My Recent Projects

Over the past 3 months I have worked my way through the Flatiron School Online Full Stack Web Development Program. As part of the program, I completed 5 portfolio projects and live coded a new feature for each, with a Flatiron Instructor assessing my progress. I wanted to share a Read more…

Barker Reservoir Levels

I currently live in Cinco Ranch, Texas, about 30 miles west of Houston. The last few days have been terrible, but it has been amazing to see how many volunteers have come out to help others. Over the last few days I have been closely monitoring the levels in the Read more…

Is the Hot Hand Theory in Sports Real?

There has long been a debate as to whether the hot hand theory in sports is supported by scientific evidence, or is just based on anecdotal experience. FiveThirtyEight contributes to the debate here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/baseballs-hot-hand-is-real/. FiveThirtyEight looked particularly at baseball pitchers, and determined that there was some statistical evidence for the hot Read more…

Learn How to Fight Procrastination

Amy Torres recently published this article: https://writingcooperative.com/what-type-of-procrastinator-are-you-8fcdd499b362 detailing the different reasons that we procrastinate. In order to beat procrastination, it is important to chronicle your state of mind to gain a better understanding of your own psychology. Try to understand and become detached from the self doubt that often leads to Read more…

U.S. Entrepreneurship is Declining

Fivethirtyeight explores a concerning downward trend in the number of new businesses as a share of total business over the last thirty years: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-slow-death-of-american-entrepreneurship/. The trend accelerated during the mid to late 2000’s recession, but has been on a downward trajectory since the 1980’s. This is concerning as many of the Read more…

The Importance of Science in a Post-Truth Era

Scientific American recently took a look at how some scientists are responding to the seemingly increasing anti-science outlook in the world: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/nobelists-students-and-journalists-grapple-with-the-antiscience-movement/. Two important points stood out to me. First,  that scientists need to do a better job of outreach to inform the public of the scientific process. Because science is Read more…

The Value a NBA Superstar Adds to a City

Credit to Donajello on Reddit for this post: https://www.reddit.com/r/nba/comments/6olkrv/is_having_lebron_really_worth_the_trouble/.  A really interesting look at the value that having Lebron in Cleveland has added to the city and to the owner of the Cavs. The conclusion of the post is that Lebron has brought in more than $200,000,000 per year in value Read more…