dataviz eng @ Stitch Fix.
I’m Jana E. Beck—
@jebeck most places on the Internet (e.g., GitHub and various Slack teams);
At any given time, I tend to have several coding side projects in flight, nearly all of them publicly visible (along with my slide decks for talks) on my GitHub account. I love learning about new tools, technologies, libraries, programming languages, &c by trying to actually make something (even if it’s not a useful thing), although I don’t always finish these projects since I’m prone to distraction by the next shiny new thing. I also post smaller projects and experiments on CodePen and bl.ocks.org.
about this “blog”
This blog-shaped Internet location isn’t intended to be a regular (i.e., frequently updated) blog. It is mainly intended as a place for me to post things that I’ve done so that I can point other people to them when that need arises, as it sometimes does.
☕️ I am a (mostly) unrepentant coffee snob and geek. Predictably, I am very happy to be living in the Bay Area now with its vibrant coffee culture, although I tend to make and drink most of my coffee at home, most often with Blue Bottle (formerly Tonx) beans and one of the many coffee-making gadgets I own. (One day I’ll write up a post for this site about my coffee-making gadget collection…)
✈️ I love to travel. Rather than describe all my travel in 2017, I’ll just give the succinct version—namely, my airport codes for all planned travel across the year: SFO, PHL, FRA, BUD, MUC, AKL, NSN, WLG, ORD, CDG, OSL, AMS, SLC, LHR, DUS, VIE, WAW, TLL, and YYZ.
👯♀️ My relatively new favorite hobby is dance, specifically ballet. I’ve been training in the adult program at the Academy of Ballet in San Francisco since January of 2015. The fact that a large part of the discipline (especially in the barre portion of a class) revolves around doing exercises in clever geometric and obsessively symmetrical patterns is a not insignificant part of the appeal for me. Plus it makes me (feel) taller.
😅 Above and beyond my dance habit, I sweat a lot. I run around Lake Merritt in Oakland, frequent Osa’s fantastic Bootcamp at Fitness SF Oakland, and torture my muscles in new and interesting ways with TRX and various Pilates classes at The Working Body. (I like to 🎿 too.)
🚲 Finally, I am dedicated to carless living as far as possible. I commute by bike and public transportation and do my shopping on foot, by bike, or with the help of public transportation. My only use of cars is restricted to the occasional Lyft or Uber ride.
An open source, not-for-profit effort to liberate data from diabetes devices, support researchers, and provide great, free software to the type 1 diabetes community. ↩
I left the Ph.D. program as an ABD to start working for Tidepool. I haven’t regretted it once. I like engineering—namely, making things—much more than research. ↩