EYEO Festival: Solidifying what I am, and what I seek to become

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

I have five languishing drafts in this blog’s admin interface. One is an unfinished euphoria about the EYEO Festival from last August, when I discovered some amazing videos online, opening my eyes to a new type of work. I never was able to get my thoughts together on this, but I did know I wanted […]

My newest side project: I’m doing it “For Journalism”

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Blog | 11 Comments

The pipeline problem The Mission. Why I wake up every day. To do good work. I live in the intersection of data, journalism, technology and policy. Earlier this week, when deciding what to attack next, project-wise, I was given the following advice. “Pick something innovative, that will challenge your skillset and push this organization forward.” […]

Election 2012: What I learned making an auto-updating results map

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Blog | 3 Comments

“I had a dream, in time gone by…” of playing with the “big kids” on Election Night. I thought it’d be fun to pass that time in Washington, DC itself. I thought making an auto-updating results map would be THE thing that proved I was a “real” programmer. When I wrote a post announcing my […]

Passing another milestone…

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

Today is August 22, 2012. On August 22, 2011, I stepped into an AP building as an employee for the first time. This day marks one year with The Associated Press, all the more important because I’ve never stayed at any professional organization a whole year. I’m early enough in my career here that I’m […]

“Is there a Strunk & White for code?”

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in Blog | 7 Comments

In my last post, Lisa Williams asks in the comments: “So is there a Strunk and White for code? I’m teaching myself, and I know things like my indentation and the like must be all screwed up, but I haven’t really found any reference that would help me out. Do the conventions vary widely from […]

Learning to love…namespacing (advancing code organization)

Posted by on Aug 19, 2012 in Blog | 6 Comments

Before I can settle down to work, I feel the need to clean my apartment. All the dirty dishes go in the dishdrain. The blanket goes behind the couch. Miscellaneous dust is vacuumed. The physical space represents how cluttered my brain feels, so I like to start with it being organized. What I’m trying to […]

Learning about teaching at Code With Me

Posted by on Aug 19, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized | One Comment

“How do I get started doing the kind of work you do? It just seems so…hard.” I hear this comment more than I’d like, and I always find my answers dissatisfactory. “Look things up on the Internet. Find good work, and email the creators.” Or they sound obnoxious as soon as I say them: “Get […]

Learning to love…grep (let the computer search text for you)

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized | One Comment

I’ve gotten into the habit of posting daily learnings on Twitter, but some things require a more in-depth reminder. I also haven’t done as much paying as forward as I’d like (but I’m having a TON of fun!  and dealing with health problems!  but mostly fun!) I’d like to try to start posting more helpful […]

On launching BIG projects — and gaining confidence

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized | No Comments

Wow, another post where I point out that I haven’t written for months. A lot has been accomplished. I wanted a job where I learned. DONE. I’ve been at The Associated Press for almost nine months now — I can’t believe it myself. I like to think I contribute in myriad ways, but two “things” […]

Teaching Materials from NICAR 2012

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized | One Comment

I had the sincere honor of presenting at NICAR 2012 in St. Louis for the second year in a row. I provide the takeaway materials here, if you find them useful.