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Questioning the openness of my data project

Books can sometimes change your perspective on things. Make you reconsider the way you have done things before. I’ve recently read one of those books. One that made me revaluate the openness of projects. Living in Data In Living in Data, Jer Thorp suggests some questions that help you score the openness of a dataset. […]

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A little DataViz tribute to The Secret Lives of Planets

The Secret Lives of Planets is a great & accessible read about our solar system. Paul Murdin does a great job of taking you on a tour from the innermost planet of our system to the outermost planet, branching out to the occasional dwarf planets and satellites. He shares what we currently know about the […]

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Generating an GIF animation using Matplotlib and Imageio

I recently visited S-H-O-W 2021, a great event about data visualisation. One talk discussed how you can change your data visualisation based on the amount of interest and focus someone has. The idea is that users generally have a certain interest level (high/low) and focus level (high/low). By making a visual for each combination of […]

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Reviewing Lady Astronaut’s Secret Messages

Qhrfa ygu tgm viniqifs dy weoniqe rfk merkifs dy rmqicbe. Rfk r njecirb qhrfan rn ygu qgga qhe qide qg kecgke qhin dennrse ygu rme fgw merkifs. Ygu rme rwengde. Oh sorry, I forgot to disable my encryption. The Lady Astronaut The Lady Astronaut books are about an alternate history. One where a big meteorite […]

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A personal view on Technics and Civilizations

About three years ago, I was reading The Shallows. It discusses what the internet is doing to our brains. There is a section that discusses the internet as a medium and how it (unintentionally) seems to be designed to distract us. Hyperlinks are a good example. Whenever you read content online, there is quite a […]

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Switching from Google Search to DuckDuckGo

In 2020, I started my second attempt to quit using Google Search. My first attempt lasted less than a day. My second attempt is still going strong. I have been using DuckDuckGo for about 3 months now. I even think I’m starting to like it. During my second attempt, I noticed something interesting: I had […]

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Code: an easy way to generate custom colormaps in Matplotlib

In this post, I’ll share an easy trick to generate custom colormaps to use in Matplotlib (my favourite data visualisation package for Python). The example I use in this post is the annotated heatmap example from matplotlib.org. The standard heatmap From the example code, this is the line that plots the heatmap: im = ax.imshow(harvest) […]

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On the internet you will find what you want to find

The internet is a beautiful place. It allows us to connect to others in enumerable ways. The highway of connectivity also gives us access to the world’s information whenever we want it. And this brings us at an interesting question: how does the instantaneous access to information influence us? The interesting part is that the […]

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Celebrate your team’s failures and find their strengths

There is a lot of discussion online about experimentation cultures. Talks on how to embrace experimentation within your company. A lot of these talks revolve around processes to optimise a business with some form of continuous testing. But I think we often forget to apply similar techniques to ourselves and our teams. When I read […]

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Making an interactive Star Wars Data Visualisation using Python and Javascript

I like to work on personal projects every now and then. It forces me to learn something new. And sometimes, when I get started, the project seizes me and I just cannot rest until it’s done. I’ve recently worked on such a project. I made an interactive Star Wars data visualisation. Just to see if […]

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