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[…]

Game of Thrones Parallel Sets Data Visualization

User interface add-ons to make a better parallel sets visualizations: (skip to the data visualization here.)Parallel sets is a data visualization type that shows how attributes of different types are distributed across a large number of instances. Common examples include datasets of the characteristics of passengers on the Titanic disaster and nutrition information of many different types of[…]


Flow Chart for Picking the Right Mapping Tool

I did some research on different tools for creating flow charts today.Originally, I started down this path trying to figure out what open-source project I might be able to hack on and produce a project that would generate XKCD style flow charts, similar to how bokeh (python library) has XCKD style plots as built-in option. I[…]

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[…]

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Space City JavaScript Conference

A Post-Conference Review of Space City JSI just got back from Space City JS, a JavaScript conference in Houston, Texas. Ideally, I’d write an intelligent piece of prose after long reflection. My schedule doesn’t allow for that, so here are some bullet points. The coffee was strong! and more than cream and sugar was provided[…]

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.[…]

screenshot of data visualization of Animal Control Call Data for 2012-2015 in zip code 77009

Tableau Data Visualization Animal Control Calls

Tableau: Data Visualization Software (& mapping)Tableau is similar to CartoDB and MapBox, which were discussed in earlier posts here and here. All are designed to allow the user to quickly drop in data and create visual representations of that data. All have free and paid versions. Tableau Public is the free version of Tableau. The main[…]

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Learning to Code

“A Highly Opinionated & Abbreviated Guide for Taking the First Steps to Learn a Bit of Code” Why Write this?Someone asked me for help figuring out where to start regarding learning how to code today. Fundamentally, that’s why I’m writing this. I figured I’d might as well put it in a post and send her the link.Additionally,[…]


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[…]

Screenshot of Map App on Holocene Volcanoes and Historic Earthquakes

ArcGIS Hackathon-ish

ESRI sponsored Geo-Development Hackathon:Today I took part in an event put on by ESRI, the company that provides the software on which the majority of enterprise,  academic, and government GIS work takes place. As compared to the Geophysics Hackathon run by AgileGeosciences at the Society of Exploration Geophysics Annual Conference, this was more about learning tools and[…]