Review of The Gene - An Intimate History

One reason science can be so frustrating to understand is the lack of context to ground new knowledge in. By talking about genetics as a part of the history of the field Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee makes a dense subject interesting and accessible. His book is long but weaves science into personal stories and questions of ethics. My biggest regret is having to rush through this book near the end because there are a lot of ideas to process.

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How Code for Boston is Growing

It has been nearly two months since I received a note asking Code for Boston to transition to virtual hack nights. Since this transition the leadership has been working hard to keep things going. While things have been different and there have been some bumps in the road, we continue to grow.

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How Technology Helps in a Pandemic

As governments have been forced to change how they work in the wake of a global pandemic, technology has gone from a luxury to a lifeline. School is now online. Public meetings happen on Zoom. These solutions work, but do not work for everyone and are not happening everywhere. In order to be ready for the next pandemic Massachusetts must invest in digital literacy, broadband, and government digital services.

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Rise of the Resistance Review

Wake-up. Amount of sleep: five hours. Excitement level: 100%. Time: 6:15 a.m. My clothes are strategically laid out from last night. I dress. Buzz Lightyear t-shirt and shorts. Temperature: 82 degrees. Blue magic band? Check. Hopper ticket from 1996? Check. iPhone and Disney app? Check. It is too early to take a bus from Pop Century. My fiancé already planned for this. We order a Lyft.

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Meeting Owl Pro Review

Every month Code for Boston has a core team meeting. While most of our team attends in person, sometimes people have to participate remotely. We have found Zoom to be the best software for doing this. However for remote participants the view of the meeting room ends up being limited to the person who connects. The audio is fine using the Polycom, but video is not great.

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