Blog Posts

Divvy Is Delightful

About nine months ago, Divvy bike sharing program went live in Chicago. I was thrilled with the concept of it from the initial launch, and was excited to see it quickly expand throughout the city*. ...

Returning To an Old Project

This old code? Sure, I think I can make a quick tweak to it. Let me take a look. Thus, the yak shaving begins. The code compiles just fine, the tests all pass, and I can just edit a couple of lines...

Exactly One Hobby

When you have children, you can have exactly one hobby. Anything else is an exercise in futility, self-deception, and ineffectiveness. Cooking healthy food is a hobby. Exercising is a hobby....

Establishing KnockoutJs Design Patterns

Now that I have been tinkering with Knockout for about a year, I have finally settled on a host of design patterns that I feel strike a nice balance between rigid consistency and flexible...

The Ugliest Week in Chicago

Somewhere between the freshly fallen, pristine snow of winter and the new growth and warmth of spring lies the ugliest week in Chicago. This week that exposes the filth of the city. During these...

300: Rise Of an Empire Of Freedom For Free Greeks

Take a drink every time someone says "free" or "freedom", and you will be drunk before the battles even begin. I would be surprised if you could survive the movie. I enjoyed the movie 300, both the...

No Support For White Men

I am a tall, healthy, heterosexual, white, male, middle-class American. I will earn more money over the course of my career than my female colleagues and my racially minority peers. I will have...