I’m James. I have a Master’s in sociology from the University of Victoria, where I studied demography. My thesis examined the health and well-being of caregivers who provide emotional support in high-stress situations. I currently do institutional research at a university, where I'm primarily involved in research design, analysis, and data visualization. I'm always seeking new ways to look at—and effectively communicate—our data. But that’s not all I do!
In my spare time I like to mess around with microcontrollers, single-board computers, and other electronics. I’m an amateur astronomer (currently using a Celestron AstroMaster 130). I’m interested in homelabbing and self-hosting to better understand system administration. I like to garden, and make pizza by hand. And I write a demography blog about some of the quirkier issues. My nose is often burried in a book (currently reading Good Omens), and my hands are usually occupied by a Rubik’s Cube or other twisty-puzzle (my best 3x3 time is 24.78 seconds). Frequently I’m doing any of the things listed on this site with my 5-year-old daughter, who always needs to know ‘why?’.
This website is a place for me to share things. Maybe I’m documenting an electronics project. Maybe I want to share a Python script. Or maybe there’s just a recipe I don’t want to forget.