Rhode Island Disease


When discussing policy in Rhode Island, I almost always encounter two bizarre arguments.

  1. Rhode Island is completely unique. Ideas from other places don’t adequately take into account our local context. What is working there either won’t work here or isn’t really comparable to our situation here.
  2. What is happening nationally is directly applicable to Rhode Island. We can make broad sweeping statements about a set of policies, ideas, or institutions currently in play in Rhode Island without any knowledge of how things are going locally and how it’s different from other places. We can simply graft a broader national narrative onto Rhode Island regardless of whether it makes any sense with our facts on the ground.

These seemingly in conflict points of view are often employed by the same actors.

It is probably not unique to Rhode Island, but that won’t stop me from calling it Rhode Island Disease.

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Apr 17, 2015

Acceptable Terms

An initial proposal has been made to the city of Providence and state of Rhode Island to keep the PawSox in Rhode Island and move them to a new stadium along the river in Providence.

The team is proposing that they privately finance all of the construction costs of the ...

Jan 23, 2015

A PostgreSQL Cheat Sheet for OSX and R

I keep this on my desktop.


brew install postgresql
initdb /usr/local/var/postgres -E utf8
gem install lunchy
### Start postgres with lunchy
mkdir -p ~/Library/LaunchAgents
cp /usr/local/Cellar/postgresql/9.3.3/homebrew.mxcl.postgresql.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

Setup DB from SQL file:

### Setup DB
lunchy ...

Jan 11, 2015

Taking Control

Severing My Daemon

When I was in high school, I piggy-backed on a friend’s website to host a page for my band. We could post pictures, show locations and dates, lyrics, and pretend like we produced music people cared about. It was mostly a fun way for me to ...

Nov 28, 2014

The Power Of Sound

It has been said a thousand times before, but I feel the need to say it again. So much of what Star Wars got right was creating a fully realized, fascinating world. As much as stunning visual effects that have largely stood the test of time were a part of ...