Bio: By day I work at RC, by night I mind my quartet of cats.


made by simon-weber, submitted by rachel
Repominder is a Django project that reminds OSS maintainers when they've forgotten to cut a release.

Dynamicland Experiments

made by cwervo, submitted by rachel
This is a great collection of projects and experiments created at Dynamicland, a great place.

Restoring RC's Color Classic

made by davidbalbert, nicholasbs, submitted by rachel
RC has a small collection of vintage computers. Occasionally folks restore them, and do fun stuff like this!

FOIA The Dead

made by parker, submitted by rachel
When someone's obituary appears in the New York Times, FOIA The Dead sends automated requests to the FBI for their records on the recently departed, and publishes the results. So far it has almost 4,000 pages of (sometimes-mundane, sometimes-fascinating) records on 55 people which probably wouldn't have been released otherwise.

My First Emacs Commit

made by nickdrozd, submitted by rachel
Nick describes his first commit to "real-deal core GNU Emacs," with some interesting commentary and historical context.

Using deep learning and Google Street View to estimate the demographic makeup of neighborhoods across the United States

made by tgebru, submitted by rachel
This paper details how Timnit and her team used Google Street View images of cars, deep learning, and neural networks to (accurately!) predict the demographics and political leanings of a neighborhood based on the types of vehicles detected there.

Interesting Numbers

made by its_computers, submitted by rachel
Have you wondered, "Hey, is the number 144 cool?" Wonder no more: this site will tell you every fun fact you ever wanted to know about a number and then some.

Stealing Ur Feelings

made by noahlevenson, submitted by rachel
Stealing Ur Feelings is a web-based interactive documentary that reveals how Snapchat can use your face to secretly collect data about your emotions. Noah is implementing Constrained Local Models to do emotion recognition. There's already a cool demo! My favorite part of this is that it's currently a work in progress, so you can follow along in the repo as the magic happens.

Raccoon, a digital wellbeing app made with Electron

made by kkitay, submitted by rachel
I always forget to look up from my computer. Or stretch. Or breathe. This app helps, and this blog post does a great job of explaining how it's built. And come on, look at how adorable the logo is!