“Qualified”: When Political Discourse Makes Word Stew

 

I woke up this morning to find a rather inane debate raging on Twitter and elsewhere (not surprising, I know, but stay with me…).  Bernie Sanders, my current preferred choice for the Democratic presidential nomination, said in a speech that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, was “not qualified.”  These remarks were a direct response to Clinton’s suggestion that he was also not qualified.  Just another day in the mud bath of politics so hum, right? Continue reading ““Qualified”: When Political Discourse Makes Word Stew”

What Lt. Cmdr. Data Tells us About Star Trek’s Interpretation of Moore’s Law

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Star Trek. As someone who was largely a social outcast growing up, it was in some ways a default — Gene Roddenberry’s vision represents a future that is largely hopeful and where differences are accepted and encouraged within Federation’s society rather than intentionally muted, and that was a source of comfort. Continue reading “What Lt. Cmdr. Data Tells us About Star Trek’s Interpretation of Moore’s Law”

Restarting Amtrak’s System from Scratch

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I’ve always thought that Amtrak would really have a go at success if it had a more comprehensive network of routes and stations. It’s difficult as-is to get on a train and go anywhere in the U.S. That’s a problem because people don’t want to take the train just to have to drive five hours more upon arrival.

So, I messed around a bit, pretended that bullet trains were here, that topography didn’t matter, and that funding was unlimited, and came up with a new network plan for our rail system. Continue reading “Restarting Amtrak’s System from Scratch”

Time-Lapse Video: Winter Storm Draco “Blizzard” Version 2

Time-lapse photo series of the Great Wisconsin Blizzard of 2012 (aka “Draco”), taken between 11p December 19 and 9p December 20. Taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, controlled by DSLR Assistant for OSX. Continue reading “Time-Lapse Video: Winter Storm Draco “Blizzard” Version 2”

Time-Lapse Video: Winter Storm Draco “Blizzard” Version 1

Time-lapse photo series of the Great Wisconsin Blizzard of 2012 (aka “Draco”), taken between 11p December 19 and 9p December 20. Taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, controlled by DSLR Assistant for OSX. Continue reading “Time-Lapse Video: Winter Storm Draco “Blizzard” Version 1″

Siri’s Joey Votto Adventure

I’ve been a long-term admitted Apple fan as long as I can remember, literally. I’ve been using Apple products continuously since I started messing with my prized dad’s Apple II at 18 months old, irritating him to no end. When I wouldn’t leave it alone, he took up my mom’s suggestion, and instead of barring me from it, taught me how to use it. Hence, a technophile was born. Continue reading “Siri’s Joey Votto Adventure”

US That Could’ve Been: Creating Timeline X’s Map with GIS

I’ve been dabbling around with an alternate historical geography of the United States that I’ve called “The United States That Could’ve Been.” So far, I’ve laid out the initial concept map of the altered U.S., and I’ve drafted an alternate timeline of events, called “Timeline X,” which is almost certain to be updated and improved upon a little later. I decided that I’d like to go a few more steps with this and create some bare basic demographic analyses in a GIS, and perhaps put together a little almanac with entries about each of the states. To start, I decided to use existing data from these places just to see, assuming that all other migration events and such else remained largely the same in Timeline X as it did in our reality, what the populations of these new states would be. Continue reading “US That Could’ve Been: Creating Timeline X’s Map with GIS”