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The 30 year old Man’s Injury or My Introduction to Ableism

It was a “how did you know?” moment. At a dinner party I was telling a physical therapist I had just met about my herniated disc. She replied “did you just turn 30?” I hadn’t, I was only 29 at the time, but I amazed at the accuracy nonetheless. She told me herniated discs were a very common injury among specifically men of my age. It’s a juncture in life when people typically reckless with their bodies are all of a sudden greeted with a mortal reality.

With the pain that I was feeling and the obvious link that was placed in front of me, a level of self knowledge was immediately unlocked.… Read the rest

4 More Lessons Learned From 2 Years of Healing a Herniated Disc

If you are reading this I imagine it’s because you are suffering yourself from a herniated disc. I was there too, and still am 2 years later. While I’m not a doctor, and ask you not to take this as medical advice, I hope you might gain something from my experience. My first five lessons that I wrote when I was just 3 months in remain cogent and apt, are a story without an ending. As the injury transitions into a memory rather than an urgent priority, I should leave this map for who ever finds it useful.

1. Recovery has an unintuitive shape.

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More Nuclear Icebreakers – The Most Memorable of 2016-2018

Hello, how are you? Would you like to engage meaningfully with me? How do you feel about this as-personal-as-you-want-it-to-be, non-threatening, question? Those are the hallmarks of a good ice-breaker, and these are the best ones I’ve created or pilfered in the past three years.

1. Describe your ideal burger, layer by layer.

At the SOAK festival in 2016 I suffered back spasms from an extended Butoh session, and in order not to spoil that last night I made a game of laying still in one public location from dusk to dawn. As I needed to entice people to keep me company among the night’s many attractive options, this little ditty came to me.… Read the rest

5 lessons learned from 3 months of healing a herniated disc.

I suffered a herniated disc by foolish jumping off a large drop while camping. It has been the most serious injury of my life to date. As it  invaded almost every aspect of my life, my mood, my career, my friendships, it gave me lots of pause to reflect. This is what learned and wrote after 3 months. However in the end it took me 2 years to be pain free, at which point I wrote a follow up “5 more lessons learned” which also contains more practical lessons than the more abstracted ones here.

1. The thing you can’t do is sitting.

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Trivia Pub Quiz #1—Awesome Festival 2017

Prompted to find alternative ways to entertain my friends due to a herniated disc, I tried my hand at writing a trivia/pub quiz.

Please use, remix, and fix some of the impossible questions.

(The specific genre of audience-tailored trivia for a group of friends owes a deep gratitude to Sumedh Joshi R.I.P.)

 

Trivia-Pub-Quiz

 

Round point structure.

  • 1x 1 points Warmup multiple choice question.
  • 3x  2-point one-correct answer.
  • 1x List as many as possible.
  1. (1 point) The name Mendocino is derived from A).  The 16th century Spanish circumnavigator. or B) A bastardization of the “Mein de Chino” owing to the famed chow mein from the area?
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Interview with Tadoh

Today I interview, Nicola Tadini otherwise known as tadoh, Copenhagen-based music-lover and DJ.

His sound varies from slow deep house to dancefloor filling tech-house. Together with Wartemal he started Folkets Haus, a monthly event in Folkets Hus in Nørrebro, as an attempt to bring electronic music and the radical-left closer.

In this interview you’ll learn…
what the slow house genre is
three different ways for music to be politial
and exactly how many stars Italian cookies ought to have.

Music Featured
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+ Folkets Haus #12 – 1. maj støtteaften
+ www.mixcloud.com/tadoh/folkets-ha…t%C3%B8tteaften/

+ Vadestedsfestival 2016 – Friday closing set
+ www.mixcloud.com/tadoh/vadestedsf…day-closing-set/

+ Klangkarussell – Sonnentanz ft.… Read the rest

Wikidata Human Gender Indicators in the News

Data from my project the Wikidata Human Gender Indicators has started to be cited in the press (BBC, Bloomberg), which is a large dose of validation. Traffic to the data visualizations increased 500% on the day of the BBC publication to 1,000 views/day, which inspires confidence. Moreover, Wikimedia Foundation’s Grants team—who funded WHGI—praised the project in their year-end report, saying:

Grants for research and tools (such as WHGI) – which minimally contribute to the targets of people or articles – have been extremely valuable in improving our understanding of the gender gap and how or why it manifests.

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For Harry and Carie on their Wedding Day

Marriage is part of humanity. As Alain de Botton reflected, “[…] the impulse to cluster into small familial groups within which to safely propagate the next generation, is a project that has been known to the largest share of humanity since our earliest upright days in East Africa’s Rift Valley.” And although today Harry and Carie are engaged in this ancient tradition, they are also alternative people that create their own history. Alternative people who appreciate a form of never-ending play, which was has been so well described for myself and our couple in the book Finite and Infinite Games. I’d like to read to you it’s philosophy on marriage, the family project and their choiceful natures:

Infinite lovers may or may not have a family.

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Machine Learning in 3rd Grade

The Economist has commented on the irony that machine learning helps school teachers relax after work by choosing what movie to watch, but helps none in determining how to assist their students. In my fellowship this summer, I tried to change that. At DSSG, I worked with the Tulsa Public Schools to do identify which students are at risk of being made to repeat 3rd grade. Using machine learning techniques we were able to predict 95% of the second grade students that would require intervention before the Reading Sufficiency Act destined them to do the year over.

At Data Fest 2016 I gave a fuller yet concise explanation, watch the video below.… Read the rest

3 Ways To Access Wikidata Data Until It Can Be Done Properly

Note: This post is quite old. In fact Wikidata can now be accessed “properly” via the Wikidata Query Service (WDQS). However the techniques outlined below still have their advantages.

The inaugural Wiki Research Hackathon went very well, and I’m affirmed that I feel best when I’m conducting Wiki Research. I was asked to give one of the tech talks of the day about accessing Wikidata data programmatically. Here is an outline of the talk

Purpose:

We’ll be viewing Wikidata as file in its own right for research, not as it’s canonical use case of being used in various Wikipedias.

Native format:

Wikidata is a mostly standard Mediawiki instance except that pages don’t store “Wikitext”, they store JSON blobs.… Read the rest