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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.

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Ballotpedia

by Ben

Ballotpedia: The Encyclopedia of American Politics

Source: Iowa Supreme Court – Ballotpedia

This is a useful reference for the upcoming election. They seem to have info about most sections of the ballot.

Apple’s Phil Schiller thinks it’s sad that people use 5-year-old computers

by Ben

Apple’s big on being green, and their commitment to the environment is beyond question at this point — which makes you wonder why Schiller would casually take a shot at one of the greenest computing practices of all: getting absolutely everything that you can out of the devices that you purchase.

Source: Phil Schiller thinks it’s sad that people use 5-year-old computers | Apple | Geek.com

Related: A Commodore 64 has helped run an auto shop for 25 years | Tech | Geek.com

Node v7.0 is out! It holds such promise… :D

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California issues more self-driving permits, Iowa creates testing corridor

by Ben

On Monday, HERE (the mapping company now owned by Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz) and the Iowa Department of Transportation announced their own project to develop an autonomous vehicle and freight movement corridor on I-380 between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.

Source: California issues more self-driving permits, Iowa creates testing corridor

“Trek against Trump” urges voters to choose Hillary Clinton

by Ben

Star Trek has always offered a positive vision of the future, a vision of hope and optimism, and most importantly, a vision of inclusion, where people of all races are accorded equal respect and dignity, where individual beliefs and lifestyles are respected so long as they pose no threat to others. We cannot turn our backs on what is happening in the upcoming election. Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek universe as Donald Trump.

Source: “Trek against Trump” urges voters to choose Hillary Clinton