Daily Thoughts

Author self-portrait It’s been a long day! I spent the day completing my final project report and demo for the Big Data Analytics and Management course in my MLIS program at SJSU. I wanted it done today so that I’d have tomorrow free to celebrate the end of the semester with Kate and Xander.

Project Demo

The project demo is a brief overview of some of the research I did on my Unstable Ground: A Decade of Oklahoma Earthquakes project. I uploaded it to YouTube to share on the class board, so I’ll include the link here too.

I wasn’t able to do everything I wanted with the project—there just wasn’t time. I had ambitions to do much more, ambitions that had to be scaled back to fit the scope of the project.

Stuffy Battle

Father and son playing in a hammock.A more immediate celebration was having a stuffy battle with Xander—in the hammock with an epic music collection playing (thanks to Amazon Music). Stuffy battle, in Xanderverse, is a bit like a Pokemon battle or a pet battle in World of WarCraft. Only I have no way to know what’s possible, or how I’m doing, except for Xander telling me. Strangely, I usually win. I think it’s because he wants ‘my’ characters to keep leveling up so he can continue the story. Today ended with my opponents escaping with the blackberries, followed by a cinematic with the evil clam character.

Winter Break!

If it wasn’t already clear—I’m done with the Fall 2016 semester! Grades should be available right before Christmas. I think I did fine this semester, though my GPA did dip a bit with INFO285 (I learned a lot, though). Nothing to worry about. The only thing left to do for this semester is to save discussion posts so that I can use those in my e-portfolio. I’ll be on winter break until late January, giving me time to work on other projects (and begin reading books for next semester).

Screenshot of Trello Board

It’s weird (but good) to see my Trello board empty. This semester was a bit more stressful than some previous semesters. I’m looking forward to Spring 2017—my last semester of classes (with my e-portfolio in the Fall).

TurboTax Self-Employed

I also started work on my taxes today, using TurboTax Self-Employed. I’ve used TurboTax in one form or another for a long time. I’m glad to see they have a version focused on self-employed people, including those with a day job earning some side income. One of my goals for 2017 is to work more on our business at Glittering Throng Press.

Daily Thoughts

Self-Portrait of the authorMy focus today has mostly been on the semester’s final assignments. I did come across this post at BoingBoing People really, really suck at using computers, which reports on The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think over at NN/g. The summary makes the overall point of the article clear, “Across 33 rich countries, only 5% of the population has high computer-related abilities, and only a third of people can complete medium-complexity tasks.”

Every day librarians help users with computer-related tasks, and we’re starting to do much more. The article makes another crucial point not included in the summary, “In total, across the OECD countries, 26% of adults were unable to use a computer.” A quarter of adults are unable to use a computer.

Librarians provide a key resource to help the 95% of users that lack high computer-related skills. This next week I’m planning to share a plan to provide more opportunities in our libraries.

Planet of the Apes

I’ve always enjoyed the Planet of the Apes movies (except for the terrible ending of the Tim Burton version). I’ve enjoyed the recent series of movies and was excited to see the trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes.

I plan to be in the theater to see this one! The new Spiderman: Homecoming trailer looked like a lot of fun too. We don’t tend to go to the theater often. With the improvements to our local theater’s seating and operation, it’s much more enjoyable to go see a movie than it used to be. I’d like to get over to see Fantastic Beasts, and we’ve got to see Rogue One (of course)!


No, not the video game. The quakes in Oklahoma that I’m studying as part of my final for this data analysis class. I thought I’d share this quick visualization graphing the magnitude and depth of earthquakes each year. It’s pretty boring until 2010—and then watch out! One more tiny piece in this final project.


Daily Thoughts

Self-portrait of the author I’ve been having trouble with the website lately, hopefully, it’ll get resolved. I’m getting 504 Gateway Timeout errors doing normal functions, like trying to access the dashboard and create a post. I’ve tried a few different hosts and I’d rather not switch again! Thanks to SiteGround’s excellent support I have a number of things to try out for improving the site. For now, I’ve disabled just about all of the plugins and will work on other options from there.

Earthquakes in Oklahoma

Waste water injection in oil wells in Oklahoma has apparently contributed to an increase in the incidence of earthquakes, as well as stronger quakes.

Graph of Earthquake magnitudes in Oklahoma

This graph summarizes both the increase in earthquakes and the increase in the magnitude of quakes. I’ll have a lot more in my final paper for this class.

Glittering Throng Press

Since I don’t have content right now at Glittering Throng Press, I’m going to use it as a test case for some new website work.

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The Conjuring

I took a break from data analysis this evening to watch The Conjuring again. I enjoy this sort of spooky film. When it comes to horror, I usually prefer spooky, ghosts, hauntings, etc., to non-supernatural horror.

Shaking Up Data

Graph of earthquakes

I spent a good part of the day working on a final project for my Big Data Analytics class. I’m looking at the last 10 years of earthquake data. This visualization shows quakes with a magnitude of 3.0+ in 2006. The larger circles represent the correspondingly greater energy release in larger quakes. I also like how mapping the data traces the plate boundaries. It makes it really clear just how active our world is, and how many earthquakes happen in a single year.

I still need to finish my report and a demonstration of the project. In addition to the data, I’m also looking at media responses, and data gathered which shows the reactions to—or lack of reactions to—earthquakes. Why is it that so many of us are unprepared for a major incident?