[D]ata work is as much about joining things together as it is selecting and pruning. Like building a data chair — you turn a dataset on the data lathe, and then glue it to the appropriate slot in another dataset.
It’s an absolute myth that you can send an algorithm over raw data and have insights pop up.
— Jeffrey Heer, in NYT article
on big data and janitorial work.
Gotta love it when a new bike share program names itself after an oddity in American dialect.
bublr - note the new, alternate spelling.
We are strange creatures, sometimes brutal, not always photogenic, often delicate. We’re fascinated by metrics, big pictures and endless horizons of possibility. And we always, always want more.
There were many interesting things about the Milwaukee Sheriff’s race this week, not least of which were the Shorewood voters. This suburb really stands apart.
(Preliminary election night results via Charles Franklin @PollsAndVotes. Greendale results not reported.)
My latest musing on the intersection of data visualization and post-punk rock at Big Lake Data.
If there’s one thing Milwaukee is good at, it’s appearing on dopey online lists—or “listicles”
Okay. My apologies for having ever blogged about Milwaukee’s appearance on a dopey list. (Looking at you 37h3r)
A study of urban density and sprawl:
The urban cores of Milwaukee (top left) and Chicago (bottom left) really shine … Detroit (far right) not so much.
This is Alex Holden, the Milwaukee guy whose discovery of massive Russian identity theft is the lead story at the New York Times.
Given this photo running with the NYT story, it would appear that his firm operates with lean PR and office furniture budgets.
Aug. 8th UPDATE: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an interesting story on Holden’s company and background.