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Building a public research database out of spare parts

Cross posted on the Color blog. A couple months ago, we launched a public research database with DNA, health history, and more from 50,000 of our clients. You might be surprised at how little work it took us: under four person-months total. Read on to hear how we designed and built it, went above and […]

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 18:56:50 +0000


Tue, 05 Feb 2019 06:37:35 +0000


More 4 year old quotes: “71 is weird because the 1 is like boop and the 7 is like boop boop!” “Have you ever heard of hard socks?”“Wow, no. What are they? Are they like shoes?”“No no no. Ok let me explain it to you. They’re flappy but they don’t flap. You wear them when […]

Mon, 04 Feb 2019 06:39:59 +0000


Technically correct: the best kind of correct.

Fri, 01 Feb 2019 04:15:55 +0000


Venus de Milo statue.

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 22:32:03 +0000


Gina: [asks Brooke a question] Brooke: “OK so this is not really a good question Mama.” 😂😂😂

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 15:27:08 +0000


Blockchain is heartbreaking. As a computer scientist, I love it. It’s a fundamental breakthrough: the first open participation distributed consensus algorithm ever. That’s a big deal. As an engineer, I can’t responsibly recommend it to anyone for anything. It’s slow, unreliable, immature, hard to use, and functionality impoverished. It’s a database that hates you. Truly […]

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 01:21:07 +0000


Snoopy

We lost our faithful cat Snoopy a few weeks ago, just before the new year. He’d been sick for a while, technically kidney failure and feline mast cell cancer, really just old age. The vet gave him just six weeks, but we nursed him along with steroids and fluids, and he managed a good five […]

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:04:55 +0000


Don’t solve a problem just because you can imagine it. Wait until there is a problem, then go after it. If you over-anticipate, you will design freedom out of the system.    - Stewart Brand

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:20:00 +0000


Goodbye Facebook, Goodbye Google+

I deleted all of my Facebook posts last week. I deleted my Google+ posts too. They were pretty much all posted here on my web site too, so nothing was truly lost, but I still feel a bit lighter, somehow. Plenty of ink has been spilled on the problems with big social media and the […]

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 21:59:09 +0000


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