Writing Archive

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Getting into Data - - group by 1

Rapid fire thoughts on transitioning from a technical role into data. I’ve been asked frequently enough about making a transition into the Data Analytics space, aka my day job, that I thought it would be useful to combine my thoughts into a coh...

dataform and dbt - - group by 1

A quick rundown on two of the “indicative-of-the-future” SQL tools in data analytics at the moment. Dataform and dbt. Welcome to my third post, one I have wanted to write from the beginning. Getting these posts done isn’t easy, and the time bet...

Snowflake Field Notes - - group by 1

This is a technical intro to deploying Snowflake data warehouse, as a follow on from my previous post. This may be useful if you have decided to implement Snowflake. In this post, we’ll be taking a look into my notebook on storing. Specifically...

Making the case for electric skateboarding racing - - Misc

A lockdown investigation into e-skateboard-racing, something you might hope never takes off. As an ex-skateboard-pro-am racer, I have a passing interest in skateboards. Recent developments in battery technology led to the Boosted board, and mor...

Data as a Utility Tool - - group by 1

Within the companies I have worked for and plan on working for, uncertainty is a common thread. Sales may continue to accelerate, funding should land next quarter, we hope to keep in touch. The uncertainty may be more concrete. We should change...

The crash of rent-to-let - - World View

This time, an investigation into Airbnb and the property market, and looking for hopeful signs in the virus outbreak. Seemingly, people, property and leverage don’t always mix. Borrow from the bank, buy property, rent it out, generally fine. Wh...

Risk and Global Systems - - World View

This time, the impact of a virus on globalism. Moving around the world has typically been something to aspire to do, and so an article pondering the ethical implications of leaving South Africa. caught my attention. Cynical reasons for working ...

What works at work - - World View

What works in ML and AI. The dual threat this week of climate-change and a disease sharpens the mind, especially with attention snatchers like the following, which I suppose may be true of any time in history. > People born in the 1960s may ...

Progress and Pressure - - World View

Fleeting opinions on progress. I’ve often thought about what is necessary to help South Africa, given the opportunities the country has available as the world’s most undervalued currency. Although ppp (*purchasing power parity) is a poor predic...