Last updated April 2012
Articles for general audiences
Your challenge: Hold a slavery-free Seder
Contribution to the Occupy Judaism Haggadah Supplement, April 2012
Running The Numbers: Plastic Pollution
Background article to provide context for this image. Written in 2012 for a project that’s still in development.
Deserving The Future We Want
A short meditation on responsibility and reaping what we sow, contributed to a book on the theme of The Future We Deserve. Written in 2010, published 2012.
Happiness Report Card for Seattle
A comprehensive report back to the City on the results of a happiness survey conducted in 2011 by The Happiness Initiative. Co-written with Laura Musikanski & John de Graaf; I wrote the data-heavy sections, pp10-33.
How to ask the race question
A discussion of one of the trickier, more political issues in survey design, contributed to New Public Thinking. Written and published in 2011.
A 5-part series for the Sustainable Seattle blog, written in 2010 while the oil was still flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. Instalments:
What you can do to use less oil
The Farm Bill: a pressing issue for Americans who eat
A short piece commissioned for the P-Patch Post (a newsletter for Seattle’s allotment gardens programme), explaining why the U.S. Farm Bill matters to everyone in the country, and how the 2007 update to the Bill was shaping up, as of August that year. There are two versions:
As printed, within print space constraints: download PDF
With detailed references, for website only: download PDF
Printer Users Manual
A previous employer acquired a complicated printer that is able to automate many tasks. I wrote this manual, with extensive screenshots, to share what I was able to learn about it with my coworkers. Naturally, all security-sensitive information has been blanked out in this version.
May We Have Your Attention: Analysis of a Selective Attention Task
Eldan Goldenberg, Jacob Garcowski & Randall D. Beer
In S. Schaal, A. Ijspeert, A. Billard, S. Vijayakumar, J. Hallam & J-A. Meyer (Eds.), From Animals to Animats 8: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (pp 49-56). MIT Press.
Automatic layout of variable-content print data
Why curiosity didn’t kill the primate
University of Sussex Cognitive Science Research Paper 547