Biking to Work (when you live 50 miles away)

I love working at the University of Michigan.  The only downside is that I'm faced with a daily 50 mile (75km) commute in my car each way.  For about a year I drove to the nearest parking garage, which was about 1 block away from my office, parked, walked the single block to my office, … Continue reading Biking to Work (when you live 50 miles away)

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It’s Great To Be a Wolverine!

As of this past Wednesday, I've been at the University of Michigan's Digital Innovation Greenhouse (DIG) for exactly six months now.  Time flies! All three lead developers (Ben Hayward, Kris Steinhoff, and myself) started on the same day in May.  It turns out the hiring committee made a good choice: not only do we have … Continue reading It’s Great To Be a Wolverine!

Joining The Digital Innovation Greenhouse at the University of Michigan

I have been dancing between academic work and entrepreneurship for the past several years.  It has been exhilarating and exhausting.  On the one hand, I have done some of my best and innovative work as a "lone wolf", acting as an expert consultant to several world-class institutions.  On the other hand it has been a … Continue reading Joining The Digital Innovation Greenhouse at the University of Michigan

Using dokku to deploy my visualization apps

[Note: this is more of a reminder-to-self at this point but I hope to revise it over the next while to make it more useful to others. I struggled with some of the details that I specify below so I hope this is useful to someone who is contemplating a slightly more complicated dokku setup.] … Continue reading Using dokku to deploy my visualization apps

When you can’t over-deliver

I was recently reflecting on the importance of leadership in a number of my projects.  Martha Reavley's recent post on leadership, in which she built on Jack Welch's thinking about the importance of over-delivery, resonated with my own thinking on this topic.  It also made me think of why some projects are more enjoyable than others. … Continue reading When you can’t over-deliver

Signs, redux

Five years ago, I made this blog entry.  It is as timely now as it was then. Nothing dramatic on the personal front this time, though.  The work front, however, is full of changed priorities.  I was pleased to learn that two proposals for the MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) that I have been involved with have … Continue reading Signs, redux