definitely didn’t fix the problem


I’m a huge fan of Google Alerts — I use it on a regular basis to keep track of various topics and I’ve found it to be immensely helpful for research projects. That being said, the one complaint I’ve always had is that you can’t schedule when you want to receive the alerts. The way the system is setup, if you create your alert at 9 pm, you’ll typically get your daily alerts around 9 pm. That’s a problem when you have a bunch of alerts setup and you would ideally want them to arrive in the morning — to fix the issue, you have to delete and recreate the alerts — which is definitely annoying. So back in 2012, I decided to quickly spin up a website, encouraging Google to invest a little time (and money) into fixing that issue. I’ve been about a year and a half, and even though I heard that a few of the engineers working on the project got a good chuckle out of the website, end users are still waiting on the fix. My guess is that Google Alerts is just another one of the products that Google isn’t interested in investing additional money into, but I feel like it’s one of their better products that just needs a little TLC.

McCain vs Iowa


While not the prettiest site, I hard-coded in 2008 to showcase positions that Senator John McCain had taken in his career that were diametrically opposed to issues that most Iowans care about. The concept was cloned in battleground states across the country by the DNC. Check out the site on the Way Back Machine. I also produced six videos for the website with Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Soundtracks, and LiveType. The videos use McCain’s own words and the words of other  elected officials to prove the argument that McCain was out of touch with Iowans. This was my first real introduction to video research and the majority of the content was either found on CSPAN or on YouTube.

McCain vs Iowa Republicans

Broken Record

McCain vs Equal Pay

McCain vs Rural Health Care

McCain vs Iowa Innovation

McCain Vs Iowa