

2021-03-31: When the Mob Comes - Men Yell at Me If this doesn’t make you want to toss the social web into the …

2021-03-28: Yesterday for Seder I nailed a roast beef. Tonight, I nailed a 9-pound chicken. Both were ready as …

2021-03-28: I’ve never felt as attacked by an app as Slack notifying me every time someone reacts to my message …

2021-03-27: COVID Seder

2021-03-25: My lack of interest in the genre of musical theater may have something to do with not caring about …

2021-03-25: I’m having surgery next week and will not be able to look at screens for several days afterwards. …

2021-03-25: I cannot tell you how excited I am that Francine has gone from dropping leaves to this.

2021-03-24: Leno's Heart "IN MY HEART I KNEW IT WAS WRONG." Maaaaan, fuck this. https://t.co/B9hnnri4FN — …

2021-03-24: Wood construction has enormous potential for helping to de-carbonize the construction industry. We …

2021-03-23: The Economist has a good article digging into the happiness data. Young people are not happy this …

2021-03-23: Kevin Drum points out happiness actually increased in the US last year based on the World Happiness …

2021-03-22: Today in 30-something millennial: I realize that my aspirations for myself and my life fluctuate …

2021-03-22: The quality of Bloomberg’s coverage on the coronavirus and cities/urbanism is so high that I keep …

2021-03-22: Why Trump and Republicans Failed to Repeal Obamacare. Great article that summarizes what we already …

2021-03-22: Huge deal. Astra Zeneca coming online in the US should absolutely get us over the line by early …

2021-03-21: Sunday dinner.

2021-03-21: Really enjoying this episode of Sway with Mariana Mazzucato. It’s been great to see folks come …

2021-03-21: Getting some Passover inspiration.

2021-03-20: 🍿 Prospect (2018) ★★★★ Prospect has that look, the industrial, aged, space junk of our 1980s future. There’s only three …

2021-03-19: 🍿 Call Me By Your Name (2017) ★★★ It feels strange to watch Call Me By Your Name post the revelations about Armie Hammer. I know why …

2021-03-19: “In-transit, arriving late” The new USPS motto.

2021-03-18: I have to say, the saga of Mission ImPASTAble on The Sporkful was a joy to listen to. Bought many …

2021-03-18: Testing, ESSER Funding, and Liars Look, testing this year is likely to be a disaster. The option to wait until the fall is an …

2021-03-17: A late lunch deceives, you think, “Maybe I won’t eat dinner. Maybe I won’t get hungry, …

2021-03-16: I think I nailed breakfast.

2021-03-16: The internet has fun communities that find empowerment in their neurodivergences, but there’s no …

2021-03-15: Is there a Tumblr (or other art blog!) with the cool future art of dystopia-arts-girls with like 80% …

2021-03-15: Wandavision was fine. Katherine Hahn, though 🥰.

2021-03-15: The most douchey white guy techie thing I’ve ever done just happened. I realized that because of …

2021-03-14: Every time I remove my huge scleral lenses with a literal plunger from my eyes I think, “Some people …

2021-03-14: Every former gifted kid coming to grips with the real world.

2021-03-14: Fear and backlash about cancel culture comes from cis white men, because the thing they sacrifice to …

2021-03-14: Going on 30 minutes like this.

2021-03-14: Japanese zoning is so sensible. I wish America was as obsessed with government doing a good job as …

2021-03-14: Summer continues.

2021-03-14: The Child Tax Credit changes in ARP are great, but Romney’s plan was probably better, and we should …

2021-03-14: I’ve decided I like my burgers to be 6oz, with two pickles. Add charred onions, cheese, ketchup, and …

2021-03-14: Two pickle minimum per burger in this house.

2021-03-14: Value Hand in a Growth Game News of the end of Indie.vc didn’t really surprise me. I thought, “Yes, this is a great …

2021-03-14: The three best music videos of all time, in no particular order are: Knights of Cydonia by Muse …

2021-03-13: 🍿 Cherry (2021) ★★★ Cherry was almost certainly a better book than a movie. It’s told in parts, including an epilogue, …

2021-03-13: I decided it’s summer and rode my bike to the grocery store and made this bounty on the grill.

2021-03-13: America's Crumbling Infrastructure We sure do have a lot of crumbling infrastructure in the US. But I can’t help but to think a …

2021-03-13: Micro.blog Bigfoot Plug-in Upgrade If you’re using the Bigfoot plug-in on Micro.blog, I recommend reinstalling. I added two options …

2021-03-12: It’s finally this time of year again.

2021-03-12: 🍿 Coming 2 America (2021) ★★★ An undeniable cast. The best use of fan service and callbacks of just about any “late sequel” I’ve …

2021-03-11: Just because one interlocutor’s views might carry more weight because of their background or …

2021-03-11: It’s 2021 and we still get daily requests for literally everything to be printable in very …

2021-03-11: There’s no way we should ever change back to standard time after this weekend’s swap to daylight …

2021-03-09: I slept on Kara Swisher’s Sway podcast until fairly recently, but it’s as great as you …

2021-03-09: Sweden combined a banked population, smartphone ubiquity, and pre-fab construction to offer …

2021-03-08: We just got to the first scene with Totoro in it, and every moment of this movie is still an …

2021-03-07: We’re Never Going to Have... As an elder millenial, I am now in that perfect age to see: How much the world has changed in just …

2021-03-07: The K-shape economy plauges the housing market. While inequality is a huge portion of this story, so …

2021-03-07: The last normalish thing I remember doing pre-COVID was going to a Rage Room with Elsa. One year …

2021-03-06: I’m coming on a year with my Now page unchanged. This lost feeling year just hasn’t had a lot I’ve …

2021-03-06: Because of just how bad the stock market crashed as it became clear that COVID-19 was going to reek …

2021-03-06: The worst 4-letter word at Allovue is LDAP.

2021-03-06: I don’t think I’ve experienced any local media as disingenuous and entangled with a particular …

2021-03-05: I’m new to Blood Knife, but if every piece is as good as Everyone is Beautiful and No One is …

2021-03-05: There are rare times you can point to a precise moment where things changed. For me, seven years ago …

2021-03-04: Slack has started to notify me on mobile every time someone reacts to my messages even though I have …

2021-03-03: For the first time in months, I have a normal working day with < 1 hr of scheduled meeting time. …

2021-03-03: Calls is a fascinating idea for AppleTV+. Like io9, I am curious whether they have considered …

2021-03-02: I’m using the good screen earlier today than I was yesterday.

2021-03-02: I am not a macroeconomist, but when you’re sitting near/at the zero lower bound, why are we …

2021-03-02: I had my first “tooth/teeth falling out” dream last night. I feel like I’ve been inducted back into …

2021-03-01: Please Stay the F*ck home for the next month.

2021-03-01: Every week, Spotify gives me a Discover Weekly where I haven’t heard of 90% or more of the …

2021-03-01: Underrated aspect of M1 Mac– being on Zoom doesn’t sound like taking off an airplane and …

2021-02-28: Varrick and Zhu Li— very satisfying.

2021-02-28: Elsa made ramen

2021-02-28: The expense and complexity of our nation’s social assistance programs for meager benefits is …

2021-02-28: I’m coming to the end of The Legend of Korra and it feels clear to me there’s plenty of interesting …

2021-02-28: Shouldn’t we have treated prisons like we did nursing homes and immediately vaccinate everyone (and …

2021-02-26: I’ve seen enough. End the filibuster so we can pass proper legislation and not this pained …

2021-02-24: I started to wake up earlier just this morning in an attempt to get back to pre-pandemic patterns, …

2021-02-24: Some people think that a heuristic must be a fallacy, as though statements that don’t offer direct, …

2021-02-23: I don’t understand anyone who doesn’t like SQL. I could write SQL all day, every day. …

2021-02-23: I’m amazed it took this long, but one of my dogs finally dragged my ass right down in this ice. …

2021-02-22: There’s a lot of power in realizing you can do the unexpected because the consequences are imagined.

2021-02-22: If you want to get me on a rant, let’s talk about legislation that causes a need to change software …

2021-02-21: I keep seeing Republicans say that they can move past Trump and that this is what the party wants. …

2021-02-20: Do not like how Mako treats Asami.

2021-02-19: Was Emacs actually the first container?

2021-02-19: This short piece on behavior in Numbers versus Excel is a brilliant UX case study.

2021-02-19: There’s a very good chance I hate your HR system and your accounting system. I wish this did not …

2021-02-19: This article is 100% correct on the dust up about Slate Star Codex and is very well done. I am …

2021-02-18: I have once again, eaten something that @jessgartner recommended many years ago and it is delicious. …

2021-02-17: Friendly reminder that the only useful snow forecast is the Weather Prediction Center’s …

2021-02-17: So I know I’m years late to the party, but wow Atlanta is a good.

2021-02-17: Fuck, I’m old. An anniversary for great justice: Remembering “All Your Base” 20 years later

2021-02-16: It’s unclear to me why “bipartisan compromise” in DC is “Let’s tie …

2021-02-16: I use case_when a fair amount, but I think I’ll be swapping most of that code to *_join in the …

2021-02-15: Whelp there goes that theory.

2021-02-15: So Tarrlok is Amon, I’m guessing (don’t spoil me).

2021-02-15: Look Legend of Korra is a cool concept but the lack of spirit realm/avatar state to actually learn …

2021-02-15: Look, there’s plenty of reason for both products to exist, but if you prefer boneless wings (aka …

2021-02-15: For All Mankind is a stellar show on AppleTV+ and Season 2 starts Friday. If you haven’t watched …

2021-02-15: Two stories that feel deeply connected: Chris Crawford’s sober, narcissistic assessment of his …

2021-02-14: I just saw someone in a supermarket lower their mask to cough. 🤦🏻‍♂️

2021-02-13: An urban fantasy trashy romance murder mystery book is just what my soul needed.

2021-02-12: I use my Digital Ocean droplet for literally one thing at this point– hosting jsonbecker.com …

2021-02-11: A Frustrating Conversation with a Conservative A good friend of mine for decades has long identified as conservative. In a recent conversation, we …

2021-02-10: I’m often tired, I feel unmotivated to accomplish things in my personal life, and things I used to …

2021-02-10: We all will deserve a sabbatical when this pandemic is done.

2021-02-10: I think that work can smell when I have empty time on my calendar. I’ve been much better (with …

2021-02-09: I had no idea this deleted scene from High Fidelity existed. It was great when redone in the Hulu TV …

2021-02-07: Reminded today that sometimes a relationship is strong because it’s been pulverized and rebuilt a …

2021-02-07: I’m glad that democrats are taking up expanding benefits to families with children, and I’m happy …

2021-02-06: 🍿 In and Of Itself (2021) ★★★★★ Go into In and Of Itself cold. Watch it with the lights out. That’s all I want to say about it.

2021-02-06: Lunch

2021-02-06: I live in MD, with my mother-in-law, who is eligible for a vaccine. This piece perfectly reflects …

2021-02-06: It’s very hard to consider the fantasy of living on a huge, cheap property far away when Zillow …

2021-02-04: Every time I have a hunch I want to reference, “No, because Anatoly’s nose said so,” but …

2021-02-02: I’m so happy I live in an age where the answer to “where should I store my applications data?” is …

2021-02-02: Me: I love code formatters, consistency is the most important thing when it comes to code …

2021-01-31: Unpopular Opinion: use real names in your contacts. Nickname is a usable field, if you must.

2021-01-31: Some great news: New study: A zero-emissions US is now pretty cheap.

2021-01-31: Snowy evening walks in Baltimore.

2021-01-31: If Google Reader wasn’t destroyed, journalists would never have flocked to Twitter. In this essay, I …

2021-01-31: Is there literally any good news about vaccine distribution in the United States? Right now, in …

2021-01-30: I love my dogs and my house. But we have no backyard, and I would like to protest walking them on …

2021-01-29: I am today years old.

2021-01-28: The Invisible Library Is My Fantasy Novel Comfort Food Couldn’t agree more.

2021-01-27: Is there a good, up-to-date guide of settings I may want to hit on Big Sur with all the defaults …

2021-01-27: I really dislike Elon Musk and was hoping more (and more affordable) EVs would be on the market in 2 …

2021-01-26: There’s nothing worse than a process with a 20 min long feedback cycle.

2021-01-25: Wow this is basically all the steps I do on my own in my bootstrap.sh script that I maintain, …

2021-01-25: New Mac day is tomorrow. I’m wondering if I could run Dropbox on my Synology and then never …

2021-01-25: Me watching literally everything: Please look at the road while you talk. You’re going to crash.

2021-01-24: It’s as though recognizing what made The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay hard to …

2021-01-24: I’ve been slowly reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. I keep saying, …

2021-01-23: 🍿 Chef (2014) ★★★★ Chef is a movie for anyone who loves food and loves cooking. No surprises there. But if you like …

2021-01-23: Also, congress should be much larger.

2021-01-23: DC Statehood is as necessary as obvious. Virtually any belief in democratic representation cannot …

2021-01-23: My last Now page update was 10+ months ago right as lockdown really hit. I’m just not quite …

2021-01-23: School Finance (Un)Fairness A good overview on important work in school finance. The flat-to-regressive financing of schools …

2021-01-23: Paving the way for the M1 Mac mini-- I/O edition My new Mac mini is coming this week. This will be my first new computer in almost 5 years, so …

2021-01-23: One thing that’s tough about being a product person is the despair you feel when using what by all …

2021-01-21: Am I the only remote tech worker left without a ring light?

