Rob Kolstad is an Asshole

This month’s Wired has a great article (not online yet, so no link) by Jason Fagone about the International Olympiad in Informatics where high school students from all over the world compete to solve problems through software. It’s fiercely competitive and has its own sub culture of super stars, namely Gennady Korotkevich of Belarus, who ...

Scariest thing I’ve read all year: The Dunning-Kruger Effect

When Will Ferrel describes his George W Bush impression, he says he just imagines having a lot of “unearned confidence.” How would you know if you were one of these people? I first heard about the Dunning-Kruger effect in a comment on Hacker News and it immediately made me question a lot of things. The ...

Am I Achieving My 2010 Goals?

Ouch. I just looked up my goals for 2010 and I am NOT doing well. Here’s my progress so far. 1. Read 12 Books – Easily completed this already. A few I listened to using Audible.com and I read the Purple Cow on my iPhone with the Kindle app. So far I’ve read The Visual ...

5K Results for Collingswood Book Festival

They posted the results for the Collingswood Book Festival 5K. I wasn’t thrilled with my time of 25:14, and I’m hoping to hit around 24:30 in a 5K next month.

Increasing Data Density in Web Design

I changed the layout on this site in response to what I took away from my session with Ed Tufte. Here’s an applicable quote from Tufte: Whatever reasonably serves the content, avoids non-content pixels (including navigation and designer pixels) as much as possible, favors user scanning over substantial amounts of material rather than premature linking, ...

Sparklines in HTML5

I wrote some code to make Sparklines in HTML5, but it was too tied to what I was working on. Tonight I broke it out on its own as a generic javascript function. Check it out. Read more about Sparklines.

Tufte Course Review and Notes

Yesterday I attended Ed Tufte’s one day course on Presenting Data and Information. His book, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, completely changed the way I think about data. If you love his book, I highly recommend his course. He doesn’t cover a lot of new ground, but he puts emphasis on a few things ...

Running Mix for Tomorrow’s Race

Chuck Berry – Maybellene The Blow – Eat Your Heart Up Ween – It’s Gonna Be A Long Night The National – Abel Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood The Bloodhound Gang – Ralph Wiggum Beck – Mattress Neutral Milk Hotel – Holland, 1945 White Stripes – Blue ...

Chart Junk

I started yet another Tumblr that eventually I will link into this site. I post example of crappy charts and graphs. Check it out: Chart Junk

Net Neutrality and the Railroad Business

Here’s a perfect explanation of why Net Neutrality matters, why it should be enforced by the FCC, and how it’s been done in the past. I wish I could link directly to the comment, but Wired offered no way to do that. A comment on Why Google Became A Carrier-Humping, Net Neutrality Surrender Monkey: posted ...