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. My nose is often burried in a book (currently reading House of Many Ways), 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 kids, who always need 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.