2021-01-21: New M1 Mac is coming next week! This is the first time in a long time I think I’m going to not use …

2021-01-20: Clippings For a while, I visited home roughly every 8-10 weeks after I moved away. My uncle would invariably …

2021-01-20: I have to admit, it’s getting hard for me to make it past 2pm without switching back into my soft …

2021-01-19: It was planned for months, openly on Facebook in plain view of everybody. Remember that when …

2021-01-19: Lupin ended like that! BRUTAL.

2021-01-18: For all the complaints that people have about challenges with a carbon tax or cap and trade, we …

2021-01-18: My summary on public intellectuals: Bad takes tend to be correlated. Good takes are not.

2021-01-18: I cannot believe there are influential people now claiming that bitcoin is an energy storage …

2021-01-17: Was the skin crispy and the chicken moist? Yes.

2021-01-17: This story has me really questioning what it would take to swap to Gitlab, which would likely be my …

2021-01-17: This fall, Elsa and I stalked a house for sale that was just unbelievable and not ridiculously out …

2021-01-17: Vouchers aren’t about choice. They have always been about enabling public dollars to support what is …

2021-01-16: Maybe this is a dumb question, but can anyone explain why we’re not doing a 3-4 week hard lock down …

2021-01-16: 🍿 Locked Down (2021) ★★★ Two great leads, too smart, too quick, waxing philosophic in the nadir of their relationship as they …

2021-01-16: My mother: “It’s only 50 minutes from Midtown Manhattan by train, and it’s such a beautiful area, …

2021-01-16: Me: Oh that’s an interesting project. Also Me: Oh damn, it’s Python, I’m sorry, I can’t deal with …

2021-01-15: A very well done apartment building that totally fits the context and preserves an important …

2021-01-15: Discrete Internet Time One of the most interesting solutions presented for reducing the downsides of high frequency trading …

2021-01-15: I can’t decide— will I never hug a friend again or will I be hugging inappropriately because I miss …

2021-01-14: Foreign Policy’s interview with Rex Tillerson is terrifying.Tillerson not only reveals that Trump …

2021-01-14: If I stare at a ship date long enough, does it change?

2021-01-14: Sometimes I wonder, “What’s my brand?” and then I realize how much I hate everything.

2021-01-13: I just had Zoom fail to share my screen in a high stakes scenario for the second time in two weeks …

2021-01-11: I just want to know when Whole Foods will have towers of sumo again.

2021-01-11: Gamers have ruined the display market and I am sad.

2021-01-10: 🍿 The Midnight Sky (2000) ★★★½ The Midnight Sky is about the end of the world. It’s about a man who is dying. It is about saving …

2021-01-10: I’m looking for some new podcasts as I adjust my media diet for the year. What do you listen …

2021-01-10: I’m really missing Core Intuition the last month. I hope @danielpunkass and @manton pick that …

2021-01-10: This animated visualization of job losses during recessions is great. It really shows how fast and …

2021-01-10: I’ve gotten so comfortable in my scleral lenses I’ll frequently plop into bed, get comfortable, and …

2021-01-10: It was a coup for the ‘gram. It was the subtle confirmation that this was “content” that got me. I …

2021-01-09: Everyone should read this interview with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.

2021-01-08: I really dislike living somewhere so hot that I don’t want to be outside most of the day in the …

2021-01-08: Just a reminder to myself that I have taken no action and will be judged by history for my cowardice …

2021-01-07: A remarkable page where the NYTimes fact checks the debate to certify the election. No surprise who …

2021-01-05: Studiously watching a YouTuber play a $30,000 red strat and convincing myself I’ll play as well and …

2021-01-05: Why Romney, Sasse, Alexander, and Collins Fail This is why I will endlessly critique what I view as entirely too mild and too muddied critiques of …

2021-01-04: 🍿The Vast of Night (2019) ★★★½ In The Vast of Night, 16-year old evening telephone operator Fay Crocker and radio DJ Everett Sloan …

2021-01-04: It’s 4:30 pm on my first day back at work in two weeks. Even though I slept poorly last night, …

2021-01-04: “Oh Slack doesn’t work on my computer anymore, better buy an M1 Mac,” Is a thought I just had.

2021-01-04: “This history we were taught could not have produced the present we were living in.” — Eric Foner, …

2021-01-03: 🍿 Greenland (2020) ★★★★ This review contains spoilers. Movies like Greenland have certain beats they have to hit. Start with …

2021-01-03: Terrifying depiction of how Finland is being affected by climate change through snow statistics.

2021-01-03: I just realized that Gattaca, Contact, The Fifth Element, and Starship Troopers came out in the same …

2021-01-03: I’m in the “what if I spent more money buying something for someone else?” bargaining …

2021-01-03: It is a great kindness to ask someone else for help. You offer them the opportunity to practice …

2021-01-03: A healthy posting/writing habit Each time you write something to post on social media, think, “Actually, should this go on my …

2021-01-02: I think I’ve become that insufferable music snob that primarily listens to a subgenre of rock …

2021-01-02: From the rooftops: gentrification is a consequence of failing to meet demand, not building a very …

2021-01-02: What’s your favorite macOS (or I guess iPad) app for writing small bits of html + css to try …

2021-01-01: The Pennsylvania Volleyball episode of What We Do in the Shadows is amazing.

2021-01-01: I’m not sure there’s a better smell then garlic, onion. and chicken skin cooking together.

2021-01-01: A new website schoolprison.com shows you pictures of buildings and you guess: school or prison? …

2021-01-01: Spectre was not good, but had a good “ending” for Daniel Craig’s 007 run. He was right to try and …

2020-12-31: I read 32/30 books this year, in large part due to a truly stellar December of reading.

2020-12-31: I shouldn’t say this, because I know how hard it can be to prioritize something that seems …

2020-12-31: It wouldn’t be a holiday break if I didn’t make a tiny, largely semantic change to my blog template …

2020-12-31: I learned a lot about the creative process from @bogart discussing creating Incredible Doom on his …

2020-12-31: I decided to watch Millennium Actress last night, which I could swear I had seen before. Turns out, …

2020-12-31: I am becoming sympathetic to the idea that our COVID-19 vaccine prioritization is too complex giving …

2020-12-30: Wonder Woman 1984 was not a good movie. Soul was visually stunning, but it was just ok. What should …

2020-12-30: A surprising weakness of Apple Fitness+ is the lack of filtering by muscle groups. The day after a …

2020-12-29: This essay was my favorite thing I’ve read this month. Ann Patchett on her beautiful friendship with …

2020-12-29: One of the things I’m most optimistic about for 2021 is I’ll be able to go sit in the new coffee …

2020-12-29: I’ve decided to point json.blog to what’s currently at micro.json.blog. Unfortunately I …

2020-12-29: Being a product manager means that after week 1 of 2 weeks off, my head is overflowing with ideas …

2020-12-29: NIMBYism is a US plague, and it has now spread to Austin.

2020-12-29: The small, dumb thing I miss from the befuarantime is grocery store samples.

2020-12-29: You can now view all the books I read this year on my Bookshop page.

2020-12-27: I looked at the month I read the most pages in the last 5 or so years and there was a clear outlier. …

2020-12-27: I’m not sure this isn’t just fancy buses, but trackless trams that are fully autonomous vehicles (on …

2020-12-27: Quiet

2020-12-27: Because I truly can’t help myself, I’m now trying yet another note taking app— this time checking …

2020-12-27: Exhale

2020-12-27: I don’t know how we back out of the thousands of mistakes, by local decision makers, state and …

2020-12-25: More great stuff from Alon on infrastructure costs influencing what gets build, which overall just …

2020-12-25: If remote work is here to stay for white collar, upper middle class workers, I think we’re going to …

2020-12-24: Shows I have watched multiple seasons of but did not finish: Mad Men Breaking Bad The Wire The Good …

2020-12-23: Sometimes I read a book that I find really challenging to understand, yet compelling, and I can’t …

2020-12-23: Powerful that the Kansas City Star has looked back at it’s own coverage to see they supported …

2020-12-23: Holiday views

2020-12-23: I hold the controversial view that money spent on the $600 stimulus checks would be better spent on …

2020-12-23: An appropriately humane response to COVID-19.

2020-12-23: Great article on how Tillis slipped in a ridiculous copyright protection scheme into the ominbus …

2020-12-19: There is a special joy in reading books about characters and worlds that love books, with a narrator …

2020-12-19: danah boyd make a solid case that procurement, HR, and communications are the three big leverage …

2020-12-19: 2020 was a lot of things, but it was not a year in which I failed to finish my Reading Challenge.

2020-12-19: Super Nintendo World revealed. Does anyone have a better job than Shigeru Miyamoto?

2020-12-18: In 2021, we need to fix America’s internet In fact, we pay roughly double that of Europe at the …

2020-12-16: What the fuck is wrong with people? Texas Wedding Photographers Have Seen Some $#!+ – Texas Monthly

2020-12-15: My #rstats goal for 2021 is modest– start using glimpse instead of head all the time.

2020-12-14: Ava was a strange movie. It had all the components of something great, but didn’t quite gel in …

2020-12-14: Vandals target Black D.C. churches, burn items amid pro-Trump rallies Very fine people.

2020-12-14: We have 4 floors at home, but a portion of the fourth floor is a deck. It’s nice that my …

2020-12-14: State and local aid seems like the most important part of any congressional stimulus to avoid mass …

2020-12-14: Monday morning is the absolutely worst time for a cold rain storm.

2020-12-13: Every time the fan clicks on this 5 year old Macbook Pro, I check Apple’s store site on …

2020-12-13: I miss having real snow now that I’m in Baltimore. The last big storm to hit here, and it was …

2020-12-12: A recent discovery by a coworker— because of some work we did to be far more efficient with some …

2020-12-12: Should I be in a “Discord” of any kind? Am I missing something interesting by skipping out on these …

2020-12-12: It’s been months since I watched Mythic Quest, but I still think about how much I love the character …

2020-12-12: The 16GB RAM Mac Mini now won’t deliver until January 20. Did they way underestimate the desktop …

2020-12-12: It took me until this moment to realize that samosas and knishes are basically the same food …

2020-12-12: To feel loved, go away for three days after being home all the time for 9 months due to a pandemic …

2020-12-11: Just steps outside our AirBnB (pictured third)

2020-12-10: Apple Music Memos is done. This app is a great tool, and I’m very sad it’s going away.

2020-12-09: I really wish Apple would release a HomePod-tech inspired AppleTV Soundbar. It would be an instant …

2020-12-07: The Autogolpe Punditry can tend to focus too much on decorum and terminology, like the overachieving students so …

2020-12-06: My MIL is retired and lives at home with us. She loves ID, Discovery, TLC, Lifetime, OWN, etc. …

2020-12-06: Two books to go on my Goodreads challenge in December means that my next book choice is quite …

2020-12-06: Naomi Novik is now quite clearly one of my favorite active authors.

2020-12-06: Oh fun. Your API returns dates as strings, and sometimes, just for fun, changes the string format. …

2020-12-05: I hate trivia so much. Everyone thinks I’d be great at trivia, because I seemingly know all kinds of …

2020-12-05: Decentralized Culture Does Not Imply Unaccountable, Centralized Technology Stacks As someone who generally wants the web to move away from a monolithic culture who is somewhat tech, …

2020-12-05: Trying Apple Music for the first time since it came out to see if I can’t save money with the …

2020-12-05: The worst thing about loving computers is my fun time and work time end up trampling all over each …

2020-12-04: I almost can’t believe any place in America would be crazy enough to do this. Almost.

2020-12-03: I am a little sad to not see Dune in 2021 in theaters, but I’m happier I can watch it in 4K at home …

2020-12-03: Some things don’t change

2020-12-02: I don’t think I’d use Slack if I started a new company today, but I also don’t think it …

2020-12-02: This is not a health care system we can, in any way, be proud of. Pro-life my ass.

2020-12-01: Does anyone else obsessively rub the back of their teeth with their tongue right after getting a …

2020-12-01: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson was beautiful, and just what I needed.

2020-12-01: A good book is nourishment for my soul.

2020-11-29: I do little things to delight myself like make the emoji for my “customer channels” …

2020-11-29: An easy afternoon walk in the neighborhood.

2020-11-29: Two kinds of data people– the ones who do a bunch of work in R after pulling individual …

2020-11-29: Local zoning control is a nightmare.

2020-11-28: I like this piece by Alon; I am for sure at my most technocratic as I scream about politicians who …

2020-11-28: Four more books to get a three year streak hitting my Goodreads goal, even if my goal this year was …

2020-11-28: It feels like a good time to support independent artists. I have a very hard time describing what I …

2020-11-26: Dinner

2020-11-26: Thanksgiving Day Hero

2020-11-25: I visited Hong Kong in 2018, before the protests, and I’m glad that I did. I think Noah is …

2020-11-25: My brain is much more powerful in those idle moments when I let it drift. It’s quite possible …

2020-11-22: Wow. The end to Avatar: The Last Airbender was really action packed, and quite satisfying.

2020-11-22: Sunday Hike

2020-11-21: I need a new mask. Link your favs. Thanks.

