A note for all of you analytics engineers out there

This image constructed by my good friend Borjan, and brought to you by the International Association of Weary Researchers. Escape your quotes or kill our brave sailors, people.…

A mozilla update

If you didn't manage to get in on the sending-Mozilla-nice-things scheme, you still can! Their press office has asked me to direct any new gifts to: 331 East Evelyn AvenueMountain ViewCalifornia94041 With Rowe Hoffer as the contact/recipient.…

Let them eat cake

(I'm sorry, I couldn't think of a less trite title that wasn't needlessly wordy and/or self-aggrandising.) Unless you've been hiding under a rock for a few weeks, you've probably heard about the dispute around Mozilla's appointment of Brendan Eich as their CEO - and the resulting shitstorm around his…

Hey, PRS

Tell me more about how the internet is making your business model untenable.…

R and packages

Frances Smart has written yet another R-related blog post - unlike the last one, which I commented on kind of extensively, I really agree with his points here. Titled Does R have too many packages? , it looks at an argument by Kurt Hornik, one of the primary CRAN maintainers, that…

Feminist HCI

As part of a project I've been working on I've had to look at literature around socialising new software, enacting change in online communities, so on and so forth. There's actually not much that directly discusses socialisation (if I'm wrong, please please please point me to some papers - I…

Wonderful quote from an interview with Eich

In a CNET interview: I've read plenty of opinions that say you're entitled to your own opinions and political beliefs. But there are other folks who say your stance is the equivalent of overt racism or sexism. That's a firing offense and gets politicians thrown out of office. What's your…

Wikimania 2014 presentations

I've finally posted the abstract of my Wikimania presentation, which is titled Big in Japan: Combating Systemic Bias Through Mobile Editing It looks at behavioural and demographic differences between mobile and desktop editors, and the potential for mobile to make a difference with our systemic bias problem. Other interesting presentations…

Editors and Redditors

(picture credit goes to Adorabutton. A group of staffers, myself included, wandered down to the Reddit office in SF last Wednesday for pizza and such. They'd previously come over to ours, although I'd missed the opportunity to hang out with them (knowing me, I was probably busy trying to kill…

RData for our data?

There's a blog post by Francis Smart over at Economics by Simulation advocating that .RData files become the standard data exchange format within research. For those people who aren't R nerds: .RData is a serialised, R-specific file format that can be used as containers for a (potentially unlimited) number of…