Extracting meaning from unstructured data is a difficult thing to do. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, there are telling characteristics about the data that provide an interesting angle into the text. One angle is web addresses. Web addresses are semi-structured data that can be extracted to give some proxy of meaning to a body of text.

I recently moved from Boston to San Francisco. In the months leading up to the move, I scoured mailing lists and craigslist to find cheap apartments. The prices listed were astronomically high. It was common for me to see apartments listed for around $1000 to share a room in an apartment with 5 to 7 people. Due to rent control, it is still possible to find affordable rooms, but they are few and far between.

As the old adage goes, money is power. In fact, when typing “Money is” into Google, I also see that Money is the root of all evil, Money is the motive, and yes, Money island. In a new study, data shows that money may also be longer life. And in some parts of the United States, it’s a difference of over 10 years. This study highlights the differences in life expectancy between people earning wages in the top income bracket vs those earning wages in the bottom income bracket over the years 2001 to 20141.

The below dives into the correlation of income with life expectancy. This dataset does not show causation.

There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things

– Phil Karlton

Naming things is hard. So is naming humans. In fact we don’t even attempt to give humans descriptive names. Else I would go by ProgrammerGymnastMale Rudolph. Instead parents choose names based on myriad socio-historical and personal factors.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research states that women in 2015 now make 80 cents for every dollar that men do1. As disheartening as that is, this is an improvement from 1981 where women made 60 cents for every dollar that men do2. However another facet of pay inequity between the genders comes at the top 0.01%, the billionaires, and these differences show fewer signs of improvement.

As of July 24th, 2016, these are the sites that top this list when googling for a letter. Does it say anything about the internet?


Wikipedia entry on the letter A



It’s 2016 and people are about to start gearing up to watch gymnastics, even men’s, in the Olympics. Gymnastics is a confusing sport, especially to those not familiar to all the tricks and flying around. However, it can also be one of the most exciting sports to watch. I decided to highlight this with the 2012 Olympic high bar event finals. This is one of the most thrilling events, and these 8 competitors are the best in the world. I hope those that know nothing about gymnastics will find this somewhat informative, and those that do know a lot about gymnastics find this fun! Here’s the full event for reference:

Dimagi Engineering spends a lot of time on Github, and with that, comes lots of comments and emojis. After one year at Dimagi, I’ve become an avid emoji user and relish the opportunity to use emojis in the most astute way possible. There’s just something great about being able to express your thoughts in a small set of pictures. At Dimagi we use them quite frequently and in increasingly creative ways. This is a deep dive into how our developers rocked out with emojis in 2015.

The term “rape culture” has long been part of the American vocabulary, dating back to 1970. However, in recent years, it has blown up on the web:

Brett Favre, the man who started in 275 games straight, shaped and influenced the way people reflect on football. Even Bears fans like me acknowledge the superhuman strength and endurance Favre displayed in his years with the NFL. Furthermore, Favre will have a lasting impact on youths who aspire to be quarterbacks. But what about the Senators who have served the United States of America for years on end. Sponsoring bill after bill and pushing for the rights and liberties of the American people. Who were the Senators that served the most amount of time, leaving an impact on American politics for years to come?