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Benjamin Oakes

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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize TechCorridor.io, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

Filtering for the month December, 2014. Clear

ArsTechnica 2013: Iowa City to ban red-light cameras, drones, and license plate readers too

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Iowa City to ban red-light cameras, drones, and license plate readers too | Ars Technica.

This is old news, but I was especially happy to see a story about Iowa City in Ars Technica. I found it via today’s article about red light cameras in Chicago.

I especially like some of the comments:

Wow. Very nice to see some grass roots activity for privacy. Especially for non-necessary tools.

Good on Iowa City’s residents. (And a pretty nifty way to transition a petition to law.)

How’s the IT job market in Iowa City? I may just move…

Reasons like this are why I love Iowa City and would like to relocate there in the future.

100+ Hypermiling / ecodriving tips & tactics for better mpg

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100+ Hypermiling / ecodriving tips & tactics for better mpg – EcoModder.com.

A great list of hypermiling tips. It’s amazing that some very dedicated hypermilers could get 70 mpg in an early 2000s Honda Accord, or 150 mpg in a Toyota Prius. I’m nowhere close to that, but even taking a couple of reasonable ideas from this list could help anyone’s fuel economy.