I am not responsible for your terrible choices in life

So: my primary job at the moment is working out a lot of metrics around pageviews. As part of this I have to parse our requestlogs, and actually read and hand-code the things to find out if the parsing and heuristic filters are accurate. I've seen "whatever" as a user…

Notes

Gaston Sanchez has written A rather great guide to string handling in R, giving examples with both R-base's string handlers and the stringr package. If you're an R programmer who struggles with strings, I thoroughly recommend it. Closely linked; the release of R 3.1.0 means we now have…

Empathy and Experience in HCI

As previously noted, I've got particularly into Feminist HCI Theory recently. As part of it, I encountered the paper Empathy and Experience in HCI, which I persuaded my fellow researchers (and the design team) to adopt as the first paper for our monthly reading club. This is my writeup of…

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…