Solving the Ransomware Crisis

Yesterday one of Russia’s most aggressive Ransomware hacking groups abruptly vanished from the Internet. This is probably the result of secretive work from the Biden administration, and it’s great news. Read More…

COVID-19 Sewage Data, Revisited

Biobot changed their measurement methods after my November 15 post and was kind enough to reprocess historic samples with their new method. As a result, the graph of Boston-area COVID infections has changed: Read More…

Amend the Act

In belatedly authorizing the federal government to provide assistance to the incoming Biden administration, the GSA Administrator Emily Murphy writes: I strongly believe that the statute requires that the GSA Administrator ascertain, not impose, the apparent president-elect. Read More…

COVID-19 Sewage Data

November 29, 2020: The source data cited here has changed since this post was written due to revised measurement techniques. Please see my newer post for details. Here in Boston, the agency in charge of sewage treatment has contracted with a fellow Greentown Labs startup (Biobot) to monitor COVID-19 viral RNA levels in sewage. Read More…

(You Gotta) Fight for your Right (to Repair!)

I’m sure you’ve all heard the good news about Election 2020: the amended Massachusetts Right to Repair law passed decisively. Automakers will be required to provide consumers with access to “telematics” data stored and transmitted by their cars. Read More…

On Voting, Apples, and Age

I hope every sane, eligible American is planning on voting tomorrow. (For Biden, presuming you value–oh, I don’t know, let’s start with: democracy, respect, the principle of a shared and knowable truth, dignity, science, facts, empathy, and kindess? Read More…

Hat & Mitten Boxes

What family doesn’t need a set of matching wooden crates to hold hats and mittens? It started with some closet clutter and a hastily-made prototype of a diaper carton and masking tape. Read More…

Trump Suggests

You won’t believe this one verb that describes every action taken by Trump!

A Big-Girl Bed, Part 4: Final Assembly

Continued from part 3: the finished product. I designed the bed to be assembled in place with fasteners. It worked out that the ground clearance of the bed was a perfect match for my sawhorses. Read More…

A Big-Girl Bed, Part 3: Lights, Paint, Finish!

In my second post, I covered the basic construction of the bed I built for my daughter. Here I explain the lighting system and the painting and finishing process. If you love watching paint dry, you’ll love reading about it! Read More…