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I am a Systems Architect and Python developer living in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Systems Architect @ Morrison Industries.

Meeting Coordinator, Executive Committee of the Michigan Association Of Rail Passengers, 2015-10 ...

Founder of MMAAADD (Multi-Modal Advocates Against Auto-Dependent Development)

I write urbanist stuff @ UrbanGR.

General Info

  • Items of a technical nature are posted on my technical BLOG at Whitemice Consulting
  • 2 dogs, 3 cats.
  • I own a 1919 Model-T Ford Depot Hack.
  • Certified SCUBA diver.
  • GPG/PGP key: D95ED383
  • Cyclist and advocate for a multi-modal transportation system.

I dislike "but", and I'll tell you why.

The term|word "but" in the English language is strange; sometimes it is a modifier, other times it is only a conjunction [like a word semi-colon]. I suspect that "but" creates a lot of confusion and frequently muddles or side-tracks conversation. We need less "but". I'm taking a late new-years resolution to find other ways of more accurately expressing "but"-ness.

Size Arrival Effect

Crushed Minivan

The rate of very big things crushing much smaller things - like automobiles and humans - is at record highs.. This has some safety officials baffled. And I frequently hear "It's a train!" when there is news of a pedestrian or motorist being crushed by an 8,000 ton object moving through space on the exact same course it has followed for more than 100 years.

Housing, Class, & Highland Park

A very reputable non-profit developer (ICCF) is attempting to convert an abandoned neighborhood school into housing. Anyone familiar with neighborhood politics and housing discussions in the once mighty United States of America knows the arguments that will be played out; you've seen this movie before, the plot arc is as packaged as a 1990s rom-com.

I Hate "Innovation"

Here are some hard truths:

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