I was driving recently and saw a sign for a place whose name was built up of two things joined together. That got me wondering about other places I’ve seen whose names were like that. So I found some data, downloaded it, played around with it, and this is the result. There’s no great point … Continue reading Great British Place Names Made of Smaller Bits
I was catching up with old episodes of the Radiolab podcast, and one on Coronavirus and numbers made me think about risks to do with Coronavirus, and that thought expanded out to risk more generally and also how it can apply to software testing. UK Coronavirus numbers I need to prefix all this with quite … Continue reading Coronavirus, risk and software testing
We recently felt like escaping to the seaside, but it's quite far away from us and the weather was awful, so we settled for tea and cake nearby instead. That got me wondering how far it was to the (UK) coast, and which bit of the UK was furthest from the coast. So I dug … Continue reading How far is it to the coast?
This is a silly little bit of data crunching and very limited visualisation, based on the names of artists who have been in the UK music charts. I fancied using R for a change and also trying out notebooks (I’ll explain both a bit below), and this seemed to be about the right size and … Continue reading Analysing the names of artists in the UK music charts using R
This is a short and simple post, that is part 3 in a series: How far away is the most remote part of the UK?How far away is the closest bit of the EU?Which bits of the EU are the closest? The code I wrote to calculate the distances for the previous article also kept … Continue reading Which bits of the EU are closest to the UK?
This article is the combination of a few different things. For a long time, I’ve wanted to visualise in some way the details of the plot to the film Ocean’s 11. Also, occasionally I get grumpy about decrees about how people should document their code. Finally, I recently attended a talk given by my friend … Continue reading Describing films and code using pictures
This article is part two in a series: How far away is the most remote part of the UK?How far away is the closest part of the EU?Which bits of the EU are the closest? The previous article talked about how I produced a kind of choropleth map – instead of the colour on the … Continue reading How far away is the EU?
I recently came across a kind of visualisation called a Bump Chart. This looked oddly familiar to me, and I realised that I knew it as a Bumps Chart (plural). I searched the internet to see if one was the origin of the other, but couldn’t find anything. I’m not claiming to be the authoritative … Continue reading Bump or bumps charts
This blog post came about because I remembered that there’s a place in Texas called Paris. That got me to wonder: How many countries’ capitals share a name with somewhere in the USA? It seemed to be about the right size of project to tackle, and one I could do without any coding. Like with … Continue reading Capital cities and US place names
This article is the first in a series: How far away is the most remote part of the UK?How far away is the closest bit of the EU?Which bits of the EU are the closest? I like visualisations, particularly map-based ones. Done well, it’s as if they give you superpowers or a microscope or telescope … Continue reading How far away from here is the most distant bit of the UK?