Today, I made a project that combines my repeaters with the wonderful New York Times Campaign Finance API. Called Sausage Making 2012, it visualizes the total campaign contributions of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as the speed at which meat is ground— evoking the famous quote,
“Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made,”
often falsely attributed to Otto von Bismarck, but likely first written by the American poet John Godfrey Saxe.
Now THAT is spectacular! Talk about sausage fests! Looks like coarse ground beef to me, but I laughed. A lot.
Do check out the N.Y. Times Campaign Finance API.
Young Zack Gold is a clever one, rest assured of that! This was re-blogged from one of his many tumblr’s, see URL above.
I got into the spirit of things and scraped this cutie
from the website of Downtown Josh Brown (The Possibly Reformed Broker). More sausage.
Excerpt from isomorphismes:
In the world of linear approximations of multiple parameters and multiple outputs, the Jacobian is a matrix that tells you: if I twist this knob, how does that part of the output change?
Pretend that a through z are parameters, or knobs you can twist. And pretend that F¹ through Fⁿ are the separate kinds of output…
N.B. The Jacobian is just a linear approximation. It doesn’t carry any info on the connections between variables, curvature, wiggle, womp or kurtosis…
AlternativeAssets tumblr said:
It is called Pint-erest in the UK, right?
I read this comment to the post on Cyborgology (excerpt):
I’m a man, I enjoy lots of what I’ve seen on Pinterest… But it does seem undeniably, non-neutrally “womanish” to me, and it’s not about the recipes or pink images or lack of depth.
Let’s get real. It’s simply this: You get a nice post on music, architecture, how to prepare a great meal, and then one about how hunky…
to which I responded in style (or so I hope)!
If you view it, you’ll find a link to something pink, spiral-shaped and cool-looking. I promise.
Scott and I were talking yesterday about his compromised Apple ID. I was telling him I didn’t understand why he was so upset about it - it seemed perfectly reasonable that Occam’s Razor applies here: Scott had his login/password hacked somehow. But that’s not the problem - turns out there’s a lot more going on here.
This isn’t recent at all. The Scott referred to is Scott Hanselman of Microsoft. The reference to Occam’s Razor was from TechCrunch’s MG Siegler, and not anything special. But the substance of the post WAS interesting, in its reference to Benford’s Law and cloud security.
Read the rest of the post Could Benford’s Law haved saved an Applie ID? on Wekeroad’s long dormant tumblr.