Devlog, 2014-08-18

Stealing the idea from Yuvi: 1. Got +2 on tobie's ua-parser, which is good because it means I can push directly and also close patches, and this is, well, our standard UA parser ;p. 2. WikipediR 1.0.1 is out - few user-facing differences except fewer tyops in the…

Tab-clearing

Some bookmarks I'm getting rid of by noting down here: Hemmingway is an app (for desktop on both Mac and Windows, although sadly not on Linux) that acts as a simple text editor that highlights various classes of writing no-nos, such as incredibly long sentences that just go on forever…

"Fuck that, I'd rather be funny"

After my WM presentation, I was concerned I'd been funny rather than useful. My friend Adam wrote up a long schpiel on the subject. This is that schpiel. Smart people of a certain bent use humor as a shield. In one sense, we've been trained to do so since early…

Python: now in RStudio

There's a common joke in the R community, which is to end any advice you give with something along the lines of: ...and if you vectorise wherever possible, rely on primitive functions as much as you're able, and pay close attention to memory limits and non-primitive objects, you'll be going…

Big in Japan: Combating Systemic Bias through Mobile Editing

This is a heavily amended and easy-for-internetting version of my Wikimania talk of the same name, which I'm assured you'll be able to watch in a few days on YouTube if you want to experience the full horror. The Wikimedia Foundation invests a lot of effort in mobile as a…

Dear R developers

In the entire history of the world, nobody has ever wanted stringsAsFactors to be TRUE.…

Yes, American doctors really love medication as much as we assume

Paraphrased conversation with my doctor last week "Hello there, new patient I've never met before! What seems to be the problem?" "Well, I get anxious when I fly" "Okay! Here's thirty benzos" "....I'm not sure whether to be grateful to the system or horrified by it" "yes!"…

Thought for the day about SF

I am sick and tired of being in the middle of a culture war that I desperately want both sides to lose.…

*whimper*

I just spent half an hour writing the most beautiful snowflake of code. It recursively and quickly builds a tree structure from the categorylinks table (which is key-pair), in R. And it would be perfect and beautiful and wonderful, but for one thing: that some prize tosspot, at some point…

What the fRck? Value comparison in R

As an R programmer I spend a significant amount of time convincing my friends that R is not in fact a terrible, terrible language....for the reasons that they think, and that it is in fact a terrible, terrible language for far better reasons. As Tim Smith puts it: R…