VizWar @ Philly Tech Week 2014

Fellow RJMetrician Austin Lopez and I competed in a data visualization contest/hackathon called VizWars at WHYY last night. It was hosted by Acumen Analytics and Tableau. The goal was to come up with the best visualization from either NCAA Basketball tournament statistics or Earthquake data they provided. This is what we came up with. The ...

Announcing Lineage: A Family Tree Data Expression Engine

Last week at the Philly JS Dev meetup, I demoed a new project I’ve been working on called Lineage. It all started as a way to try and visualize all the research my Aunt Peggy has done over the last 50 years. Using D3, I was able to build a way to search, filter and ...

Best Things This Year (2013)

Anecdotally, it seems like a lot of people shook up their lives in 2013. I certainly did. Here are the best things that happened to me in 2013. 1. RJMetrics – In March I started working at RJMetrics, an e-commerce data analytics firm in center city Philadelphia. Leaving Garvey Corp was a difficult decision, but ...

D3.js Talk at Philly JS Meetup

I’m going to give a talk titled Data Expression with D3 and Null Family Values at the Philly Javascript Dev meetup on January, 22. I’ll also be giving a demonstration of an awesome D3 project I’ve been working on. Here’s a sneak peak:

Civic Hacking Demo Night Talk

Tonight (Friday) I’m going to be talking about the Bulldog Budget and what I think Philadelphia can do to improve their open budget efforts. Details here. Update: The event went great, here’s a photo someone from Technically Philly took:

HOWTO: Build an Automatic Gong

I made my first post over at the RJMetrics Engineering blog about how we built an automatic gong that rings whenever we get a new client.

Show at Grooveground Friday 6/7/13 with Arcati Crisis

I’ll be playing with Arcati Crisis on Friday, 6/7/13 at Grooveground. The show starts at 8:30PM!

My Ignite Philly 11 Presentation on Data Visualization

Update: Here’s the video of my presentation Last Thursday I gave a talk on Data Visualization at Ignite Philly 11. I was nervous as hell, but the encouragement you get from that crowd is amazing. The organizers (David, Geoff and Adam) did a great job and it could not have gone smoother. Here are my ...

Media Roundup for Mandel Bulldog Budget

The reaction to the Mandel for Controller Bulldog Budget has been amazing! Here’s a list of all the places it was mentioned online. Technically Philly – “Use the coolest, most comprehensive City of Philadelphia budget visualization you’ve ever seen” Made it to story #4 on Hacker News with over 60 comments Tons of activity on ...

Philadelphia Budget Data Visualized

For the past few months I’ve been working with Brett Mandel on creating a data visualization of Philadelphia’s General budget. We used a treepmap from D3 to show expenditures categorized by department, but lets you drill down to al 217,450 expenditures.     We’re launching it today, so check it out and see what you ...