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The Four Noble Truths & Eightfold Path of Buddhism in Plain English

For the past few years I've been studying Buddhism, as it's the religion I identify with the most. Within the past six months I have come across a few books that have helped me to understand and incorporate into my life the core concepts of Buddhism.

I'm going to keep my “previous marketer OCD tendency to SEO-optimize every post I write” at bay and simply put onto this blog my current understandings, in plain English, of what I learn. I hope this helps you to understand these concepts as well.

If you have any questions about what's written in these posts, please leave a comment and I'll answer, to the best of my ability and current understanding, in a reply or another post. [Read more…]

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Foxtato: The Key to Winning at Life

Foxtato You Can do the Thing

Every so often something so powerful happens that it causes you to reevaluate what you believe, and how you've been acting on those beliefs.

For years I've been acting a certain way towards those I work with, whether it was when I was running my own business, or, as I am now, working for someone else. I've also been acting this way at home. I see my children starting to act this way too. It's a way of acting that I simply didn't want to believe I was doing.

That's not possible.

– Me

What I was doing was operating with a defeatist attitude. [Read more…]

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DDL Data Science Project Pitchfest 3

DDL Incubator

The Spring cohort of the District Data Labs Data Science Project Incubator is coming to a conclusion with Pitchfest this Friday evening. I'm inviting you to join us and check out the projects that the teams will be presenting! [Read more…]

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Stop Working Out and Create a Practice

Create a Practice

When it comes to exercise, many people drag themselves to the gym a few days a week to do a workout, wherein they break themselves down with excessive cardio routines or lengthy weight lifting sessions. The same goes for people's professional lives – they wake up every day only to take a long commute to work simply to make it through the day. This is working out. [Read more…]

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Application Skeleton for Flask and AngularJS

Flask and AngularJS

A constant challenge we face at IST Research is ensuring we build all of our applications in a way that makes them easy to scale. During my practice of deep work this week and thinking about that challenge, I decided that every application I build needs the following three things:

  1. Logging
  2. Statistics
  3. API (Application Programming Interface)

All three of these are very important when building and scaling fully distributed applications. [Read more…]

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Engaging Hermit Mode to Do Deep Work

Walking down the road

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information  and produce better results in less time.

– Cal Newport, Deep Work

My role as Lead Architecture Engineer at IST Research finds me quite busy. Building fully distributed systems to collect and process offline and online data in real-time is a true challenge, and one that I am fully embracing.

In order to focus on that work as well as my family and health, I am taking a hiatus from all things social media, meetup, and side work (once I finish my co-management of the DDL Incubator). I may, infrequently, post some of the latest public work from both IST Research and myself, however other than that I'm going to be heads down making the awesome.

See you in the future my friend!

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Incorporating Human In The Loop Processes into Data Pipelines

Human Robot

Even if you're working with 100% machine-created data, more than likely you're performing some amount of manual inspection on your data at different points in the data analysis process, and the output of your machine learning models.

Many companies including Google, GoDaddy, Yahoo! and LinkedIn use what's known as HITL, or Human-In-The-Loop, to improve the accuracy of everything from maps, matching business listings, ranking top search results and referring relevant job postings.

Why are we still at this point? Because the promise of fully-automated end-to-end flows is a false one. So if we have to have a human involved at some point, what’s the best way to go about it?

Join me for a complimentary webinar on Thursday April 14th at 7PM EST where I'll show you multiple ways to implement and leverage HITL processes as part of your data pipelines.

Reserve your seat today >>

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How to Build a Data Pipeline in Data Science Studio

Join me Thursday, March 24th at 7PM EST for a complimentary webinar where you'll learn how to build a data pipeline for cleaning and standardizing data using Data Science Studio (DSS). We all deal with dirty, messy data. I'll show you how to use DSS to clean it up and get it ready for analysis using the super easy to use drag-and-drop interface DSS provides.

Sign up for the webinar today >>

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The Next Four Months at Data Wranglers DC

Data Wranglers DC Logo

Following the Black Hat Data Wrangling talk that Travis Hoppe and I did to kick off the 2016 year of Data Wranglers DC, the next four months is going to be awesome. Here's the lineup: [Read more…]

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Announcing the Data Science Studio User Group

Data Science Studio User Group

On November 13, 2013 I founded Data Wranglers DC (DWDC). The focus of Data Wranglers has and is data engineering, the 80-90% of time spent on data projects that most people don't like to talk about. It includes everything from gathering and cleaning data to engineering the IT systems to gather, store and process all of the data. [Read more…]