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To Live and Ride in LA: Do Bike Lanes Make Angelenos Safer?

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 C...

Los Angeles County Crashbot

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 happen...

How to be seen without seeming scene

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 vi...

Bali High Soundtrack On Vinyl

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 s...

Use Reflective Tape to Make Your Bicycle More Visible at Night

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. Feelin...

SketchUp Assignment

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 archite...

Pinball Map API Tutorial

When I’m figuring out how to add features to websites, the chances are strong that someone else has already accomplished my goal. And, since programmers seem like really giving people, they’ve prob...

A couple new comics

I drew a few comics about a year ago, but then forgot to upload them to tiny mix tapes. But now I have, and they’re appearing on the site every few weeks. Here’s the latest. And there are a couple ...

Evaluating the Risks of Fukushima-Derived Radionuclide Concentrations in Pacific Ocean Seawater and Biota

Here’s a paper I wrote this quarter for an Ocean Environment class that I’m taking. I thought it might be cool to share! It was a fun research project. References are at the end (sorry, I didn’t li...

Mercury guest post

I wrote a guest blog post for the Portland Mercury. It’s about surf journalist Chas Smith doing a reading at Powell’s Books. I’m currently reading his book. Review to come later, perhaps. http://b...

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).