A quick update for Thanksgiving week.

Since my last post, the rainy season has come to the Oregon coast, as expected.

I’m learning R blogdown so that I can port this site over to that platform in the near future. After using WordPress for my personal site since 2009, I finally went static earlier this year, transitioning to pelican, a Python-powered static site generator. But as I’ve been more focused on learning R for data science, I’d like to (1) learn something new in R, and (2) integrate this site more tightly with that workflow so I can easily share data science projects here.

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Halloween! My black cat is celebrating the holiday by sleeping nearby.

It’s sunny, for perhaps the last time in a while. Winter is coming — and with it, the rain.

I’m actively participating in my town’s planning commission and the board of the local academy of arts and sciences. For the planning commission, I’m working on updating the comprehensive plan for the village’s future. The arts and sciences academy put on well-received presentations recently about solar eclipses and native bee conservation.

I spent the last ten weeks in discussions with an NBA team about a position in their front office, but we won’t be moving forward on that at this time. In the meantime, I’ll keep working hard on getting better.

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Checking back in here before August concludes.

Enjoyed the eclipse with my wife and some neighbors last Monday. We had 99.9% partial coverage here–so close! We couldn’t make it to the path of totality that day but it was fun nevertheless.

As I mentioned in last month’s update, I joined the board of the local Academy of Arts and Sciences. I attended my first board meeting two weeks ago. It’s exciting to be a part of this group that brings in interesting, thoughtful speakers to talk to locals. We had a retired NASA astronomer come …

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