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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, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

Six maps that show the anatomy of America’s vast infrastructure

by Ben


A look at the United States’s bridges, electrical grid, pipelines, railroads, airports and waterways


Iowa has the highest number of structurally deficient bridges, with about 20 percent of its bridges — more than 5,000 — classified as such. According to the National Bridge Inventory database, this means that the bridge “has one or more structural defects that require attention.”

Source: Six maps that show the anatomy of America’s vast infrastructure

We can do better, Iowa.

Iowa City City Council supports biking

by Ben

On Monday, the Iowa City City Council voted to help fund a bike-sharing grant with the University of Iowa, authorized the creation of dedicated bike lanes to parts of First Avenue and Mormon Trek Boulevard, as well as changes to the city’s biking ordinance.

Source: City Council supports biking – The Daily Iowan

I hope there are more bike paths in the works as well.