November 20, 2021

Writing code makes me think adding “-able” to the end of any word makes another, real word.

Apparently “schedulable” is not a word.

Dwell is thinking about how to define a “livable” city. It seemed like it was going well until the last criteria— community agency. If I’ve been convinced of anything when it comes to planning, it’s that concentrating power locally preclude all other elements of livability.

Elsa, “You know what I’m doing right now? I’m folding chocolate chips into this batter.”

She’s finally seen it and understands.


November 19, 2021

Trying something new this vacation, which may turn into my new evening and weekend routine. No app Home Screen. No notifications except from Elsa.

 focus mode called Down Time

I haven’t said anything about the horrible things happening today because despair is all I can muster.

Despair is increasingly how I feel, and I think sharing that only serves the despair.


November 18, 2021

Using our tool can help you fix your data.

Loading your crap data into it will not, by itself, make sense of bad data.


November 17, 2021


November 16, 2021

We’re going on vacation this weekend. I’m heading out to the woods to hang out in a beautiful cabin near the mountains just prior to ski season. There won’t be much to do and that’s the point.

This is a break. Not travel, but rest, before the start of holidays 1 and the end of year rush.

I have no plans. I’m bringing some books and maybe a few magazines. We’ll probably make hot chocolate or something.

Maybe I should buy a Lego set or pack a board game (got any two player games you like?). But mostly, I’m hoping for the kind of intentional quiet that recharges the body and leads to some genuine creativity.

There will be no work communication, no frenzied distracted days. If I choose to do something, it will be with my complete attention, something I am sorely missing these days.

And hopefully there will be some great pictures.


  1. Did you know that Chanukah is inappropriately early this year? Do not approve. [return]

November 15, 2021

Today is going to be very long, but I’ve already stopped myself from sending a snarky reply to an email, so I think it’s going to be a good one.

I met someone a decade younger than me today who was so jazzed about the work I do and the “clear impact you’re having on students,” and boy howdy, that was an affirmation I needed this Monday.


November 14, 2021

It’s so nice enjoying my laptop again for the first time in years. Also, when I can get an M1 Pro in a Mac Mini or 27” iMac…

How did I not know that Jews were blamed for The Black Death and subject to mad murder throughout Europe? Sigh.


November 13, 2021

I drove my first electric car today. It was a great ride. The one pedal-style braking was pretty awkward. Transmission-less driving was pretty great though.

My main thought: good lord how do people spend this much on cars. We’re a one car, three adult household and I just can’t.

A lot of folks out there are confused, because they think being motivated by self-interest means they cannot be racist.

But of course, being racist isn’t limited to a motivation.

Being racist can be upholding a system in your best interest that has a clear racialized outcome.


November 12, 2021