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"don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. and then go and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - howard thurman

my perfect day starts at 7am with a cup of philz coffee. i like fire flame beats and identifying occurrences that need disrupting. my best halloween costumes were a bear market and a mobius stripper.

i studied economics and math at pomona college. i then performed statistical and strategic analyses at the aptly named analysis group, built out data visualization platforms centered around cheeseburger sales at leo burnett, and pitched annotation to major publications and influencers at (rap) genius.

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you can contact me at efosslien at gmail. below I have answered some "frequently" asked questions aka n > 3.

Q can i hire you to do x?
A email me!

Q what programs do you use?
A i used to use d3 and a free paint software for mac called paintbrush. i do not recommend paintbrush. now i use d3, illustrator, and a wacom tablet.

Q can i repost your stuff/use it in a presentation/etc?
A yes, but please link back/give me a shout out. not necessary but i'd also appreciate an email - it makes me happy when people are excited about my work. :)

Q who built your website?
A i built it!! if you look at the source code it is very obvious because it is a hot mess. the site started as a way for me to learn javascript. i had no idea what i was doing, so i built it all in notepad.

Q what's the best response you've ever gotten to your site?

A i liked this and this. someone also once told me they used my charts to successfully get a date. hee hee. more recently, i received an adoring email from someone named "yolo swag" which i took to mean i'm hip with the kiddos.

hard to top this though: