Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

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aug
08
2012

Sky-High Design: How To Make A Bird-Friendly Building | NPR

I worked with illustrator Ayodha Ouditt and producer Andrew Prince on this interactive graphic outlining some architectural qualities that can make a building “bird-friendly” — or not. This was built with some simple jQuery and CSS. Shiny glass buildings are …

jul
24
2012

Code With Me

Next month, I’m helping out as a mentor at Code With Me, a two-day workshop for journalists who want to learn how to code (HTML/CSS/JS). This is aimed at journos without coding experience. Registration is $85; opens tomorrow. You want …

jul
19
2012

Your American Dreams: Family, Friends And The Freedom To Roam | NPR

While the concept of the American dream has been a part of our national consciousness for generations, you’d be hard-pressed to find two people who define it precisely the same way. We can say that with some authority, because, as …

jun
01
2012

Campaign Finance 2012: Where Your Money Can Go | NPR

I worked on this NPR Politics infographic with S.V. Dáte and Greg Henderson. It’s mostly a straightforward chart, but I had some fun trying to visualize the streams of money from the different donor types to the various classes of …

may
30
2012

Sizing Up The American Dream | NPR

I worked with April Fehling and Tanya Ballard Brown on an infographic about some of the typical components of the “American dream” — part of our series “American Dreams: Then And Now.” View the Project »

may
22
2012

News Apps

A bit of work news: NPR is spinning up a News Apps team. This will be an interdisciplinary group of data journalists, designers and developers which will work on projects across NPR.org, NPR Music, Planet Money, StateImpact, stations, etc. Management …

apr
04
2012

Anne Tyler's Baltimore

Last week, NPR’s Morning Edition ran an interview with author Anne Tyler. To accompany the story, colleagues Becky Lettenberger, Tracy Wahl and I worked on a photo-map of her Baltimore neighborhood, where many of her books take place. Tyler’s Baltimore …

mar
19
2012

Birthday Stationary

Last month I spent a rare Friday afternoon in the Pyramid Atlantic letterpress studio, printing two sets of stationary as a birthday gift for my mom, along with a set of thank you cards for myself. (I’d originally intended the …

mar
08
2012

Tiny Desk Concert: Laura Gibson

Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson of NPR’s All Songs Considered say they got the idea for Tiny Desk Concerts when they went to see singer Laura Gibson perform a few years ago. The patrons at the bar were loud, drowning …

feb
09
2012

NPR GOP Delegate Tracker

Looking at GOP delegate trackers from different news organizations, you might notice that they often have different numbers. There are a lot of factors to consider, including whether to factor in projections / estimates, how to interpret state / party …

feb
01
2012

Year-End Campaign Finance Reports

Yesterday, in addition to being the date of the Florida GOP primary, also was a major Federal Election Commission deadline for candidates and political action committees to submit their year-end financial disclosures. Candidates had last filed at the end of …

jan
25
2012

The Markup: Notes On The State Of The Union | NPR

President Obama has laid out his vision for the nation. We marked up his speech with fact checking, analysis and reaction — all in the margin.” I worked with Erica Ryan to set up this page within our CMS, tweaking the CSS to narrow the main content column and kick the annotations into the new left margin.

jan
08
2012

Photo of the Day: Election Planning

From last week: Some quick scribbles in my notebook for ways to internally promote different election-related features on our story and blog pages. Lots of pieces to the Elections puzzle.

dec
15
2011

Long-Term Unemployment: How Do You Compare? | NPR

We’re running a series about the long-term unemployed and underemployed this week, based on an NPR / Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Today, we rolled out an interactive that allows users to compare themselves against poll respondents on certain questions. On the geeky tech side, I put this together entirely with HTML/CSS/jQuery (look, Ma, no Flash!). Took a little longer than Flash would have, but it was a good learning exercise. (Just forgive my horrible jumble of code.)

dec
09
2011

What Countries Are Doing To Tackle Climate Change | NPR

Many top emitters have set their own goals, but it’s not always clear how they can meet them.” Worked with Andrew Prince on this chart, which accompanies our coverage of the U.N. climate summit in South Africa. Nothing particularly challenging technically about how this one’s set up — just HTML / CSS — but I was happy with how it came out.

dec
07
2011

Can Eurozone Countries Actually Follow Their Own Rules This Time? | Planet Money | NPR

When the euro was set up in the late 1990s, the Stability and Growth Pact clearly spelled out limits for deficits and debt. But nearly everyone broke those rules, including France and Germany. Now that European leaders are trying to create new rules, the question is — how will they enforce them?” Simple HTML tables, with tabs to flip between. I think Jess Jiang’s shading idea worked really well.

How Twitter's Trending Algorithm Picks Its Topics | NPR

Laura Sydell reports, “Sometimes a topic that seems hot, like Occupy Wall Street, doesn’t appear on trending lists, leading some activists to accuse Twitter of censorship. But the secret algorithmic formula prefers stories of the moment to enduring hashtags, so it ignores topics that are popular over a long period of time.” I worked on the chart that accompanies this story. Flot graphing library for jQuery again.

dec
02
2011

Looking At Unemployment By Age, Education And Duration | Planet Money | NPR

Caitlin Kenney reports, “Unemployment has reached its lowest level since March of 2009, according to this morning’s jobs report.” More fun with Flot jQuery charts.

nov
23
2011

Chompsgiving to Chew Year's: Holiday Dishes | NPR

What would the holidays be without our favorite foods? For this year’s festivities — from Thanksgiving to New Year’s — NPR will feature some unique holiday dishes, recipes that are significant to our reporters’ and listeners’ families and regions.”

nov
22
2011

Map: Hybrid And Electric Sales Across The Country | NPR

Hybrids and electrics account for less than 3 percent of all cars sold in the U.S. this year, but that ratio is higher in some areas. The San Francisco Bay Area leads the nation with 8.4 percent of all cars sold and the rest of the top 10 markets are also on the West Coast.” I worked on this TileMill-based interactive map of hybrid and electric auto sales in the U.S., based on data from Edmunds.com and R.L. Polk and Co. This goes with an NPR series on fuel economy, “Getting to 55 MPG.”

nov
17
2011

Supercommittee Scenarios: How The Debt End Game May Play Out | NPR

The congressional supercommittee — charged with developing a plan for cutting the nation’s deficits by $1.2 trillion over 10 years — is days away from its Thanksgiving deadline. While no one can predict exactly what will happen between now and the committee’s deadline, here are some possible outcomes.” I worked on this interactive flowchart with Marilyn Geewax, Avie Schneider and Debra Rosenberg. The graphic is completely code-based, with each element styled / placed via CSS and longer descriptions appearing onmouseover via jQuery.