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Student Homelessness Package for EdSource

I put together the web presentation for an EdSource special report on student homelessness. The five-story package includes a map and audio story, and weeks of on the ground reporting and data analysis to bring urgent news on how the housing crisis in California is being felt by the most vulnerable: youth, students and the poor.

My New Tech Blog – Forwardslash

It’s a hybrid of the code-focused developer notebook a lot of programmer blogs consist of, and a notebook for where tech intersects with other things, like visual art or music.

Back in the U.S.A.

At the beginning of this month I landed back in the U.S. after two years of living abroad, in Oaxaca, Mexico and Berlin, Germany. Bringing the adventure to a close was bittersweet. It was hard to be sure when the right moment was for it to end, but I’m so grateful I had these experiences, and I’m also glad to be back.

Hearing View Rheinau

Hearing View Rheinau documents the creation of a sound installation in Switzerland where textures from four seasons on the Rhine were meticulously captured.

Erroll Morris Deciphers Donald Rumsfeld

Morris is putting a microscope on the kind of false logic that should raise our bullshit alarms the next time we hear it.

Anthropocentric Technology

I’ve been thinking a lot about technology and its implications lately, and this morning I sketched out a simple framework for an “anthropocentric technology.”

On Comic Sans and Wireframes

It took me a long time to realize that wireframing tools use that most hated of fonts: Comic Sans. I got over my initial panic, and here’s why: because every font has its place.

Hans Fallada: Alone In Berlin

As you might expect in a book about German resistance to the Nazis during WWII, there are terrible things depicted: torture, suicide and murder. And yet, nobody in the novel is entirely a monster, and nobody is entirely good.

Woz, Not Jobs

The digital world needs more people in love with the creative process for its own sake: the hackers, hobbyists and tinkerers.

Free is Not a Living: Journalism in 2013

The disruption of the Internet is not being evenly distributed or experienced across the board. Something has to give.