Kevin O'Donnell's blog

Using small data to illustrate what Big Data can do

I'm using the Twitter API to scrape some data for a few projects I'm working on. From the scrape of my own account it's interesting to see the relationships that pop out - even in a rudimentary analysis of my tweets. The data I've pulled together is from:

  • All of my own tweets (and who is mentioned in those tweets).
  • All tweets where I'm mentioned (and everyone who is mentioned in those tweets).

Ok. So what?

Flashmob the Paint It Up murals

A random thing. Below is an #opendata map of murals in Ottawa. I think it would be cool to do a distributed flashmob and get new photos taken. What do they look like now? Covered in snow? Who knows?

So I propose we fan out and do a "distributed" flash mob. Same time period, different locations, snap-upload-share-discover. 

I almost didn't bike to work today, twice.

In the end I did bike to work today. But I almost didn't, twice. At my front door I made a split second decision to check when the bus was coming and started pulling out my phone. Then I remembered my Presto card is still bungled and the idea of paying cash (again) was enough to get me on my bike instead.

I know I'll enjoy the ride once I start - but the small, tiny hurdle of getting started can still stop me. Not today!

Traffic and Parking By-Law Consolidated to January 2012

I asked for the updated Traffic and Parking by-law since there are so many concerns swirling around a cyclist getting a ticket for "taking the lane". Jump to Section 96.

This copy of the by-law includes all amendments up to January 2012. I've asked if there are any amendments not yet included. Will update here when I hear.

Consolidation 2011-530 Traffic and Parking By-Law Jan 2012

PMO in the Driver's Seat: The Game

A lunchtime distraction I created so you too could have a lunchtime distraction.

Click inside the playing area, then use your left and right arrows to score talking points.

Side note: this was created using scratch.mit.edu -- an educational programming tool suitable for kids and adults too. You can see how the game was constructed here and start hacking it right away if you like.

Or Other Property: what three little words can mean in the proposed new noise by-law

UPDATE: So the three little words remain, "or other property", but my concern about it was mooted by a motion by Councillor Chiarelli to require the local councillor to sign-off on any exemptions. My worry was the delegated powers that were intended for city-related projects would slowly, over time, morph into a general power applicable to any project on "other property" because the wording (in my view) would allow that.