Progress on Geo June

At the outset of Geo June, I was hopeful that we could be providing more regular updates on what's going on, but with so much happening I knew we weren't going to be able to keep up with blog posts! Here's a recap of what we've been up to so far this month: Read more »

Announcing Geo June!

Help move Drupal a crucial step closer to being a true Geospatial CMS!

We invite you to join us for Geo June, a month-long series of events and collaborative projects. We will be coding, documenting and demonstrating solutions for data collection and mapping. By the end of the month, we aim to provide a stable foundation for storing and using "real" geospatial data in Drupal. There is a lot to do, but we're closer to our goals than you might think. Development efforts toward modules affecting all aspects of the geospatial equation-- from geocoding to geospatial data storage to mapping-- have never enjoyed a higher level of momentum. Let's capitalize on this and bring it all home. Geo June endeavors to do just this, with a virtual sprint to maximize the contributions of everyone who participates.


You can join in the fun by helping us work the issue queue for Geo and related modules, or by participating in other ways:  Read more »

The Determined Dill

My good friends at Squawk made a short about a dude who goes crazy trying to open a jar of pickles, and decided the best way to premiere the film would be to create the first Minnesota Pickle Festival. This meant that there had to be more than just a film, and all of it had to involve pickles. There was lots of fun pickle-themed activites including pickle-flavored beer (not great, but better than you might think), pickle contests, and a boobbing for pickle sort-of thing. Read more »

Aurora Shanty

The Art Shanties are an amazing and very Minnesotan event where artists are invited to create unique shanties or experiences on a frozen lake in February in Minnesota. It could loosely be described as a very mini Burning Man except on a frozen lake and without the pretension. This year, myself and some friends were accepted to make the Aurora Shanty — the northern lights inside an ice shanty. Read more »

Style guides and SRCCON

I just got back from SRCCON, and it was amazing. SRCCON was the first of it’s kind — bringing together developers, designers, and other technologists who work in (or around) newsrooms. I was able to go because of a generous travel stipend provided by SRCCON via WordpressRead more »


Inspired by Textmas I made Lumière this year. It’s a string of addressable LED lights that can be updated through a Meteor-powered website or via SMS (text messaging). See it in action below:


I learned a lot about electricity even though there is not much to hooking up the Raspberry Pi and the LED lights. I also made everything open source with full instructions up on GithubRead more »

Why I code in the newsroom

Read this and then go apply for the 2014 Open News Fellowship!

For those of us coming from a software background, let’s make a distinction around what is developing in the newsroom. Developing in the newsrooms is not working on the infrastructure behind a news website; it means making the news with code, such as data visualization, analysis, interaction design, and much more. This line gets blurry sometimes, of course, but the idea is important. Read more »

New Site (again)

As a web developer/coder/architect/whatever I can’t help care about and constantly change my “web presence”, even if I don’t make a lot of content. This site ( has, or is currently in the process of being, moved and redeveloped from the ground up.

The new site runs on Jekyll and is hosted through Github Pages. The previous site was run on Drupal and hosted at Here are the main reasons why I have made this shift. Read more »

What Hackathons Really Are

Hackathons, Code-a-thons, Code sprints, Hack days, Hackfests, Codefests, call them what you will; they have been going on for quite some time. In recent years, this has moved past the idea of a specific programming language or software to such things as civic hacking, fashion, icons, and more. Read more »

Registered Voters in Minnesota Counties

A look at relation between registered voters in Minnesota counties (and experimenting with D3)

By registered voters, the 5 most populous counties, out of 87, makes up just slightly over 50% of all registered voters in the state of Minnesota. This does not work like the Presidential race with the electoral college where one state gives all its votes to a single candidate, voting on state wide elections is done by the populous vote alone. Read more »

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