Finding My Passion Mining Browser History and Emails

I regularly listen to get-rich-entrepreneurship podcasts. They make me feel good and get me excited about innovating. Last week, I was listening to James Altucher’s podcast episode #177 with Ramit Sethi. At one point Ramit (totally paraphrasing) says your passion doesn’t fall down from the sky one day… it’s always with you and you need … [Read more…]

Easily Mapping Customer Locations

Occasionally, I need a map. I’m not talking about a beautiful, polished work of art. I just need something that gives me some spacial context and that will be acceptable in a customer presentation. Most frequently I need to see points on a map… sometimes lots of them.If you Google ‘plot points on a map’ … [Read more…]

Udacity’s Secret Ingredient: Positivity, Support and Encouragement

Last week, I finished the 6 course Data Analyst Nanodegree offered by Sabastian Thrun’s Udacity Inc. Even with an above average number of academic credentials behind me, I will venture to say that this was the best educational endeavor I’ve been through yet. When I worked through my undergrad and graduate degrees in economics, I … [Read more…]

A Look at Election Campaign Contributions with R

The state of Florida, every four years, is a definitive swing state in the US Presidential election. Since 1996 – 5 election cycles ago – the candidate that captured Florida’s electoral votes became the next US President. Assuming a strong correlation between campaign contributions and election results and having perfect hindsight of knowing the 2012 Presidential election … [Read more…]