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I’m Not Quitting, I’m Failing Fast

Well, that didn’t last long. After only seven weeks of coursework in my Data Science program I have decided that it’s not for me. I can rationalize all I want but it basically boils down to the fact that I value my free time much more than I realized.This really …

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Our Home Academy Reveals Its New Coat-of-Arms

Anna made this for us today. Yeah, our school mascot is a tardigrade! They love water and can survive in space! The Fighting Water Bears! Perfect.

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Taking the Plunge

After much thought, I’ve decided it was time to get a more formal education in analytics. I applied and was accepted to Georgia Tech’s online Master of Science in Analytics program this Fall. Classes start on January 8, 2018 — less than four weeks away!

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Pecos is in Tibet

Anna recently sent me a short video that summed up everything I ever loved about comic books and science fiction movies from my childhood: The video discusses how movies and comics build complex “worlds” by including references to other people, places and/or events outside the framework of the current storyline. …

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No Day at the Beach

My wife met Anna over lunch today and snapped this picture of her walking along the shores of Lake Michigan. While it looks idyllic — especially for kids stuck in school — the scene masks several days of struggle as Anna tries to wean herself off her medications. Her symptoms …

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Education

Week 2/3 – Reality Bites Back

This old drawing of Anna’s sums up my feelings after Week 3 … Life is moving so fast and I am so disorganized that it all seems be congealing into one big mess. I don’t feel like I’ve got a handle on Anna’s curriculum and any ideas that I have …

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Education

When Life Hands You a Song Called ‘Lemon’

Anna finished her first big unschooling project today! It is a beautifully animated video she created for a song called ‘Lemon’ by a local Milwaukee band named Paper Holland (also on Facebook). A fun visual for a fun song: Enjoy!

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Design
Discovering New Opportunities for Urban Design in American Cities

“What a city has to say must find expression in its architecture.” Walter Wallmann, Lord Mayor of Frankfurt/Main Here in the U.S., we tend to think of our built environment –- our cities and towns — as mostly finished. Sure, we might tear down a few old buildings or add …

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What Does the Average Biker Dude Look Like?

CNN published the mugshots of all of the biker gang members who were arrested after the recent shootout in a Waco, TX restaurant. There were a total of 171 pictures, all in the same standard pose and most in the same standard orange jumpsuit: Seeing all of these pictures got …

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A Force Node Diagram of the U.S. Interstate System

There’s nothing too complicated about this post. I’ve been interested in creating an illustration of the U.S. Interstate system for awhile but my initial concept of a “subway-style” diagram of the network had already been done. After some recent experimentation with the D3 Javascript library, I decided that it might …

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What Does the Average Biker Dude Look Like?

CNN published the mugshots of all of the biker gang members who were arrested after the recent shootout in a Waco, TX restaurant. There were a total of 171 pictures, all in the same standard pose and most in the same standard orange jumpsuit: Seeing all of these pictures got …

Design
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A Force Node Diagram of the U.S. Interstate System

There’s nothing too complicated about this post. I’ve been interested in creating an illustration of the U.S. Interstate system for awhile but my initial concept of a “subway-style” diagram of the network had already been done. After some recent experimentation with the D3 Javascript library, I decided that it might …

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Most Popular Word Roots in U.S. Place Names

My family visited Washington D.C. last year for Spring Break and, during our 12-hour drive, I remember noticing a subtle change in the names of the cities and towns we were passing through. In the beginning, the place names had a familiar mid-western flavor; one that mixed Native American origins …

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Visualizing English Word Origins

I have been reading a book on the development of the English language recently and I’ve become fascinated with the idea of word etymology — the study of words and their origins. It’s no secret that English is a great borrower of foreign words but I’m not enough of an …