07 Feb 2019, 8:17 a.m.

Socratic Questioning, Devil's Advocacy, and Conversational Power Tools

"Devil's advocate" was a job. In order for someone to perform the role of Devil's advocate, someone else had to appoint them to that position. And the Devil's advocate performed a bounded task within an …

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07 Feb 2019, 4:49 a.m.

My Recent-ish Government Transparency Efforts

I've put together a page of my past few years of Freedom of Information Law requests and the responses they've garnered. In particular, folks might be interested in the NYC Department of Health and Mental …

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06 Feb 2019, 11:06 a.m.

A Few NYC Winter Hikes

I'm better when I hike more often. It nourishes me to clamber around rough trails and navigate and be among trees. You actually can use city transit to get to parks within NYC for a …

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01 Feb 2019, 16:18 p.m.

Prior Art

On Friday, May 3rd, in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, as part of PyCon North America, I'm leading an arts festival called "The Art of Python". The call for proposals is open now, deadline 28 February. And …

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30 Jan 2019, 10:39 a.m.


I'm back from my travel (taking care of ill family) and back on a bit of social media, but catching up on my inbox and may still be terse in my responses for at least …

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24 Dec 2018, 9:33 a.m.


I'm going to be off social media a lot between now and about Jan 10th. Please email if you want to reach me - https://www.harihareswara.net/ & https://changeset.nyc/#contact have my address - but I will probably …

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22 Dec 2018, 13:34 p.m.

I Welcome Your Point Of View On Whether I Am An Alto

I love listening to and singing a lot of labor and folk songs. Like, the highlight of my week a little while back was when a friend got out his guitar and learned to play …

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21 Dec 2018, 17:56 p.m.

Now It Can Be Told

The "I would ask for wall. We need wall." nonsense* reminds me: About 11 years ago, I was at some industry networking event here in New York City, gladhanding, schmoozing, &c. At one point I …

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14 Dec 2018, 11:44 a.m.


A few deliverables! At RubyConf Los Angeles 2018 last month, I co-presented "Code Review, Forwards and Back" with Jason Owen, and now video is up. "Intersectional sustainable crop science, and GIFs" is my newest MetaFilter …

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05 Dec 2018, 16:41 p.m.

The US Midterm Elections, One Month Later

I made phone calls and I canvassed in person for some candidates and a ballot measure. Leonard and I gave money to some candidates and I successfully encouraged a friend to do the same. On …

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