• code,  covid-19

    Local Covid-19 Dashboard

    When I need a Data Science tool beyond vanilla SQL I usually reach for RStudio. There is no denying that R is fast and painless for doing statistical analysis, but it’s quirky and falls far out of the norms of coding and that’s always bugged me. So I’ve been debating making a switch. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with Python programming. Python is a very popular general-purpose programming language that is used in Data Science, but it’s also used to make apps, websites, and services. I’m particularly interested in using this language along with AWS services to publish small web APIs and things like that. But, I need to learn the…

  • ufology

    Is Bob Lazar for Real?

    I first learned about Bob Lazar last year when Netflix released a documentary titled Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers. This documentary was kinda crazy, it was filmed with a dramatic voice-over reading from a bizarre script. But, the subject of the film, Bob Lazar, seemed somewhat credible. Lazar and his associates have also appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast. For those of you who don’t know, Bob Lazar is a guy who claimed to work on reverse engineering alien technology for the government in 1989. His story was part of the reason that Area 51 became such an infamous spot in popular culture. The thing about Bob’s story…

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    covid-19

    The Week I Hit My Breaking Point on Covid-19

    This week a video was circulating through social media showing a group of doctors, dressed in lab coats, and standing in front of the Supreme Court. They were having what seemed to be a press conference where they communicated their message which boiled down to “This virus has a cure, it’s called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax. You don’t need to worry about Covid-19, there is a cure.” The group is called “America’s Frontline Doctors”. The people pictured are in fact doctors who practice medicine. None are epidemiologists or immunologists. On that same day, America’s Frontline Doctors met with Vice President Pence. President Trump himself tweeted the video which helped it…

  • lifestyle business

    Personal Freedom

    I have been avoiding this topic for most of my adult life. Even when I’ve been at my lowest point. Even when I felt the worst. It was just too hard. Too much work. But wait, let me back up and give you some context. What am I talking about? Sounds serious, right? So, about two years ago I had a mental health crisis. Or at least I thought I had one. I was having panic attacks. I felt extremely anxious and occasionally depressed. I started drinking more than normal. My world felt like it was closing in on me. And it was. This was all toward the end of…

  • covid-19

    Is It Really Time to Reopen?

    So here we are at the end of May 2020. Our town has been closed since mid-March in an attempt to save the hospital system from total collapse due to the Coronavirus pandemic. And now, today, we are starting to come under mounting pressure to “reopen” our local economy. It’s hard to know what to think about this issue and what information sources to believe. Many people are misinformed and even the most informed people don’t know enough about this pandemic. This issue has become political and the stakes are high for the current government and for our collective future. So I wanted to take this time to try to…

  • drones

    Source One Drone Build

    I had big plans to build an Armattan Marmotte frame this summer. I didn’t… Here’s why. The build I spec’ed out with that premium frame and overpriced premium (LOL not really premium) motors cost about $500 for just one build. YIKES. After I lost my job last year, I had to learn how to budget and FPV drones are at the bottom my budget. Sure I’m working now, but I’m not making the same money and most of my energy is going towards starting up my freelancing business. So… I did the math in my head and realized that if I stuck to my plan of having 2 drones with…

  • drones

    Fall 2019 FPV Setup

    I’ve been in the hobby for two years now. I started with toy drones that I got in a “White Elephant” Christmas Eve game. That was the first hit. My first real drone was the Wizard 220, but it only lasted two days. I moved on to building my own FPV drones starting with a huge camera drone with plastic arms that never really flew right. I was following instructions written the year before, which in any other hobby would have been fine. Not FPV. NOTE my build choices are down below, feel free to skip my rambling and scroll down… Finally, in the early summer 2017 I managed to…

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    Top 10 FPV Videos of All Time

    FPV drone pilots are inspired by a culture largely driven through YouTube videos. Most of us have our own YouTube channels and love to share our content with the FPV community. Many videos shape our culture and influence what we do in real life. Here are my picks for the top FPV videos of all time. Some of these videos look dated by our standards today but are so influential that they have shared our experience and deserve a place here. Take a look and let me know what you think. Did I get it right? If not too bad, hash it out in the comments and then go fly!…

  • data science

    Linear Models in R

    Regression or linear models are used to show a relationship between two variables. Basically, you take data points for two variables and then you can attempt to create a mathematical model based on these data points. If you succeed, in the future you will be able to guess the value of one variable (the dependent variable) based on the value of another variable (the independent variable). This example from DataCamp shows how to use the lm (for linear model) function to build a linear model that can predict height based on weight. The data used is the bdims dataset which is summarized below: Fit Model To create the linear model,…