Tragic Documentation

NOTE: If the usual aggregators are picking this up and there are humans curating said aggregators, this post is/was not intended as something to go into the “data science” aggregation sites. Just personal commentary with code in the event someone stumbles across it and wanted to double check me. These “data-dives” help me cope with… Continue reading

The 🍊 Resistance

I need to be up-front about something: I’m somewhat partially at fault for 🍊 being elected. While I did not vote for him, I could not in any good conscience vote for his Democratic rival. I wrote in a ticket that had one Democrat and one Republican on it. The “who” doesn’t matter and my… Continue reading

North Carolina’s Neighborhood

UPDATE: I’m glad I’m not the only one who was skeptical of this project: http://andrewgelman.com/2017/01/02/constructing-expert-indices-measuring-electoral-integrity-reply-pippa-norris/ When I saw the bombastic headline “North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy” pop up in my RSS feeds today (article link: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article122593759.html) I knew it’d help feed polarization bear that’s been getting fat on ‘Murica for the… Continue reading

The Actual, Über, Ultimate Fake News List

It is surprisingly shorter (or longer if you grok regular expressions) than you think it might be: http[s]://.*. Like it or not, bias is everywhere and tis woefully insidious. “Mainstream media” [MSM]; Alt-left; Alt-right; and, everything in-between creates and promotes “fake” news. Hourly. It always has. Due to the speed at which [dis]information travels now,… Continue reading

Jumping on the “Banned” Wagon

The parent proposed a committee made up of parents and teachers of different cultural backgrounds come up with a list of books that are inclusive for all students. Where’s the ACLU? They’d be right there if this was an alt-right’er asking to ban books with salacious content they deem (rightly or wrongly) “inappropriate” or “harmful”… Continue reading

The Devil is in the Details

The first public informational video from the PEOTUS didn’t add a full transcript of the video to the web site and did not provide (at least as of 0700 EST on 2016-11-22) their own text annotations/captions to the video. Google’s (YouTube’s) auto-captioning (for the most part) worked and it’s most likely “just good enough” to… Continue reading

This is not cool.

First it was OpenDNS selling their souls (and, [y]our data) to Cisco (whom I don’t trust at all with my data). Now, it’s Dyn — http://www.streetinsider.com/Corporate+News/Oracle+(ORCL)+Enters+Agreement+to+Acquire+DNS+Provider+Dyn/12270020.html — doing something even worse (purely my own opinion). I’m currently evaluating offerings by FoolDNS & GreenTeam as alternatives and I’ll post updates as I review & test them…. Continue reading