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 »

I made a GIF with ggplot2 and rworldmap

In my last post, I mentioned that I was interested in exploring the mapping capabilities of ggplot2. Well, shortly after I wrote that, I was searching the internet for “ggplot2 animated gif”, and I stumbled across this excellent walkthrough by Rafael Periera, which he had posted just minutes earlier! His blog, Urban Demographics is coincidentally… Read More »

Linkwrap: Wifi Strength and Markov Chains

Victor Powell ( 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 »