I had a genuinely fantastic time working at the Colorado Digital Service for the past 9 months. They are hiring more folks for a variety of technical roles. It’s a great fit for digital project folks with “T-Shaped” experience, e.g., deep experience in building APIs, but a breadth of experience across the entire range of skills required to ship and maintain a digital product. One of their goals is to bring in folks who might not otherwise work for the government. Part of that is the commitment to terms of 6 months to 2 years.
A colleague recently needed to transcribe some recorded interviews. They used AWS Transcribe which outputs a json file that is not super easy to use directly. Luckily a few open source tools have popped up to make them more generally legible. I helped to turn the results into a docx and wanted to document the process for my colleague and anyone else interested in the process.
I've had some friends and acquaintances inquire about the idea of "code bootcamps" in Denver. I'm vaguely aware of them, but haven't really looked at them too closely. I've had some great experiences working with graduates of a bootcamp program in LA and wanted to review the Denver options to see what's available and how to hire from them.
These flowers were suggested by Denver Botanic Gardens as varieties that do well in Colorado and create blooms all year long to help pollinators. They were selected by monitoring for which varieties bees are particularly drawn to. I searched and found the local Rocky Mountain companies Botanical Interests and High Country Gardens sells seeds for many of them.
I like to bike for my errands and recreation, so I've thought a bit about how to best get around the Englewood area. I've been thinking about what routes are the best using these criteria:
- Connecting destinations (schools, retail, transit hubs)
- Crossing major car-oriented streets at safe locations (e.g. crossing Broadway on Dartmouth is easier than on Eastman)
- Minimized interaction with cars (e.g. biking on Dartmouth is generally better than Hampden)
I was pleasantly surprised today to find some maps and plans from the city of Englewood:
As a gardener in Denver I've heard of worm castings as a potential soil supplement/fertilizer before. I've been composting with a traditional aerobic/thermophilic system for a while. The research I've done recently is that worm castings or vermicompost is a much better fertilizer than traditional compost:
In April of 2017 the old Sports Authority headquarters in Englewood was sold for $15.7 million but at that point it wasn't well known who the purchaser was and who would inhabit the space. It turns out Earth Treks is one of the major inhabitants of the space and they had a big plan for the building. The Earth Treks climbing gym will open an Englewood location.