Recipes: Skillet Roasted Chicken Thighs


It’s a cold, rainy day out there despite it being March (context: I’m in North Carolina) and these are perfect for warming me up. I adapted this recipe from Bon Appetit. I’ve really done fairly little to change it except to further prepare the chicken to my taste. I can imagine about a half dozen variants on above recipe that would be just as good as what I came up with.

Making a spreadsheet with addresses into data on a map (Part 1, Geocoding)


Goal of this post This is the first in a series of doing something interesting with a larger geospatial dataset. At the beginning of this post, you will retrieve a CSV dataset containing addresses of varying quality. By the end of this post, you will have a map on GitHub that looks like this: This post is not about making a good map or a good visualization. The point of the map in this post is to do a visual sanity check on your work, while at the same time building towards an eventual goal (in a post yet to come) of creating an interactive visual map in [Leaflet]() with the ability to visually discern and interact with data on that map.

Being a Data Scientist: My Experience and Toolset


If I had to use a few words to give myself a title for my position at UNC, I might not have said I was a data scientist. When I was starting my career there was no such thing, but looking at my CV / Resume, I have: Worked at a billion dollar company, writing the integration process that pushed 40+ large datasets through complex models and analytics to produce one large modeled data product.

Recipes: Chicken (or Turkey) Soup for the Soul and Everything Else


I’ve been sick for most of a month. This almost never happens to me. One cold followed by bronchitis, followed by another cold, followed by more bronchitis, but I’m finally on the mend. Towards the end of being sick I get bored and antsy before I’m well enough to go out, and that’s when I make this soup. I have perfected my chicken soup over more than a decade of experimentation.

Sunday Brunch: Fried Pears and Pecans


I should really start taking pictures if I’m going to post recipes. But imagine if you will a plate of pear slices, fried until they are golden brown on both sides, the outside crispy, the inside smooth and sweet, and all of it covered in streusel that tastes amazing. Got it? Good. Here goes. Serves 1. Ingredients 1 pear 2 tbl butter Small handful of fresh sage leaves 1⁄4 cp crushed pecans 1⁄2 tsp cinnamon 1⁄2 tsp nutmeg Salt 1tbl Brown sugar I slice my pear flat, with slices about 1⁄4 inch thick (half a cm).

Saturday Night Dinners: Lemongrass Curry Soup

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I was going for something Thai-ish without following any particular recipe. What I came out with was pretty incredible. A lot like Tom Kha, but not exactly. Use a fairly light vegetable broth for this recipe: either a miso broth or I use the Swanson’s organic vegetable broth. The taste of this one is at once hearty and very very full of Spring. The whole thing took about 35 minutes from start to finish.

Simplifying complex business logic with Python's Kanren


So-called “logic programming” has been a niche programming topic since Prolog was introduced in the 80s. In my experience, most posts that cover logic programming introduce the core concepts and stop there. The examples they give are mostly toy problems. This post, then, will start with “what you can do with logic programming in Python” and move toward the core concepts that way. If you’re looking for an explanation of unification or a history of logic programming, and why you should even write web-servers this way, there are plenty of posts that will extoll the virtues of logic programming over other methods.