• lifestyle

    June 2021 Fasting Detox

    Over the past few months, I’ve started experimenting with Intermittent Fasting (IT) mainly as a way to lose weight. Intermittent Fasting is a sort of diet (well not a diet) where you choose to eat only during a particular time frame. A common pattern is that you only eat from 11AM to 7PM (8 hours each day). The obvious benefit for weight loss is that you are restricting your calories without needing to carefully count your calories. But, there are other benefits as well and many people use IT as a detox or just as a way to give your digestive system a break. Earlier this year, I started to…

  • lifestyle

    I Tried Intermittent Fasting for a Week

    Well, a few weeks actually. I’ve been experimenting with Intermittent Fasting on and off for a few weeks already. But, I haven’t really focused on whether or not this practice could affect my weight loss goal. So now is the time to do that, but before I get into the gritties let’s back up and talk about what Intermittent Fasting is. What is Intermittent Fasting? Many diet plans will tell you to count your calories, measure your food, exercise more, and tell you what you eat. Basically the idea is always if you take in less calories than you need you will lose weight: calories in and calories out. The…

  • business

    Now What?

    A few weeks ago, I quit what I thought would be my major project of 2021. That project was writing another technology book. So I had my reasons to quit, but this has left a big hole in my plans for 2021. See one of my 2021 goals is to build up a passive income. the book would have contributed to this via royalties which is part of the reason I agreed to the project. It seemed like a gift at the time. What Now? Passive Income? You’ve probably heard people throwing this word around, and passive income is something that I’m personally passionate about. This is essentially a business…

  • business

    I Quit My Book Contract

    You have to know when to quit. That is what I told myself last week as I sent a email to my editor that effectively ended my book contract that I negotiated last year. The book that I had been planning toiling under for the past three months is now toast. Why? The first red flag popped up in February when I wrote the post Should You Write a Tech Book? My intention for this post was to give a behind the scenes view on what it was like to get published by a major industry player. It was meant to be an exciting pseudo-narrative, the kind of post I…

  • business,  code

    Should You Write a Tech Book?

    Are you considering publishing a book with a company like Apress, No-Starch, or O’Reilly? Maybe you have been contacted by someone who noticed a blog post that you wrote or a YouTube video? I’ve been down this road a few times now and there are some things that you need to know. Jump Right To… What You Need to Know About the 10 Phases of Publishing Publishing Myths Busted Should You Write a Book? How I Became an Author Years ago I ran a blog where I talked about my iPhone app business. My audience grew fairly quickly to a peak of 5,000 visits per day because at the time…

  • code

    Can You Embed a Visualization On Your Website?

    I’ve been in a strange place. I mean professionally, of course. Most of the time and in most of the jobs I’ve held I’ve been a data analyst. Or something like that. Research Statistician, Statistical Programmer, Data Scientist, and yes Data Analyst. That is what I do right now. My jobs have all had different titles, but at the end of the day I’ve always worked with messy data. Databases. Data Sources. ERP Systems. APIs. Data Lakes. Data Oceans? Data Warehouses. You get my drift right? What I do is part engineering and part scientist. Sometime hacker. I have to find out where data exists, use programming to pull it…

  • code

    Pro Data Visualization with R and JavaScript

    This page is where readers of my upcoming book will be able to find resources discussed in the book along with added content that will be added post-publication. Jump Right To… Chapter Code and Resources Downloads Web Visualizer Training Blueprint Web Visualization Training Blueprint Soon after I started working on Pro Data Visualization with R and JavaScript I realized that the material would be a stretch for almost any reader. The simple fact is that the skills that you need to be a successful data analyst or data scientist and a successful full stack web developer are very different. They seem to be the same on the surface. After all,…

  • code

    Bar Plot w/ ggplot2

    Quick reference for using ggplot2 with R. This package uses data from my covid data pipeline. Please see that post for more details on the data content. Simple Barplot This will result in a very basic plot that looks like this. Better Barplot We need this to look a little better, so here is how you add labels and adjust the scales so the numbers come out in a readable format. Now we get a nicer looking plot that is ready to publish. Horizontal Barplot Now here is a spruced up Horizontal Boxplot. And you will get something like this. Where to Learn More You can make most graphs with…

  • code

    Killer Data Science Training Sale

    So real quick, anyone who knows me knows that I love love love Data Camp. This week, Data Camp is offering up to 62% off their year subscriptions. These are already a good deal but a total no-brainer at this price. I recommend this to anyone who works in a data profession or who wants to pivot into a data profession like Data Science or Machine Learning. I really love the format: very short but informative videos followed up by hands-on simulations. You really learn by doing AND you get the theoretical context so you understand how to do the analysis. They have skill tracks so you can just learn…

  • code

    County Level Covid-19 Dashboard

    Explore US COVID-19 new cases and deaths by US county. You can change the states, counties and time frame. There are a total of three tabs, the first two are visualizations while the third is a data table if you want more detail. See https://github.com/mattjcamp/covid_dashboard for the Python data pipeline used to gather the data for this visualization.