After the Earthquake

Posted on May 26, 2015

About a year ago we decided to move to Nepal as we apply to graduate school. This turned out to be a critical decision. We are fortunate to have survived the many earthquakes that have shook Nepal this past month, and be perfectly positioned to respond. I have been working nonstop at Kathmandu Living Labs […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A visit to the Revolutionary Optimists

Posted on Mar 6, 2014
A visit to the Revolutionary Optimists

When I was in India recently, I took the opportunity to visit Kolkata and the organization Prayasam. Prayasam is an amazing organization that works to empower youth from slum communities in Kolkata. The 19 year old organization, whose title roughly translates to “effort”, was recently featured in the Revolutionary Optimists movie. I got to know […]

Recently: Jan / Feb

Posted on Feb 28, 2014
Recently: Jan / Feb

Doing: I spent four of the first eight weeks of this year in project sites. In India, I reconnected with the Dristhi project, which is nearing its field trial. We worked with the tech team, observed ANMs using the product, and heard from a “Strategic Advisory Board.” The main take-away question for the project, to […]

Recently: November and December Edition

Posted on Jan 2, 2014
Recently: November and December Edition

Doing: I have been applying to grad schools recently, and thinking a lot about exactly what I want out of life. BUT, that has also meant some doing. I made myself a Portfolio, for example, and changed this blog around some. I also had the opportunity to do some long-pending pull request approvals on the […]

Recently: October edition

Posted on Nov 24, 2013
Recently: October edition

Doing: Lots of people are interested in mapping the history of OSM edits in a particular place. You may have seen the “Year of Edits” videos, like this one. The folks at Kathmandu Living Labs are interested in visualizing their incredible work on OSM. So I began an experiment in R, and the video below […]