2020-11-16: I love my job and I can’t imagine leaving by my choice, but I have been worried about what I will do …

2020-11-16: The Shape of Student Debt Relief Policy I think there are three groups that should be addressed at once by any policy looking to provide …

2020-11-15: This computer has been incredibly effective and still rarely gets in my way. But I really, really …

2020-11-15: Finally listened to @jessgartner and got out to Herring Run

2020-11-13: For sure you should be watching Rick’s new YouTube show, Sweet Heat

2020-11-12: I find Paris’s moves on transit and climate to be pretty inspiring. I am also deeply sad that I …

2020-11-12: If climate change doesn’t terrify you, you’re not paying any attention. The arctic is melting.

2020-11-12: The prioritization of restaurants and bars over schools when it comes to closures is a massive …

2020-11-11: It really bugs me how many reporters gleefully write about how unimportant high school math is …

2020-11-11: I am finding myself quite vulnerable to the psychology of monthly prices versus paid up front.

2020-11-08: One of the most important times to say no as a product manager is when I’m having a hard time …

2020-11-07: I have been watching Fox News to see how they covered the speech. I don’t think I realized just how …

2020-11-07: It seems totally reasonable to me to tax companies whose executive pay is in excess of 100x the …

2020-11-06: Close elections are brutal, but they also help to dispute the narrative that your vote doesn’t …

2020-11-05: Brandy is tired of waiting for the end of this week.

2020-11-04: Disney should release the next Mandalorian episode now. We’ve earned it.

2020-11-04: We just started watching Kim’s Convenience and three episodes in this is excellent self-care.

2020-11-04: At this point, whatever the ultimate result, it’s clear that America is completely broken. There’s …

2020-11-03: I still don’t think I’ve fully grappled with the fact that I’m terrified about how close this …

2020-11-03: Rational Self Interest by Existential Comics.

2020-11-03: I call this, My Morning Doomscroll

2020-11-02: Apple rumors of a half size Mac Pro tower just make me want to scream “Give me my damn xMac!”

2020-11-02: I think someone says, “What is time?” at least twice a day @AllovueBalance.

2020-11-01: When I’m not mad about US politics, I’m mostly mad about the lack of good displays with wide …

2020-11-01: Last time I went to TJ’s there were no Philly cheesesteak bao. I didn’t want to ask anyone then if …

2020-11-01: America is an early stage fascist country Our government is: Suppressing the vote of the opposition. Threatening and inciting violent …

2020-11-01: Disney+ is supposed to be this smash success and clear win of a service. In the last year, we have …

2020-10-31: Screw my asshole neighbors setting off fireworks on Halloween.

2020-10-31: If I made a “the world is ending today: post-rock sounds for the aftermath of democracy” to help …

2020-10-31: “Because that’s his name. Henry. James. Jones. Junior… … Indiana was the dog’s name.”

2020-10-31: Some more impressive dynamic range from the new iPhone 12 Pro

2020-10-31: Check out this crazy sky I captured (no edits) on my iPhone 12 Pro.

2020-10-30: Pretty annoyed the amendment choice today for Baltimore City changes ¾ veto override to 2/3 …

2020-10-29: This is the week. This is the one where I have found myself run down to 0 in the tank. No vacation …

2020-10-28: Time for bed. Nah, time for a 32 minute documentary on the origins and development of shoegaze.

2020-10-28: Took a walk while I worked today.

2020-10-27: With grid storage dropping in price dramatically, there’s no question that fracking won’t survive …

2020-10-27: You know you’ve crossed a demographic age band each time you bump up the text size of iTerm another …

2020-10-26: When I heard about City Cast on this week’s @SlateGabfest, I lifted my fist like an antennas …

2020-10-25: In 1990 a generation of baby-boomers, with a median age of 35, owned a third of America’s real …

2020-10-24: Is there any reason not to have a mailto link to my email address on my site?

2020-10-24: Some Greek Cooking

2020-10-24: Listening to @theincomparable episode on Ted Lasso is making me so excited to watch Ted Lasso again.

2020-10-23: Am I misremembering, or was TV’s The Sarah Connor Chronicles the best entry in the Terminator …

2020-10-21: This album is pop-punk perfection, and was a the dominant sound of my 2002. Midtown’s live …

2020-10-21: Every year Austin Mann reminds me that it’s not the equipment, but the operator.

2020-10-21: I need to stop reading books before bed when I have less than 2 hours to go, because I inevitably …

2020-10-20: On the one hand, I feel so angry that Trump has stolen the freedom to not think about politics with …

2020-10-20: I don’t need it, but I really want an ES-335 and a Les Paul with P90s.

2020-10-19: This video going through how great the animation is in Akira is spectacular.

2020-10-19: I don’t think I realized that FaceID and TouchID were coming to the web, but I think this is …

2020-10-19: Rough time of the year where I think, “Whelp. I’m done with dinner and it’s dark, time for bed!” but …

2020-10-18: We’re scheduling a vacation to a house in the woods in a few weeks and honestly it’s 90% about …

2020-10-18: You can’t tell me this rice doesn’t still look damn good the next day.

2020-10-18: First 6ish hours with the Magic Keyboard: It’s quite heavy, but not unmanageable. I am surprised at …

2020-10-18: Men behave badly everywhere on the internet, and women continue to be targeted mercilessly for just …

2020-10-18: This article on what it’s like to run against an opponent who is a member of a cult itching to turn …

2020-10-18: Sohla’s tip to just blend your sofrito is going to change my food game. Amazing flavor just blending …

2020-10-18: Working for the federal government (at least when this interview was conducted) sounds like a …

2020-10-17: Loosely inspired by Sohla El-Waylly’s get-out-of-jail, Off-Script Chicken and Rice

2020-10-17: My Smart Keyboard Folio for the 11” iPad Pro is dying. Do I replace it or try the Magic Keyboard?

2020-10-17: Edging toward fall

2020-10-16: The most profound racism of powerful white people is being able to ignore racism, rather then be …

2020-10-12: Imagine any predominantly Black profession or business getting 40% of their income from federal …

2020-10-12: Not fully-formed thought of the day– let’s end property taxes in favor of wealth taxes. …

2020-10-12: What’s fascinating is seeing how state after state has essentially flat funded schools across …

2020-10-12: What happens when you spend a lot on education, mostly from high local property taxes, in …

2020-10-11: AirPods Pro switching seamlessly between the podcast playing on my iPhone and the Twitter video I …

2020-10-10: Maybe it’s the Jewish in me, but nothing smells better than chicken fat, salt, and pepper cooking up …

2020-10-10: This morning I sat a the local coffee shop and ate this expensive toast. It was delicious. But it …

2020-10-10: IKEA pegboard installed. Level and square, which was significantly harder than I thought it’d be. …

2020-10-10: The main reason I hope one day to have a home with a yard is to build an ADU for work like this. I …

2020-10-08: I have a very particular and bizarre set of anxieties.

2020-10-07: This dog.

2020-10-05: Having a full bleed option for the central column of my blog layout using CSS grid is something I …

2020-10-04: Achievement Unlocked: Got the “Are you still watching?” shame dialog while watching The West Wing.

2020-10-04: Delete your Facebook.

2020-10-03: You Can’t Solve It I am terrible at comforting people. I just want to do something. I want to solve the problem. I want …

2020-10-02: Rewarding myself for making it through the week with Two Cathedrals, S2E22.

2020-10-02: Wow that Ted Lasso finale. This show hit me in all the right places. Stellar first season, just …

2020-10-01: Earlier this week a different meeting turned into essentially a weekly check-in with one of my …

2020-09-29: I’m awake because I had to read that book in one sitting. It was beautiful throughout and still …

2020-09-28: I had both an easy and meaningful fast. I don’t always get that. It has made crashing back into the …

2020-09-27: “Did you ever think about killing yourself?” “What? Why would you do that?” “Why shouldn’t I?” …

2020-09-27: This is what happens when you recognize talent and provide opportunity.

2020-09-27: This story about Nikola joins many others in the last ten years that makes me feel like …

2020-09-26: I feel this way about science, and yet, I remained convinced in its capacity to build knowledge.

2020-09-26: Amy Coney Barrett, Patriotism, and Tone Policing Amy Coney Barrett doesn’t deserve your defense because of her religion any more than she deserves …

2020-09-26: Breakfast was solid.

2020-09-26: When you stop going places…

2020-09-25: Great article on the dire revenue situation most cities are facing. And as cities struggle, so will …

2020-09-25: I love these key caps, but I don’t have a second keyboard to use them with, and I don’t have an …

2020-09-25: The political situation in the United States has never felt as hopeless to me as it does this week. …

2020-09-25: I was in a bit of a sour mood, but I just remembered it’s Ted Lasso Day, and now I feel better.

2020-09-23: Jennifer on yesterday’s The Daily has given me a little hope.

2020-09-22: Scribble has basically ruined the Apple Pencil for me.

2020-09-22: “How am I going to have a two-hour strategy meeting with my boss this week? We talk about this all …

2020-09-20: What artist came out of the gate with a debut album that blew you away and then failed to deliver …

2020-09-20: We grew these

2020-09-19: I have to admit, at the start, I was quite skeptical, but The Devil All the Time was quite a good …

2020-09-18: I spent some time this morning grooming/cleaning up some old bugs from our list and it felt so good. …

2020-09-16: Why the Left is Toxic to Progressive Goals McGhee, the former Demos president, framed progressives’ decision-making as a matter of priorities. …

2020-09-15: Blocktober is an idea I can get behind. Especially given how prone I am to doomscrolling in the lead …

2020-09-15: There’s not a ton in the Watch 6 for me, but the trade in value on my current Watch 4 is …

2020-09-15: After admiring the idea of drake for a long time, I think I finally have a problem that calls for …

2020-09-14: I had a lie down this evening and it basically restored me to health. I’m a fucking character in an …

2020-09-14: The last 6 months or so, roughly 9 years into writing #rstats, I’ve begun to feel very confident in …

2020-09-14: This review of Lurking: How a Person Became a User sure makes me want to read it. Sounds like it …

2020-09-13: Poppy Li is a critical character in our culture as a successful main character who does not own a …

2020-09-13: Harissa Chicken Pita

2020-09-13: Is it crazy to learn Phoenix and Elixir (and modern web dev) by writing a micropub server that does …

2020-09-13: Simpler Way to Fill Missing Data? Hey #rstats, so I do a pattern like this all the time— essentially fill in missing values from some …

2020-09-12: Taken Over by Blands The one liberal value blands tend to elide is inequality, because while blands are, by definition, …

2020-09-12: Advantage of my new world wearing contacts: no more worrying about the dog licking my glasses. …

2020-09-12: I’ve added a new page to my blog, Uses. It’s a list of all the current …

2020-09-12: The best breakfast is leftovers from last night.

2020-09-12: Cucumbers— read the room. I’ve already harvested like a dozen. Stop growing so much. (actually this …

2020-09-12: Chaey signed off Keep it Lazy, and I’m ready to oblige.

2020-09-11: I read this and think, “How can anyone think this is unreasonable?”

2020-09-11: Infrastructure P3s are dumb and we can already look to models from other country that are less dumb …

2020-09-09: I am not a mess or anything because of the ongoing semi-lockdown life, but I’m not good. I feel like …

2020-09-09: Some people need a drink when they’re in a bad mood. I need pizza. I literally feel 100% less …

2020-09-08: Sometimes I make a mistake and every nightly batch job will fail. 3 years ago that would have meant …

2020-09-08: The Oscars just released new diversity and inclusion standards. I don’t have the brain power to …

2020-09-08: America has bad, expensive trains due to choosing incompetence. It’s no more or less complex than …

2020-09-07: Worth It Worth It is an occasional series on this blog where I post a bunch of links to things I’ve …

2020-09-06: Starz has a ton of high quality originals no one watches.

2020-09-05: Ruff day.

2020-09-05: I think that hold harmless provisions and any kind of drawn out transition plan should be found …

2020-09-05: People are complaining about USB-C again. I have a USB-C ethernet, a C to Mini B for my mic, a C-C …

2020-09-05: Please read this thread.

2020-09-05: If I had to summarize my views on compensation, it would be, “Design labor markets and tax policies …

2020-09-04: The only thing that scares me near as much as a Trump second term is what could happen with …

2020-09-04: See ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Morning Show ⭐️⭐️⭐️ For All Mankind ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Little America ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mythic Quest …

2020-09-04: It’s been like a week so I think I can safely confirm that I can now put in my scleral lenses on my …

2020-09-04: I’m still obsessed with the International Fixed Calendar.

2020-09-04: Mythic Quest is also very good. Apple TV+ has consistently delivered the goods.

2020-09-03: Not a drill. Allie is back with a new book and I feel vindicated for never unsubscribing to her RSS …

2020-09-03: Trump sees fallen soldiers as losers because of his fierce belief that only the individual exists …

2020-09-02: Ted Lasso is exceptional.

2020-08-30: The incredibly low interest rate on my savings account did cause me to put more money into the stock …

2020-08-30: Great Weather, Great Day Today’s Hike Today’s Lunch And some updates on our Lettuce Grow

2020-08-30: Cleaned up a ton of git branches, moved apps on my home server into containers and setup local …

2020-08-29: One thing I wish the #rstats community would do a better job of is code mods. I am very much in …

2020-08-28: Oh good, this service company has a form to fill out so that I can schedule this appointment …

2020-08-27: So the thing about finally getting your scleral lenses in by yourself after weeks is it makes taking …

2020-08-27: An important part of working from home successfully is being able to scream every once in a while …

2020-08-26: I can now confidently say that COVID-19 has completely overloaded my working memory. My brain is …

2020-08-26: Don’t read anything by Mary Robinette Kowal at night or you’ll be crying and laughing and wide awake …

2020-08-25: I have kept this page, on how to get an LG Ultrafine 5K working on Linux, open in my browser for …

2020-08-24: The Broken Algorithm That Poisoned American Transportation

2020-08-23: Me: a fairly left wing person. Also me: has specific interest in areas like education, transit, and …

2020-08-23: Some people check Craigslist every day. I check BetterWorldBooks to find out if there are affordable …

2020-08-22: This week’s reading haul.

