Working with Timelines

Earlier today, I was catching up on some of my RSS feeds, and I read an article from Not Even Past on using timelines in college classrooms. The article (by Chris Babits) presents a strong case for the pedagogical goals served by creating a digital timeline assignment. The case is similar to some that I've heard and made at work, where I do my best to make digital assignments easier. Since it uses open source...

Https Everywhere!

Today I switched my site from an HTTP (insecure) connection to an HTTPS (secure) connection, which means that your connection to this site is secured with strong encryption, so that your traffic to my site can't be read, even if it's intercepted by another party. For a static site like mine, https isn't the most important thing in the world. (All of my posts are generated by Jekyll, so even I don't log into anything...

New site

This isn't the most exciting thing in the world, but I've moved my site from GitHub Pages to my own installation of Jekyll on a little server of my own. I'm using a little Digital Ocean Droplet, and so far I'm pretty excited. I'm joining modernity by using nginx instead of apache, but I'm sticking with Ubuntu. Like I said, it's not the most exciting thing, but it's pretty exciting to me.

High School Rankings in the US

Where are the best high schools in the US? That's a question that occurred to me when I saw this ranking data from Niche on Facebook. Niche uses a number of factors for its rankings, but one thing that I really wanted to see was if there were any concentrations of great schools anywhere in the US. So, a bit of scraping, a bit of geocoding, and with some help from CartoDB, I whipped up...

Hello World!

I've moved my webspace from my own webspace to here, a GitHub pages... page? I've been using GitHub pages for work and I like working with Jekyll, so I figured now is as good a time as any to do some winter website cleaning. Over the next few weeks I'll be putting up descriptions of past projects as blog posts as I am able.