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Ivan Chtcheglov - Wikipedia
Ivan wrote Formulaire pour un urbanisme nouveau (Formulary for a New Urbanism) in 1953, at age nineteen under the name Gilles Ivain, which was an inspiration to the Lettrist International. and Situationist International The following quotation from the text was used as the inspiration for the famous Manchester nightclub, the Haçienda:

"And you, forgotten, your memories ravaged by all the consternations of two hemispheres, stranded in the Red Cellars of Pali-Kao, without music and without geography, no longer setting out for the hacienda where the roots think of the child and where the wine is finished off with fables from an old almanac. That’s all over. You’ll never see the hacienda. It doesn’t exist.

The hacienda must be built."[1]
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september 2019
A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay - Poems | Academy of American Poets
A Small Needful Fact
Ross Gay

Is that Eric Garner worked
for some time for the Parks and Rec.
Horticultural Department, which means,
perhaps, that with his very large hands,
perhaps, in all likelihood,
he put gently into the earth
some plants which, most likely,
some of them, in all likelihood,
continue to grow, continue
to do what such plants do, like house
and feed small and necessary creatures,
like being pleasant to touch and smell,
like converting sunlight
into food, like making it easier
for us to breathe.
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september 2019
Dear Disgruntled White Plantation Visitors, Sit Down. – Afroculinaria
The Old South may be your American Downton Abbey but it is our American Horror Story, even under the best circumstances it represents the extraction of labor, talent and life we can never get back. When I do this work, it drains me, but I do it because I want my Ancestors to know not only are they not forgotten but I am here to testify that I am their wildest dreams manifest.
september 2019
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september 2019
How Geometry, Data and Neighbors Predict Your Favorite Movies | Quanta Magazine
“Taxicab distance” also shows up in abstract contexts, as do other kinds of distance, like “edit distance” (a measure of how different two strings of words or symbols are) and graph distance (the length of the shortest path between two nodes of a graph). The ability to model distance in different ways in different spaces is a source of great mathematical power, but it also has the potential to make each kind of partitioning problem complicated in its own unique way. ht kottke quick links
september 2019
technology-budgeting/handbook.md at master · 18F/technology-budgeting
De-risking custom technology projects
A handbook for state grantee budgeting and oversight
designed for government but applies to others opensource
openaccess 
september 2019
GitHub - jvns/pandas-cookbook: Recipes for using Python's pandas library
pandas is a Python library for doing data analysis. It's really fast and lets you do exploratory work incredibly quickly.

The goal of this cookbook is to give you some concrete examples for getting started with pandas. The docs are really comprehensive. However, I've often had people tell me that they have some trouble getting started, so these are examples with real-world data, and all the bugs and weirdness that entails.

I'm working with 3 datasets right now

311 calls in New York
How many people were on Montréal's bike paths in 2012
Montreal's weather for 2012, hourly

It comes with batteries (data) included, so you can try out all the examples right away.
august 2019
Time anxiety: is it too late? - Ness Labs
Define what “time well spent” means to you: sit down, and think about what really makes you happy and gets you in the flow, without overthinking about how feasible the final outcome would be. Just think of your output and how it makes you feel to work on producing it. For example, don’t think about happy it would make you to publish a book. Ask yourself if you really enjoy writing. Don’t think about how proud you would be to run a marathon. Question whether you like running. Create a short list of activities you really enjoy and that bring value to yourself or to the world.
Make space for these moments: this does not mean making time for them. Instead, think of where you will incorporate these moments into your life. Maybe on your way to work. Maybe at home, after the kids are asleep. Or maybe spending time with your kids is the activity you want to make space for. If you happen to have less time than expected, that’s completely fine. It’s more about designing a space dedicated to your “time well spent” activities. As the prolific writer Maria Edgeworth said, “If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.”
game-of-you 
august 2019
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This is the book I've used for teaching and will be using this fall in my grad seminar. I am then apply the lessons…
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Tabula: Extract Tables from PDFs
If I haven’t yet, please allow me to sing the praises of Tabula

Have a PDF with data tabl…
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august 2019
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august 2019
Meritocracy Is Killing High-School Sports - The Atlantic
The deeper story is that the weed of American-style meritocracy is strangling the roots of youth sports. As parents have recognized that athletic success can burnish college applications, sports have come to resemble just another pre-professional program, with rising costs, hyper-specialization, and massive opportunity-hoarding among the privileged.

Before kids enter high school, they tend to participate in youth sports leagues, which have become one big pay-to-play machine. It’s now common for high-income parents to pull their kids out of the local soccer or baseball leagues and write thousand-dollar checks to join super-teams that travel to play similar kids several counties away. As I wrote last year, it’s not a crime for parents to spend money on their children. But as travel teams hoard talented (and, typically, high-income) kids, they leave behind desiccated local leagues with fewer resources and fewer players. As a result, many low-income children lose the sports habit (or never gain it to begin with), and simply stop playing altogether by the time they get to high school.
august 2019
ecosigmasquared.com/hurricane_preparation.html
In 2017 my family and I lived through Hurricane Maria, a strong category 4 hurricane that crossed Puerto Rico. In the aftermath, we spend four months without power, but luckily we didn’t suffer much physical damage. In our preparation, there were things that we did right and things we didn’t. We always thought, “at least we know what to do next time”. Below are some tips based on our experience.
BEFORE THE STORM…

The preparation before the storm is the most important process. Overpreparing costs money and sweat, but it will likely result in peace of mind in the end.
august 2019
Power - macwright.org opensource
Well, nothing.

