How to scrape with Ruby and Nokogiri and map the data

publication, software development, Wichita

Free Code Camp published my article “How to scrape with Ruby and Nokogiri and map the data.”

 

 

This piece comes out of a project I recently built to map bridge data from across Wichita, Kansas. To get the bridge info, I created a Ruby script that used Nokogiri to compile information before converting it to JSON . With that in hand, I was able to use JavaScript and the Google Maps API to plot each bridge with info-rich popups.

Read the article and see the code on GitHub.

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How you can build a terminal game with CSV and Ruby

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Free Code Camp published my article “How you can build a terminal game with CSV and Ruby.” It’s based on a lecture I gave earlier this year at Ada Developers Academy, and features a talk about Ruby’s CSV library and a walkthrough of how to build a Solar System terminal game.

Here’s a peek at the game:

Three Collages Featured in Miracle Monocle

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Three of my collages appear in the newly released Miracle Monocle, Issue 10 from the University of Louisville. It’s exciting to have my visual work appear alongside such great poetry, prose, and hybrid writing. My three pieces appear in the visual arts section “The Writerly Appeal of Collage,” with an introduction by Thomas Calder.

 

2018 Mississippi Review Prize in Fiction

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Thrilled to hear that my story “Pinkie” was selected by Anne Sanow as the winner of the 2018 Mississippi Review Prize in Fiction. My deep thanks to Adam Clay, Jon Riccio, Nickalus Rupert for their support.

Looking forward to reading the issue, including stories from fiction finalists Rowena Alegría, Maria Anderson, Remy Barnes, Allison Pinkerton, Jim Ruland, Jamie Lyn Smith, and Sharon Solwitz.

A brief history of the Mississippi Review:

Mississippi Review was founded by Gordon Weaver in 1972 at the University of Southern Mississippi. Frederick Barthelme took over the editorial reins in 1977 and along with managing editor Rie Fortenberry quickly turned MR into a literary magazine of national acclaim. The duo ran Mississippi Review for over 30 years, consistently publishing issues that combined top-tier work with an innovative and eclectic design aesthetic. In 2010 Julia Johnson became editor-in-chief, followed two years later by Andrew Malan Milward. Steve Barthelme, director of USM’s Center for Writers, served as editor-in-chief for 2016. As of fall 2017, Assistant Professor of Poetry Adam Clay is the new editor-in-chief.

Today, MR is one of the most respected literary journals in the country. Raymond Carver, an early contributor to the magazine, once said that Mississippi Review “is one of the most remarkable and indispensable literary journals of our time.” Well-known and established writers have appeared in the pages of the magazine, including Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners, as well as new and emerging writers who have gone on to publish books and to receive awards. MR is now in its fifth decade, and while adapting to this up-and-coming generation of writers and readers, the magazine continues to publish writing that is offbeat and ahead of the curve.

“Year of the Cow” at Passages North

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My story “Year of the Cow” appears in the latest issue of Passages North, a magazine from Northern Michigan University that has published since 1979. Big thanks to Jennifer A. Howard, Monica McFawn, and the staff at Passages North for including my work.

Issue 39, our 370-page behemoth, contains new work from ew work from Cortney Lamar Charleston, Keith S. Wilson, Leila Chatti, Jericho Parms, Marlin Jenkins, Emari DiGiorgio, Danielle Lea Buchanan, and so many more.