Visualizing Personalities

January 10, 2015

I work on a team of about 25 people. We’re a mix of engineers, product developers, and data analysts. About half the team is based in the TED office in New York City, while the other half is based remotely around the world.

We gather face-to-face...

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Crazy Horse Volksmarch

December 31, 2014

Back in June 2014, the kids and I took part in the 2014 Crazy Horse Volksmarch. This once-yearly event is the only day the carving is open to hikers, and we had a great time despite the rain and fog.

Upcoming special events are listed on the Crazy Horse special events page. We plan on doing this hike again in coming years, and recommend it to you all as well.

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Superstition Mountains Hike

December 30, 2014

Sara and I did this hike on my first trip to Arizona in 1998. We returned 16 years and 2 kids later. The Superstitions are as beautiful as ever.

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Hiking In Oregon, May 2014

November 27, 2014

The TED Tech team is largely remote, but we get together in person a few times a year. We gathered in Portland back in May, and kicked off the week with a Sunday afternoon hike.

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St. Ignace Island Photo Map

November 1, 2014

My good friend Pete and I did some wilderness kayaking along the northern shore of Lake Superior back in June 2014.

I always come back from these trips with lots of photos and lots of maps, but I often feel like the two are hard to connect to each other. I hope this presentation helps you get a more immediate sense of where we were and what the places look like.

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TED Staff 2014

August 21, 2014 by alex

In the 1960’s, Georg Nees created some of the first computer-generated art. His piece Eight Corner contained figures produced by connecting eight randomly-generated points. The cryptic beauty of the image struck me from the first moment I saw it, and I wanted to create a similar work.

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Separate databases for each git branch in a Rails project

January 29, 2013 by alex

Git makes it easy to branch your code. I love this. But when a branch needs migrations, switching back to master can be difficult. Just checking out the master codebase isn’t enough - you need to also spin up a database with the schema expected by...

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I'm a published author.

December 10, 2012 by alex

I contributed to a few chapters in O'Reilly’s recently-published book “Monitoring With Ganglia”. This is a big first for me, and I’m pretty proud of it. Anyone who’s interested in Ganglia (and really, who isn’t?) should pick up a copy.

All proceeds...

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Learning a little R

October 10, 2012 by alex

What’s a pirate’s favorite programming language? R! (Groan all you want. It only encourages me.)

Over the past few years, I’ve made a few half-hearted attempts to learn the R programming language. I made a little progress, but never really felt like...

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Animating geo data using ruby-processing

September 28, 2012 by alex

A few weeks I wrote about experimenting with Processing for the first time. I’m pretty happy about how that project has progressed since then.

I synthesized some TED talk views data and an IP address geolocation database to produce this:

It was...

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