No, that’s not right: they get power.

They can delete projects, like how Azer Koçulu deleted left-pad, and cause some chaos. They can ban bad companies from their communities, like how entropic might ban Palantir. They can add whatever they want to their projects, like ads that fund their work, as Feross tried. They can ban those people with license text, like Jamie Kyle did.

Or maybe they can’t. NPM will intervene to make sure that the interests of companies are protected. The open source license that took a political stand is reverted to one that’s loose and company-friendly. The message is clear: keep working for free. Don’t quit: that would be irresponsible. Don’t protest: that’s disruptive. Your power, your control of your work, will disappear if you try to use it.
august 2019
Final Boss Form — jonic: allhailthegodofbugs: ...
And what many people don’t realize is that this subculture was born as a way for young girls to express themselves in their own way. And it was also used as something against the adult life and the traditional culture, often seen as dull and boring and oppressive. By embracing cuteness, these young girls (and adult women, after a while) were showing non-conformation with the current standards.
august 2019
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This is what's called a bad take. After big box bookstores, the Internet, digital disruption, the death of print, e…
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Now this is an interesting idea to talk about! 'Welcome to the 15-minute neighbourhood: Intensification key to city…
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august 2019
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RT : Bike theft is a city wide scourge and a deterrent to cycling. is tackling it with , a…
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august 2019
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august 2019
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august 2019
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When tech apocalypses ruin my first day plan I will absolutely find a way to use it:
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This is going in intro stats class slides everywhere
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august 2019
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RT : The city is here for you to use: A communal response to bike theft:
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august 2019
A communal response to bike theft – The city is here for you to use
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august 2019
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So, today has been a day.

I wrote about the episode for .

This was never about civility. It wa…
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RT : It’s been fun spending the last few days exploring and talking w/ for future Hamilton epis…
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august 2019
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august 2019
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At Writing Retreat, which is🔥.

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This afternoon, I tweeted a brief joke about a well-known NYT op-Ed columnist.

It got 9 likes and 0 retweets. I d…
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Sensei asks the kids their favourite music. my kid pipes up with Bowie, another kid adds Spiders from Mars. one say…
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august 2019
Librarika: Plans
Plans
Librarika (the free Integrated Library System - ILS) comes with a free basic library package for small and medium libraries around the world. In addition to the basic package, we have premium packages for medium to large libraries and organizations.
Packages:

We believe all our packages are very cost effective and necessary to keep our service up and running. Please consider upgrading to a premium plan and help us grow. In order to upgrade to a premium plan, please create your library first. Then visit Dashboard -> Manage -> My Plan.
august 2019
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august 2019
Finishing side projects - macwright.org
This is part of the Yerkes-Dodson Law – that being a little nervous helps, but true and complete anticipation decreases your performance.

Thinking back to the many projects I had written without an ounce of planning - geojson.io, simple-statistics, documentation - I certainly have regrets, so many regrets, about some of their implementations, but could I have sussed out a correct plan at the beginning and avoided rewrites and flaws? Not really. Some would have benefited from an ounce of planning, but with any more than that I might’ve scared myself off.
UofWinds 
august 2019
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Forgot to add to my list of links, the NYC Open Data parking ticket story: "The NYPD Was Systematically Ticketing L…
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august 2019
How to be Smart(er) in Mid-Sized Cities in Ontario | Evergreen
It is increasingly clear that data and technology are becoming synonymous with city-building. This movement towards “smart cities” will continue to accelerate in the years to come, presenting a critical opportunity and challenge for leaders in communities of all sizes. This paper, written in partnership with Code for Canada, discusses the opportunities for data and technology in Canada’s mid-sized cities, with a particular focus on Ontario.
august 2019
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august 2019
Axios Cities - August 21, 2019 - Axios
Enter tech: A slew of startups see a golden opportunity to restore order to the curb with maps, data, sensors and apps.

CurbFlow has entered a 3-month pilot project with Washington, D.C.'s Department of Transportation to monitor curbside parking.
Passport, a curbside payment software platform, has pilots in Charlotte, Detroit and Omaha to analyze scooter usage patterns to determine how to charge for curb space.
Inrix, an analytics firm, partnered with nonprofit Open Transport Partnership’s SharedStreets to create a standard for street-level data, including curbs.

Be smart: As a public right of way, curbs are becoming a kind of network interface for new technology and transportation options.

Cities need to know how much of this prime infrastructure they actually have and how it's used in real time. Most cities don't have that information, because they've never actually needed it.

For example: Coord, a New York-based startup that spun out of Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs, wants to make curbs more productive — i.e., serving the most people per unit of time per length of curb. To do that, it's providing a digital database of curbs to cities.

"We're seeing a lot of cities reallocate curb space away from parking into, for example, docks for bikes. That's an easy example of improving curb productivity by serving a lot more people in that space with those bikes than you would be with just the single parked car."
smartcities  via:shannon_mattern 
august 2019
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