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Over winter break I created a twitter bot called @lacrashbot. It automatically tweets every injury-collision that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2014, and it does so exactly when each one happened. It’s depressing!

I did it using python. And I put the code on github. I thought I’d share how I did this (so this post is basically just the readme file). This is a tutorial for creating a twitter bot that reads a csv and tweets content based on a timestamp.

LA Crashbot

LA Crashbot is a Twitter Bot …

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This post is a bit of a follow-up to the one where I plastered my bike with reflective tape. I’ve since added green spoke lights. They took five minutes to install. I think they make me way more visible than standard front and rear lights because:

  1. They move. They’re on the spokes, and the spokes are always moving. Moving lights catches peoples’ attention.
  2. They’re green. We see red and white lights everywhere on the streets. But we see green ones way less often.
  3. They’re really bright. As you can …

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Six years ago I posted the soundtrack to the 1981 surf movie, Bali High. To obtain this soundtrack, I transferred the VHS tape to DVD, then DVD to MP4, and then I extracted the audio. Needless to say, the quality wasn’t great (and I couldn’t exclude the narration). However, it’s a great soundtrack, and the posted garnered some interest. In fact, it caught the attention of the songwriter, Michael Sena! He was happy to see people still appreciating the soundtrack and new people were discovering …

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My daily commute involves a four mile bike ride to a bus stop. Two miles of the route are on a four lane road with no bike lane and heavy car traffic. On my return trip, it’s often dark out. Feeling safe, and being safe, are my top priorities. I use bright front and rear flashing lights. I follow a “I’d rather be safe than right” mantra when interacting with other road users. And I ride at a safe pace (say, when car traffic is clogged, I don’t whiz between them and the parked cars at top speed). …

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2-Minute Read

I thought I’d share an assignment I completed last quarter. Over the course of the quarter I went out to the site (a real block, in South Pasadena), measured everything, and created various architectural drafts (by hand). Then I modeled it using SketchUp. Then I added “enhancements.” In these views, you can see the things I added: pedestrian-activated crosswalk; bike corral; wayfinding sign; parklet; bike rack; etc. I put a lot in there, mostly as an exercise.

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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).