2018 was cool and leaving it behind was a little bittersweet. For starters, I turned the year into an incubation period where I hunkered down and worked on various parts of myself. The quick year end review:
On April 1st, Costa Rica held elections that were talked about the world over. At stake were two very different futures for this small nation famous for its stable democracy, the abolishment of its army in favor of spending more on education, and its progressive environmental policies.
As you may already know, the country overwhelmingly chose to vote in favor of equal rights for all (gay marriage was at the center of the debate, as was abortion and laws protecting animals). This result was in large part due to the efforts of Coalicion Costa Rica, a movement that started as…
I finally committed to #100daysofcode after years of saying:
I’ll do it in a few months when…
Those were basically another way to say ‘never’ so I just jumped in one day and have been using the challenge to both study and create. Overall, I love it and can see myself doing a round 2. The community alone is great and it’s so encouraging to see everyone checking in on their various mediums.
My medium of choice has been Instagram since I wanted the ability to…
“What if we’re in the painting before we’re born, what if we’re in it after we die, and these colors that we keep adding — what if they just keep getting added on top of each other until eventually, we’re not even different colors anymore. Just one thing, one painting…there’s no you, or me, or them. There’s just us.“
I’ve been rewatching This Is Us lately because why not. This show makes me feel damn good inside in a masochistic sort of way.
One episode that stuck with me is one in which Kevin botches an attempt at explaining death…
I found this video incredibly beautiful. I hope we all learn to love every ounce of ourselves the way this little girl does. Definitely listen to how fierce she is even if your Spanish is rusty. English translation below.
Also, shout out to my mom for transcribing this less than a minute after I asked her to. You da best.
Call me black,
Do not call me brown.
My color does not embarrass me
I am black because that is my race.
Black is the blood that runs through my veins.
Blood of a warrior race.
African, American, Colombian, Coastal.
That guy over there on the right, with the Obama on vacation look, is my dad.
If you’ve met him you probably don’t have to read the rest of this. But if you haven’t, well let me introduce you to this jolly man.
We’re only a few days away from the end of 2016 and if you’re at all like me you’re counting down in ways you’ve never done before. Without a doubt, this was me at the beginning and end of 2016:
But the truth is, there were still quite a few discoveries in 2016 that I can appreciate. Here it goes (in no particular order):
Good news: The election is finally over.
Bad news: It feels like the morning after a wild party where the first thing out of your mouth is ‘What happened last night??’
There hasn’t been a shortage of quality journalism since November 9th. Thought pieces on both groups of voters, what went wrong, and what we missed continue to fill my Facebook and news apps.
For this reason, I’ve put together a list for all to peruse. While I’ve tried to be non-partisan, this list is primarily centered around trying to understand things outside my bubble. …
About a week ago, I shared with you my latest read and also the first part of the accompanying mini-project. This week, I’ll do a bit of quick analysis to see if I learn anything new.
First, you’ll notice that the publication year and number of pages are inside a piece of text or string. We’ll need to pull that out. I used the stringr package to not only pull out any 4 digit value for the publication year but also any 3 digit value to pull out the number of pages.
Next, well do all the necessary conversions so…
I just finished reading The Book Thief and I must say it’s definitely as great as they say it is. The book had me completely captivated from beginning to end with the regular chuckle while on the subway. I may have startled a fellow passenger or two.
So while I decide on what may be the last read before the year is up, I figured I’d explore a few of the main themes in The Book Thief:
Books, Germany, and World War II
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