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Nicholas Young

Perspectives on family, disability, technology, and media.

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Talking Points to Oppose Graham-Cassidy

As the Senate rushes towards yet another attempt to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, several outlets, including…

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If I Left You Behind

I have spent most of 2017 writing long-form non-fiction pieces concerning flaws in the American healthcare system, often attempting to…

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Commuting While Disabled

During the last several months, I’ve written much concerning how people with disabilities are only valuable to the media for their…

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Postmortem: The Machine

Over breakfast this past weekend, I described a group of folks predisposed to become engineers as “naturally curious.” Like any…

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The Politics of Terror

If healthcare reform is a stage play, the curtain rose anew in November, 2016. The audience, hopeful if unsure, beheld a ragtag group of…

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Shades of Rare Illness

I submitted the following essay to The Cannabist last Friday in response to Season 3, Episode 9 of The Cannabist Show . Ultimately, editor…

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Casual Ableism

In order to help you best understand the past few weeks, we begin this post listening in on a recent conversation with my neurologist. “Can…

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Becoming Disabled

This past week has been one of the most difficult on record. It began with preparing an application for a position I hoped to fill, while…

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About Trump

It’s a chilly Tuesday afternoon in Denver as I pen this essay to you. Rest assured that I have other, far more enjoyable items on today’s…

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History in the Making

Last evening, I assured my daughter she was witnessing history. Roughly twelve hours later, I’m technically correct but last night did not…

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Losant: the IoT Platform for Everyone

This year has been filled with wonderful events, some were expected , while others, wholly unthinkable in early January, have also became…

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Dads Change Diapers, Too

The process of becoming a parent teaches lessons you never expected to learn. There are, of course, many small nuggets of wisdom that lodge…

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Life on the Inside, Part II

Lifting a 14-pound child, radical weather changes, rising levels of acute pain, and emerging chronic fatigue symptoms are changing my…

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Ignorant Advice

In four months time, I’ve realized that building a business and raising a child are incredibly similar. Speaking from experience, with a…

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Life on the Inside, Part I

I wake up, though not by choice. The alarm clock isn’t ringing, and the apartment is quiet. My bedsheets wrap me in a warm, kind hug; and…

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The Ex-Resident's Guide to Chicago

By mid-June, the Young Family will be living in Colorado. While this move is positive overall , I also feel a certain trepidation: Chicago…

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No, You Cannot Pick My Brain

I’m an educator: I advise clients around the globe, speak to almost any audience that will have me, write on a myriad of important topics…

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Going West

I’ve lived in Chicago for almost six years, but this June, it’s time to say goodbye. There’s another place my rambling soul craves to be…

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Don't Solve Everything Today

This one is for the doers: those who have stepped out of the dark, set aim for the heavens, and vowed to realize their dreams — costs be…

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Build For Yourself

Whether you’re a developer, musician, producer, photographer, or a creative of any other profession — you rely heavily on the work of…

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Introducing Sloan Alexis Young

If you read my earlier piece on the emotions associated with becoming a Dad, then you’ll also understand why I’m proud to say this. While…

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Dad Jokes

5:05 A.M. I wake up, groggy and sore, on something the hospital staff described as a bed. Honestly, I don’t know what it is… a board…

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State.js 2016: JavaScript, Here and Now

While Twitter, for many individuals, has taken the place of blogging — instead, for me, it’s the place where ideas are fostered and…

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Apple's Power Play

I bought a MacBook in 2006. The white, polycarbonate-clad machine was my first serious laptop. It was far superior to the family PCs in…

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Be Kind, Rewind

Weekend mornings were made for reflection. I have a strong cup freshly ground coffee in my hand, and a head full of ideas. Shall we begin…

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What's In a Title?

Knowledge is the most important tool that any developer can possess. With the explosion of platforms like CodeSchool, PluralSight, and many…

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Painless Keyboarding

What is your first thoughts in reaction to the term “mechanical keyboard”? Nostalgia? The obnoxious “clicky” sound you hoped to leave behind…

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Life Behind the Microphone

Growing up, adults would consistently regale me with stories from their past. A recurring theme was how time passed faster, increasing in…

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Drobo: a Nightmare Come True

Settle in, dear reader. I’m here to share a story of frustration, unbelievably offensive customer service, and ultimately, a brand gone…

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Distill

One of the major challenges I’ve had to overcome with Node.js is a task that’s relatively simple in Ruby. You wouldn’t think this would be…

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Embracing JavaScript

In a previous life, I was a professional web developer. I’ve used JavaScript extensively throughout my career, but I always saw it as the…

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Migrating from Feedburner: a Helpful Guide

Launched in 2004, Feedburner was a once popular tool that re-formatted often messy RSS feeds, prepping them for mass consumption. Over the…

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Introducing The Machine

If we’ve met — online or in person — I’ve probably spoken to you about radio, and my endless love for the medium. This American Life…

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Our Instagram Life

Tweet. Post. Comment. Like. This era has it’s own lingo; a jargon-addled psuedolanguage that sometimes barely resembles recognized speech or…

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Art is Greyscale

Doubt. It’s something we all face, but rarely discuss. Artists stare it down daily, in a power struggle between beauty and the absence of it…

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Remixed, Again

I redesign this site annually, but this iteration is radically different. Normally, I pick a new set of technical tools and work around any…

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Urbanscapes: Beauty in the Broken

As a photographer, few things compare to capturing emotion. Whether it’s a band sweating on stage, a painter focused on their canvas, or the…

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It's Not About Your Tools

The evolution of the internet blessed us with always-on, globally-available communications. It has allowed me to conduct informal cultural…

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New Years Dissolution

It’s January 2, 2013, and dreams abound. The year is young, with 363 days ahead of us - each one full of promise and countless opportunities…

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Hit Send: Smart Email Marketing

Whether you love or loathe it, email ranks highly among the most transformative technologies. It changed how we communicate well before…

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Creative Guard Rails

Like most artists, I’m often inspired by those around me. A friendly smile, stimulating conversation, and gentle encouragement are often…

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Hard Reboot

I began publishing content online in 1999, shortly after my home in rural Alabama was connected to the internet. At the time, nobody was…

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Speculative Work is Bad (For Everyone)

I thought this debate was dead. Over. Fini. But recently, a rather heated thread on Twitter illustrated how wrong I was. For those not in…