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Away Away

The Coloring Maps Etsy shop has further expanded! I started with maps that are intended for printing and coloring in (coloring maps!), then moved onward to digital posters, and now my wife and I ha...

Trying Jekyll

Why Jekyll I know I recently said I switched from Wordpress to Hugo for this site. Well, now I’m trying Jekyll. As far as I care, Jekyll was the first popular static site generator (SSG) and still...

Querying and Converting OSM PBF to Postgresql Using GDAL

Goal The goal here is to filter OpenStreetMap data extracts to only the features you need to use. The result is a smaller, more manageable dataset. Background For my map wall art I’m making maps...

Designs on Redbubble

I realized the other day that I made those fart earth stickers two years ago, and hardly anyone has bought any. My primary method of promotion was via @fartearth on Twitter. But it can be very chal...

Farewell Wordpress, Hello Hugo

I’ve been operating this blog since 2005 (with only 14 posts in the last 5 years), and it’s been a wordpress blog the entire time. But, to put it succinctly, I don’t really like wordpress! I’m fair...

Colorful Map Posters

I’ve expanded my coloring page maps shop, and am now producing wall art. I’ve basically spent all my evenings for the past month developing and producing these designs. And this is just the start! ...

Twitter Bot that Uses Ruby to Read a Single Line From a Text File

Now that you’ve read the post title and are hooked, LET’s GO! Following up on the last post about all/some of the Twitter bots I’ve made, here’s another I made yesterday. And I’m going to go into ...

Twitter Bots I’ve Made

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,...

Coloring Maps

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 ...

Los Angeles County Parcel Map by House Size

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 L...

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).