Scrapy on the Fly

I solemnly swear that I am up to social good. At the most recent Cleveland PyLadies meetup, I vowed to learn about web scraping for data science. Though web scraping can be a controversial subject because of the potential for privacy invasion, intellectual property infringement, or other nefarious activities, I do feel that there are … Continue reading Scrapy on the Fly

PyOhio 2018

One of the highlights of getting involved in the Python community has been the enthusiasm and sheer joy in the room at gatherings. While I was looking forward to PyOhio, a free conference held in Columbus last week, I did not know what to expect. Would the talks be over my head? How crowded or … Continue reading PyOhio 2018

GiveCamp2018

Over the weekend, I volunteered at an event called Cleveland Give Camp. I would consider this my second social-impact hackathon, though it had a very different dynamic from GiveBackHackCLE. While the focus of Give Back Hack was on spontaneity and inspiration to drive individuals to pitch ideas for development or join in others' efforts, Give … Continue reading GiveCamp2018

ArcGIS Online – What Can You Do With a Free Profile?

It turns out ArcGIS (a GIS package for Python) is $100 a year just for personal use - even for the Online Viewer subscription. Hard pass, thankyouverymuch. You can make a free profile to use their Online map creation service, however you are limited to available layers or must use their paid (or an open-source) … Continue reading ArcGIS Online – What Can You Do With a Free Profile?

Adaptive Expertise

In chapter 2 of the book How People Learn, the authors outline six key principles that differentiate experts from novices. Studying experts will not inherently make you an expert in your field, but it can help you frame self-improvement in ways that make your efforts more meaningful. Though these six principles must be integrated and … Continue reading Adaptive Expertise