Musings, Explorations, and Announcements


9 August 2019

For me, the task of building a personal website is fraught with so many of my technical, aesthetic, and personal hangups that I hadn’t updated mine since mid-graduate school. Thanks to consistent pestering by Maëlle, though, I finally got around to re-building this one using a modern toolkit. Hopefully I can keep it up to date.

Here are some of the pieces that I used to build it:

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30 April 2019

See my original post for background and updates. I was glad to see the announcement from the DataCamp Board that, after a long period of silence and inaction, the company is taking seriously an incident of sexual misconduct and re-examining its approach to the issue and its relationship with concerned instructors. The CEO’s leave of absence and the engagement of Ms. Bhargava indicate a turn in the right direction.

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12 April 2019

Please note there are MANY updates below, and a separate post following DataCamp’s April 24th announcement.

Last week (April 4, 2019) DataCamp published a blog post stating that “one of DataCamp’s executives danced inappropriately and made uninvited physical contact with another employee,” an action meeting many definitions of sexual assault. While the post makes the claim that DataCamp does not condone this behavior, it also makes clear that the disciplinary actions against the executive were limited to “sensitivity training, personal coaching, and a strong warning.”

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19 March 2018

I made a little demo package to experiment with the use of WebAssembly to use compiled code from R packages and htmlwidgets. More here:


20 November 2017

I had to go shopping for a family birthday and new apartment stuff this past weekend. I entered the big, bright department store and froze, with instant regret and dread, because I heard the foreboding sounds of this phenomenon: Now I don’t know about other countries, but in America the tinsel-laden commercial Christmas season stretches starts the day they break down the pop-up Halloween shops and eventually consumes all of popular culture for two months.

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