Data Anxiety

Tempus fugit

The ducks of Twitter

Each duck of Twitter has a characteristic piquant charm. I forgot where or when I found LimeDuck. He has an earnest, almost adult persona.

All the code that’s fit to print!

WordPress does something similar, “If you are reading this, contact us. We’re hiring!” WordPress doesn’t have the surprisingly lush New York Times typography themed ASCII art though.

Secret Neoreactionary Island

Duck Enlightenment a.k.a. Jokeocracy is my most recent duck  discovery on Twitter, though he seems to have found an online home.  He is a humorous version of the Dark Enlightenment ideology that I otherwise find so disturbing. Duck Enlightenment is not a parody account, so there is an edge. He is a more youthful sort than LimeDuck. It is impossible to see that sweet little duck body, suitably darker hued, with petite nubby horns, and not feel a rush of empathetic loving kindness.

Finally, we have Gappy3000, who isn’t quite a duck. Rather, he is a duck-billed platypus hailing from New Hedgistan.

“Any data scientist worth their salary will tell you that you should start with a question, NOT the data. Unfortunately, data hackathons often lack clear problem definitions. Most companies think that if you can just get hackers, pizza, and data together in a room, magic will happen.”

"This is the same as if Habitat for Humanity gathered its volunteers around a pile of wood and said, “Have at it!” By the end of the day you’d be left with a half of a sunroom with 14 outlets in it."

— Jake Porway on how You Can’t Just Hack Your Way to Social Change

wendfarm:

This is a dynamic, pseudo-random system. It was produced in 100 lines of code. Looks like it’s back to Processing for me.

This reminds me of Windows XP Solitaire whenever I won a game. I think the trajectory of the bouncing playing cards was a simple exponential decay in two dimensions, but I liked it, a lot! I like this too. Click the URL and watch it animate!

wendfarm:

This is a dynamic, pseudo-random system. It was produced in 100 lines of code. Looks like it’s back to Processing for me.

This reminds me of Windows XP Solitaire whenever I won a game. I think the trajectory of the bouncing playing cards was a simple exponential decay in two dimensions, but I liked it, a lot! I like this too. Click the URL and watch it animate!

This is a view of the Solar System, as seen from a position in the center by the MESSENGER spacecraft. The planets appear as points of light. The closer and larger ones are the brightest. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are clearly visible in the image. The positions of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are labeled but they are too faint to see. I refuse to consider Pluto as anything less than a full-fledged planet!  I have my reasons! According to JPL, this image is the reverse of one taken from the outside of the Solar System in 1990 by Voyager One. Click on the second link below to see a larger version, along with a more complete explanation.
gravitationalbeauty:

The Solar System from MESSENGER

This is a view of the Solar System, as seen from a position in the center by the MESSENGER spacecraft. The planets appear as points of light. The closer and larger ones are the brightest. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are clearly visible in the image. The positions of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are labeled but they are too faint to see. I refuse to consider Pluto as anything less than a full-fledged planet!  I have my reasons! According to JPL, this image is the reverse of one taken from the outside of the Solar System in 1990 by Voyager One. Click on the second link below to see a larger version, along with a more complete explanation.

gravitationalbeauty:

The Solar System from MESSENGER

“Big Data, as a term with no clear definition, which serves as a marketing campaign for technology vendors, encourages people to put their faith in technologies without first developing the skills that are needed to use those technologies. As a result, organizations waste their money and time chasing the latest so-called Big Data technologies—some useful, some not—to no effect because technologies can only augment the analytical abilities of humans; they cannot make up for our lack of skill…”

Visual Business Intelligence - If Big Data Is Anything at All, This Is It Stephen Few

Where Sì means Yes

At fascist party headquarters, “maybe” and “no” also meant “yes”.

The face is an effigy of Il Duce. It is genuine, not photo-shopped.

TenaciousVulpin speaks truth. PNF was the Italian National Fascist Party as led by Il Duce, known to many as Benito Mussolini. The location is PNF HQ in Rome. I checked, and believe this is correct per a credible source, Sì means yes - Or else. The page name is “Propaganda”. Scroll down to the section heading, “Singles” for the Mussolini entry.

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