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A student was in my office looking for a little AI project today. After a bit of discussion, she’s going to try to write some agents for Cartagena, one of m...
December 09, 2009

Wrapping Up

On the same day that the New York Times ran an article about open data and Government 2.0, the graduate and undergraduate students in this term’s consulting ...
December 07, 2009

Calling All Django and jQuery Developers

We’re about to release version 0.6 of Basie, a replacement for Trac built on Django and jQuery. Before we dive into work on 0.7 at the beginning of January, ...
December 06, 2009


Microsoft Pivot: their notion of "very large data" is smaller than mine, but this is still a fascinating tool. Via Jordi Cabot (again), a library of data ...
December 06, 2009

Twenty Years

Twenty years on, most Canadians instantly recognize the name of their murderer. I’d rather remember theirs: Geneviève Bergeron Hélène Colgan N...
December 05, 2009