2020-08-21: I’ve been thinking about how to do a big refactor for weeks. There’s another one I’ve been thinking …

2020-08-20: My office is coming together.

2020-08-20: Reddit finds that banning communities that breed hate reduces hate. It’s easy to poo-poo this …

2020-08-19: A sign of my brokenness: at least three times a week I spend 30 minutes thinking about how if I wake …

2020-08-19: Can someone please link me to their lit thesis on why novel sequels are so good, but movie sequels …

2020-08-19: 📚 Read: Harrow the Ninth by Tamyn Muir. I think this book broke my brain. It’s everything I …

2020-08-18: Harrow the Ninth is really making me work for it.

2020-08-18: New Perry Mason - it’s good!

2020-08-17: After a decade of naming all of my devices after various Firefly characters, I’ve realized it’s time …

2020-08-17: If Apple could take a break from guaranteeing ham fisted regulation coming their way to fix the …

2020-08-17: A mostly disappointing “hike” on the Gwynns Falls Trail

2020-08-16: I experience 90% of the internet from within an RSS reader. What websites do you directly browse …

2020-08-16: First day in months we’ve had all the windows open all day and it feels amazing.

2020-08-16: Google renewing its deal with Mozilla to be the default search engine is good for the web today. But …

2020-08-16: This Twitter thread with photos of Morristown, Tennessee is awesome. It’s pretty surprising …

2020-08-16: I am finding it very satisfying to sit on a personal email for a week or two, just because I know …

2020-08-15: Turkey legs were on sale, so I made a tiny bit of stock.

2020-08-15: Bookshelves are looking good.

2020-08-15: Another good example of how “the cloud” is just “someone else’s computer”, a …

2020-08-14: Thanks, Slate. Now I’m terrified.

2020-08-13: “The best we can do is struggle in our time… When we put our pasts on trial, the only …

2020-08-13: 📚 Read: The Worst of All Possible Worlds by Alex White

2020-08-13: I will never stop wanting to rewrite code that works perfectly well.

2020-08-13: Maybe the most horrifying part of Nice White Parents is that a so-called “fringe school” …

2020-08-13: I have thought about this for all of five minutes, but… I kind of think the filibuster gets …

2020-08-12: New desk day is coming… soon.

2020-08-11: ‪Hot Take: Kamala is a cop is funny and I’m glad we all said it, but in reality, it may afford a …

2020-08-11: That feeling when you’ve got two nested maps and you’re just not willing to wrap a third map …

2020-08-10: The older I get, the more sad fighting in sports seems.

2020-08-09: Two Hundred Unread What have I done? In my attempts to reduce doomscrolling in this triple tsunami of pandemic, …

2020-08-08: I’m struggling. I’d prefer to host my micro.blog at json.blog and not micro.json.blog, …

2020-08-07: Automattic Releases P2 Theme When I first learned that Automattic ran a remote team on Wordpress, I thought that it was a crazy …

2020-08-07: Summer Blooms

2020-08-07: Gracie's Face I had hard time choosing just one.

2020-08-07: Hampden Rubble

2020-08-07: NYC Schools Should Reopen Based on the data, there’s no question in my mind that NYC should be leading the country in …

2020-08-07: Choropleth maps that set their shade/color scale based on total cases of COVID-19 are rapidly …

2020-08-07: I had a lot less trouble with quarantine when it was soup weather. Staying in all the time was just …

2020-08-03: Advice Needed: Desk Conundrums I want a new desk, but I am struggling to figure out what exactly I want. Here’s an old …

2020-08-02: What would be worse about the world if we had a 100% inheritance tax past $5,000,000 and required …

2020-08-02: I’m far more tired of the heat and humidity than I am the quarantine.

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2020-08-02: I am quaking with rage. Ten bucks left, no place to go: How the pandemic and a broken unemployment …

2020-08-01: Two days in a row we have not received mail. Please vote.

2020-08-01: Dinner’s not too bad either.

2020-08-01: Lunch wasn’t bad.

2020-08-01: Elsa stepped breakfast way up.

2020-07-31: I listen to a small number of artists each month. In the last 30 days, less than 10 artists had more …

2020-07-31: Being open about money with people you trust is astonishingly supportive. Just getting different …

2020-07-30: White parents, wielding their power, without even noticing. Like a guy wandering through a crowded …

2020-07-30: Invisible City by Wang Wen is quite the album. Nice job surfacing it to me, Spotify.

2020-07-29: Lettuce Grow Update

2020-07-29: Winner winner, chicken dinner

2020-07-29: How to get more, less expensive housing through zoning reform.

2020-07-29: I was asked recently what the federal government could do to help desegregate schools post Milliken. …

2020-07-29: 📚 Read: This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar

2020-07-28: Here’s the pattern: behind every successful tech man is a better woman.

2020-07-28: The new media bundle is paying for the Substack that summarizes all the articles that are behind a …

2020-07-27: I think there’s been a deeply dangerous conflation between the need for additional funds to schools …

2020-07-27: I have never rewatched a scene as many times as that scene at the end of season 4 of The Magicians.

2020-07-27: Worth It: Ten Quality Links for 2020-07-27 A ‘Safety Net’ That’s a Kafkaesque Mess Beneficiaries can keep additional assets and income by …

2020-07-26: You should really be reading Incredible Doom

2020-07-26: Sunset from Our Back Deck

2020-07-26: So, to get Peacock Premium, which is included in my Xfinity internet, I have to request, receive, …

2020-07-25: I like the idea of reply via email links in my RSS feed. I kind of like it for my single post …

2020-07-25: But aren't blogs dead? *But aren’t blogs dead? *· Um, nope. For every discipline-with-depth that I care about …

2020-07-25: Clouds from Last Night’s Walk

2020-07-25: Elsa’s pant leg slid up revealing quite a bit of body hair that’s grown during quarantine. Me, …

2020-07-24: She Hides

2020-07-24: New Sunlit is lit.

2020-07-24: ↬As PPP money runs out, businesses begin layoffs “It basically says the same thing as our outlier …

2020-07-24: ↬How to change US housing to hit Paris Agreement goals Los Angeles is already on track for the …

2020-07-24: I think the official GOP position is that the government is incapable of doing anything right, …

2020-07-24: If we had a cheap, daily test that was accurate enough when I’m infectious, that would seem to …

2020-07-23: That feeling when your team has done two weeks of deep thinking and user research on how to make a …

2020-07-23: The State Should Not Support Religious Schools Never has a piece so completely failed to engage with its actual critics– the side stepping …

2020-07-23: What feature would your dream house have that’s not very common? For me, I think it would be …

2020-07-23: I have a week in August that I need to use for something that gets me out of my house, safely. I do …

2020-07-23: Museums are yet another institution in peril due to our inability to address a global health crisis.

2020-07-23: Yelp’s data on what’s happening in our economy is terrifying. Their charts on permanent …

2020-07-23: “permits fall sharply immediately after towns switch to ward governance. Multifamily permits dropped …

2020-07-23: ‪The last season of The Magicians was not it’s best, but that show was still a triumph and an …

2020-07-22: Spotify may have algorithmically created this playlist, but it’s a banger.

2020-07-22: 😮 First Ever Image of a Multi-Planet System around a Sun-like Star Captured by ESO Telescope Image …

2020-07-21: 📚 Very excited to have received Incredible Doom.

2020-07-21: The GOP is Building Liberal Leadership Every time the House GOP and right wing media attacks Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, they …

2020-07-20: 📚 Read: Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

2020-07-20: I can’t stop thinking about how when The Benjamins wrote “I have a picture of you that …

2020-07-20: A North Carolina store clerk on urging customers to wear masks amid pandemic So now what? I have customers who are breaking the law and putting my life at risk, and what am I …

2020-07-20: The two highest compliments in user feedback: I don’t need training, everything is clear and …

2020-07-20: It’s Monday! Fresh week! Let’s get to it! Reads article on Facebook overturning fact check of …

2020-07-19: I know it’s almost certainly terrible that it’s happening, but I am feeling a real sense of normalcy …

2020-07-19: What’s the rule? Hit publish and immediately see an error in the title? Yeah… anyway, …

2020-07-19: Devastating, at Roosevelt Park.

2020-07-18: How to Design a Post-Pandemic City features some great work happening in Baltimore!

2020-07-18: Barcelona is re-possessing empty apartments. This is an excellent, complimentary policy to the …

2020-07-18: Policy is Explicit A functioning country would at least have a political conversation about this vast increase in …

2020-07-18: It’s simple. Wear a mask, save lives.

2020-07-18: I took a couple of days off this week— it was time for a break. Everyone asked what I did— well I …

2020-07-18: Of course, Hogan just plain hates transit and has totally mismanaged it. On the Purple Line, things …

2020-07-18: Larry Hogan’s cancellation of the Red Line is unforgiveable. It’s one of a string of decisions …

2020-07-18: Elsa’s favorite photo of me came up as featured today, so I may as well share it with the world.

2020-07-17: Me before it arrives: I will get two meals out of this biryani. Me once it arrives: goes Cookie …

2020-07-16: ‪Seems like a fairly accurate take. Watching the right go apoplectic because of a very modest shift …

2020-07-15: I am reading Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars for the first time and boy do I have thoughts and …

2020-07-15: Announcing Bigfoot.js for Micro.blog plugin

2020-07-14: A thorough explanation as to why right-wing populism’s diagnosis and treatment for America is wrong.

2020-07-14: I am mourning Hong Kong, and terrified for Taiwan.

2020-07-14: My big plans for my day off tomorrow are… Changing the strings on my acoustic. 🤷🏻‍♂️

2020-07-14: Quibi, “We’re mobile native, spent $1.5B on content, but there’s no way to share anything.” TikTok, …

2020-07-14: Anyone who thinks that tech is all far left wing doesn’t read comments on Hacker News, which …

2020-07-14: So… are webcams back in stock? And what’s the consensus “This is good for video …

2020-07-14: “the worst caste systems in human history includes the United States alongside Nazi Germany.” from …

2020-07-13: I only tracked part of 2014, so I excluded that, but if you want to get a really clear sense of how …

2020-07-13: The HEROES Act cuts off funding for public transit systems where the metro area has less than 3 …

2020-07-13: Growing my stable of friends this week.

2020-07-13: This interview on The Sporkful with Kiese Laymon is a must listen.

2020-07-12: It seems utterly impossible this perfect video of a perfect song was from 17 years ago.

2020-07-12: Excited that The Lawrence Arms have a new album coming out next week.

2020-07-12: Name a TV show with a great first season that lost you in the finale. I’ll start: Homeland

2020-07-12: Origin stories are kind of bad.

2020-07-12: The American Nightmare Either there is something superior or inferior about the races, something dangerous and deathly …

2020-07-12: ‪Sure working out feels great, but have you ever sulked around all Sunday and then buy fresh food …

2020-07-12: Day 0 of our new urban farming experiment.

2020-07-11: While I was upstairs reading, Elsa rearranged our bookshelves. Easier to keep things alphabetical by …

2020-07-11: Lest you think only Brandy is ridiculous, here’s Gracie from this morning.

2020-07-11: This dog.

2020-07-11: My current iOS 14 Home Screen. Cannot wait for the third party widgets.

2020-07-11: Elsa is at H Mart. In entirely unrelated news, I’ll be looking for a second job now.

2020-07-11: 📚Read: Recursion by Blake Crouch

2020-07-10: Remember That Chaos Is Not Evil Sarah Jeong, unsurprisingly, get’s this week’s internet controversy completely right in …

2020-07-10: My dogs have a hard life.

2020-07-10: Sweet, now I’ve got my own site using both of my new plug ins and pulled that out of my theme. …

2020-07-10: In the IndieWeb world, you often sacrifice the wide distribution of social media. I feel like this …

2020-07-10: 📚Just started reading Recursion by Blake Crouch last night. Hell of an opening chapter.

2020-07-10: Plug in number 2 for today: announcing Bookshop for your Bookshop.org affiliate links on Micro.blog.

2020-07-10: Ok all, I’m not 100% sure this was done correctly, but I believe I have my first Micro.blog …

2020-07-10: No one cares, but I really like how Hugo added baseof and blocks to templates.

2020-07-10: Achievement unlocked: rejiggered my blog theme and did not test it at all and on first “commit” …

2020-07-09: Cities mostly don’t need cars. This great piece in the NYTimes, and it’s accompanying visuals, show …

2020-07-09: No chance I’ll regret this.

2020-07-08: It looks to me like the default included themes might be too different in structure to be sure my …

2020-07-07: Me, finishing Shorefall and seeing the about this author page: “Hrm, Divine Cities trilogy OH WAIT!”

2020-07-07: So here’s my list of Micro.blog plug ins to build this weekend: Chronological Days— posts within a …

2020-07-07: 📚Read: Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennet

2020-07-07: Still haven’t gotten spotifyd working for some reason, but I am really liking spotify-tui …

2020-07-07: So I used to help folks out in the Slack a fair bunch and have a completely custom theme for my …

2020-07-07: As a first principle, history cannot be equated with comfort, nostalgia, or a fixed arc of progress. …

2020-07-07: I have to say, I’m impressed with President Paxson’s letter to Brown undergraduates and …

2020-07-06: Who the Police Protect Over the course of Williams’s 18-year career with the NYPD, 60 complaints, involving 21 separate …

2020-07-06: This griddle was a great purchase.

