Month: July 2018

My Favorite Places at the University of Minnesota: a photo essay

I have spent my last six years, indeed, my entire adult life, around and attending the University of Minnesota. And it’s amazing! I am really going to miss this place. No really, it is amazing. Most people around the world, when I talk with them, assume that Minnesota – which they have vaguely, maybe heard …

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Processing Garmin .fit files to .csv files for Cycling Data Analysis

In the cycling world, there is a wealth of data analysis and visualization tools, of which I have experience with Strava and TrainingPeaks. In fact, cycling is probably one of the most data-mature consumer industries, ironic considering at face value cycling brings up images of rugged mountain trails not computers and sensors. The data we …

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Reflections on reading "Algorithms to Live By"

This book, Algorithms to Live By: What Computers Can Teach Us About Solving Human Problems, came to me via Amazon’s recommendation system and sold by being well-reviewed. The book’s premise is simple: take algorithms which are critical in various aspects of computing, explain them, and then connect them to human problems (such as parking, scheduling, …

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Live Dashboard of Farm Weather for WordPress.com

For all three people in the world who are really interested (myself and my parents), the Catlin farm’s newly-established weather/sensor database is difficult to understand just by glancing at the 40 columns of numbers. So I made a dashboard in which to look at, in particular, the trifecta of agriculture: rain, temp, and sun for …

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