Learning out loud in Milwaukee

  • Jerry Craft on NPR

    This interview with author Jerry Craft on Morning Edition last week was fantastic. I’ve really appreciated the perspective that A Martínez brings to Morning Edition, especially when interviewing authors of color. Anyway, I’ll be on the lookout for Jerry’s books this year.

  • Four years of Christmas quinzhees

    A quinzhee is a temporary snow shelter made by piling up snow, letting it set, and then hollowing it out. Temperatures inside a well-made quinzhee can exceed 45º once people are inside, and if the door is blocked or positioned opposite the wind, it can also be a significant wind block, which is handy when […]

  • On Twitter and social media stuff

    I was an early adopter of Twitter, I suppose. It was founded in 2006 and I think I created my account in 2007 or 2008. There were only a handful of people I knew with an account and it was a pretty exciting time to be a user. Back then, you could use the website, […]

  • Getting back into Goodreads

    I know I’m late to the party here but I’ve been having fun starting up my Goodreads account again. Based on the books I was in-progress on, I’m guessing I stopped using it back in 2012 or ‘13. Safe to say I’m not going to be able to backfill all my books since then, but […]

  • Open source payphones in Philly and Portland

    Where I work, we have a creed and in it we say that open source is one of the most powerful ideas of our generation. The Philtel program and Futel in Portland seem to exemplify that idea. The pay phone was an important part of connectivity infrastructure when I was a kid and long before. […]