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I went to a three-day party in Buenos Aires this past month. The first two days were talks and workshops,

I gave a talk on how awesome I am and a workshop on cleaning data. The latter involved no computers and no slides, so I held it outside!

I modeled an analog version of the Army Corps 404 Website Scraper—what it might have been like before the internet. I took volunteers to play the a courier, an army secretary and staff/volunteers at an advocacy group. The simulated advocacy group acquired paper notices about applications to build on wetlands, archived the notices, recorded some structured information on a table (with four legs!) and then tried to find notices that should not be approved. I had no slides for the workshop, but here are some of my notes/outlines.

The third day was a shockingly organized hackathon. Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires has a website for discussing hackathon ideas. And people worked on it during the hackathon! Anyway, my team found references of money in court documents.

More importantly, I ate pizza, milanesa, empanadas, dulce de leche and ice cream.

Newspaper articles about the party

Hipster non-print news about the party and about Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires in general

One Response to “Party”

  1. mathew lippincott September 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    This is awesome, Thomas! I love your use of a real-world analogy for planning the program. What a great way to understand information flow and the design of a data architecture.

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