• Hot Wheels

    For the first couple weeks of Reinventing the Wheel I’ve worked on prototyping a set of four wheels and corresponding chassis. I fabricated my wheels from scratch, but used pre-fabbed components to build the chassis. »

  • The Winds of WinterBot. Because Someone Has To Write It

    George R. R. Martin began writing his A Song of Ice and Fire series in 1991. To date he has published five of a promised seven (and threatened eight) books, most recently A Dance With Dragons which was published in July of 2011. His next installment, The Winds of Winter has no known publication date. In the meantime, HBO’s televised adaption of the series, Game of Thrones has outpaced Martin, leaving the show’s writers to essentially make up their own version of what happens next in the series. »

  • How Much Does Netflix Weigh?


  • Shot Charts in IPython

    Attempting to follow Savvas Tjortjoglou’s NBA web scraping tutorial in Python using matplotlib and seaborn (also scipy). IPython nightmares and module mistakes ensue. Results viewable here. »

  • Regex Golf Needs More Rules

    The only real rules provided for Regex Golf are “Type a regex in the box. You get ten points per match (or lose ten, if you match something you shouldn’t); each character costs one point.” That seems fairly straight forward, until suddenly it isn’t. »

  • Visualizing NYC (And Mutilated Animals)

    In December, 2014, following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer who killed Eric Garner, as well as the murder of two NYPD officers in BedStuy shortly thereafter, police across the city engaged in what appeared to be a virtual work stoppage, with citations issued and summonses for minor offenses fell by nearly 94% from the previous year. I took a look at some of that data in order to experiment with D3js. »

  • MacBook Autopsy

    Apple stopped manufacturing black MacBooks in 2008, so most of the components are effectively useless (although the 500 GB hard drive was a pleasant surprise). The display, however, remains useful, so into the parts bin it goes. Amazingly, you have to pretty much take apart the entire machine to extract the display. »

  • Metal Pouring Time!

    For today’s episode of “You Can’t Do That In Your Brooklyn Apartment!” I have a throwback to work I could make when open space and open flames were bigger parts of my life. The topic du jour is lost-wax bronze casting, just like humans have been doing for almost 6000 years. »