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  • 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.

  • October 19th, 2014

What does the average Gannett news site look like?

I run across lots of similar-looking news websites while doing research for my internship at the Progressive Dairyman magazine. A significant portion of these sites all seem to use the same template, with some color and menu changes. Turns out they're all owned by Gannett, so I asked mysef, "What does the average Gannett website look like?"

  • September 29th, 2014

How to drive to Idaho, in 39 steps

Snake River Canyon

I moved to Twin Falls, Idaho at the start of August. I threw the photos up on Flickr a while back, but now seemed like a good time to post them with some sort of detail.