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Waiting for the Smart Grid

The "smart" electric grid has held great promise for 15 years, but it's not always been clear how deeply it's penetrated our infrastructure -- or what benefits it's delivered. This article summarizes the current state of smart-grid technology, who's implemented it, and where improvements are likely to appear. Online only.

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Thu, 10/02/2014

Computing's Narrow Focus May Hinder Women's Participation

I was afraid to work on this article about the gender gap in computing because it's a topic surrounded by dogma, strong feelings, and poorly conceived statistics. As a result, most coverage on it is timid and shallow. But I think the hours of interviewing and research paid off. I'm happy with how it turned out. Online-only.

It's gotten lots of coverage:

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Mon, 08/18/2014

Does Coding Matter?

A column for Volume 3, Issue 2 of "Drupal Watchdog", the print magazine distributed at the semi-annual DrupalCon. This one describes how to get Drupal to do what you want, despite having no knowledge of Drupal's main languages, PHP and JavaScript.

Front cover of the print edition in which this article appeared
Date of publication: 
Sun, 09/01/2013

The Forever Disc

An article in the May 2014 issue of CACM about data storage for very long times, e.g. a million years.

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Mon, 04/28/2014

Buried Ghosts: What Lies Below a Paradise Lost

A short elegy to rust-belt towns, as told through the decay of buildings and bodies.

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Fri, 04/11/2014

How Do You Feel? Your Computer Knows (article)

An article in the January 2014 issue of CACM about "affective computing", which enables your computing device to perceive react to your emotions and moods.

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Date of publication: 
Mon, 12/23/2013

Welcome to Lower Self-Worthington (commentary)

My first article for Belt Magazine, "an online magazine devoted to long-form journalism, essay, and commentary with a distinctly Rust Belt sensibility". It examines why locals seemed to warn me away by asking, "Why would anyone move here?" Four of my photographs were also featured.

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Mon, 12/16/2013

Raising Money the Old-Fashioned Way

"Crowdfunding for technology gains traction" -- an online-only article covering technology funding venues including Fundable, Gittip, Bountysource, and others, with commentary from various players including Eric S. Raymond and the National Crowdfunding Association.

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Date of publication: 
Tue, 10/29/2013

Supercomputers Get Real

A short online-only article about how supercomputer developers are teaming up with application specialists to make the hardware's power more useful.

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Date of publication: 
Tue, 12/20/2011

Seeing is Not Enough

An article about vision systems that recognize actions, rather than just objects.

First page of article as it appeared in print
Date of publication: 
Sat, 10/01/2011

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