I think the talk from TapestryConf that has stayed with me the most is Carni Klirs's project on the DC punk band Fugazi. If I end up quitting my job, it'll be Carni's fault: youtube.com/watch?v=iYxIrhA7XC

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My talk slides are now free to download! I put them on my patreon, as a convenience.

This slide shows how @RandyRainbow's video style and color stories have evolved over his career. It's still a work-in-progress, so this is a sneak peek.


I had such a wonderful time at Tapestry. Really appreciate all the work that everyone at Tableau and the University of Miami did to make the conference. A link to the slides for my talk and most of the code for the fake charts is available on my github github.com/a-lexwein/tapestry-

Dealing with impostor syndrome by just making my slides intentionally hideous.

Working earnestly in Tableau for the first time in my life. Everything has a learning curve, but I'm slowly starting to "get it". One thing I like a lot: many happy accidents that make me want to just tinker and tinker.

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@gka I always thought of it as Dataw Rapper πŸ“ŠπŸŽ€πŸ”Š

Ooh just registered for Tapestry Conference. Anyone else going?

A small highlight of my day: a refactoring of our app's user model broke some downstream dashboards, leading to me telling everyone: "Do not use do_not_use!"

related to the last toot, Ira Glass's quote about the gap between one's taste and one's ability has been on my mind a lot over the last year, and it's been awesome to see it's resonated with other data folks:

Jenny Bryan had a great talk on code smells youtube.com/watch?v=91FQKciKfH

@Allitorban introduces the IRA method: dataviztoday.com/shownotes/26

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I feel down when I send a report to a client which shows that their assumption was wrong.

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These are the kind of things I'm working on (when I have some time on the train for ) .. also testing out Mastodon's image compression vs Twitter 😜 Can't be any worse... can it?

I'm in search of a good term to encompass relational data, regardless of technical implementation: rows of observations and columns of variables. The stuff in SQL databases and queries, data frames, sane excel worksheets and text files of all delimiters. I want something more technical than "rectangles" (I term I use a lot).

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Just discovered a secret @lisacrost Tumblr filled with an insane amount of sin/cos artwork sinxcosx.tumblr.com/ πŸ’―

Grateful today and every day for ISO 8601

Clever and maybe useful barchart text function: gist.github.com/ltrgoddard/0f8

sparkbar(c(1:5, 1:5, 6:10, 9:1))
[1] "β–β–‚β–‚β–ƒβ–„β–β–‚β–‚β–ƒβ–„β–…β–…β–†β–‡β–ˆβ–‡β–†β–…β–…β–„β–ƒβ–‚β–‚β–"

I've been listening *Make My Bed* by King Princess a ton over the last two weeks.

I'm still really new in my job, and gave a big presentation today on my vision for what I'm doing. I feel *very* clever for coming up with this kale analogy:

I admit a bit of aversion to non-interactive animation as a dataviz solution, but when the tools are as easy to use at gganimate, I'm sure I'll figure out some good uses.

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