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The decline of teenage car culture

posted: June 23, 2018

tl;dr: A car used to mean freedom - today it means anything but...

Data quality matters

posted: June 15, 2018

tl;dr: The old “garbage in, garbage out” maxim has never been more true than in this era of Big Data...

Abstracting away pointers

posted: June 9, 2018

tl;dr: Python and graph databases beautifully hide the complexities of pointers while delivering their power and benefits...

No airplane Wi-Fi for me, thank you

posted: June 2, 2018

tl;dr: For me airplanes are a glorious isolation chamber and one of the best ways to escape from distractions...

An ATF book: How to Lie with Statistics, by Daniel Huff

posted: May 26, 2018

tl;dr: Teaches the tricks employed by those who attempt to shape opinion by appearing to use factual data...

Observations from Pycon 2018

posted: May 19, 2018

tl;dr: The Python community knows how to throw a great conference...

Book review: Python for Data Analysis, Second Edition, by Wes McKinney

posted: May 10, 2018

tl;dr: A well-written, in-depth, practical guide to using Python’s primary data analysis libraries and tools...

Tales of the headquarters effect

posted: May 6, 2018

tl;dr: HQ and the world look very different when viewed from a remote office...

The fundamental reason Silicon Valley exists

posted: April 28, 2018

tl;dr: It’s where the (risk capital) money is and money does not like to hop on planes...

Book review: Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, by Paul Dickson

posted: April 21, 2018

tl;dr: The definitive Bill Veeck biography, but Veeck’s autobiographical books are even more engaging...