“If you already know what recursion is, just remember the answer. Otherwise, find someone who is standing closer to Douglas Hofstadter than you are; then ask him or her what recursion is.” -- Andrew Plotkin
I am a civic hacker* based in Washington, DC. Currently I am...
Proprietor of GovTrack.us, a government transparency tool that tracks the activities of the U.S. Congress which I started in 2003.
“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect. But actually from a nonlinear nonsubjective viewpoint it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff.” -- The Doctor
My book Open Government Data: The Book (2012) discusses the principles behind the open government data movement in the United States, including uses for transparency and civic engagement, a brief legal history, data quality, civic hacking, and paradoxes in transparency.
I once long ago wanted to be a FBI profiler, and now I dream of being a chef, or the newspaper publisher in Spiderman. I collect antique maps/cityscapes.
*Civic hacking is creative use of technology to innovate our civic lives, especially our participation in government. More on what that means...
Some of my photography:
“As certain as my heart is ticking, I'm certain no living chicken // Has ever so clearly commanded a living cook before // With an utterance so clear and shocking that even I could not ignore. // Quoth the chicken, ‘Fry some more.’” -- Alton Brown in Good Eats