of Oz the Wizard
The Wizard of Oz, in alphabetical order.
running the current python file in the vscode terminal
A useful custom keyboard shortcut if you want your VS Code workspace to feel a little more like RStudio.
every zelda is the darkest zelda
A great video exploring the dark and light of the Legend of Zelda franchise.
It is the arrogance of every age to believe that yesterday was calm.
Tom Peters, Wired 5.12, Dec 1997
The solution of any problem is good only for that problem, but the method of working out the solution may have a lot to teach us.
Walter Dorwin Teague
Remembering Professor David I. Mostofsky
A personal remembrance of a good man.
With the iPhone 11, Apple makes a change that permanently ruins its camera.
Autumn at Mount Auburn Cemetery
Gorgeous autumn colors at one of New England’s historic sites.
algorithmic art: random circle packing
Packing a canvas with non-overlapping circles is easy, until it isn’t. Herein, we learn the difference between an easy solution and a fast solution.
compound inequalities in R
It’s surprisingly easy to create a set of custom comparison operators that mimic compound inequality formulas, which can potentially save you some typing and make your code more readable. Let’s have a look at the R features that make this possible.
the pleasures and pitfalls of data visualization with maps
Maps make for some fun data visualizations, but should be used with care. Here I investigate several different ways of mapping and visualizing the same dataset.
understanding ggplot: an example
In which we learn some of the inner secrets of Hadley Wickham’s venerable R package.
the first 90%
So you want to be a data analyst, huh?
the tardis top ten: human nature / the family of blood
In which we learn about the Time Lord’s true nature by way of the human being he might have been.
the tardis top ten: vincent and the doctor
Doctor Who gets mushy as it attempts to answer the question, “Why art?”
the tardis top ten: the end of the world
I invite the internet’s rage and kick off a personal Top Ten list of Doctor Who episodes with ‘The End of the World’.
clear cache, then refresh
There comes a time in every young man’s life when he must tear his website down to its foundations and rebuild it from scratch. Fun!
A tool I created to help with monitor burn-in and other “stuck pixel” issues. Now with a twist ending!
a quick note on smartphone data
A quick exercise in how to improve your data visualizations.
how i learned to type: a personal timeline
The long and winding road of how I learned to type.
What a quantum space hole does to your brain, and why it makes for a great game.
all about the weathah
A semi-exhaustive look at Boston’s weather.
probability for the common dungeon master
Did you know that “dice” and “data” share the same Latin root? You’ll learn a lot more than that after reading this post.
the 3d wasteland
3D is nothing but the vast wasteland of 2011.
child's play and a bit about data visualization
The prides and pitfalls of data visualization.
classification images and perceptual learning
A Science-to-English explanation of my first-ever publication.
the amazing thing
On how to communicate clearly, and the reason I do what I do.
start your mornings with b. f. skinner
Skinner gets a bad rap these days, but there’s no denying that the man was on to something.
keep calm and carry on
Buyer beware. Always check the typography.
having two eyes is vastly overrated
You’d think posts about vision science would be less rare on this site, given that it’s my job.
An old game with a fresh twist.
an acquired skill
Light the torches. Move the stick up and to the left to go in. Who says video games can’t teach you anything?
child's play 2009: conclusion
In which my statistical prowess in confirmed, and hearts are warmed.
a small thanksgiving miracle
Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like swine flu, am I right, folks?
the man who knew too much
Alan Turing didn’t build machines because he was gay. He built them because he was Spock.
mega man 9
Mega Man 9, like all great games, builds a complex experience out of a simple premise. Jump, shoot, die. Repeat until enlightenment is achieved.
a marathon tale
A slice of the Boston Marathon, as told through Photoshop.
make with the bubbles
Some new wallpapers.
My annual attempt at fund raising.
I bow to your superior comedic timing.
the other man of steel
Ultimate X-Men, Colossus, Northstar, and the pros and cons of each.
between the panels
My renewed obsession with the X-Men unleashes a torrent of buried memories.
a wallpaper and the story of a boy and a turtle
The story of two tools for programmatically generated art, and where the two meet.
the mighty mouse
The trials and tribulations of Apple’s Mighty Mouse
beating the game
On the difference between fantasy fulfillment and videogames.
crazy science fridays: neutrality
Zeldman has some interesting thoughts on the neutral option often seen in opinion scales. Here’s my fifty cents.
Reclusive rocker Sly Stone in a recent, rare public appearance.
remembrances of mr. wizard
Don Herbert, better known as TV’s Mr. Wizard, passed away yesterday at the age of 89.
Murderball just might be the best documentary ever.
amateur musings on information design
A brief summary of the Jabbour NYC subway map, and some thoughts on Boston.
right when i think i'm out, they pull me back in
A visual announcement.
the most special special effects
Some kids dreamed of being astronauts. Me? I wanted to work for Industrial Light and Magic.
dear champagne colored sedan
A letter to an inanimate object.
Sorry, no summary. Read it in full.
itunes, cover flow, and nostalgia
iTunes adds a surprisingly powerful new feature to its already impressive arsenal of awesome tools.
a quick trip to washington
A trip to Washington yields mediocre photos and lasting impressions.
the receiving of monuments
In this episode, Jon receives a very special award.
An old Magic: the Gathering project is rediscovered.
rise of the machines
Games you can play with the Internet.