A guide for newbies interesting in checking out one of the hottest topics in technology today

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You there! Yea you! So I hear you want to check out some of that new stuff all the cool kids around town have been talking about — some of that Data Science. You probably heard something about it, these wizards of data who work with black boxes to unlock the secrets of the universe. The only question you might be wondering is where do you even start?

Right here. By the time we finish this short article, we will have setup and configure a local Python virtual environment ready to do all the data sciencing you can handle (at…


Detecting Seasonal Weather Patterns from the Mars Rover Curiosity

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For as long as humans have looked up and kept track of the moving heavens, the Red Planet has filled the human imagination with stories and myths. Some with their origins extending back into history farther than we can see, and many being more recent, as the eyes that we use to observe the sky and the other planets in our solar system have grown more and more advanced.

The past few decades have even seen humanity landing machines on our distant neighbor with an array of cameras and other sensors in order to collect information and beam it back…


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For thousands of years humans have had at least some significant portion of our collective attention pointed towards the large, bright, and very hot disk that would traverse the sky from one side to the other. Indeed, many religions, both old and modern, hold the Sun as an object of worship. The first recorded observations of the sun date back to China, circa 2300 BC. These were mostly just observations for tracking seasons, until about a thousand years later when the Egyptians invented the Sun Dial, allowing us to utilize the sun for keeping track of time in a more…


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Human Rights First is an NGO member of the Open Society Foundation, an international network of social activists and community organizers who work to influence policy around the world in accordance with the goals of its founders and world leaders in order to move forward the mission of Human Rights. One of the ways in which they aim to achieve this is through a data-driven approach, most notably their Asylum program which works to place those who seek political Asylum in the US with pro-bono lawyers in certain key cities. A major challenge of such a program is that there…


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How differences in conceptualization prevent understanding.

“Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” Genesis 11:7–9

We live in what I believe to be one of the most fascinating periods in human history. Of all the…


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Artificial Intelligence is probably the greatest technological achievement in history. It’s subjective of course, but I’ve been obsessed with technology ever since I was a kid. While I’m sure there are many technical advances I am unaware of, AI, or machine learning, surpasses them all. An exception could perhaps be made for the invention of language or perhaps the wheel, however I doubt few other things will have such a profound effect on the human species. AI has been a stable component of contemporary culture for multiple generations now. …


I must admit it is with some trepidation that I start this project. This is for many reasons, but as with most things in life, we don’t usually get to pick the time, we only have some say in the place, and the only real choice we have is our actions, and even that is debatable at times. I have been writing this article in my head for several years now, and at some point, I need to commit words to paper, or in this case, bits to databases, about a project I have been working on for some time.


The modern world is full of temptation and its become easy to consider some sins to be harmless, or perhaps not even sins at all, but is this actually the case? Is there such a thing as a harmless sin? Any inquiry into the concept of sin will quickly find the inquisitor in a depth above their own head as they learn that this topic has been one that has been philosophized over for not just centuries, but millennia. …


Today’s politics have gotten so divisive and toxic that even getting online and checking the news most days is a trial. It’s an effort to try and discuss current events with anyone outside of my own political bubble. I’ve made some inroads on this goal on Twitter. Some, but not many. The best I’ve been able to make is conversations with those that would probably fall on today’s center-left.

But that’s not good enough. Not if we want to stop the ongoing culture war and the, what is in my opinion unfortunate, inevitable conflict. There’s much in the public discourse…


I wish I had kept notes. I wish I had kept a journal of where social media would take me. It occurs to me that in a sense I have kept a journal, that journal being social media itself, however, I am still divided on whether or not writing my personal thoughts on my posts at the time versus trying to recall my personal thoughts after the fact based off of those posts…. I’m not sure which one would hold the most insight, though I have an idea.

Trying to find the beginning of my timeline on that one social…

Jeremy Spradlin

Marine Corps veteran looking to write about my experiences, documenting my journey into Data Science, and examining the effects of modern technology in society.

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