Next week I’m going to be starting a new job at Counsyl as a Software Engineer. Counsyl helps soon-to-be-parents and other folks better understand their genes - and I’ll be working on the software that helps people dig into their test results.
It’s been a pleasure over the last few months to build and launch ShareProgress into the world - they’re going to continue to grow and thrive and help folks get the most out of their social sharing.
I was really lucky to get invited to speak on panel at Techonomy 2013.
I was there speaking as a civic-entrepreneur about my work on TheBallot.org. I got a chance to talk about that work somewhat but mostly we talked about a lot of the myths and misconceptions about voting and voting-counting process. Fortunately there were two really really talented elections administrators there from Colorado and New Mexico - and it was excellent to hear about their work.
Thanks to Keya at Elect Next, Nolan at PollVault, and Parks for helping me prep for the session (although I didn’t get as much of a chance to plug these two great companies). And thanks to Seth at TurboVote and Mollie for getting me invited in the first place.
And of course to Katie and Katherine for hosting and putting on such a great panel.
The physicist … told me his rule of thumb for estimating supernova-related numbers: However big you think supernovae are, they’re bigger than that.
Which of the following would be brighter, in terms of the amount of energy delivered to your retina:
A supernova, seen from as far away as the Sun is from the Earth,
or The detonation of a hydrogen bomb pressed against your eyeball?
Applying the physicist rule of thumb suggests that the supernova is brighter. And indeed, it is … by nine orders of magnitude.
xkcd’s What If is one of the best things on the internet .
It was only a matter of time before the A/B testing of e-mail subject lines gave way to A/B testing Facebook posts.
Hey! My company, ShareProgress was in the Washington Post tech blog talking about social A/B testing.
Check it out.
Made a Chrome Theme out of a photo from the backpacking trip.
The photo is of the Minarets and was taken at Iceberg Lake in the Ansel Adams wilderness.
So I just finished pulling together new Portfolio site.
It’s pretty cool: http://scottduncombe.com. I’ve been really lucky to have work (and continue to work) on a lot of great projects like ShareProgress, #SoundOff, and Snaptivist. Makes me very humbled to see them all in one place like this.
But enough about those guys - let’s talk about the theme, which I’m ALSO pretty proud of.
Some fun features:
style.css- which is being generated automatically) it’s under 1,000 lines of code.
config.jsonfile - this makes FTPing files up and down really easy as the site should be aware of which environment it’s working in.
history.pushStateto update track when you open / close projects from the inbox. Watch the URL in the browser change while you’re on the page. Cool huh?
You’ll also notice the Tumblr is in the new theme too. I think it works fine - I’m not 100% satisfied but should probably start tumblogging more before I spend a lot of time on it.
Anyhow, check out the new site: http://scottduncombe.com. Really pleased how it turned out.