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Sofia Heisler No More Sad Pandas 

In this excellent talk, Sofia Heisler explains how to optimize Pandas code. There is a striking difference between a naive implementation and an optimized one, a nearly 500x improvement. She also described two very useful benchmarking functions, timeit, and line_profiler. … Continue reading

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Six Foot Long Scorpions

There was a super interesting article in the SF Chronicle today about scorpions. It profiled Lauren Esposito, an arachnologist at the California Academy of Sciences, and her work studying these creatures. The venom found in some species of scorpions has been … Continue reading

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Installing Python Packages for DSE200x with pip

Python for Data Science is an introductory course that provides an overview of various tooling that exists in the python world that is useful for data science purposes. This includes things like: Jupyter Notebooks The numpy library The scipy library … Continue reading

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Data Science Helps Fight Wildfires

I’m taking a data science course on EdX as a part of the UCSD MicroMaster program. I’ve always been curious in data science from a cursory point of view, but now I want to use it to analyze and understand … Continue reading

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Hot Dog Coma

I’ve been in New York City for two days now. One of the greatest cities in the world; center of the universe, a culinary heaven, full of Michelin star restaurants, and all I keep eating is Gray’s Papaya Hot Dogs … Continue reading

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Continental Freshwater People

In a recent blog post on the Vonnegut Library blog, Rai Peterson, an English Professor at Ball State University writes about the perception of how writers only come from “that cluster of states on the east coast that were so … Continue reading

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Lies

I saw a man this morning burning a bible on the sidewalk. He had a blanket over his head and was screaming “LIES” into the street. Commuters passed him by on their way to work like nothing interesting was going … Continue reading

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Killed the bird

I deleted Twitter the other day. I got tired of the bullshit. I wanted to tell the world that I did this. But I have no idea how to do that now that I don’t have Twitter. I’ll probably post … Continue reading

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Bukowski On Writing

I finished reading a book by Charles Bukowski which was supposed to be about his thoughts on writing. What it turned out to be was a collection of stories, letters, and book forwards over the years that are tangentially related … Continue reading

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Docker Based Development Environment for Packaging

I started a new repo called sid-builder which provides a docker based development environment for debian packaging. This project follows all of the best practices that were outlined in the Guide for New Maintainers. The benefit of this approach is … Continue reading

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