A bit more #introduction. Most data I've worked with resulted in plain vanilla tables and charts found in typical, dry, peer reviewed journals.
I'm now working with some complex data sets probably best handled with #python. From there, I hope to up my data viz game.
If my other interests toots wander too far astray from the instance's intent feel free to call me out!
So, learning mode on.
As a card-carrying #introvert this may be my longest toot.
Except for #reading here in no order are a few things that get my attention, of which I claim no expertise.
You can now freeze your credit for free in US.
Major U.S. insurance company to sell only health-tracker backed life insurance https://boingboing.net/2018/09/20/major-insurance-company-to-onl.html
Raccoons bust into Toronto woman’s home, stare her down while defiantly eating her bread https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/09/19/raccoons-bust-into-toronto-womans-home-stare-her-down-while-defiantly-eating-her-bread.html
Hey do y'all like...wildflowers?
Sure you do! Here is a CARDINAL FLOWER, named (like the bird) for its resemblance to the red robes Catholic cardinals wear. It grows in moist soil pretty much all over North and Central America. Its nectar attracts hummingbirds in droves, along with butterflies with tongues long enough to reach in (and large bees who can bust through the side). It's pretty deer-resistant because it's a little toxic, but the one you find at the garden store is likely a hybrid.
"Come quickly," my father shouted. "It's the eye!" My mother stood at the door, peering out into the darkness. I pushed my way past her and ran out to the rickety outdoor staircase where my father had lashed himself to experience the full fury of the hurricane. His coat dripped, his eyes were ecstatic. Together, we surveyed the damage the winds had wrought. As the wind picked up and mom pulled me back inside, he braced himself for the rest of the storm. #smallstories
The astronomer Mary Watson Whitney, known for work on variable stars and using photographic plates to make astronomical measurements, was born #OTD in 1847.
Whitney was one of Maria Mitchell’s first students, and succeeded her as director of Vassar's Observatory and chair of its astronomy department. She served for 22 years, during which time the department published over 100 papers in major journals. Near the end of her tenure there were 160 students enrolled in the program.
Americans are asleep, post pictures of Australian wildlife
This is the Spinifex hopping mouse, notomys Alexis. I once wrote a speculative evolution essay using them as my mass extinction survivor. They have the most concentrated urine of any animal on earth. They can survive without any water for a really really long time. They are also totally adorable.
Note: I did a DDG image search and was presented with quite a lot of porn. Fair warning.
Cleaning out the garage: stay tuned for our next episode of Hoarders https://vis.social/media/BoEbZ8K4FK1Bw9eGp0s
Looking retirement in the face and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
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