I quit software engineering to go back to school to work on social problems like affordable housing and food accessibility.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, I found that a lot of people are suffering from the lethal threat of isolation. I have been kayaking for over twenty years, and generally go about once a week. I recently bought a new kayak and so I have an extra. This led me to invite others to kayak with me since kayaking is naturally a socially distant activity.
When I posted pictures and video, many people asked to be invited. This inspired me to create a facebook group whith regular weekly events for people to attend.
If like me, most people are working from home, then there's not really any reason for anyone to be working from anywhere specific. Why not work from a remote beach or the deep forest?
I'm planning to buy an RV and escape from civilization for a while, what with the apocalypse and all. I am part of many adjacent communities which can benefit from lessons learned and tutorials and guides about the work of getting off the grid and staying there. So I decided to start a blog about this. It will be live soon.
I helped cofound the first ever San Francisco chapter of Burners Without Borders! Ironically though the international network is headquartered here, they have not yet had an active chapter here.
I am launching an ongoing project to measure the effectiveness of various methods for improving indoor air quality. This new project builds on earlier work done to measure the effectiveness of expensive Shiftpod tents versus cheap alternatives.
There are two major goals for this project. First, I will be testing the effectiveness of a very affordable and unusual method of indoor air filtration. As someone with severe asthma during a respiratory pandemic, this is a particularly salient issue for me personally, and I did some personal experiments with filtration methods last year which I'm hoping to build on with this new work.
Second, I will be testing the effectiveness of houseplants on indoor air quality related to smoke from wildfires. This research builds on earlier work from NASA which showed that plants have enormous potential for improving indoor air quality, but did not measure their effectiveness against wildfires specifically.Check It Out
One of my greatest long-term aspirations is to open a venture capital firm dedicated to ethics, justice, and sustainability. I like the phrase "Community Capital" which seems to convey these points while also conveying a dedication to both crowd funding and crowd sourcing.
There are many examples today from Kapor Capital to Vanguard's ESGV ETF. There is a new perspective developing at the intersection of business and sociology which argues that sustainable and ethical business practices are better investments. In the case of the Vanguard ESGV ETF, their portfolio focuses on companies which value best practices in environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG).
This is a good example where the argument ESG is making is that these ESG-conscious companies will outperform other companies. In fact, ESGV beats the S&P historically. Beating the S&P has long been believed impossible; this is the holy grail in investment. The fact that ESGV beats the S&P seems to validate this concept.
I plan to eventually start a VC firm which focuses on ESG investments and helps companies develop into better ESG citizens. Putting out information about this topic will also be an excellent way to lead social change while drawing in further investment.
I am developing a housing project with several partners. The basic idea is low-cost, fully modular, and mass-produced housing units. These units can be stacked a dozen high or more. This would finally allow safe, rapid deployment of high-density, low-cost housing.
We would be a one-stop shop like solar city; customers would just call us and we would manufacture, deliver, and install as many housing units as they would like.
A nonprofit or foundation branch would buy, install, and manage large projects consisting of these units. This takes the profit motive out of property development and allows development to be driven by more ethical decision making processes versus the current system.
About a decade ago, I opened a cafe in Chico, CA. It's still there today though I am no longer involved as I moved away for school. I have had a great deal of time to reflect on my challenges and successes in that project, and to compare my work to other cafes around the world. I plan to open a new cafe in the bay area which focuses primarily on RTD&E price-accessibility and providing food for a diverse array of cultural needs.
I have been developing CRM products with partners and on my own for over a decade. I plan to launch a free ad-supported version for public use sometime in the next several years.
I decided to perform a regression analysis and forecast based on the first six months of coronavirus data to see what it would say about the future. The results were fairly terrifying. The analysis shows that it will take four more years plus twenty-million deaths just in America before the pandemic ends, unless things change between now and then.
This data inspired me to build a new tool which performs this regression analysis and forecast on a daily basis, with a moving projected end date and death toll.
Stay tuned, this should be posted later this week.Check Out Corona Projections
I built a platform for tracking local numbers for coronavirus in your area. It allows you to see the numbers in your specific county plus the surrounding counties, all compared on a single graph.
You can also view the same data for many other metropolitan areas.Check Out Carona Country
I also built a platform for tracking the progress of the covid-19 pandemic around the world. It shows graphs for major metrics including both linear and logarithmic scaling. I also included sub pages for each country as breakouts. Details are included about how it fethces the data automatically every hour from the UN/ Johns Hopkins.Check Out Covid19-Progress
I had asked several professors about which populations are the most impacted at Sierra College or which groups have the lowest success metrics compared to the average. I was surprised to learn that no one knew the answer so I decided to create a list of all populations which could be filtered and sorted by success.Check It Out
I studied the effect of various techniques and materials on prolonging that magical sleeping time in the morning before the temperature inside the tent gets too high to keep sleeping. I also compared expensive Shiftpods to cheap alternatives.Check It Out
At least three white-nationalist neo-Nazi groups were active at Sierra College in 2019. They posted propaganda and recruitment flyers around campus on at least a dozen occasions. I worked on putting together a coalition between many student groups and outside groups to track and document this activity. I also built a blog for the strategic partnership to use as a central place to document and chronicle all the activity.Check It Out