2020-07-05: Why the Statues Must Come Down I was fortunate enough to spend time with my parents this July 4th weekend when this video of …

2020-07-05: New pal

2020-07-05: ‪This week is (supposedly) new eyeballs week (take 2).‬

2020-07-05: Strongly recommend watching this video from Bloomberg Citylab, which does a great job of discussing …

2020-07-05: Look, we all know that the only monument that we need to celebrate the contributions of Italian …

2020-07-04: Adam Gurri’s piece on The Project of a Nation is a great July 4th read. If you want to have a deep …

2020-07-04: Ban Single-Family Zoning It’s Time To Abolish Single-Family Zoning So, suburban governments, you won’t get the subsidy this …

2020-07-03: Huge office improvement.

2020-07-03: Automatic stablizers are a great way to do policy.

2020-07-03: I can’t think of a single non-fiction book I’ve read that shouldn’t have been an essay or two …

2020-07-02: ‪This article shows how pathetic the wealthy and powerful of Silicon Valley are, and how much poorer …

2020-07-02: Anyone who interacts with parents know that we should all avoid any public indoor spaces for the …

2020-07-02: Everything I’ve experienced in my working life points to the simple truth that building fair …

2020-07-02: Today’s soundtrack is Those Luminous Noises Are God by Pretend.

2020-07-02: The Cursed Platoon Remarkable journalism on the impact that war has on soldiers and that an unjust …

2020-07-02: Poolside.fm is an incredibly fun website.

2020-07-01: DataCamp is a horrible company. What’s a reasonable way for me to offer free R help to folks? One …

2020-07-01: Remembering Hong Kong In April of 2018, Elsa and I visited Hong Kong for the first time. It now seems likely that this …

2020-07-01: Housing Market: still super racist. See also, Boston.

2020-06-30: USC and Getty have found and acquired the archive of Paul R. Williams, a crucial Black architect …

2020-06-30: How the coronavirus’ spike is complicating hopes of a full economic recovery The stimulus was too …

2020-06-29: Delightful X-Men reunion that Ryan Reynolds crashes in true Deadpool style.

2020-06-29: That feeling when you need a brand new fact check rating for something 45 has done.

2020-06-29: I think my hot take on Reddit banning some 2000 communities after creating a new policy is an …

2020-06-29: Elsa made tofu stir fry and scallion pancakes (from scratch!) for our lunch today.

2020-06-28: Don’t know how, but in the 10 years Elsa and I have been together I never made her watch Sneakers …

2020-06-28: How do you find art communities online? I’m struggling to find the right …

2020-06-27: Do you think Sean Hannity thinks about the number of deaths he’s caused?

2020-06-27: What a brilliant, cogent explanation of music theory to deepen the appreciation for a beautiful …

2020-06-27: Remember how relevant MTV used to be?

2020-06-27: “Irresistible confidence porn” is my favorite description of a movie in a long time, and a great …

2020-06-26: I love so many ideas in the “city of fifteen minutes”, but I can’t imagine bringing it to the …

2020-06-26: This is a look.

2020-06-26: Rules have always been one of my favorite parts of Fastmail, but the tip in this blog post about …

2020-06-26: I’ve only made small changes to my office setup since this post back in March, but now …

2020-06-26: ‪So a friend (of course it’s @jessgartner) decided to get off FB and IG.‬ I thought, FB would be …

2020-06-26: ‪The consistent surprise in my adult life that never goes away is how many men in high income …

2020-06-25: The rain situation in Baltimore this year has led to insane flowers throughout the neighborhood.

2020-06-25: A big public works project like getting fiber internet to every home seems like a great way to …

2020-06-25: Tor’s free e-book in their newsletter this week is The Calculating Stars. I cannot recommend …

2020-06-25: Couches: looks good, comfortable, affordable. Pick one.

2020-06-24: I’ve been using Spark for email and it’s fine. Just saw Newton though… anyone have …

2020-06-24: 200 Federal Judges. Not. One. Black. Person.

2020-06-24: There is no moral justification to allowing massive inherited wealth to persist. It is simply an …

2020-06-24: Reparations Read every word of Nikole Hannah Jone’s piece on reparations, but a few pull outs: As part of …

2020-06-24: A great, easy to read summary on methods to create better, more affordable, high-quality housing, by …

2020-06-24: I’m crying. We need a mensch.

2020-06-23: Maybe new construction wouldn’t be so ugly if it wasn’t so time consuming and expensive to get the …

2020-06-23: Before 2016, a conservative view point I found moderately compelling was that community norms can …

2020-06-22:

2020-06-22: Signal is a better chat platform than I remembered, but woof that macOS app. No dark mode support …

2020-06-22: Heroes, Right? Too many pull quotes I want to highlight in this one. Just read it all.

2020-06-22: 📚Read: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia The nature of hate is mysterious. It can …

2020-06-21: Milliken v. Bradley has been the most destructive education decision at the Supreme Court, but …

2020-06-21: A beautiful essay on New York by Whitney Kimball

2020-06-21: It seems a small thing, but I’m pretty frustrated at the lack of Boar’s Head Pastrami seemingly …

2020-06-21: When (Home) Equity Disappears This great piece in the New York Times points out that banks are already requiring higher down …

2020-06-21: Actual Confederates Have No Problem Saying It Was About Slavery Shortly after this constitution was written, Alexander Stephens, the vice president of the C.S.A., …

2020-06-20: Scene from the neighborhood on the evening walk.

2020-06-20: Taking up fully 1/3 of the couch, bundled up.

2020-06-20: Carnitas

2020-06-20: I told everyone this “grass” was going to flower and it finally did!

2020-06-20: The Perfect Time for Vacancy Taxes Now feels like a good time for cities to impose massive penalties on vacant properties and …

2020-06-20: The work Apple does to build platform frameworks is necessary for Apple’s success; the idea …

2020-06-20: Apple should only charge 30% if you use iCloud as a backend service for your app. That would align …

2020-06-20: I have an announcement. Tonight, I’m making carnitas again. There will be pictures.

2020-06-19: Finally decided it was time to watch Season 2 of Counterpart. Probably the most underrated show I’ve …

2020-06-19: I like to follow various sci-fi/futurist/concept art, but rarely see any Black artists. Are there …

2020-06-17: Just spent two hours or so writing some code, put up a draft PR and realized I’ll need to spend at …

2020-06-17: One day I will look up the history of this building instead of just wondering what it was.

2020-06-16: Aww, yeah.

2020-06-16: I’ve never heard someone suggest that the ARRA funding for schools was a bad thing, regardless of …

2020-06-15: Anyone have a good workflow with CSS on the iPad? I like to just edit the stylesheet live while on …

2020-06-15: I’m only like ⅓ in and I can already tell Gods of Jade and Shadow is going to be one of my …

2020-06-15: Scumbag Alito, “is it plausible that Title VII prohibits discrimination based on any sexual urge or …

2020-06-15: The Answer is Clear The answer is clear. An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires …

2020-06-14: Through a series of improvements not strictly undertaken to get better performance, we’ve …

2020-06-14: When I call the corner pizza place, quite often the owner answers the phone and says “Hi, Jason. How …

2020-06-14: Breakfast was pretty good.

2020-06-14: Why the Cops Shouldn't be in the Business of Traffic Enforcement You should read Policing the Open Road and Suspect Citizens, but if you won’t you should at …

2020-06-14: Transit advocates and urbanists have pointed this out from beginning of anti-Subway hysteria. Here’s …

2020-06-14: There was a young person of color on Twitter celebrating having saved $1000 for the first time in …

2020-06-13: I think the Internet Archive is generally awesome, but I don’t see how anyone could think their …

2020-06-13: “Following a person” is part of why I stopped bothering to separate out my personal and professional …

2020-06-13: Facebook is so fucking destructive.

2020-06-13: 📚Read: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow The will to be polite, to maintain …

2020-06-13: Some good resources and summary information about defunding or abolishing the police.

2020-06-13: With where things are in Baltimore City, I’m just barely ready to maybe see a couple of friends. …

2020-06-12: Going through and categorizing/organizing old blog posts only to come across this hilarious mush.

2020-06-11: How White Jews Became Just White Great article on how White Jews have become just White in America, benefiting from systemic and …

2020-06-11: I have been disappointed that Baltimore seemed to be working very slowly on actually taking action …

2020-06-11: Schools should not reopen with social distancing measures because that will prevent the spread of …

2020-06-11: Schools in the current recession Harvard SDP was kind enough to interview me about how districts and schools will handle the …

2020-06-10: A thing I’ve been thinking since Microsoft announced an official package manager for Windows a few …

2020-06-10: One of the central instabilities of the era is that media and cultural power runs 10 years ahead of …

2020-06-10: That last post tested if i could get quality cross posting with IFTTT using category feeds. You can! …

2020-06-10: Didn’t even make it to the sun spot.

2020-06-09: Thanks to @jessgartner, I have thought to export my dogs’ Instagram to give them a category on …

2020-06-09: We don’t need cops to be involved in traffic stops/enforcement. I’ve been talking about this more …

2020-06-09: Anti-Blackness is a feature of US policing, not a bug Great overview of how our racist history has led to an anti-Black police force. The effect of that …

2020-06-09: I am moderately less upset with how my blog looks now compared to then.

2020-06-08: Job interviews be like, “Tell me if this linked list has a cycle.” Life be like, “Why does …

2020-06-08: Same hex color, three different browsers, looks completely different. From top to bottom: Firefox …

2020-06-08: Sohla was already my favorite BA staffer. The fact that she has so bravely stood up and told us …

2020-06-07: Spent two hours implementing a change to my blog that looked great in my head but looks terrible in …

2020-06-07: ‪I cannot believe how many people are on a densely packed line without wearing masks in Hampden at …

2020-06-07: The only song I want to listen to today is Miami 2017 for some reason. Why yes, I’m from Long …

2020-06-07: Where do I come from? The adjacent hamlet that partially shares a school district with Merrick. Long …

2020-06-07: Every pharmaceutical commercial is about someone with moderate or severe Something with serious and …

2020-06-07: Before and After

2020-06-06: Isn’t All Lives Matter an attempt to cancel Black Lives Matter? 🤔

2020-06-06: Tonight is sopes night.

2020-06-06: This week is not going well.

2020-06-05: One of my favorite bands just came out with their latest album and it’s killer. Check out …

2020-06-05: We don’t need guns to house people. We don’t need guns to watch crowds at festivals and parades. We …

2020-06-05: We need a reconstitution of the responsibilities of police departments, and a completely new entity …

2020-06-05: Why should we abolish policing? Because although there may be a need for some entity that is capable …

2020-06-05: What this consumer spending data suggests to me is any study or measure that claims to study the …

2020-06-05: I’m mostly impressed with Alexis Ohanian’s decision. But I can’t help but also wonder about his role …

2020-06-04: This decision by Facebook is less important than its decision to allow Trump and the alt-right run …

2020-06-04: in reporting on police over the years i have seen this repeatedly: a statement by police directly …

2020-06-04: The Joy of Elsa Cooking

2020-06-03: Thanks to @kitt, I now know that The End of Policing is free (in ebook format only) right now. …

2020-06-03: Mattis Excoriates Trump Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to …

2020-06-03: Everything in this interview is what I’ve been saying about policing in the US and now I have a new …

2020-06-03: I don’t know how to assess the Mayor of Minneapolis’ response, but I was impressed with his …

2020-06-01: Night flowers

2020-05-31: What nation has a dramatically different system of policing that the US should learn from and adopt?

2020-05-31: Come up with a better way, because we ain’t doing it. Generations of pain. …

2020-05-30: Powerful, from @patrickrhone. We Know

2020-05-30: I just spend 2 hrs walking through the woods and now I’m home watching the US return to human space …

2020-05-29: A rough birthday Today might have gone differently. Greet a few friends with a hug as we arrive. Meander to the bar …

2020-05-29: He died because we choked him, and he had other conditions like needing to breathe, such that …

2020-05-29: So is now the time to replace my CloudKey, USG, and one access point with a Dream Machine? That’s a …

2020-05-29: I want CSS Grid to make sense so badly. The tutorials all make sense. My site has grid on it and it …

2020-05-29: Twitter designed a brilliant way of indicating that a political has violated their Terms of Service …

2020-05-28: What fills you with meaning, purpose, and hope these days? These are the things I run on, and the …

2020-05-28: ‪I listened to two books on Audible in the last few months on policing: Bleeding Out by Thomas Abt …

2020-05-27: Seems obvious to me that a declaration that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China should …

2020-05-27: White Noose If you’ve ever heard of the “white noose” here in Baltimore, here’s another …

2020-05-27: Today’s moment of feeling out of touch from my old role: Them: “How should the state …

2020-05-26: Mae came out with a new album two years ago and no one told me.

2020-05-26: Holy shit, Taharka Bros. I mean come on.

2020-05-26: What if, hear me out now, instead of trying to make friends in adulthood I just maintain 3 …

2020-05-25: Doorways

2020-05-25: Facebook not only took away my ability to syndicate my blog there, it also massively de-prioritizes …

2020-05-25: Custom Curator I used to be a heavy Google Reader user. Besides the joy of going one place and reading my whole …

2020-05-25: Lives Lost I have been waiting for about 2 years for a coffee shop to open around the corner. They’ll “open” …

2020-05-24: I finally broke down and bought another case of Taharka Bros.

