What do I get out of conferences?

Four conferences, two hackathons, and a lot of meet-ups: Analyzing what I’ve gotten from technical gatherings outside of work this year  Part 1 –  The PremiseOver the last year, I’ve been lucky to attend more than my usual number of conferences, meetups, and hackathons. Some of the events were paid by work, some were paid[…]

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Gource – Log Visualization Tool

At work, I put projects I complete into our group’s gallery of data-visualization work. It is good internal marketing for what our group can deliver. Unfortunately, even behind a NASA firewall, there are some things I can’t put in the gallery. Examples have included data visualizations of human resource data and financial data where the public[…]

ISS Fly Over

ISS = International Space StationEarlier this week someone came into my office at work and asked to borrow three of our beanbags, so they could have recently returned astronauts sit in them while doing a facebook live-stream event. Apparently, it has become tradition. That prompted me to google ISS fly over application. I heard NASA[…]

Screenshot of menu options for different default data visualization types.

Data Visualization Compilations

A Compilation of Data Visualization Compilations:There are a wide variety of tools out there for data visualization. Some nice people have come up with compilations of their favorite tools. Other people have created galleries of really outstanding data visualizations that you can use as inspiration. Over the past year, I’ve bookmarked a lot of them.[…]


Signed Up For The Iron Yard 12 week Course

The Iron Yard:I recently made the decision to sign up for the front-end engineering with javascript and MVC frameworks course at the Iron Yard here in Houston, which I’m very excited about.I’ve been considering this for a while. I talked to a bunch of alumni, visited The Iron Yard and Coder Camps, considered options outside[…]

Logo of S.E.G. 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans

Geophysics Hackathon at 2015 S.E.G. Annual Meeting

Geophysics Hackathon at S.E.G. annual conference, 2015 October 17th – October 18th, 2015 – New OrleansOver the weekend, I took part in a Geophysics Hackathon run by Agile Geosciences before the 2015 Society of Exploration Geophysicists annual meeting. A hackathon is when people get together and try to create one or more instances of software,[…]

zoomed in screenshot of map of places Justin Gosses has done geology.

CartoDB & Online Mapping

Online Mapping:Recently, I’ve been improving my skills in both GIS, web development, and programming. As such, exploring online mapping services and methods, like leaflet, Mapbox and CartoDB, was on the “to do” list. Both CartoDB and Mapbox are sites that allow you to build maps on their webpage and then embed the maps in your webpage. Leaflet[…]

Python Class Project – Excessive Pong

Excessive PongAnother project for the online python class was to build your own version of the home arcade game, pong. The project applied what we had previously learned about user interface, use of time functions, lists, dictionaries, etc.The project instructions stipulated that the ball speed should include a certain percentage each time it hit a[…]

Python Class Project – “Astroids” game

Building an arcade game for class:As part of a series of classes I’ve been taking through Coursera / Rice University, I’ve built a few clones of old school arcade games. The idea is building games is fun (because you can play them) and therefore students will be more motivated to learn and finish projects. Rice[…]