The divide in this country between the states is even more stark when you look at vaccination rates. I didn’t think it would be this much, until I combined the vaccination rate with the vote in the 2016 election.

Vaccination rates in red states are roughly 15% lower than vaccination rates in blue states. So an average blue state, like New Mexico, which has vaccinated 54.0% of their population with the first dose, is about15% higher than an average red state, Oklahoma, which has vaccinated 40.0% of their population.


I started learning Node.js recently, and I was disappointed with how difficult and technical the supposed “basic” guides online to learn Callbacks are.

Things like setTimeout, Promises, foo, “promises are the same in real life” all this other language was very confusing to someone who’s a beginner.

So let me start with the basics.

Why do we need callbacks?

If you’re like me, you’re used to writing synchronous code, meaning that if you want function 2 to take in data from function 1, you should write function 1 first, have it calculate a variable, and then function 2 will…


I recently had an interview at a company in the U.S. One of the researchers, a Ph.D. in psychology and experimental design, quizzed me on all sorts of technical aspects of UX research.

While I stumbled through answers, I also told her that this was “one of the most interesting interviews I’d had” and I meant it, as the types of questions were challenging me in a way that a “tell me about yourself” question does not.

Here are some of the questions, and how you might correctly answer them.

1. Explain the difference between ordinal, categorical, interval, and ratio data.

This is something I’m sure I learned in Statistics 101…


I started a new job a few weeks ago, and with a new job, comes a new team and new people. With new people, sometimes you haven’t worked out exactly how you work best with them, and this is especially true while brainstorming.

We were having trouble coming up with good interview questions to ask our users, in this case, junior employees at the company.

I proposed an idea to my two teammates. It’s called “terrible questions”. It works the way you’d think it would.

Set a timer for four minutes. Then ask each member of the…


Nate Silver and his team FiveThirtyEight (Aaron Bycoffe, Ella Koeze, David Wasserman) did an enormous job creating not just one, but seven different types of maps to represent different congressional districts based on specific goals.

For example, one of the goals is “maximize the Republican gerrymander.” Here’s what my state of Washington would look like under a Republican gerrymander:

Washington map drawn to “maximize” the Republican advantage

As you can see, for the ten representatives the state of Washington sends to Congress, in a Republican gerrymander, four would be “usually Republican”, four would be “usually Democrat”, and two would be “highly competitive”.

They define highly competitive as each…


I want you to think about something for a minute.

Think about a time when you had a conversation, a video chat, a sit-down meeting over coffee, where the conversation with that person caused you to change something about yourself, or cause you to take action.

That whatever it was about that person, they caused something to change in you. To actually cause you to think differently.

Some time in 2013, I joined a mailing list for the Brooklyn Brainery, an awesome organization in Brooklyn that holds fun one-time classes for adults, taught by local experts. I was working full-time in finance at the time, and anything that would…


Rand Fishkin was speaking to a room of 200 people in Seattle on “Risk”, and slowly I realized he was telling us how to be an entrepreneur.

Revised and re-published on Feb 6, 2017.

At CreativeMornings/SEA, a monthly meetup for the design and creative community in Seattle, I heard Rand Fishkin speak, along with 200 other people. He’s the founder of Moz, one of the best companies here in Seattle. Everyone I meet who works there or formerly did, speaks very highly of Rand as a person, and Moz as a company.

Moz started in 2004 as an offshoot of his mother’s consulting agency. I could have these numbers wrong, but if I remember correctly from his talk. Rand told us in 2007, Moz had $200,000 in…


If it’s on my porch, you soon won’t be able to.

Mike Grabham is well known in the Seattle startup community. He runs the popular, Startup Grind Seattle, which puts on excellent talks with very well-known and successful tech entrepreneurs and business people in the Seattle community. Mike’s a gracious interviewer and a good person, I had the chance to meet him for the first time last month.

But this isn’t about Mike. It’s about an email I received from him.


The U.S. Presidential race hash produced incessant media coverage, memes, protests, large crowds, insults and bloodbath Republican debates.

But this is not the race that matters.

Why? Because there are very few competitive states in the Presidential race. I wrote about that as well.

The far more interesting race is for seats in the U.S. Senate. There are a bunch of states that are closely competitive. And every single one matters, unlike the Presidential contest where a candidate could lose one or two swing states and still win the election.

Currently, the Republicans hold 54 seats and the Democrats hold…


I’m getting somewhat tired of hearing and following the incessant media coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election.

I decided to write a post on who I think will win the 2016 elections, so that way, I can stop worrying about the day-to-day details of who said what.

As of now, March 2nd, a day after Super Tuesday, it looks like the final presidential race will be Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton.

Trump did decently well on Super Tuesday states. Cruz did better than expected and picked up a large number of delegates in Southern states where has support. …

Jonathan Maimon

Designer. UX researcher.

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