2020-05-22: Back on my bullshit.

2020-05-22: Businesses are free to only serve who they want so they don’t need to make a gay wedding cake, but …

2020-05-21: We got our Baltimore City primary ballots. I think I’ve decide who I’m going to vote for in the …

2020-05-21: Is an employee’s salary set by labor market competition for workers with a skill set or by the …

2020-05-21: Anyone else aggressively unsubscribing from newsletters during quarantine?

2020-05-20: I never would have guessed that Windows would get a first party package manager ahead of macOS. …

2020-05-20: I’m not sure I understand what web developers mean when they say static web app. It seems to mean …

2020-05-19: 📚Read: The Rosewater Redemption by Tade Thomspon

2020-05-17: Every time I get angry about an app redesign I remind myself that Instagram still lacks an iPad app.

2020-05-16: Never read the subreddit dedicated to a medical condition you’ve been diagnosed with.

2020-05-15: That thing where you can sing the two opening versus of a song perfectly and it sounds amazing, but …

2020-05-15: “Next? I was going to order a chicken parm and watch Bladerunner.” I don’t often think I’m like Ben …

2020-05-14: A little relief from good personal health news I missed it by a couple of days. After years of conflicting advise and being bounced from specialist …

2020-05-12: 📚 Read: Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

2020-05-10: [She] has her own story; she is not a supporting character of yours. — Rosewater, by Tade Thompson …

2020-05-10: What a pleasure to be able to take a 3 mile stroll in Wyman Park .

2020-05-10: Has anyone else seen their iMessages just explode in size? This is crazy.

2020-05-09: A love that hides is already halfway to becoming regret. – Charlie Jane Anders, The City in …

2020-05-09: What if now is the time I start becoming a heavy DEVONthink user?

2020-05-08: As my mother once said: The boys throw stones at the frogs in jest. But the frogs die in earnest — …

2020-05-08: Really enjoying @exercism_io. If you already know how to program in one language, it’s a great …

2020-05-07: I don’t believe in making homemade ketchup, because Heinz is perfect. – Claire Saffitz …

2020-05-07: There are no words.

2020-05-06: 📚 Read: The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman

2020-05-06: Democracy is of limited usefulness when there are no good choices, or when the good choices become …

2020-05-06: Truly, our government is being run by the worst people, who are in business with the worst people, …

2020-05-06: Val Kilmer comes through as equal parts riveting and tragic, just like in his best roles in The …

2020-05-05: I’m going to use entirely quotes from my highlights on Kindle for the quote post challenge. …

2020-05-05: So thank you for giving me a place where I can be awful, and find my way back again. — The …

2020-05-05: I can’t help but to feel like a better red line in the sand would be that the government does …

2020-05-05: Declare the state is a failure. To ameliorate failure, create byzantine process to avoid future …

2020-05-05: shanda (noun): the state of Mississippi

2020-05-05: ‪America: let’s ignore everything that works well internationally because we are a special snowflake …

2020-05-04: I had not known that I was strong enough to do any of those things until they were over and I had …

2020-05-04: This Baltimore Magazine story on what to do improve the city is spot on with 1 exception– we …

2020-05-04: Sometimes I wake up panicking I’ve lost my only copy of one if my favorite albums, self-released by …

2020-05-03: In the end, there were only 27 accounts that I had favorited ≥ 5 tweets from in my last 3000 …

2020-05-03: I was working on a sophisticated post showing how I was going to do some data analysis on my …

2020-05-03: ‪Look, it might be basic as hell, but I don’t think I find anything more satisfying than dropping a …

2020-05-02: The carnitas I made yesterday at 2pm were so good that Elsa and I didn’t eat again for the rest of …

2020-04-30: effloresce by Covet What an album.

2020-04-28: DeVos is using coronavirus money meant to help states plug their revenue gaps to push private …

2020-04-27: I can absolutely believe that once again I am saying, “Fuck carriage returns.”

2020-04-27: Are electric vehicles doomed? We leased a car just short of a year ago that, unfortunately, was not …

2020-04-26: Three Tools for Perfect Picture Hanging First, this inexpensive stud finder works pretty great. Second, this self-leveling laser makes the …

2020-04-26: Bring back blogs, because while our social media can succeed at fortuitously surfacing great …

2020-04-25: Two changes I’m pretty happy about over on micro.json.blog recently. First, switched to having …

2020-04-25: This is the song I was looking for earlier today. Perth by amiina

2020-04-25: One thing I’ve changed my mind about in the last 10-15 years. Believing the right things for …

2020-04-25: Over the last few years, I’ve become increasingly reliant on Spotify playlists and stations for …

2020-04-25: My average number of flights 2014 through 2019? 54 Flights taken in 2020 so far: 9. And I am …

2020-04-23: The best way to not give a bunch of money to folks who aren’t eligible is to make a program not have …

2020-04-21: The magic of an afternoon that brings sudden clouds, soft consistent rain, a sun shower, and then …

2020-04-20: How much longer can I put off watching the final season of The Magicians?

2020-04-20: With oil below $2 a barrel, gas prices well under $2 a gallon, and public transit fare collections …

2020-04-20: If this is our new way of life for the next 12 months, will I be forced to grow a quarantine man …

2020-04-19: 📚 Read: The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

2020-04-19: It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book so slowly just to savor it. Each chapter is …

2020-04-19: My life is so hard. I beg for bacon 20 times a day but successful only twice. Maybe three times if I …

2020-04-19: People who say change is impossible are usually pretty happy with things just as they are. – …

2020-04-18: My iPad Pro is the perfect plane computer. I can muster no excitement for the new keyboard (even if …

2020-04-17: I have marked my calendar. A private company on their own platform bring astronauts safely to the …

2020-04-17: Strange moment for me– I haven’t been on Southwest.com for weeks. I’m normally on …

2020-04-15: Fair use using image embedding tools seems complex, but this ruling I think gets it right. While …

2020-04-15: Grandma! Give us bacon!!!

2020-04-14: A bright spot for me was finding out Sohla is going to get her own BATK show, and seeing how the …

2020-04-12: The Music Memo app is quite remarkable. I’ve been storing song ideas in there since the day it …

2020-04-12: A little kindness for myself I started counting calories again in mid-January with pretty good results. I had even been keeping …

2020-04-11: A dear friend I loved deeply died recently. I wrote a lot about it privately, but I’m so glad …

2020-04-11: Good mornings!

2020-04-09: Our first picture, from before we were seeing each other.

2020-04-09: Book haul From @atomicbooks

2020-04-08: Did I just drink ¾ of a bottle of wine? Chag semeach.

2020-04-05: 1917 was superior filmmaking.

2020-04-03: Play Crack the Sky Cover I played in a couple of bands back in high school, but haven’t really been singing or playing …

2020-04-03: I want the world to know that I guessed that Molly would do Back to Back and Claire would do …

2020-04-02: That feeling when you have to convert all the functions from XLOOKUP to VLOOKUP for a collaborator.

2020-03-31: I’ve made at least two great decisions today: Drinking that beer Putting on Clue while I futz …

2020-03-31: Surprising even myself, this was my first ‘rona beer. Quite nice. I think I like it better than both …

2020-03-29: About 1/3 in and The City We Become is … so much more than I could have expected. Even if I …

2020-03-29: Yah think?!

2020-03-28: What good does it do to be valuable, if nobody values you? N.K. Jemisin in The City We Became

2020-03-27: 📚Read: State Tectonics by Malka Older

2020-03-26: Fizzy water, but with mood lighting.

2020-03-25: This is a jam. www.youtube.com/watch

2020-03-24: “Not bed, sun!”

2020-03-24: All I keep doing is staring at these top shelves and thinking of all the local bookstores I can …

2020-03-22: Today: “Do I really need this 25 ft HDMI cable that survived 3 moves? How about three subwoofer …

2020-03-21: It’s a great time of year.

2020-03-21: “Come spend time with us.”

2020-03-21: ‪Anyone else staring at your new work from home setup trying to figure out which cables could be …

2020-03-20: Are you running Linux on the desktop? What’s your preferred distro right now?

2020-03-20: Now 2020-03-20 What I’m thinking about and working on right now. This page will be updated semi-regularly as …

2020-03-20: Garlic soup, for some easy eating today.

2020-03-18: New iPad looks great and all but can I share a presentation on a Zoom and swap to sharing my browser …

2020-03-17: New COVID Workspace We hastily moved some things around at home in preparation for both of us needing to work from home …

2020-03-17: What’s the trivial thing that’s going to lead you to kill your partner during this time? For me, …

2020-03-16: The best advice I could give anyone right now is stay home in a bath tub and listen to You Look Nice …

2020-03-16: If your team is new to Slack or expanding its use and struggling, here’s @AllovueBalance’s …

2020-03-16: Office mates

2020-03-15: If you’re looking for some happy feeling music, strong recommend this album by Reverie Sound …

2020-03-15: ‪I really appreciate my friends, my colleagues, and my partner, all of whom have been ‬awesome …

2020-03-13: Heartbreaking, and sadly many more of these stories will be written before this is over.

2020-03-08: Elsa and I are still considering going to Hawaii for a week in May… crazy?

2020-03-08: Ending the filibuster has always seemed dangerous to me, since the GOP has a major structural …

2020-03-07: Ready to Rage

2020-03-06: Sisters snore together

2020-03-05: Love having Wyman Park so close by. From today’s “taking it slow being kind of off from work” walk. …

2020-03-02: David Gilmour is the greatest guitarist of all time.

2020-03-01: Dreaming of spring, even if this has been a rather mild, snowless winter.

2020-02-29: Spent our extra Leap Day recharging after some travel and cuddling.

2020-02-28: Life from just below the clouds.

2020-02-27: West Coast means at 7pm I need caffeine together with my alcohol.

2020-02-27: ‪An argument can be reductive, unfair, and wrong in all the details and still be rhetorically …

2020-02-26: It’s a kind of faux monoculture millennial cool, but I can’t help but like the Moxy Hotels. One of …

2020-02-25: A little grace for myself in the face of hard problems I think it’s fun and funny to joke about delaying a task you dread only to have it take far less …

2020-02-25: Today’s office has not been a hurdle to get work done. Honestly, the iPad Pro has made a difference …

2020-02-24: Elsa’s back in Providence tonight, so here’s a double rainbow from our old condo.

2020-02-24: Why is it important to measure? Last year I read more than any year before, and it was great! But I …

2020-02-23: Can’t complain about the view on the dog walk tonight.

2020-02-23: I could eat this every meal, every day.

2020-02-22: 📚Read: A Choir of Lies by Alexandra Rowland. Might be the best sequel I’ve ever read.

2020-02-22: Please share with me photos of your small corner reading area. I need to add one to my bedroom and …

2020-02-22: We moved her bed to be in the sun because she likes to lay out in the warmth. Of course she chooses …

2020-02-21: A couple of weeks into the New Year. I got my shit together to start trying again and get a bit …

2020-02-21: Two Baltimore Neighborhoods Demonstrate Government Sponsored Wealth Gap A lot of white people in America who don’t support progressive taxes, and don’t support various ways …

2020-02-20: Sunset in Roosevelt Park I love living in human scaled places, but I’m surrounded by hostile roads in every American city. …

2020-02-20: I sprained my leg and now I is trauma.

2020-02-20: Universe: do this thing. Me: I shall hold onto this dread in my heart for weeks. Also Me, 10 mins …

2020-02-20: The American divide is between those who read this story and feel shame and disgust, and those who …

2020-02-19: Current state of my space at home.

2020-02-18: Immovable object, opposes all motion once business is complete.

2020-02-17: I have to admit, I find it pretty unsettling how normalized extra-marital affairs are in media.

2020-02-17: Car culture is having an option for number of parking spots in Zillow, but no option to filter for …

2020-02-17: A nice walk on a not-so rare cool, not freezing, day this winter. In the middle of Baltimore City, …

2020-02-17: I cannot wait for the end of this nightmare. Makes 4.0 worth it, even if it seems more ambitious …

2020-02-16: 📚Read: A Memory Called Empire by Arkardy Martine — I really enjoyed this one, disappointed it’ll be …

2020-02-16:

2020-02-16: Taking a rest in front of stained glass in the National Portrait Gallery.

2020-02-15: Balance is having 8 feet of couch and giving your dogs 6 of it.

2020-02-14: Warms my soul to end a hard week with BBQ

2020-02-14: Kakistocracy After the final version of SAFE is published, it will go to the courts. Its odds of survival are …

2020-02-13: It’s been a week. Hoping this weekend gives me a chance to recharge, so I can rise up and meet the …

2020-02-12: I have a, perhaps unhealthy, attachment to our books.

2020-02-12: Love opening a PR and seeing this commit message.

2020-02-11: Yes, yes, we all know that flow is a thing, but I’m still consistently surprised just how much …

2020-02-11: It’s just a plain Greek salad, but this guy has really helped me eat better at lunch time.

2020-02-11: When I saw a recipe for “schmaltz-y” chicken, I definitely took it as a sign that this Jewish boy …

2020-02-10: Elsa: take out the chicken and pre heat the oven. Me:

2020-02-10: Change Your Threat Model The frightening thing about Clearview is not that it works, and it’s not that we rely on them …

2020-02-09: A lull in traffic allowed me to capture this beautiful church as we drove by.

