1. La Vie en rose, post-fellowship

    I was one of the first fellows to start the fellowship (January 2012 at BBC News Specials in London) and by that the first to have to wonder what to do after it ended.

    Couple of months after it ended I wrote some thoughts here: “The Perplex & Other Stories” on the fellowship and where I landed for most of the 2013.

    To continue the story, I spent 10 months (just like the fellowship) in 2013 contracting for Information Architects in Zurich, working on crazy things I cannot disclose… let’s just say dashboards, maps and a lot of prototyping, including toying with hardware sensors and doing experiments with LeapMotion, Kinect and Oculus Rift.

    After that I joined two of my 2012 fellow fellows Mark Boas and Dan Schultz on the Hyperaudio project, working towards an alpha version by Mozfest London 2013. A private beta came later by end of January (I was coding from hackerbeach.org).

    In November 2013, with Mark and Nicola Hughes (another 2012 fellow fellow), we flew to Qatar and ran a one week data journalism course at Al Jazeera Training Centre.

    Then this year, after the Hyperaudio private beta, I joined for 3 months as freelancer on-site, the Al Jazeera English’s interactive team in Doha, Qatar. 

    Within the Al Jazeera English interactive team, I worked with my new colleagues on maps, timelines, video walls and long-forms.

    Back from Qatar, I’ve been in another Hyperaudio sprint, refactored the API, changed servers (that happened today), and we’re almost public beta.

    Starting next month, I’ll be involved in bigger Al Jazeera project for 3 months, with Mark Boas and the amazing AJ English’s interactive team.

  2. Longforms of 2013 →


    Those are some of the story-telling projects that caught my eye this year. For it was the “year of the longform”, the one that followed the “year of the SnowFall” . Last year NYT showed the world that coders NEED to sit next to the journalists in newsrooms; obviously, this year the lesson is…

  3. 5 August 2013

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    daniel sinker: OpenNews: Knight-Mozilla Fellowships: "What do you mean, I get to do whatever I want?" →


    imageThe 2013 Knight-Mozilla Fellows at the MIT Media Lab. Photo by Laurian Gridinoc

    imageThe question in the title of this post is posed at the top of Knight-Mozilla Fellow’s Stijn Debrouwere’s blog post about his time as a Knight-Mozilla Fellow. Every Knight-Mozilla Fellow experiences…

  4. The Perplex & Other Stories →

  5. 28 July 2013

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    notes.unwieldy: Please stop using Twitter Bootstrap →


    Let’s be honest: a great many of us are tired of seeing the same old Twitter Bootstrap theme again and again. Black header, giant hero, rounded blue buttons, Helvetica Neue.

    Yes, you can customize the header to be a different color, maybe re-color some of the buttons, use a different font….

  6. 19 April 2013

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    By using Excel, which was never designed for scientific research, they institutionalized mouse clicks and other untraceable actions into a scientific workflow, which must be avoided since it makes explaining to others (and to oneself) how to replicate the findings next to impossible and too easily introduces inadvertent mistakes.

    — Victoria Stodden, on Reinhart and Rogoff (via tofias)

  7. 16 April 2013

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    List of Machine Learning APIs



    Wikipedia defines Machine Learning as “a branch of artificial intelligence that deals with the construction and study of systems that can learn from data.”  

    Below is a compilation of APIs that have benefited from Machine Learning in one way or another, we truly are living in the future so strap into your rocketship and prepare for blastoff.

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  8. News and relative dates

    You’ve probably heard by now that Chelyabinsk, Russia was hit by a meteor strike on Friday.


    On Friday? (so neutral, I feel nothing, next…)

    You mean TODAY. (OMG, TODAY?)

    Next week I would like that to read “on Friday,” on next Friday read that as “last Friday,” then you can just use a date, or X days ago if X < 31.

    It is known how to do this in javascript since 2008. Just have it in the article as a datetime microformat and use some magical javascript to display something relative to the visitor’s local date.

    Relate things to the visitor’s frame of mind, space and time are the easiest to deal with automatically.

  9. And for the semantic problem, [systems theorist Howard Pattee] adds, “[T]he concepts of causation have completely different meanings in statistical or deterministic models,” and gives the following example: If you were to ask “What is the cause of temperature?” a determinist will assume that cause refers to a microscopic event and say it is caused by the molecules exchanging their kinetic energy by collisions. But the skeptical observer, scratching his head, will note that the measuring device averages this exchange, and does not measure the initial conditions of all the molecules and that averaging, my dear sir (or madam), is a statistical process. An average cannot be observable in a microscopic, determinist model. We have a case of apples and oranges. Pattee wags his finger at those who champion one model over the other and instead champions the idea that they are both needed and are complementary to each other. “I am using complementary here in Boltzmann’s and Bohr’s sense of logical irreducibility. That is, complementary models are formally incompatible but both necessary. One model cannot be derived from, or reduced to, the other. Chance cannot be derived from necessity, nor necessity from chance, but both concepts are necessary… . It is for this reason that our concept of a deterministic cause is different from our concept of a statistical cause. Determinism and chance arise from two formally complementary models of the world. We should also not waste time arguing whether the world itself is deterministic or stochastic since this is a metaphysical question that is not empirically decidable.”

    — Gazzaniga, Michael S. Who’s in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain. New York: Ecco, 2011. (via carvalhais)

  10. In conversation with David Karp, CEO & Founder of Tumblr — Tech News and Analysis →


    I am over laptops and the posture that comes with them. I am coding a lot less, so I use my computers a lot less. I still want to simplify even further and carry just one device. So, I want to try the iPad Mini with cellular antenna as my only device and as a phone replacement, and use Skype and/or Google Voice instead.

    What we believe in.

    (via Shawn Blanc)