I try more and more to understand ideas from the ground up, but with a recent increase in partisanship and decrease in nuance, I decided I would read one study or academic journal a month for 2018. This would not only help increase my knowledge on various topics, but do so a way that came directly from the source and not an interpretation of the source. A less stringent but still worthwhile part of this initiative is to read across topics, though I’m willing to consider ‘economic rates of return’ and ‘minimum wage’ as separate topics (since I read a lot about economics). …


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I’ve noticed both an increasing onslaught of articles and studies written about society’s relationship with their mobile devices, as well as a personal increase in my proclivity to pull out my phone for short-term stimuli in those 30 seconds throughout the day in which I’m doing nothing. Examples of this for me are usually mindless scrolling through twitter, reading (only) a headline about how bad the other political party is, or the worse one, unconsciously opening an app that I had just closed five seconds earlier. So, being a curious data nerd, I decided to start tracking my mobile usage a few months back so that I can better understand my reliance on technology. …


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I remember standing up here for my grandpa’s eulogy, and all I could think of was “I just need to make nana laugh today”. It’s now 10 years later and all I can think is “What can I say to really remember Nana for who she was, how do I honor the relationships she had with each of the people in this church?” As we’ve all shared memories over the last few days, the common thread seems to be how generous Marie was with her love. …


In the aim of better understanding search and Algolia (Search-aas), I integrated Algolia into my latest project, LunarCal. LunarCal imports your google calendar to develop:

  • STATS - Visualize basic stats (i.e. you have the most meetings on Tuesdays / in the afternoons)
  • PREDICTION - Predict the productivity of future meetings (based on historical ratings you give the app) — still under construction
  • SEARCH - Ability to search your calendar instantly
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Algolia was extremely easy to set up, it only took a few hours from hitting the documentation to production code. …


A Cooper-Hewitt Exhibit

A recent adventure to NYC’s Cooper-Hewitt museum brought me to an exhibit titled “Tools: Extending Our Reach”, which features tools and technology through history — split into 6 categories: work, measure, communicate, observe, make and survive. Follow the visual story below, including the iPhone, a patent for the bendable straw, a space ship and much more.

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“Aside from their functions…each of these tools lures the eye to follow its curves and angles and invites the hand to test its balance.” -Walker Evans

2014 Habits & Data — a year of my life and habits as told through data.

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Since many of my days are driven by my desire for personal habits, I wanted to share a snapshot of my life through data. Most importantly, the formation of my daily habits, which resulted in 58% of my habits achieved in 2014 (roughly 1,200 out of 2,100). …

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I rise in the morning with a desire to change the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. // @stanleyyork // stanleyyork.com

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