I’m Sam Firke. I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and I make and improve things in my free time; sometimes I write about it. Here was my my original plan for my blog.
Things I do include:
- Data analysis with open-source software. I created the janitor R package and still maintain it. Most of my professional focus these days is on Superset, the leading open-source BI platform. Like Tableau, but free, open-source, and still a little rough around the edges 😉
- Co-work at the Workantile co-working community, where I serve on the board as Treasurer.
- Go around town on an electric-assist cargo bike. It’s a delight.
- Mend and create things – I’m active at All Hands Active makerspace.
- Cook and eat plant-based food, sometimes sharing recipes here.
- Write. I drafted my first novel in 2022. 2023 Sam says: this year I’m finishing it!
- Learn about trees and animals
As a result, my blogging is all over the place, topic-wise. My hope is that a few people who care about me as a person enjoy the wide range of topics and others find individual posts via search engines.
In 2021 I began working for the City of Ann Arbor. In the posts on this blog, and anywhere on the internet, I speak only for myself, not for the city. I’m leaving up past posts I wrote about Ann Arbor-related topics and policy, for instance, The North Maple Cycle Track. But going forward, I expect to be getting my fill of municipal thinking & service at work and focusing my personal energy and writing elsewhere.
Elsewhere on the web
I’m on Mastodon at @firstname.lastname@example.org and you can follow me from an account on any Mastodon instance. Mastodon is like Twitter, except open-source, without ads or surveillance, and (unfortunately) without the user base. That can only be addressed by making the switch.