By day, I do machine learning for the insurance company Aviva Canada; by night (well, by evenings and weekends and early mornings before I go to work) I'm a blogger and data hacker and programmer for my own amusement. Going backwards in time, I've been a Content Marketer, a Genomics Research Assistant, a Proteomics Team Leader, a Laboratory Technician, a Chemistry Student, a Writer, a Publicist, a Newspaper Editor, a Journalist, a Proofreader, a Dramatist, an Opera Singer and Composer, a Music Student, an Economics Student, and a kid.
I think I've finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up, but no promises.
My particular interest is insights you can get from data that fall between the cracks of the trivially simple and inordinately complex: demonstrating things you already know, but didn't know you knew. I also like enjoy wit, whimsy, juxtaposition, analysis for its own sake and creativity for its own sake.
A blog about data spelunking
I post data visualizations and analyses. I like to explore and debunk, and view askew.
My other, nerdier blog
Here I post in-depth about the science and code and reasoning behind my prooffreader.com analyses, plus some other stuff that's nerd-specific.
Here I illustrate the strange, hopefully funny things that appear unbidden in my brain, only very slightly hampered by the fact that I'm only a mediocre illustrator.
A visualization of whether letters are more likely to come at the beginning, middle or end of words in English
A selfie I took before a Montreal Python presentation
Most characteristic words per decade in billboard song stitles
Tracking the popularity of the name 'Britney' over the career of Britney Speaks
Population of USA, Canada and Europe by latitude
My giving a presentation on a Kaggle-style competition at the 2015 Aviva Canada actuarial forum
A hex-style choropleth of all 338 federal ridings in Canada
A piece of mine was featured in this anthology
The acknowledgement in the book, for which I served as a consultant to the author
I was a finalist in the 2015 awards in London
An image manipulation I made of a famous 1950s comic book cover
A word cloud of the most characteristic words in The Catcher in the Rye
Some original photoshop artwork