Monthly Archives: November 2010

BARC Canines in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

One of my favorite volunteer activities in the city is walking dogs, usually pitbulls, for the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition in Williamsburg. You get some quality dog-time and get to see the scenic part of hipster-ville.

Walking a BARC pitbull in Williamsburg, Metropolitan Ave. near Kent Ave. Kayrock Screen Printing mural.

Walking a BARC pitbull in Williamsburg, Metropolitan Ave. near Kent Ave. Kayrock Screen Printing mural.



Walking a pitbull in Williamsburg

These two beautiful dogs weren’t from the shelter, but we saw them tied outside of Blue Bottle Coffee:
Williamsburg: Beautiful dogs

ProPublica Investigates Dialysis: For-Profit Providers Flourish as Care Quality Flounders

A great in-depth look by my ProPublica colleague Robin Fields into the dialysis industry. It was a field I was barely familiar with, as only about 400,000 Americans are on dialysis, but the entitlement as grown from $135 million to $20 billion annually, with mixed and depressing results.

I took this photo of a woman whose mother nearly bled to death after being improperly hooked up to a dialysis machine.

Cathleen Sharkey holds a frame of photographs of her mother, Barbara Scott, whose bloodline became disconnected during a dialysis treatment at Dutchess Dialysis Center. Scott never fully recovered and died shortly after of heart failure. (Dan Nguyen/ProPublica)

Google Refine, a.k.a. Gridworks 2.0 released; ProPublica’s “Dollars for Docs” featured.

Good news for data-nerds everywhere. The 2.0 version of Google’s fantastic data-cleaning tool, Google Refine (formerly Gridworks), has been released. And they were nice enough to feature ProPublica’s Dollars for Docs as an example of a use-case. I talked briefly to BusinessJournalism.org about how I used Refine to put together the pharma top earners list.

It’s possible I could’ve done it using SQL queries and Ruby libraries. But I definitely would’ve missed a lot of matches, and probably overdosed on over-the-counter pharma-painkillers.