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.

AP and NICAR — they’re both my home

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

Returned yesterday from my third time at the Computer-Assisted Reporting conference — this time in St. Louis. Like clockwork, I talked myself out of a voice, as I do every year. But this year — it was different in other ways.

“A journalist could do this!” – Reflections on Phil Meyer’s “Paper Route”

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized | One Comment

We stand on the shoulders of giants. Any of us coming to the field know this. I speak often, perhaps obsessively, about my mentors. But who inspired them? What was it like to be part of the field bringing the rigor of data analysis and social science, and the precision of emerging technology, to our […]

How To Count Queried Rows in a Google Fusion Table

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

In my “free” time, I help people who are also on the JavaScript learning journey.  Here’s a query, paraphrased. How can I count how many points I currently have displayed on a Fusion Table layer of a Google Map? This would be especially helpful when we’re using filters, to show how many points are currently […]