2020-02-09: Step 1: Go to panaderia. Step 2: Add your homemade sauce and meatballs. Step 3: Profit

2020-02-08: No other iPhone could have taken this picture, but honestly, it’s still not as good as I hoped. The …

2020-02-08: Spekboom sounds like a wonder plant: unique ability to shift between two different forms of …

2020-02-08: I knew there were states with more than one time zone, but I don’t think I realized how insane …

2020-02-07: Love the golden hour lighting @AllovueBalance GHQ

2020-02-07: As above, so below

2020-02-07: 📚 Read: The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz. I am positive this will be one of my …

2020-02-07: Locke and Key is one of my favorite comic book series of all time. I’m excited to see a Netflix …

2020-02-06: Here’s to Frank, our Fiddle Leaf Fig. The ideal living room plant.

2020-02-05: Brandy likes to hide away her face when she’s feeling snuggly.

2020-02-05: Spotted: a not so Baby Yoda (but also not quite Yoda Yoda either?)

2020-02-04: New business card, who dis?

2020-02-03: Just one month short of six years ago I came to Austin, TX for the first time, unsure about where I …

2020-02-02: I really like the band OWEL

2020-02-02: For all the sights there are to see in Austin, who knew I’d feel the need to capture this feature in …

2020-02-02: I’m just over 1/3 through The Future of Another Timeline, by Annalee Newitz and it’s just crushing …

2020-02-01: Remembering that time in New Orleans when heading to the bathroom revealed the courtyard open to the …

2020-02-01: Also, I’ve now watched See, For All Mankind, Little America, and The Morning Show on AppleTV+ and …

2020-02-01: I think this is not just an indictment of Netflix, but our entire media ecosystem which is serving …

2020-02-01: 📚Read: The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham.

2020-01-31: Four plus hours and I cannot get something that the Shortcuts Content Graph sees as a Date parse as …

2020-01-31: Two pieces of true technology magic that, while simple, were actually quite delightful. Today is my …

2020-01-31: Yeah, I know folks like to say their vote doesn’t matter. How many of those folks are voting in …

2020-01-31: The “He’s guilty, so what? Let’s not make my colleagues take any embarrassing votes or …

2020-01-29: Throw back to bath time

2020-01-29: Worth reading this this Six Colors article just for the footnote.

2020-01-28: I think I won’t be living in the US in ten years. I’m not sure I can keep living places where crowds …

2020-01-28: I resent podcasts that desperately need show notes that don’t have them. Especially when they list …

2020-01-27: Another day, another speculative execution attack.

2020-01-26: This decision in Baez-Sanchez v. Barr is incredible, and a reminder that sometimes our only …

2020-01-23: Had occassion to look at scripting.com for the first time in a while. I really like the idea of …

2020-01-19: ‪Little America on Apple TV+ is some of the best ‬30 minute storytelling I’ve ever seen.

2020-01-16: When your city is friendly to bikes, more people bike. A lot more.

2020-01-16: A neighbor worth visiting Proxima Centauri is not just the closest star to our solar system. It’s turned out to be a …

2020-01-12: Good article that helps to clarify why many Americans have inconsistent views about history: we’re …

2020-01-12: Whip me, beat me, take away my charge card!

2020-01-08: I used to listen to iTunes U stuff mixed in with podcasts to get my non-fiction fix. Trying Audible …

2020-01-08: In today’s “I work with brilliant, funny people @allovuebalance”

2020-01-08: Amazing that Slack’s emoji picker is still a year behind. I need to use 🥰 and others for …

2020-01-07: 📚Read: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. At the start of this book I thought, “What is going on …

2020-01-07: Child poverty is our nation's shame To me this was most interesting: '“It seems as though the positive [academic] effects of …

2020-01-06: Turns out pumping horrible things into the air is bad for people and plants (and presumably other …

2020-01-06: One of the best follows I have on Twitter is @AestheticsJapan. Amazing pictures a few times a day.

2020-01-06: It’s been two weeks since I’ve had to go to work so naturally this night is the one I choose to be …

2020-01-05: 📚Read: Interference by Sue Burke Semiosis was one of my favorite books from last year, so I’m not surprised I really enjoyed …

2020-01-05: An awesome video of The Who, via Austin Kleon.

2020-01-04: I don’t agree with all of the remedies, but hard to disagree with the diagnosis. Today, I would not …

2020-01-04: An Inconsistent Year of Reading Even though I read more books and pages than ever before this year, my habit wasn’t exactly …

2020-01-01: This is a great entry into the housing cost conversation. I think it’s a little tough on YIMBYs, who …

2020-01-01: The First Ten My life will be defined by the last decade. How could it not be? In 2010 I graduated from a …

2020-01-01: In this New Year, may you all develop and maintain the close friendships you need. One of the keys …

2019-12-31: A Gallery View of New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden Although I have been to New Orleans twice before, we never made our way to City Park. The Sculpture …

2019-12-30: Using GLightbox with custom Hugo shortcodes on Micro.blog I am working on writing a “decade in review” blog post for here and decided it would be …

2019-12-30: Almost nothing makes me despair more than seemingly intelligent Americans saying they avoid politics …

2019-12-26: I was thinking about using Photoswipe.js to my blog, but thanks to this post I’ve discovered …

2019-12-26: Workshop with me, Internet. The traditional engagement gift for a man is a Mac Pro, right?

2019-12-25: Hi Internet. We got engaged.

2019-12-23: It’s the end of the year, so of course I’m thinking about redoing my whole blog.

2019-12-23: I’m working on a post to summarize the decade, and I think I’d like to have some nice photo …

2019-12-23: Reform the Senate— make it out of congressional districts just like the House. Except they can cross …

2019-12-20: It is better to give a risky gift than a safe one.

2019-12-13: At the Indieweb meetup at XOXO Fest this year I was talking about the need for more ephemeral spaces …

2019-12-10: I have had a year very much worth reflecting on. I may try and do a blog post on all this. It’s …

2019-12-08: Grandma woke up to this stare... “Are you going for walkies or….”

2019-12-04: Not in love with the instructions for Day 4, but think it’s hilarious I did a bunch of work …

2019-12-04: I just had a thought— how much would I pay for a Mondo poster of Baby Yoda? The answer is far higher …

2019-12-03: Day 3 of #adventofcode2019 using #rstats complete. I found today pretty challenging, even though it …

2019-12-03: That’s my spot. No, it’s my spot. #ourspot

2019-12-02: Finished Day 2 of Advent of Code in #rstats. That wasn’t so bad, but I’m still being …

2019-12-01: I just completed “The Tyranny of the Rocket Equation” - Day 1 - Advent of Code 2019 …

2019-11-30: ‪I had a great overall reading year but have actually ready very little the last two months and have …

2019-11-30: This article just alerted me to the fact that Galaxy Quest is 20 years old and now I want to die.

2019-11-30: Night Time Naps

2019-11-30: It’s been a long day.

2019-11-30: I don’t like road trips

2019-11-30: I have a lot remaining to accomplish this year.

2019-11-29: I haven’t watched Chapter 4 yet, but boy I love that The Mandelorian is making episodes as long as …

2019-11-29: ‪When I was sick, my heart rate was more than 20 bpm faster while sleeping than when I recovered. I …

2019-11-19: ‪When I’m sick my body can never decide what temperature it is. Crazy hot?! Take off sweatshirt. Now …

2019-11-19: 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 …

2019-11-17: I’ve always felt like I slept poorly in hotel rooms. Using AutoSleep the past three months, I’ve …

2019-11-15: Things that surprised me this decade: I have achieved ownership and autonomy over my work and I’m so …

2019-11-14: Find your product breaks when shipped? Just disguise it as a different, fragile product and get …

2019-11-10: How do I know the seasons are changing? Elsa just came in the bedroom to get a foot warmer out of …

2019-11-09: I almost felt normal, but the feeling would pass as soon as someone new would ask me my name. My …

2019-11-09: So does this post mean it’s time for me to build that Linux box I’ve been thinking about?

2019-11-08: This episode of Decoder Ring discusses gender reveal parties. It’s fabulous and human. overcast.fm

2019-11-05: I’m not sure what caused me to be radicalized into someone who advocates for safe streets, great …

2019-11-05: Ok, Spotify. I get it. You know me.

2019-11-04: You’d be right if you accused me of having a bit of a mean streak. I have always struggled to slow …

2019-11-02: Hard to be an alebrije

2019-10-31: Seems like the perfect soundtrack for this dreary, rainy Baltimore morning.

2019-10-30: Alternative interpretation: growing inequality in our society post-recession has impacted academic …

2019-10-23:

2019-10-21: When I was younger, my grandma always made sure to take me to Simchas Torah services. It was one of …

2019-10-21: My fingers feel so good after a weekend away typing on my Ergodox.

2019-10-20: …wherever I want

2019-10-19: Giving momma love

2019-10-19: Bloop

2019-10-19: Night naps

2019-10-19: Sunning

2019-10-17: New Harness 2.5 stars (note, user error not accounted for)

2019-10-08: Lately I find myself in bed at night feeling grateful, not stressed. That’s relatively new for me, …

2019-10-06: A small urban farm found in an alleyway.

2019-10-04: Martinez after a long week.

2019-10-04: This is a wonderful article that may as well be renamed, “How Jason Became a Public Transit …

2019-09-30: My life is good

2019-09-29: L’shana tova

2019-09-28: I’m waiting for you.

2019-09-26: Surest sign that autumn is here.

2019-09-25: These Peloton workouts are no joke.

2019-09-23: This is a choice, Baltimore.

2019-09-21: Baltimore is filled with beautiful streets that struggle because of intentional, racist policy and …

2019-09-21: I wish Baltimore looked like the Charm City Night Market every night. #baltimore

2019-09-20: First wide angle shot on new iPhone 11 Pro.

2019-09-20: Thank you for working from home with us, papa.

2019-09-20: Fall doing its best to be Spring.

2019-09-18: When I was younger, I struggled to do things that make friendships and relationships lasting and …

2019-09-18: Based on all the tech press, I’m the only person who has never thought the Apple Watch screen …

2019-09-18: I’m curious who in my life will buy For the Love of Men for me first.

2019-09-17: I have never heard a convincing moral argument for allowing inheritances in even the tens of …

2019-09-16: Lazing

2019-09-15: Just finished “To Be Taught, if Fortunate” and my god is Becky Chambers a treasure.📚

2019-09-08: Some of Portland

2019-09-08: Met someone who didn’t think they were the cool, creative person in the room even though they make …

2019-09-08: ‪I laughed harder at #xoxofest Story tonight than I than I have in years. ‬Comedy peformed at that …

2019-09-07: ‪Just had the chance to play a couple of rounds of @resistorygame at #xoxofest‬. It would be quite …

2019-09-07: Why yes, that’s an Imperial Stout with Coconut! It’s quite delicious, even if 10% ABV is a lot for …

2019-09-07: It’s been weeks, and I’m still thinking about this dog poking out of a second floor window and …

2019-09-06: #xoxofest

2019-09-06: This pop up art at #xoxofest was very moving. Beautiful origami cranes floating lightly on the wind …

2019-09-06: Can we make the web a good social space again? Fundamentally, privacy is about having control over how information flows. It’s about being …

2019-09-04: Headed to Portland for XOXO today. Hoping to meet some cool people, have fun, and get recharged …

2019-09-02: We’re off to Grandma and Grandpa’s for a couple of weeks!

2019-09-01: Just our regularly scheduled hangout.

2019-08-29: Great piece by Jason Kottke: The Symbiotic & Toxic Relationship Between Houses and Cars in …

2019-08-27: Incredible golden hour light right now.

2019-08-26: We ❤️ Dad!

2019-08-25: I love that books are written by people who love books for people who love books and how that’s …

2019-08-24: I can actually sleep with the windows open tonight!

2019-08-24: Quiet Saturday after a… rough week of sleeping right here.

2019-08-14: This interview is so encouraging. I’m very excited about the future of Tumblr and the web in a way I …

2019-08-13: When @westminsterfox makes pizza.

2019-08-13: Elsa made pizza.

2019-08-10: Yasssssss Baltimore @tireshop.popups

2019-08-07: Only the third time I have finished my challenge, and definitely the earliest I’ve ever …

2019-08-05: Will look sad for treats

2019-08-02: Sitting a hotel lobby bar listening to a killer rendition of Breathe by Pink Floyd performed by a …

2019-08-02: A Big Ship at the End of the Universe was delightfully fun SF and F mixup and I immediately bought …

2019-07-27: Now that’s what a steak should look like.

2019-07-23: And this is a look at just the flights since July 2014.

2019-07-23: I’ve been using TripIt for almost exactly 5 years. This is what my travel has looked like since July …

2019-07-23: I really dislike: (conditional) ? when_true : when_false versus ifelse(conditonal_expression, …

2019-07-21: Remembering our old home today

2019-07-21: The Watchmen, His Dark Materials, Snowpiercer – it seems the future of media is take written …

2019-07-20: I just finished Rosewater and it was super good. It’s only $2.99 and I definitely recommend. Also, …

2019-07-20: The Calculating Stars is just $2.99 today on Kindle and you should absolutely buy it. It was one of …

2019-07-20: I can confidently say after one episode that From the Earth to the Moon is as affecting to me as an …

2019-07-19: Quite the view from yesterday evening’s ride home.

2019-07-19: Friday Good Tunes: Dabu - ÄTSCH A little jazzy/post-rock situation, via r/postrock.

2019-07-17: Mostly not pictured: that crab pasta course went fast.

