Python Web Scraping: WordPress Visitor Statistics

I’ve had this WordPress domain for several years now, and in the beginning it was very convenient. WordPress enabled me to set up a fully functional blog in a matter of hours. Everything from HTML markup, external content embedding, databases, and simple analytics was already conveniently set up. However, after a while, I wanted to…

History of the Modern Python Dictionary – by Raymond Hattinger

Raymond Hattinger is one of the core Python developers whose talks I’ve featured on my blog before. And rightfully so, as Raymond’s presentations are unarguably entertaining and deeply insightful from an technical perspective. In this recorded talk at the 2016 Annual Holiday Party for Python Devs in San Fransisco Bay Area, Raymond walks us through…

How to Speak – MIT lecture by Patrick Winston

Patrick Winston was a professor of Artificial Intelligence at MIT. Having taught with great enthusiasm for over 50 years, he passed away past June. As a speaker [Patrick] always had his audience in the palm of his hand. He put a tremendous amount of work into his lectures, and yet managed to make them feel…

Best Geometric Fonts for Modern UI and Logo's

Typography plays a crucial role in design and finding the right font can take a few minutes or a few days. According to Vijay Verma, every font has specific design intent, communicates certain attributes. Fortunately, there are many (free) online libraries to help you these days, such as Google Fonts, MyFonts, Lineto, TypeAtelier, or TypeMates….

Python Web Scraping: Quotes from Goodreads.com

Over the course of last week, I built a Python program that scrapes quotes from Goodreads.com in a tidy format. For instance, these are the first three results my program returns when scraping for the tag robot: Quote author source likes tags Goodbye, Hari, my love. Remember always–all you did for me. Isaac Asimov Forward…

AI Book Review: You look like a thing and I love you

The following are my summary and take-aways from Janelle Shane’s 2019 book named You look like a thing and I love you. Most of the below are excerpts from Janelle’s book, combined, or rewritten by me. For the sake of copyright, just consider everything Janelle’s : ) AI weirdness You look like a thing and…

Turning the Traveling Salesman problem into Art

Robert Bosch is a professor of Natural Science at the department of Mathematics of Oberlin College and has found a creative way to elevate the travelling salesman problem to an art form. For those who aren’t familiar with the travelling salesman problem (wiki), it is a classic algorithmic problem in the field of computer science and operations research….

How to Read Scientific Papers

Cover image via wikihow.com/Read-a-Scientific-Paper Reddit is a treasure trove of random stuff. However, every now and then, in the better groups, quite valuable topics pop up. Here’s one I came across on r/statistics: Particularly the advice by grandzooby seemed worth a like, and he linked to several useful resources which I’ve summarized for you below….