Assessing 1H-2014

A somewhat lengthy look back at the first half of 2014.

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Book Review: "Flood" & "Ark" by Stephen Baxter

A brief review of Stephen Baxter's end-of-the world duology, "Flood" and "Ark".

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URL Content Tracker and Geospatial Presence

I implemented two new features earlier today to kill some time. The URL Content Tracker is an extremely unsexy, but very useful tool that periodically goes through a list of URLs and sends me an e-mail when the destination's content has changed since the last check. The second tool is called Geospatial Presence and uses data collected from Purple Robot on my smartphone to generate a heat map of where I've been over an unspecified period in the past.

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Scratching an Itch: The Social Poster

The first tool is up and running: a unified interface for publishing content to a variety of social networks from a single form-based interface.

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Welcome Back!

The public website is largely complete and now live for everyone. However, the accessible portions of this site are just the tip of a larger iceberg that is an intentional effort to test whether Doug Engelbart's bootstrapping strategy can be applied on an individual basis to create better technology creators.

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Site Updates: OAuth

The last weekend in May, and the first weekend in June saw the site receive upgrades to talk to OAuth data sources online.

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2014 Des Moines High School Commencement Address

My high school alma mater was kind enough to invite me to deliver the commencement address to the graduating class of 2014. This speech is a version of what I ultimately delivered. (Doesn't include Apple ad-libbing and may also include some typos that were fixed between writing and delivery.)

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2014

Looking back at 2013 and forward to 2014.

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State of Things, 2013 Edition

2013's long-delayed blog post.

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Three weeks in

Three weeks into the new job...

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