52 Books in 52 Weeks in 2014

Author's note: I wrote this months ago and forgot to post it. Oops. Last year I read (or listened to, after I hurt my wrists) 52 books as part of Foursquare's 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. It was really fun and ~3x more books that I've ever read in a single year. A...

Read More

Easier A/B Testing with Template Inheritance

There is source code for this post on github if you want to play around with it. A common problem when writing the UI layer for your web site/application is that you'll need to substitute out chunks of some of your pages temporarily to test whether a new version works better than the...

Read More

Creating a Map with CartoDB

This post is in reference to my blog post Mapping the Case for the 5th/6th Ave Bike Lanes Choosing the Project When I first got my CartoDB account I was really excited about how easy it would be to create visualizations. I decided that I'd try to find a project which I could...

Read More

My Dividend from Leaving Hacker News

I stopped myself from being able to access Hacker News (HN) and it's made me happier, more focused, and more productive. Given that I wasn't spending that much time on there the degree that it's had a positive effect on my life came as a shock. Someone close to me said it was like...

Read More

Mapping the Case for the 5th/6th Ave Bike Lanes

I'll explain what this map is for below, sit tight! There has been a lot of talk, especially over the last year, about adding protected bike lanes to 5th avenue and 6th avenue. There are currently unprotected lanes on 5th avenue below 24th st and 6th avenue below 42nd st. Transportation Alternatives (TA) has...

Read More

Jeff's Guide to Biking in NYC

Biking in NYC isn't for the faint of heart. The only traffic is pretty intense and the pedestrians are totally unpredictable and have no sense of their own safety. I've been commuting to and from a variety of places in the city since 2007 and do exercise rides frequently. My current commute is from...

Read More