This tomb holds Diophantus. Ah, what a marvel! And the tomb tells scientifically...– Epitaph to Diophantus, the father of algebra: http://amzn.com/0470229055
I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood...– Walking, Henry David Thoreau http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1022
That a city then precedes an individual is plain, for if an individual is not in...– Aristotle (2004-10-01). Politics: A Treatise on Government (pp. 3-4). Public Domain Books. Kindle Edition.
Knight News Challenge Round 2: DataDonor.io →
1. What do you propose to do? [20 words] DataDonor allows individuals to donate personal data (from e.g. Facebook, Runkeeper, 23andMe) to qualified non-profit and academic research groups. 2. How will your project make data more useful? [50 words] As Tim O’Reilly once put it: “The guy with the most data wins”. As Bryce Roberts interpreted this: “Web 2.0 ends with data monopolies”. DataDonor...
Using Maps to Optimize School Decisions with...
The following article was published on the Google Geo Developer’s blog. Every year in Boston, parents navigate the school selection process in an effort to get their kids into the best possible public schools. The process is complicated, and, depending on the outcome, can leave parents feeling frustrated and confused. DiscoverBPS was designed to make the process more intuitive, and to help...
Code for America Summit, 2011
Why I'm Coding for America
The following essay was published in Issue 31 of Next American City. After college, I took an internship in the urban planning department of a mid-sized, U.S. city. I was excited to learn about urban planning and to see from the inside how cities evolve. Urban planning seemed like an important profession and a likely direction for my own career. But after six months of painstaking progress on a...