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Civic Innovations – Revisiting “Density and Destiny”
I wrote this blog post almost 8 years ago on the impact of local zoning regulations on income inequity and racial segregation. Looking at it now, I think I got a critical piece of it wrong. In this post, I make the argument that local zoning rules – an important...
Zagaja.com – Urban League Heat Pump Accelerator Update
The Urban League Heat Pump Accelerator project has grown in the new year. Last night we had nearly thirty people participating in our project. This includes a stable of dedicated regulars that have been pushing the different project groups forward: data, front-end, back-end, and now marketing. With that momentum we...
Civic Innovations – A Resolution for Digital Transformation
The end of January is a special time of year. It’s the time of year when many people come to fully understand their resolve in sticking to their New Year’s resolutions. Improved fitness is a common resolution, and many people make it only a few weeks into the year before...
Zagaja.com – Paprika is my Favorite Recipe App
Keeping track of recipes you use and like can be annoying. Especially when they come from different sources. Paprika simplifies this is a delightful way. I have been using it for a couple years on my iPhone, and cannot imagine cooking dinner without it. What I Like Parses recipes on...
Zagaja.com – The Time I Almost Missed Payroll
Before I was a software engineer I worked in politics. In this particular case I was hired as a campaign manager. The campaign manager is the CEO of the campaign. They report to a board along with the candidate. A few months into the campaign we had several employees on...
Zagaja.com – Weekend Links
Google calls in help from Larry Page and Sergey Brin for AI Fight. Its too bad they dont treat filtering out low quality content farms with the same seriousness. Why we all need subtitles now goes deep into a topic I explored last week. Tapbots, maker of Tweetbots, has released...
Zagaja.com – Streaming Apps Need a Makeover
Yesterday I read this article about the most streamed shows according to Nielsen. While it was not a surprise that Stranger Things sat at the top, there was somethingstrangeabout the shows that followed: NCIS Cocomelon Ozark Encanto Greys Anatomy Criminal Minds Bluey Gilmore Girls Seinfeld Why It Matters Given the...
Zagaja.com – What These Robots Do is Bonkers
I will skip the intro and share the TED talk: Why It Matters This new class of robots can navigate terrain and go places that other robots have not been able to. New methods of movement for robots open up new possibilities. Watch This Talk For Demos of dancing and...
Zagaja.com – The Invasion of Thirst Trap Content
From Merriam-Webster: The GQ giants names [Rihanna] Queen of the Thirst Trap, which they define as: the act of disingenuously posting sexy photos-while suggesting the subject of the photo is something else entirely-in an effort to elicit the lust (thirst) of followers. We like this definition. Jess Wilson, The Mirror,...

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