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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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Gorillaz, Gorillaz, and a new dataviz t-shirt

Over the past two years, I have noticed something interesting. Whenever I generate a new visual for a t-shirt, I don’t always like the results. I only tend to like visuals based on the artists I like as well. In other words: visuals generated for artists that I just casually like don’t really resonate with […]

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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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Star Wars, DataViz, and Lessons Learned

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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Making Formula 1’s most common graphic more accessible

I’m a big Formula 1 fan. I’ve watched the sports since I was eight years old. People sometimes ask me why I like it so much. And to be honest, I don’t really know why. For some reason, I get excited when the race is about to start. Sometimes all the excitement during the race […]

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Personal Gems in Infinite Jest

When I first heard about the book Infinite Jest I instantly knew I had to read it. I was reading All Things Shining and it discussed how some people see it as the defining book of our times. Infinite Jest could just be for us what Odyssey is for the Greek period, and The Divine […]

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A Daft Punk Venn Diagram Dataviz T-Shirt

I have recently run some test with single song data visualisations using the code of my Avicii project. In this post, I show you how I generated my own single song Daft Punk Dataviz t-shirt. My Favourite Daft Punk Song The choice for my first single song t-shirt was easy. It had to be Something […]

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