Blue Skies Above Us

Just here to have fun.


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I’ve made a few twitter bots over the years. Some were good ideas, and some were bad ideas. I used them as opportunities to learn some python and ruby. I like bots! They take a day or two to setup, and then you just let them go.

Twitter is pretty strict about bots. When I create new ones, the account always gets banned 2 to 3 times BEFORE the bot has even tweeted once. Crazy, huh? Most of my bots are totally benign, but a few were annoying and rightfully banned (or disabled by me).

I think I …


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I started an Etsy shop called Coloring Maps. I’m selling digital downloads of street network maps that I’ve designed for coloring.

I also took photos to use as mockup templates.

I colored this one in digitally, just as an example.

This project was a good opportunity to learn: how to process and manage big OpenStreetMap datasets; how to create fun vector graphics for things like water, parks, beaches, etc; and how to create a workflow so I can churn these maps out pretty quickly. I’m trying to …


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I make a lot of maps at work. I made this one for fun, because the dataset – LA Assessor Parcel 2015 Tax Roll – has some cool fields in it. It’s a map of parcels containing single family homes in Los Angeles County, symbolized by the size of the main building on each one.

It was an easy map to make! And it contains over a million polygons!

Parcel map by house size

I posted this on reddit last week, and it got some attention. People like pretty-looking maps.


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fart earth

I printed a bunch of stickers with the word FART emerging from the word EARTH. And since that might not seem deep, I then founded The Fart Earth Society, and wrote about why this graphic has a deeper meaning. If you want the sticker (it’s bumper sticker size), it’s $5! Visit the site for details, and some creative writing.


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I recently completed my Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from UCLA. Now I’m sharing my capstone project. This a research project I completed in my final year, with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) as my client. The LACBC used some of the findings in their own report, the 2015 Bike Count Report. That link contains a nice synopsis of key findings, plus a link to download the whole report. The report is very digestible, with some great graphics. It shows the results …

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Founded 2005. Over the years I've posted writing, comics, ringtones, and stuff about maps, bikes, programming, pinball. And I had a robust music blog mostly about '90s hardcore punk (category = music).