Alleviating AWS Athena Aggravation with Asynchronous Assistance

| | athena, R
I’ve blogged about how to use Amazon Athena with R before and if you are a regular Athena user, you’ve likely run into a situation where you prepare a dplyr chain, fire off a collect() and then wait. And, wait. And, wait. And, wait. Queries that take significant processing time ... Read More
Visualizing macOS App Usage with a Little Help from osqueryr & mactheknife

Visualizing macOS App Usage with a Little Help from osqueryr & mactheknife

| | R
Both my osqueryr and macthekinfe packages have had a few updates and I wanted to put together a fun example (it being Friday, and all) for what you can do with them. All my packages are now on GitHub and GitLab and I’ll be maintaining them on both so I ... Read More
Freeing PDF Data to Account for the Unaccounted

Freeing PDF Data to Account for the Unaccounted

| | R
I’ve mentioned @stiles before on the blog but for those new to my blatherings, Matt is a top-notch data journalist with the @latimes and currently stationed in South Korea. I can only imagine how much busier his life has gotten since that fateful, awful November 2016 Tuesday, but I’m truly ... Read More
Making World Tile Grid-Grids

Making World Tile Grid-Grids

| | R
A colleague asked if I would blog about how I crafted the grid of world tile grids in this post and I accepted the challenge. The technique isn’t too hard as it just builds on the initial work by Jon Schwabish and a handy file made by Maarten Lambrechts. The ... Read More
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Hello, Dorling! (Creating Dorling Cartograms from R Spatial Objects + Introducing Prism Skeleton)

| | R
NOTE: There is some iframed content in this post and you can bust out of it if you want to see the document in a full browser window. Also, apologies for some lingering GitHub links. I’m waiting for all the repos to import into to other services and haven’t had ... Read More
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OS Secrets Exposed: Extracting Extended File Attributes and Exploring Hidden Download URLs With The xattrs Package

| | R
Most modern operating systems keep secrets from you in many ways. One of these ways is by associating extended file attributes with files. These attributes can serve useful purposes. For instance, macOS uses them to identify when files have passed through the Gatekeeper or to store the URLs of files ... Read More

The Fix Is In: Finding infix functions inside contributed R package “utilities” files

| | R
Regular readers will recall the “utility belt” post from back in April of this year. This is a follow-up to a request made asking for a list of all the % infix functions in those files. We’re going to: collect up all of the sources parse them find all the ... Read More
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The Power of Standards and Consistency

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I’m going to (eventually) write a full post on the package I’m mentioning in this one : osqueryr🔗. The TLDR on osqueryr is that it is an R DBI wrapper (that has just enough glue to also be plugged into dbplyr) for osquery🔗. The TLDR on osquery is that it ... Read More

GDPR Unintended Consequences Part 1 — Increasing WordPress Blog Exposure

I pen this mini-tome on “GDPR Enforcement Day”. The spirit of GDPR is great, but it’s just going to be another Potempkin Village in most organizations much like PCI or SOX. For now, the only thing GDPR has done is made GDPR consulting companies rich, increased the use of javascript ... Read More
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Create Code Metrics with cloc

| | R
The cloc Perl script (yes, Perl!) by Al Danial (https://github.com/AlDanial/cloc) has been one of the go-to tools for generating code metrics. Given a single file, directory tree, archive, or git repo, cloc can speedily give you metrics on the count of blank lines, comment lines, and physical lines of source ... Read More
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