Gretel under her red cape

remembering gretel

first of all, this post is not intended to be read by anyone but myself, even though i’ve made it available to everyone on the internet. you may read it (or try to read it) if you like, but i expect that it will be too long and boring for anyone other than myself, or my darling girlfriend who has been an immeasurable comfort, to bother with. but for me, one week ago i had a seemingly happy, healthy, beautiful, elderly pet and very suddenly she is gone. i have so many thoughts about gretel pechtol that i want to remember when this week is past and this is eulogy, biography and catharsis all rolled into one. Continue reading

resurrecting my blog

since the explosion of the social networks, my blogging has taken a noticeable hit in performance.  over the past few years, i’ve been content to receive 20-40 visits per day to my blog from the inertia of organic search results provided by google (and other search engines, if those can be considered to be relevant), but recently, i’ve noticed that even those sources of traffic have started to fail.  it’s probably due to the fact that i have been averaging about three posts a year in the past three years.  to the search-engine-universe, my blog is probably considered to be abandoned and stale. Continue reading


Pretty Numbers

I’m incredibly excited about this new project that I am kicking off –  For years, I’ve been interested in quantitative analysis and data visualization, but with the amount of available data constantly expanding via the internet and open data services, the need for dialogue and perspective in these areas has never been greater.  It is my hope to use this blog to investigate the exciting (at least to uber-geeks) field of data visualization and to help showcase some of the cool examples that there are out there (because there aren’t enough of THOSE out there).  Of course, the other reason for this blog is to motivate myself to generate my OWN visualizations and give them a place to live.  I’ve got one that I’m working on, but it’s challenging work.  

Anyway – check out the new blog. I’m having a blast doing it!

– g