No girls allowed | Polygon
Unraveling the story behind the stereotype of video games being for boys.
Via colleague @_alastair.
This year, it should be no surprise that people us mobile devices to buy things online. But when you compare this year’s early holiday shopping numbers with last year, the growth actually is pretty surprising. — LukeW | Data Monday: Mobile Holiday Shopping 2013
This is a revolutionary shift. Once upon a time, medicine was a discipline based on the nuanced diagnosis and treatment of sick patients. Now, Big Data, networked computers and a culture obsessed with knowing its numbers have moved medicine from the bedside to the desktop (or laptop). The art of medicine is becoming the science of an insurance actuary. — Statins by Numbers - NYTimes.com (via fred-wilson)
writing software means learning something in such precise detail that you can tell a computer how to do it — No Deadlines For You! Software Dev Without Estimates, Specs or Other Lies (via iamdanw)
Collaborating on the T-Shirt Project - Features - Mozilla Source
The story behind the multimedia-rich chaptered layout of Planet Money’s T-Shirt project. Not only a great series in the podcast/radio segment (I’m a long-time listener) but also a great storytelling experience.
This is a guide for anyone who needs to share data with a statistician: http://t.co/CVsQBg7S28 /v @John4man
— Chrys Wu (@MacDiva) November 25, 2013
This is a guide for anyone who needs to share data with a statistician. The target audiences I have in mind are:
- Scientific collaborators who need statisticians to analyze data for them
- Students or postdocs in scientific disciplines looking for consulting advice
- Junior statistics students whose job it is to collate/clean data sets
The goals of this guide are to provide some instruction on the best way to share data to avoid the most common pitfalls and sources of delay in the transition from data collection to data analysis.
URL Rewriting for the Fearful ◆ 24 ways -
24 Ways, the front-end dev advent calendar, is up and running for 2013. Drew McLellan the erstwhile leader of 24ways, kicks things off with a guide to .htaccess.
Tracing the History of N.C.A.A. Conferences - NYTimes Graphics
As Kevin says, NYTGraphics’s “largest Sankey diagram of the year”. Appealing even to non-fans, too.
In recent years, Pentland has pioneered the use of specialized electronic “badges” that transmit data about employees’ interactions as they go about their days. The badges capture all sorts of information about formal and informal conversations: their length; the tone of voice and gestures of the people involved; how much those people talk, listen, and interrupt; the degree to which they demonstrate empathy and extroversion; and more. Each badge generates about 100 data points a minute. — They’re Watching You at Work (via iamdanw)
Ever wonder how Black Friday got its name? Amy Merrick explores its origins, and debunks the myths behind shopping’s biggest day of the year: http://nyr.kr/1a8aS0h
“It turns out that a lot of what we’re told about Black Friday is invented by retailers and the marketing experts they hire. Retailers like Black Friday because the earlier customers start their holiday shopping, the more they are likely to spend over all.”
Photograph by Stan Honda/AFP/Getty.
False periodicity makes me :(
Why so serious? Maybe because data shows news stories can get shared just as often as lighter fare » Nieman Journalism Lab -
An NPR Digital Services analysis of news stories at public radio stations found that fun and serious stories were shared on Facebook at roughly the same rate.
The art of engagement (or how to network properly) - Broadly Speaking - the broad experience [blog of the podcast] -
Networking “is not meeting people”, [Mary Kopczynski] said. "Networking is the process of turning a relationship with a stranger into a strategic partnership over time." I think women find this idea tough to come to terms with because we tend to view networking as somewhat icky, as using people - we don’t view it as ‘real’ relationship building in the way we like to think of relationships (solid, meaningful friendships). We need to re-frame it a bit, to see it as a situation where we can potentially help the other person as well (more on that below).
Great summary. I highly recommend The Broad Experience podcast and blog.