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Holmes: Is it true the president doesn't give a shit about Ukraine?

Sondland: Trump only cares about 'big stuff'

Holmes: The Ukraine war is big, isn't it?

Sondland: 'Big stuff' that benefits the president personally, like the Biden investigations.


what if you could use census data reliably and flexibly - without having to spend days or weeks learning all of the idiosyncrasies of census data?

Is the census “big data”? It’s certainly unwieldy as distributed - it can feel like something that requires institutional resources to handle. But it’s only ~1TB, and tabular, and fully structured, which makes me think there’s got to be a Better Way.

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The hypothesis - one I plan to test - is that this stems from lack of a business model. Why go through the effort to improve things only to give it away? So, this work has probably been done 100s or 1000s of times in private.

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There's also shockingly little high-quality, structured metadata documentation. Given its centrality and the number of folks who use it, I was expecting a more mature, and modern, set of tools. Plenty of libraries to make specific tasks easier, but no good query layer?

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I'm going deep on census data for the first time - the "Summary File 1" product in particular. It's basically the world's gnarliest pivot table.

Fucking seriously.


Dear East Coast Media,
The report of my death has been greatly exaggerated.


This tweet bugs me so much.


By 2050, 150m people will be displaced by coastal flooding, St. Louis will have the climate of Dallas, and half the world will be in perpetual war over dwindling food and livable land.

This isn't the distant future; still won't be old enough to get social security benefits.


Growth career: off-grid solar installer in Marin County.

Bay Area, 2017:
"What is 'AQI'? Is 120 bad?"
"Have you heard of 'Purple Air'?"
"Should we get an air purifier?"

Preschool emails by 7: "it's 160; activate plan 3(c)"
"Jona can't find the mask with the hearts on it"
"Good news: the wind will be out of the NNE tomorrow!"

Prediction: investor-owned monopoly utilities as we know them in California are gone in 3 years.

I've been thinking about expanded, prosocial versions of preparedness and resilience. Initial thoughts:

- Go beyond mere survival to comfort and civic life
- Include robust power and data/telecomms in the planning
- Incorporate mutual aid and community, not just the household

How does a house(hold) change when we start to value resilience in our everyday choices? How does the economy change when these behaviors become automatic and mainstream?

I feel seen.


One thing I like about working from home is that you can cry in your office instead of the bathroom


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