Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu

Posted on Apr 12, 2015
Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu

Over the last few weeks, I have had the incredible pleasure of working with artist and research Joy Lynn Davis, to support her work documenting the theft of stone sculptures of Kathmandu Valley. The theft, which has gone on since 1970s, is quite outrageous. (Though it is heartening that some of the sculptures are making […]

Making Data more Useful

Posted on Mar 16, 2015
Making Data more Useful

When I shared the idea of the Front-End Class I’ll be teaching soon, Nama Budhathoki (the Executive Director of Kathmandu Living Labs) got really excited! He listened to my reasons for hosting the class (see last blog). But then, he said: that’s fine, but you aren’t getting to the substance of it. How will the […]

Come make awesome web apps with me!

Posted on Mar 11, 2015
Come make awesome web apps with me!

Know a little javascript, but want to learn how to build real-world web applications? Come learn how to build interactive front-end web apps using the technology invented to build Instagram and Facebook. Thats the hook I’m using to get beginner front-end developers in Nepal interested in a new course I’m teaching. How does it sound? […]

The growth of OpenStreetMap in Nepal

Posted on Feb 24, 2015
The growth of OpenStreetMap in Nepal

Saturday was Open Data Day, and KLL (Kathmandu Living Labs, where I am a fellow this year) co-organized an event all about Open Data. I will probably write more about the event, but for now, I wanted to share a presentation that Nirab Pudasaini and I made about the growth of OpenStreetMap in Nepal. See […]

Hammock-driven Development

Posted on Feb 11, 2015
Hammock-driven Development

When I moved to Nepal in August, I started working for Ona as a Data Scientist. The team besides me is in Kenya and the US, so I have been working remotely. I hadn’t coded full-time since all the way back in 2008, but it has been fun going back into full-time programming. One of […]

Yantra 3.0: In which I become an artist

Posted on Nov 11, 2014
Yantra 3.0: In which I become an artist

I got to introduce myself as an artist for the first time the other day. I was in New Road, taking images of Dhaka cloth for a visualization project I contributed to Yantra 3.0, which goes something like this: An objective of Yantra’s art/tech festival is to unshackle artists and technologists in Nepal, to free […]

Just like that

Posted on Oct 27, 2014
Just like that

Just like that, three months have gone by! Mir and I got in Kathmandu in the beginning of August, and the first three months have gone by like nothing. There has been a lot of family, Dashain and Tihar have come and gone, and we even managed to sneak in a trek. We’ve also been […]

Recently: May

Posted on Jun 3, 2014
Recently: May

Doing: I spent a lot of time polishing the OSMTimeLapseR project this month. In addition to publishing a piece of work I’m really proud of, I also made some accidental aRt. The highlight of the project, a visualization of growth in OSM in Kathmandu from 2007 to 2013, is below: At work, some colleagues and […]

Moving to Nepal for a year!

Posted on May 24, 2014
Moving to Nepal for a year!

So most of you probably know this, but my wife and I decided to move to Nepal for a year–we’re landing on August 2nd! We are super duper excited for the move, and can’t wait. I dug up some of my favorite photos from my 2006 trip to Nepal, when I went back for the […]

Recently: March / April

Posted on May 3, 2014
Recently: March / April

Doing: In attended the State of the Map US conference for the OSM community in DC. I particularly enjoyed the talk by John Firebaugh, and highly recommend watching it. I also made a few friends and demo’d some new time-lapse visualizations of OSM edits in Kathmandu. Excited to share these with everyone in a month […]