Software Engineering: I’m a software engineer at Nava and was previously a senior software engineer at Etsy. My personal projects include Pick-a-Color (a jQuery color picker for Twitter Bootstrap), SimpleSelect (a lightweight library for hierarchical DOM element selection), and We Still Feel Fine (a visualization of feelings from the Twitter Streaming API).

Product Strategy & User Experience: I was the first product manager at Outside.in, a hyperlocal news aggregator that was acquired by AOL in 2011 and merged into Patch, a network of local news sites. I led user engagement initiatives at Patch until 2012.

Hobbies: figure skating, yoga, silkscreening, knitting, crochet, vegan baking

This site: This blog/portfolio (blogfolio?) documents my work, side projects, and sundry interests. I blogged a ton on a site I called kenspeckle (it means “conspicuous” in Scottish) between September 2005 and September 2008. I’ve imported most of my old posts to this blog for posterity.

Find Me


Crafting an Empowering Environment

February 2016

A presentation about the ways in which Etsy’s work culture creates an empowering environment for women in technical roles. Given at CareerZoo in Dublin in February 2016.

My work:

Building Software at Etsy

February 2016

A presentation on the culture of engineering at Etsy, given at CareerZoo in Dublin in February 2016.

My work:

We Still Feel Fine

February 2014

An update to the 2005 project “We Feel Fine” by Jonathan Harris and Sev Kamvar. Uses the Twitter Streaming API, Node.js, and d3.js.

Ease In

July 2013

Fade in DOM elements hierarchically with CSS transitions and 393 bytes of JavaScript. Possibly the world’s tiniest JavaScript plugin.

CSS Specify Me

June 2013

A simple CSS specificity calculator to help you learn how specificity works.

7 Minute Fit

June 2013

An iOS app that helps you get in shape fast by guiding you through a 7-minute high-intensity circuit training workout.


March 2013

A lightweight, cross-browser compatible JavaScript library for hierarchical DOM element selection without a framework.

Lauren Sperber Dot Com

February 2013

A simple, responsive WordPress theme for my personal site that showcases projects separately from blog posts. Uses Twitter Bootstrap and Font Awesome icons.


February 2013

Pick-a-Color is an easy-to-use jQuery color picker for Twitter Bootstrap.

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How to: Knit a pussy hat in the round

March 20th, 2017 in crafts, politics

Last month I re-opened my long-dormant Etsy shop to sell pussy hats. I missed the immediate gratification of the quick and simple Pussyhat Project, I’d been meaning to re-open an Etsy shop so that I use the seller tools I work on all day, and I thought it would be fun to donate the proceeds […]

How To: Support the NY State Reproductive Health Act

January 31st, 2017 in politics

Support the New York State Reproductive Health Act to get abortion removed from New York State’s Penal Code. Status Quo New York State’s Penal Code currently defines abortion as a homicide unless the pregnant woman is less than 24 weeks pregnant or her life is in jeopardy. It does not make any provisions to allow […]

Pick-a-Color: now with 10,000%* more colors!

March 5th, 2013 in internet, technology

Version 1.1.0 of Pick-a-Color is now available, featuring a new “advanced” tab that allows users to modify hue, lightness, and saturation to create any color their hearts desire. Plus: some modifications suggested by my friend Alex Cox. You can check out the documentation, read my original post about Pick-a-Color or look over the source code […]

RWW Real-Time Web Summit

June 14th, 2010 in internet, technology

On Friday I went to ReadWriteWeb‘s Real-Time Web Summit, repping outside.in and generally looking to find out what all the unconference craze was about and meet some nice fellow NYC geeks. I had a pretty great time (much better than I expected after this rather patronizing promo post for the event), so I thought I’d […]

semantic web documentary

June 10th, 2010 in internet, technology

Here’s a great compilation of interviews on the semantic web put together by one Kate Ray: Fave Quotes Clay Shirky: If I was going to start a news business tomorrow, I would start a news business designed to produce not one new bit of news, but instead to aggregate news for individuals in ways that […]

misinformation effect

June 9th, 2010 in education, science

Turns out I’m not alone in memory-is-an-illusion kick. Just the day after I posted that, Kottke gave a nice shout-out to this funny new blog called You Are Not So Smart. Dude is chronicling all the ways in which we delude himself. In other words: He picked the perfect topic for a blog. His subject […]

the disintegration of the persistence of memory

June 6th, 2010 in education

I’ve got what I’d call a crappy long-term memory. My earliest memory is from kindergarten. All my classmates were stretched out on their cots in the dark for naptime. I stayed awake because my mother was on her way to pick me up. We were going to get my first pair of glasses. My mom […]

phrenology chart versus dermatome chart

March 2nd, 2010 in education, fun, science

My mom just sent me this dermatome chart (actually, she sent me this more useful chart, but the first link is prettier). [More on dermatomes here.] And of course the first thing that sprang to mind was: “Hey, phrenology wasn’t as bat-shit insane as I previously considered it.” I mean, ok, it was really crazy. […]

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