An ethical hacker changing the world.

NYC Blooms With OpenStreetMap

A community mapping project in New York is showing how OpenStreetMap can not only show how mapping can help people navigate, it can shape how people perceive their city.

Esperanto After Four Weeks

I’m into my fourth week of Esperanto and I thought I’d write some reflections on the process, the struggles and successes.

Why Imports in OpenStreetMap Are Controversial

OpenStreetMap’s goal is to map the entire world, so one might assume that anything that would help give the project a leg up would be welcome, but what many potential importers find is that the OSM community, in particular the more senior members, are hostile to imports. Understanding their strong feelings can be difficult, but I’m going to take a look at the issues around imports in the community, and why they’re so controversial.

Fearing French and Embracing Esperanto

This post is about why I fear French, and what my attempt at taking this problem on has taught me. This is one of the most personal blog posts I’ve made in several years, but in it are lessons for nearly everyone, especially if you are considering learning a second language