All posts by Jeff Reifman

Jeff is a technology consultant based in the Pacific Northwest. Check out Portland Wild, a visual map-driven guide to Portland's public art, its Heritage Trees and its Little Free Libraries.

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The GoFundMe that Powers The Herbfarm to Feed 1500 Doctors, Nurses and Medical Staff

On Saturday, March 14th, my friend Carl tweeted that he’d like to raise donations to hire unemployed restaurant workers to provide meals for health care workers: It was noble but I dismissed the idea. In the midst of the covidapocalypse...

/ March 20, 2020
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Australian Wildfire Photo by David Caird from Mallacoota Victoria

This photo by David Caird in Mallacoota, Victoria tells the foreboding tale of climate change that we’re continuing to deny. Via Jon Kahler.

/ January 25, 2020
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Off the Mat’s Yoga, Purpose and Action Coming to Seattle

8 Limbs Yoga is hosting Off the Mat Into the World’s Yoga, Purpose and Action 2.0 in Seattle October 12th – 16th in 2020. I took the trainings in Austin, Texas about eight years ago and I highly recommend it...

/ January 24, 2020
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The EFF’s Panopticlick Shows How Your Browser Fingerprint Identifies You

I’ve been curiously questioning the uniqueness of browser fingerprints but the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s updated Panopticlick service shows you frighteningly how powerful they are. Each time you request a web page with your browser, a lot of information is shared...

/ November 5, 2019

Training Robots to Walk

I enjoyed the BoingBoing post Robots made from tree branches learns how to walk: Made from servo motors and tree branches, these robots were trained to successfully walk across the floor. Unlike supervised machine learning, which trains models based on...

/ November 5, 2019

Heidi Wills Broke Into My Car on Halloween

As I walked towards my car the morning after Halloween, I saw the door was slightly ajar and I knew immediately what had happened: Heidi Wills had broken into my car. Shortly after, I tried to log in to NextDoor...

/ November 3, 2019