One of the attributes of really good technology is that it hides the complexity of what goes on in the background, while still being useful. Depending on how old you are, you may remember having to set up a TV by selecting UHF or VHF with a little switch and then slowly turning a dial until a picture appeared out of the fuzz. Then you’d adjust the “bunny ears” aerial, and twiddle the tuner again to see if you could make the image even better. Continue reading “The Hard Problem of Data Analytics in Africa”
Here is an article I did on the hard problem of analytics for IT News Africa: http://www.itnewsafrica.com/2016/04/the-hard-problem-of-data-analytics-in-africa/
I wanted to add SSL to my limn server and found this tutorial at Digital Ocean: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-secure-apache-with-let-s-encrypt-on-ubuntu-14-04
Let’s Encrypt is a great initiative to keep the web secure.
I love the idea of real world, physical implementations of data visualisation. We spend so much time behind the screen that it is really easy to just ignore something new and move on. But when its IRL, you can look at it from different angles, you can touch it and just experience the data differently. This post on hyperallergic is of a glass sculpture by Norwood Viviano that shows the big cities of the world changing overtime. Continue reading “Cities of Glass”
Limn (verb) 1. Depict or describe in painting or words. - also: This site, dedicated to the art of data visualisation.
This picture shows where half the population of Australia live. Continue reading “Mostly Desert”
I had the pleasure of watching Cait O’Riordan speaking at last week’s Strata Hadoop in London. While she presented a fantastic talk, the one thing that struck me was a brief visualisation showing Shazam user activity around the world. Continue reading “Shazam’s huge São Tomé and Príncipe User Base”
I do like a good graph about beards, but when it makes a correlation with other fashion items, its even better. This lovely piece in The Atlantic covers beard length and general facial hair coverage as far back as accurate recordings go. As interesting as it is, this graph made it worth reposting: Skirt Width vs Beard Frequencies. Continue reading “Skirt Width vs Beard Frequencies”
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