2019-07-17: Ah, that classic Providence dying mall, Statehouse, and gambling software view.

2019-07-17: Engineering might have been more interesting if the building looked like this (gasp) 14 years ago.

2019-07-10: MiTo MT3 Godspeed When you say, “Ooof, alright” three times in 5 mins it’s probably time to step away from the …

2019-07-08: It makes me furious to click a link that goes to a Medium blog and get that stupid log in to read …

2019-07-07: Today I got shaved because I can’t walk in the heat. From curlies to Dobby, and now I snore on my …

2019-07-06: I think there’s a storm coming.

2019-07-06: Colors of summer. Not pictured: many tacos and tortas were had.

2019-07-03: Postgres really has the best docs.

2019-07-02: This song is so good. Pieces of it suddenly pop into my head all the time for the last month or so. …

2019-07-02: Is it still essentially impossible to use Linux to drive a 5K high DPI monitor?

2019-06-30: ‪Seeing Hamilton in Baltimore tonight. I have never knowingly heard any of the music.‬ ‪We had …

2019-06-30: Corey Booker is really good in this interview on The Argument. It’s definitely worth a …

2019-06-30: Ah, the best part of the weekend, when I finally have a fridge full of ingredients I like but have …

2019-06-29: Oh look, the perfect description of the problem with Harborplace written in 2017 without even …

2019-06-29: Great Video on The Death of Malls There was a stat that we have half as many households with children today as in the 1970s. That …

2019-06-24: A good list from Barnes and Noble as a compliment to my shorter praise of Vertigo.

2019-06-24: I was fortunate to live and work here at the start of my adult life.

2019-06-24: Daily Drive is a brilliant move by Spotify. Short daily news podcasts interspersed with solid music …

2019-06-24: The Guggenheim in Bilbao did not require a $50M parking garage like we would have built in the US. …

2019-06-23: I guess what I was trying to say with that last post was, “Caprica is bad, m’kay.”

2019-06-23: The Problem with Prequels Fiction writers often create story bibles to keep track of characters, their back story, and world …

2019-06-22: City living can definitely come with a good view.

2019-06-22: Three Vertigo Comics Worth Reading Vertigo Comics is no longer. Long the “adult” imprint of DC, Vertigo was a great place …

2019-06-21: Speed is the key to low infrastructure costs Spain achieves low infrastructure construction costs in part by setting its regulations as well as …

2019-06-21: Resting

2019-06-21: This is going to be a lot of dinner.

2019-06-21: It used to be that seeing the Vertigo imprint was a pretty good indicator I might like something, …

2019-06-19: I adored reading this story, nominally about the experience of a lesbian cruise trip, but actually …

2019-06-18: If your argument against reparations is that the accounting problem is hard, I think you’ve already …

2019-06-15: Social Media is Neoliberalism’s Biggest Failure There has been renewed discussion recently over the role YouTube is playing shaping the ideas and …

2019-06-11: Deleting 54,000+ tweets never felt so good.

2019-06-11: Last year got into the XOXO lottery but realized it was during the Jewish Holidays. This year, …

2019-06-10: Bilbao is also pretty great

2019-06-10: A few more from San Sebastián.

2019-06-10: San Sebastián is Gorgeous

2019-06-09: I did not realize how bad Photos.app was at adding photos to shared albums. Do I really have to do …

2019-06-09: A triptych of seafood referencing famous works in San Sebastián

2019-06-09: In one picture, the beauty of great parenting in a world with sane transit architecture and a sign …

2019-06-09: Photo Thoughts I am finally reviewing some of the pictures from our recent vacation to Spain that were shot on our …

2019-06-06: Park Güell

2019-06-06: Select shots from San Sabastian

2019-06-06: Select Street Art from Bilbao

2019-06-06: A true international treasure The Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.

2019-06-06: Who makes a coffee shop like this?

2019-06-06: Mercado de la Ribera is gorgeous public art masquerading as a market.

2019-06-04: Michelin Star pintxos for like $30.

2019-06-04: I think I want to learn a new skill the back half of the year. Something that requires me to put …

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2019-06-03: Been using a “real” camera most of this trip without an SD card reader or laptop handy so it feels …

2019-06-02: I’m glad Gabe Weatherhead (e.g. macdrifter) posting again. Great example of a blog that seemed dead …

2019-06-02: Zelaitxiki This lamb was incredible.

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2019-06-02: Steps from our hotel for the next couple of days.

2019-06-01: I would like to have more botanical-ruin porn in my parks.

2019-06-01: After a few days of mostly pork, seafood, and salt, @westminsterfox was ready for comfort food. …

2019-05-30: Slow mo fire.

2019-05-23: Showing off tonight, Baltimore

2019-05-21: Social Media is Bad. Google Reader was Good. And I Give Up on the Mainstream. ‪I think it’s a lot harder to serendipitously find and make connections to strangers online based on …

2019-05-21: A list of TV shows I started (and watched at least one season of!) and never finished: The Wire …

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, …

2019-05-09: It’s hard to overstate how influential this music video was to my… well everything.

2019-05-09: ‪Between school shootings and so-called heartbeat bills and everything Trump does and his 90% …

2019-05-09: Ajit Pai’s face is in the textbooks next to “regulatory capture”

2019-05-09: 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 …

2019-03-08: 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 …

2019-03-05: 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.

2019-03-03: 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.

2019-02-11: 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 …

2019-02-04: The life

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.

2019-01-06: 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: Reading Women the Last Three Years A lot of people in my life are trying to diversify who they read. I know I’m doing poorly on …

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

2018-12-30: I have completed my Goodreads challenge for the first time since 2015, just in time.

2018-12-29: 2018 Review of Subscriptions A quick inventory of things I currently subscribe to (prices per year): Washington Post ($48) …

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.

2018-12-28: 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: You’re my best friend.

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 …

2018-11-29: I’ve added a Now page to my site, inspired by @manton who was inspired by @sivers

2018-11-28: Now 2018-11-28 I am the Chief Product Officer at Allovue a job that continues to be my primary passion, an …

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

2018-11-27: Starting to get somwhere less horrible with json.blog, including finally getting SSL setup.

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 …

2018-11-14: 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.

2018-10-30: 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: 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 …

2018-09-28: Traitor. Sleeps with grandma now because she doesn’t love us anymore. Sneaks in early in the morning …

2018-09-26: Good mornings!

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 …

2018-09-16: Naps

2018-09-13: Mom, are you ever going to put away the pull-out bed?

2018-09-13: I really dislike the redesign coming to Overcast. For the first time since it came out, I’m …

2018-09-09: Found a bed bug

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 not sure …

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 …

2018-08-26: I just wanna be close to my Grandma

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 …

2018-08-07: 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 …

2018-07-31: Elsa and I often use partner. Here are my reasons: At some point I decided assuming straightness …

2018-07-30: 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.

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 even read this yet, but I wanted to say, “Of course there’s a woman I’ve never heard of …

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 …

2018-07-19: Gave up on the walk. Just went “nope, I lay here”

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?

2018-06-11: Cannot handle the drugs. Mom is convinced I play it up so I can get extra lovings from everyone at …

2018-06-09: That morning scratches high

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 …

2018-05-30: Napping Egg

2018-05-30: We may have kept papas up since 545am but he still loves us.

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 …

2018-05-16: I received a compliment today so deep and affecting that I am sure I will remember it for the rest …

2018-05-13: Cuddle pups taking an evening nap.

2018-05-13: Hampden

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.

2018-05-05: 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.

2018-05-01: 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.

2018-04-25: Night lights

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2018-04-25: 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: The final noodles in Taipei.

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

2018-04-22: Last noodles in Taipei

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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2018-04-22: Taipei’s MRT is the most impressive subway system I’ve used as a tourist. Super easy, fast, and …

2018-04-22: 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 …

2018-04-18: Papas @jsonbecker! Mamas @westminsterfox! Don’t leave!

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 …

2018-04-16: Our day of sleeping was long and hard.

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 …

2018-03-19: Thinking a lot about how advertising targeting men is different than advertising targeting women.

2018-03-19: 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 …

2018-03-10: Grandpa open the door!

2018-03-10: Paul Ford makes the best bull case for the blockchain I’ve ever read.

2018-03-09: 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 …

2018-03-06: At Grandpa and Grandma’s house for March.

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.

2018-03-02: “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: We’re so tired after a visiting from grandpa, grandma, and aunt.

2018-02-19: Two pups and an aunt.

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.

2018-02-17: We love Grandpa!!

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

2018-02-14: I own your lap.

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 …

2018-02-05: 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 …

2018-01-21: It has come to this.

2018-01-13: Sisters ❤️

2018-01-13: I still love these humans, even though they torture me. #postshowerthoughts #quetrauma

2018-01-13: I am traumatized by my lack of smelling horrible.

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

2018-01-01: New year, new us.

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

2017-11-23: Upgraded to first class for the last leg of the drive

2017-11-22: Looks comfy

2017-11-20: My superpower? Screeching like a banshee, pretending my parents are pulling me apart limb by limb. …

2017-11-18: Where is bean-bean?

2017-11-16: She’s my co-worker. Or more like lunch buddy. She sleeps through the workday. But food perks her …

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

2017-11-11: Sunning

2017-11-11: This dog does sad 👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽

2017-11-07: They waxed the stairs so keeps slipping. Now she refuses to go up or down the stairs. I don’t blame …

2017-11-03: New favorite tree candidate?

2017-10-27: 4 pm is begging hour #howtodrivemomNUTS #starestarestare

2017-10-26: “I got in trouble for laying down on poppas nice clothes. It looked liked the best spot in the …

2017-10-24: Looks all cute and sleepy. Actually farting on me. But doesn’t care. Nope. Not one bit.

2017-10-22: Napping on my mom is my favorite thing ever. Second favorite? Napping.

2017-10-18: Such attitude

2017-10-15: Sunday naps

2017-10-10: I love my bed!

2017-10-04: Food comma. After eating her food AND half her sister’s (before she was caught)

2017-10-01: The cutest cutie that ever cuted.

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

2017-09-30: Favorite pastime: sleeping ON my mom2

2017-09-30: Furry mole rat emerges

2017-09-29: Someone needs a haircut #scruffy

2017-09-28: I was on the big couch but decided I wanted a whole couch to myself

2017-09-27: Family portrait (minus 2)

2017-09-27: Peas in a Pod

2017-09-27: The original baby

2017-09-27: The baby of the family

2017-09-26: Love

2017-09-25: Synchronized Sleeping

2017-09-24: Pay. Attention. To. Me.

2017-09-20: There’s a dog between me and my to-do list.

2017-09-20: Paw over face = 10 cute points

2017-09-20: Ever vigilant

2017-09-20: It’s hard for my little legs to keep up with my sister on the walks. So this happens…

2017-09-19: QUEEN of sad puppy eyes. #dogsofremington

2017-09-19: “Mooom what did you do to my grandma?!? I came to say good mornings and she’s not …

2017-09-17: When mom literally moves from under you…

2017-09-16: The one eye squint when I get the good scratches

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

2017-09-11: The poppas is hoome!!

2017-09-11: Mom, mom, mom… pay attention to meeee

2017-09-11: Bean

2017-09-10: Good mornings!

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

2017-09-08: I like to sit at the table with my poppas.

2017-09-07: Don’t let this cuteness fool you. Farting up a storm

2017-09-07: The Life

2017-09-04: Bed sharing strategy: take up as much room as physically possible

2017-09-02: “This is my good side” - Gracie

2017-08-26: “Mom, I don’t like the sad dog parts” me neither buttchops, me neither 😭😭😭 …

2017-08-26: Chilling and watching A Dog’s Purpose to celebrate #nationaldogsday #dogsofinstagram

2017-08-20: Update: 10mg of codeine, a greenie, and all the love in the world and it’s like nothing ever …

2017-08-20: Guys, I hurt my wittle paw and now I’m the saddest puppy that ever was. My mom can’t see …

2017-08-19: That looks says “send help”…

2017-08-19: Love this girl. #gracie #dogsofinstagram

2017-08-17: Tyra Approved Makeover

2017-08-16: Good? Morning #gracie #buttchops #dogsofinstagram

2017-08-15: #sisters #dogsofinstgram

2017-08-13: Despite what the eyes suggest, the Bean is sleeping …

2017-08-09: Lazy afternoons and weird poses #thebean #brandy #dogsofinstagram

2017-08-05: Tonight I’m sleeping nakeds. 🙈 #itscauseishowered #thatscauseirolledinpoop

2017-08-05: Tonight I was subject to water torture. I was collateral damage to my sister’s goose poop …

2017-08-04: “Baltimore is hot poppas. So when we get inside the air conditioned lobby I immediately have …

2017-08-04: #tgif #hardweek

2017-08-04: “Oh I’m sorry, did you expect to sleep in your bed tonight?” #cuddlebuddies

2017-08-04: “This my good side” #gracie #dogsofinstgram

2017-08-04: “Sweater Weather is the WORST” #brandy #thebean #dogsofinstagram

2017-08-04: The human was holding my ball hostage. #dogsofinstagram 📷: @matthewclowney

2017-08-04: Sleeping is an art, and I’ve mastered it #thebean #brandy #sleepypuppy

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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 2015 1. Tony Fischetti wrote a great …

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

2015-09-12:

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.

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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.

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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 …

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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

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

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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.

2012-12-08: This is how you streetcar #sanjosé

2012-12-08: 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 …

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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, Elsa

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

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 …