Author Archives: kfarr

Book Reports

As part of my New Year’s resolutions this year I’m trying to get to 25 books read in 2013. This is an obligatory Book Report blog post stemming from that goal. Take it or leave it, but here we go. #1: Overclocked: … Continue reading

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Why I resigned from Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) board

I love Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Implementing BRT is recognized by transportation professionals across the world as a proven set of techniques to significantly improve a bus line’s performance with little up-front investment in costly infrastructure such as rail. BRT … Continue reading

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New Year’s Post: Life Goals and 2013 Resolutions

I love flying. I feel as though it gives me a greater perspective on myself and the rest of the universe. I wanted to take advantage of this on my recent flight back to San Francisco after visiting my family … Continue reading

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Video SEO Sitemap Standards and Documentation get a Refresh from Google and Partners

I don’t know about you, but nothing gets me more excited than video SEO! (Well, at least it’s a close second after racing cars, driving taxis, and public transportation, but none of those pay the bills at the moment.) By the … Continue reading

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The sky is not falling

I am writing to share some reactions to Claire Cain Miller’s piece in the New York Times, “Silicon Valley Booms but Worries About a New Bust.” I met Claire at the Founder Showcase event she mentions in her article and … Continue reading

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One thing that you will learn quickly is that a computer is very dumb. It does exactly what you tell it to do, which is not necessarily what you wanted. —Introduction to Computer Programming from Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in … Continue reading

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Emergency!

Working taxi dispatch phones, I received a call around 1am from a group of loud women. “We have an emergency, we need a taxi immediately.” (Loud yelling in the background.) “What’s going on? Is anybody injured?” “No, nobody is injured. … Continue reading

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Woman in Tears

I worked taxi dispatch phones Friday night, answering hundreds of calls from people looking for a cab all across the City during the busiest time of the week. A woman had called around 10pm for a cab from the Richmond … Continue reading

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Python Multithreaded S3 Bucket-to-Bucket Copy (on Amazon Web Services)

For both backup and staging purposes, we regularly need to backup an entire S3 bucket to another bucket. AWS has no built-in function to do this, nor does the boto Python library. We started off with a simple for key … Continue reading

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