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Python String Format Cookbook

Every time I use Python’s string format, version 2.7 and up, I get it wrong and for the life of me I can’t figure out their documentation, I was quite familiar with the older % method. I started this string format cookbook as a quick reference for myself when wanting format numbers or anything. Thanks […]

xkcd graph style in d3

I saw an article on Hacker News about duplicating the xkcd hand-drawn graph style saw I thought I would give it a shot using d3 javascript library. I have very limited experience with d3 but think I came up with something relatively close. View live example, or See Source View source of the live example […]

Use Python + Selenium to Automate Web Timing

I’ve been hearing a lot recently about the Navigation Timing spec, which sets a multitude of timing events as javascript properties. There are numerous events in the flow, from the very first navigation event, which could be when the user clicks a search result in Google, to DNS timing to Dom parsing etc. See the […]

Strata Data Conference Recap 2012

This article is a recap of the Strata 2012 data conference I went to. I did some previous analysis on the attendee directory, so I am also including the results of the connectedness change before and after the conference. Update on Twitter Attendee Analysis From the list of twitter attendees generated before the conference, I […]

Strata 2012 Attendee Analysis

The Strata Conference is next week, so I was browsing the attendee directory curious to see who I know is going or looking for interesting companies to meet with. This got me thinking about the overall connectedness of the attendee list. So… A few scripts later and a bit of analysis I produced the following […]

Running Stats 2011

Being the data minded guy that I am, here are stats and numbers around my running in 2011. This year I ran my first marathon as well as a couple of other races. Summary Total Miles: 532.2 miles Total Time: 80 hrs 10min 58 secs Avg Pace: 9:02/mi Total Days Run: 87 days Races Date […]

Infographic design, give tables a chance

There has been a recent backlash against infographics lately, justified as this graphic illustrates. Infographics have lost their way, their main purpose should be to make data easier to read by adding a visual perspective to the information shown. For example, using visuals can show the difference in sizes or distance better than abstract numbers. […]

Taste of R: An Introduction

Introduction R is a statistical programming language and environment, it is open source and available on most platforms. R is not a replacement of Java, C, Perl, Python or other common language; R is a specific tool for data calculations, manipulations and graphing. If you have a programming background, R can be a great replacement […]

World Revolutions data visualization

The recent events in Tunisia and Egypt got me thinking about revolutions across history. They tend to cluster together both in geography and time. So being on the current data visualization kick I’m on, it sounded like a fun little project. The following is a world map highlighting revolutions going forward in time. The data […]

Strata Data Conference Recap

This last week I attended the inaugural Strata Conference, a conference titled “making data work”. It broke into a few different tracks, (1) handling big data, scaling infrastructure, for example hadoop and cassandra systems, (2) data visualizations, how to present data, graphics and tons of examples and (3) data sets and cool shit you can […]

How does Apple do it?

I often hear people ask, how does Apple do it? How are they able to release amazing products time and time again, products that redefine markets, products that are beautifully designed? The answer seems very clear to me, focus. Apple has a single minded focus and commitment to producing great products. This is not just […]

Why Microsoft OneNote kicks so much note taking ass!

I recently tried out Microsoft OneNote, I’ve heard great things about the tool previously but being a Mac user for so long I didn’t have the opportunity to use it. Lately, I’ve been using VMware Workstation on my Mac so I can run Outlook and properly schedule a meeting. The latest Office update I got […]