Author Archives: nEquals30

Parsing University Challenge questions with youtube-dl and Python

I’m a big fan of the BBC show University Challenge. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have much of an online fanbase. For example, the subreddit is completely inactive (but I did find a Tumblr called Cuties of University Challenge). Sean Blanchflower even keeps track of overall season statistics, but that’s about as involved as anyone… Read More »

Yahoo Fantasy Baseball API with R

Connecting to the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball API is tricky business. If you’ve found this post, you may have also found this post by Ryan Kuhn, and this post by Cory Nissen, both of whom have successfully implemented the API. I want to build on their work a little bit, by adding some extra functionality and… Read More »

Linkwrap: Wifi Strength and Markov Chains

Victor Powell (setosa.io) created this interactive D3.js explanation of what Markov Chains are.   MIT’s SENSEable City Lab created this cool analysis of address-books in Portugal. The gist of it is that there are more contacts-per-person in large cities, but those networks aren’t more inter-connected (the idea of “urban villages”).   PHD student Jason Cole… Read More »

Linkwrap: All Kinds of Disasters

Isoscope shows you how far you can travel from any location in a given amount of time. Could be really useful when you consider the next item:   NUKEMAP is for the more paranoid of you. It lets you detonate a hypothetical nuclear weapon and see what the damage would be like.   A map… Read More »

Linkwrap: Optimus Johnson and Khaleesi Rodriguez

This is an interactive map of all the weather anomalies in the US since 1964. They plotted over 3 million anomalies. Nice!   Deadspin did this analysis of user vs. expert picks in the NCAA bracket.   Apparently Khaleesi is a more common name for 2012 girls than “Betsy”. This is the actual Social Security… Read More »