Nicholas Young

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Fresh thoughts on engineering, accessibility, mobility technologies, and creative work.

Leaving Twitter

Changes in the platform and the constant evolution ofhow I use media have created too many incompatibilities....

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon is All Business

How leaving Apple’s “walled garden” reignited my passion for open-source computing....

Parsing, Validating, and Assembling URLs in Rust

Why you should care about type-safe concepts instead of assembling string fragments....

Erasing Yesterday

At precisely ten o’clock local time on October 23rd, I will be soundly asleep as doctors and nurses lay my dormant body on an operating table. For them, this is another routine procedure....

Turn the Page

I’ve often found that the words you write are less important than ones left behind. Yesterday evening, as the Republican-controlled Senate attempted to ram through a [400-page, vastly unbalanced tax reform bill][bill], I furiously tapped out a Tweet that wouldn’t be sent....

True Colors

Writing in Tuesday’s edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Senator Lisa Murkowski, a crucial swing vote on both healthcare and tax reform, announced her support for the besieged GOP tax package....

Professional Jeopardy

Pain is a companion. It accompanies me when I rise, only allows brief privacy to shower, and returns with every step, turn, and bend. I tell myself this journey is temporary; not because there is a magical future when I’ll rid myself of the second shadow, but that I now have tools and medication to dim its presence....

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 Politico, are reporting that the long-besieged healthcare bill may remain intact, for now....

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 communicate why we, as a country, shouldn’t embrace changes that would severely limit access to care for chronically ill and disabled citizens....

Hidden Costs of the ADA Education and Reform Act

July 26, 1990 won’t be soon forgotten. On that day, President George H. W. Bush signed what White House staff publicized as as “the most sweeping civil rights statute since the 1964 Civil Rights Bill....