This is a powerful story about Kelly Martin, a data scientist who used Tableau to track the effects of her various cancer treatment injections in order to ensure her last remaining days were as comfortable as possible.
Duchas.ie is a project that digitises the National Folklore Collection of Ireland. While browsing the site for my home town of Glounthaune in Cork, I came across some fantastic stories and tales from 1938 captured in the Schools collection. One particular story was about a drunk man who used to return home from the pub on his donkey and cart once a week. On one particular occassion, the man fell asleep mid-trip and the donkey brought him back to his house. Some local boys found him and decided to play a prank on the man.
This is a shocking video from Dan Mace. Old Navy in America throw away an estimated 5 million plastic hangers each week. They don't reuse the hangers after someone buys the clothes. That's 6350 tonnes of plastic hangers in landfills each year.
Information security researcher Droogie registered the licence plate NULL thinking the plate would allow his car to be invisible to the system. Instead, he got assigned $12,000 worth of traffic tickets that had been NULL data for the licence plate field!
This week I caught up with some episodes of The David McWilliams Podcast. I like the format of the episodes where his friend asks the (sometimes leading) questions which makes the content more of a conversation down the pub rather than a sermon in the church of behavioural economics. The stat man Finn also sounds a bit like The Viper, so I picture The Viper in a smoke filled room speaking in hushed tones over a laptop with Excel in full screen mode :-p.
The European Commission has released the results of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2019 for all EU countries. The results track each country against the EU index across Connectivity, Human Capital, Use of Internet Services, Integration of Digital Technology, and Digital Public Access.
The Guardian published a very informative interactive visualisation on UK exports and imports to and from Europe, with the hope of preparing people for changes in their post no-deal Brexit shop. The site highlights some top level items but also allows you to select any category of good to see that import and export flow. Turns out the UK exports £27m worth of potatoes to Ireland.
I'm catching up with episodes of The Blindboy Podcast and this week I listened to Blindboy's thought and emotion provoking interview with Colm O'Gorman, the executive director of Amnesty International Ireland and founder of One in Four, a support organisation for survivors of sexual violence and abuse. The interview is wide-ranging, from Colm's work and personal life to how Ireland is currently a beacon of light for supporting human rights in a lot of areas of policy and public opinion.