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  • September 19th, 2017

The parts of SRCCON that can be copied by other conferences

The first draft of this post was written on a plane between Minneapolis and Chicago, on not enough hours of sleep. Then there were drafts, and WordCamp for Publishers, but most of the bones of this were laid down in the days immediately after SRCSourceCONCon. With that preface out of the way, this essay begins.

  • July 31st, 2017

Notes on building a cron-powered Twitter countdown bot

This blog post is about @looming_midterm, a bot that counts down the days to the next midterm election. You can find the code for this bot at benlk/looming_midterms.

  • March 28th, 2017

Dailygraphics Demo Talk

Contained herein are talk notes and links to examples and demonstrations from my March 2017 talk at the Collegiate Web Developers Group at the Ohio State University about NPR's dailygraphics rig. I don't use the dailygraphics rig professionally, but I think it's a really cool tool that people at CWDG may be interested in.

  • March 2nd, 2017

Notes on building a cron-powered Twitter countdown bot

This blog post is about @looming_midterm, a bot that counts down the days to the next midterm election. You can find the code for this bot at benlk/looming_midterms.

  • January 9th, 2017

I made a tiny little phone tree to make it easier for me to call my elected representatives. It's not backed by a database and it doesn't have a newsletter. There are no calls to action. The checkbox doesn't do anything. The page is only there to serve as a reminder to me.

But because it's mine, it'll be more effective.

  • December 27th, 2016

A Tweetstorm about Rogue One

Does this look like a Tweetstorm to you? It's not. It's a blog post about Rogue One (A Star Wars Story) and why I enjoyed it.

  • December 7th, 2016

A history of heartbeat abortion bills

Ohio became the third state to have passed a "heartbeat bill" on Tuesday, banning most forms of abortion after 12 weeks. Ohio's bill includes an exception allowing for abortion to preserve the health of the mother, but critics say the bill's restriction is unconstitutional.

  • February 21st, 2016

A miscellaneous collection of licenses

Sometimes you need a license more esoteric than the WTFPL. This collection of strange software licenses should keep your project contributors preoccupied.

  • September 30th, 2015

CSS talks at Collegiate Web Developers Group

After the break, find the slides (including resources links) and talk summaries from my September 2015 talks at Collegiate Web Developers Group at the Ohio State University.

  • March 8th, 2015

Links and tips roundup from NICAR 2015

The 2015 Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference was an amazing experience. I couldn't attend all the sessions of the multi-track conference, so this doesn't cover everything. This is a selected chunk of things that I found especially interesting.