On the Good Things About Twitter

2019-11-05 ~1000 words
Over the past few years, I have heard many people repeatedly note the downsides of Twitter, particularly its impact on our society. I don’t agree with all of those criticisms, but some are legitimate and most deserve a serious discussion. This isn’t that discussion, though. Instead, I’d like to spend some time on the many merits of Twitter, so lost in our current debate. Good Writing Or: If I had more time, I would have written you a shorter tweet I have heard people say that a character limit forces brevity at the expense of thoughtful writing, but almost any good writing teacher would tell you that brief writing is thoughtful writing.

Scaling Data Science Across Python and R

2019-11-02 ~100 words
My colleague Brad Boehmke and I made a guest appearance on the Talk Python to Me podcast to talk about the challenges of supporting a large data science department that uses both R and Python. You can listen to the episode on any podcast player.

Automation at 84.51˚

2019-02-03 ~100 words
My colleague Dominick Ghirardo and I wrote a short piece for our company’s tech blog on approaching automation in data science.

Setting Up Raspberry Pis (the Full Version)

2018-11-11 ~2800 words

My Raspberry Pi

I’ve set up three Raspberry Pis over the last two days. By set up, I mean I burned the disk image to the SD card, got the Pi connected to the network and open to SSH, installed the tools I’m going to want every time, etc. Basically, make it just another identical worker node. I own six Pis total (for now), so I’ve done this before, and I’ll do it again. In fact, two of the installs I did were on Pis I’d owned for a while; I just wanted to wipe them and start fresh.

So after the first two this weekend took me a lot longer than they should have, I realized it was about time I documented my process and made it repeatable.

A Non-Gamer Takes on The Witcher 3

2018-07-27 ~1200 words

In March, I finally built a computer for the first time. I think this qualified as a seminal moment in the life of a young geek. I’ve enjoyed programming on my new “rig” quite a bit, but I also felt like it would be a waste not to try gaming on it.

So in early June, I pulled the trigger on a nice GPU (an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080) and, on the advice of a friend, purchased The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I’m not a gamer, so this was my first foray into the world of PC RPGs (Role Playing Games, for all you n000000bs out there). It was a glorious, incredibly high-definition experience.

Buzzer Beaters and Cognitive Bias

2018-06-19 ~100 words
With Fernando Garcia, I recently cowrote an article for the Syntact Project on how cognitive bias manifests itself in sports and why awareness of your biases matters.

Web Speeds Trends

2018-03-20 ~100 words
I published a longer piece on Syntact, exploring data on internet speeds gathered on a raspberry pi in my apartment.