Devlog, 2014-08-23

Spent a lot of time with devs. But it was a house party, so it prrrobably doesn't count. Finished off the rewrite of averageimage - currently negotiating its release on CRAN. Wrote a whole set of unit tests for WikipediR and spent some time looking in horror at Wikidata and…

Devlog: 2014-08-19:2014-08-21

Having missed a couple of days: 1. Merged several ua-parser patches, refining the regexes. 2. Rewrote meanit, my image composition library, to be less full of fail. The use of functional rather than object-oriented code here has halved the codebase and improved speed substantially. 3. Finished my circadian rhythms codebase…

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.…