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452: quantum of sollazzo
#452: quantum of sollazzo – 11 January 2022
The data newsletter by @puntofisso.
Hello, regular readers and welcome new ones :) Happy New Year!
This is Quantum of Sollazzo, the newsletter about all things data. I am Giuseppe Sollazzo, or @puntofisso. I’ve been sending this newsletter since 2012 to be a summary of all the articles with or about data that captured my attention over the previous week. The newsletter is and will always (well, for as long as I can keep going!) be free, but you’re welcome to become a friend via the links below.
This is the traditional post-festive double-whammy newsletter. Enjoy it!
Every week I include a six-question interview with an inspiring data person. This week, I speak with Lisa Hornung, Data Insights Lead at Vivacity Labs.
Meanwhile, a former interviewee, Lisa Charlotte Muth of Datawrapper, is writing a book about the use of colour in data visualization, something that will certainly interest some of you.
Speaking of the interviews, here’s some news: I’ll soon be launching the Six Questions archive as a webpage. Watch this space.
Meanwhile, using my Parli-N-Grams tool I charted the frequency of each letter of the Greek alphabet in debates at the house of Commons, using their most common pronunciation/spelling. Yes, Omicron is beating Delta.
‘till next week,
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2021 chart reviews
Bitcoin private key is on this website
“On this site you can try your luck and try to find a bitcoin wallet with a non-zero balance on it. But you know, this is almost impossible. If you still want to try to find a wallet, click the button below.“
All good with crypto until someone randomly finds it (ok, it’s close to impossible given the size of the search space, but…)
A wave of words
“The coronavirus era has a vocabulary all its own: brand-new coinages, jargon we suddenly all know, and everyday words with new meanings. Over the past two years, these linguistic developments have seemed to echo the course of the pandemic itself. The first weeks of “flattening the curve” gave way to a spring of “anti-mask” and “remote work”; this summer was more about “variant” and “vaccination.”“
Visualized by Datawrapper.
Erasmus a dos velocidades
The state of play of COVID, globally
Francesco Piccinelli does some data wrangling about the global state of COVID.
Tools & Tutorials
How we chart the news of the year
Nice explainer in The Economist’s Off the Charts newsletter.
A “self-hosted open source website change detection monitoring and notification service.“
Geocomputation with R
An openly-licensed book on geographic data analysis, visualization and modeling by transport analysis supremo Robin Lovelace and colleagues..
Apparently Jupyter can be used to develop tiny games.
RAIL MAP online
Interactive map of the UK and Ireland’s railways, past and present. The same website also offers maps of the US West Railroads, and of UK & Irish Canals.
Do No Harm Guide: Applying Equity Awareness in Data Visualization
How to use data without causing harm, in a Hippocratic fashion.
Thus spake Vitalik
A “mini-tweetstorm of some of the things I’ve said and written over the past decade, and what I think about those subjects today”, by Ethereum’s founder Vitalik Buterin.
Dataviz, Data Analysis, & Interactive
100 Beautiful and Informative Notebooks of 2021
This is a great collection of Observable notebooks from 2021.
SLAVERY & RESISTANCE IN NYC (1626-1865)
A walking tour.
Science visualization trends of 2021
A collection of visualizations from academic publications. Not as polished as most data journalism, these days, but still something to ponder about.
Europe in the XIX. century
Historical maps made interactive.
Managed by Bots: surveillance of gig economy workers
“PI, Worker Info Exchange, and App Drivers and Couriers Union have teamed up to challenge the unprecedented surveillance that gig economy workers are facing from their employers.“
“No piece of art has ever emotionally affected me the way this robot arm piece has. It’s programmed to try to contain the hydraulic fluid that’s constantly leaking out and required to keep itself running…if too much escapes, it will die so it’s desperately trying to pull it back to continue to fight for another day“
Found by chance on Facebook.
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