I like making things, especially things that help people and counteract socioeconomic/political injustice. So far I've been a software engineer, an electrical engineer, and a musician. I am currently working with the Local News Lab (opens in a new tab), a team that is part of the Brown Institute at Columbia University.
Things I've made (and are on the backburner or spun down):
- Nabu (opens in a new tab): A landing page for tools/services to identify and understand bias. The first tool is a news feed (opens in a new tab) that shows articles grouped by topic. The second tool is a browser extension (opens in a new tab) that shows similar articles to the one you are currently viewing. This has been turned off (for now).
- CanIVote (opens in a new tab): A service that is like "haveibeenpwned" but for voter registration. Still very much in development (thus the GitHub link), but I'm proud of the code I have here so far!
Things I am currently working on:
- postgres-declare (opens in a new tab): A Python library to easily define your Postgres cluster (dbs, roles, privileges, etc.). I find there is a gap between tools like SQLAlchemy (which does a stellar job of defining tables) and infrastructure as code (which define the database cluster, version, instance size, etc.). So hopefully this is useful to fill in that gap, at least for Python and Postgres users!
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