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I'm Justin. I'm a data journalist who likes making and eating cookies and pastries.

I enjoy fiber crafts (sewing, crochet, cross-stitch), have entirely too many books I haven't gotten around to reading, and occasionally dabble in electronics projects. (I was an EE major in college, but I've only worked in newsrooms since then.)

Reach out if you're interested in programming (Ruby, Python, R, JS), journalism, or making things!

When you think about it, AI (and computers in general), are just decision-laundering agents


You make flawed human decisions look impartial and mathematical

turns out that human beings actually have a lot of different and interesting strategies for talking about things there aren't single vocabulary items to express. that's uh, kind of obvious if you think about it for even a minute.

Deutsche Bahn asks "what is the meaning of time?"

Just discovered the `colordiff` package, which is helpful when I'm doing some small edits on my phone. (I use Alpine there, and the BusyBox `diff` doesn't support `--color`.)

But I can't bring myself to use the shorter installed name of `cdiff`—as a nurse's kid, I just keep getting brought back to the bacterium:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clostrid

I was wondering
if anyone could help me
get my head around

The position doesn't matter, respect does....
Always be polite and humble as you might be good at one thing and they might be better than you at some other thing.

Dessert, children 

My daughter's first birthday is coming up, and we were hoping to have a small celebration in the park with a few friends. She had a fever overnight, so we're postponing it—but I'm still really proud of the decorations I'd been working on this week for some mini-cupcakes.

I'd never worked with gum paste before, but it was just the thing for these letters in the style of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (which my wife and I both can recite from memory at this point).

Like take whatever measures that help you reduce your and others' exposure to surveillance, share information, give advice and organize, that's all great work! But don't assume others who use insecure corporate services are ignorant sinners in need of a sermon and conversion. Harassing people who are just trying to live and organize, doing some little good in a horrible world, does Not make anyone safer or more secure.

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"I struggle to understand how humans can communicate," the alien said.
"Yet you phrased that perfectly."
"Your words have no intrinsic meaning?"
"Correct. It's all by consensus."
"So if enough people are 'wrong', they become right?"
"For better or worse, that's human history."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

As long as SOME of
my edits are accepted,
I will be happy

May you have the courage to break the patterns in your life that are no longer serving you

@rysiek The flipside to this, of course, is that when you use a domain for e-mail you should think of it as a commitment to hold on to that domain forever, or at least many years after you stop using it. #InfoSec

I absolutely want to do this project *in conversation with* people who developed and distributed and played these games back in the 8-bit era.

So, if you were writing, playing, or distributing weird computer games before, say, 1985 I'd love to talk to you about it!

Please tell the greybeards in your life that I'd like to speak to them.

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children, feeding, formula shortage 

As I was telling another parent earlier this week: I'm used to this kind of scramble and panic-clicking and such for weird tech preorders or for event tickets.

I shouldn't be doing this just so I can feed my child.

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children, feeding, formula shortage 

Thankfully, my daughter's health would allow us to transition to a different one if we need to—but that process takes time, and there are more problems if you have to switch all at once.

(And that's assuming that whatever we switch _to_ is on the shelves when we need it!)

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children, feeding, formula shortage 

In "better" times, I was searching all over Chicago to help a friend (whose kid is about the same age as mine) find one of the specialty formulas mentioned in the article—at its pre-gouging price of $50 to $60 for 2 days' worth.

We had people all over the country helping find some for that family, and that was a month and a half ago. Things have only gotten worse since then, and now a lot of those same friends are trying to help me find _our_ formula.

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children, feeding, formula shortage 

nytimes.com/2022/05/10/us/baby

It's absurd how much work parents are having to do just to find infant formula right now.

I've had family members helping me look across several states to find my daughter's formula—and that's one of the "normal" ones. I literally haven't seen it on a shelf anywhere in _months_.

Do you use #OpenRefine? Then help the community by filling in the two-yearly user survey. More answers from people doing #datajournalism and #openscience would be especially valuable, so please boost if you have followers in those fields. bit.ly/3M4U30e

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