Quick Follow-up on the Effectiveness of Cross-Posting

This is a quick follow-up report on my quick test about the effectiveness of cross-posting from WordPress to Medium posted a few days ago. I have been observing the stats on both the Medium post and my blog post for a few days. I conclude that it is an okay time to give a quick

Effectiveness of Cross-Posting from WordPress to Medium

As I was preparing to restart my WordPress blog, I wondered what syndication options I could have for new posts. I synced my blog with Twitter and Facebook a few years ago, but I stopped updating Twitter and Facebook for a while. I learned about Medium a few years ago and I always thought I

Geocode batch conversion + latitude, longitude, formatted address

I recently worked on a project that required getting latitude and longitude based on unstructured addresses. My advisor found me a website that run this conversion in batch and it turned out that website was quite decent. http://www.findlatitudeandlongitude.com/batch-geocode/ Looking at its javascript a bit, they seem to be using Google’s API. So, if you just

How I follow things these days — chain reaction of discovery

Since having graduated from ischool, I have not followed the trends in the tech startup space much for years taking classes doing research all good stuffs. Many things seeminly have happened: crunchbase started and some new language and frameworks (node.js, golang) have appeared. Recently, I signed up to receive daily newsletter from crunchbase. It sends

Kaffeine: prevent heroku app from sleeping

Most apps on the cloud are sleeping as the platform provider idles an app if there’s not a request for a certain amount of time. Heroku’s threshold is 1 hour. I found several discussions on the web: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5480337/easy-way-to-prevent-heroku-idling http://longren.io/heroku-depriving-your-free-dyno-of-sleep/ https://github.com/alaingilbert/Turntable-API/issues/243 I first tried adding new relic to my heroku app, but it seems an overkill

Leveraging the color palette used by Google Visualization

I have used colors from the Google Visualization default palette for several projects. You can quickly generate all colors using a simple code below and pick those colors and save for yourself. http://jsfiddle.net/qfymrmnd/ If you don’t have a way to extract RGB codes, here it is. The order is blue, red, orange, green, purple, and

Circos Data Format Explained

Introduction Circos is a visualization tool that draws network in a circular fashion. To my experience and best knowledge, it is the richest medium in which a network can be shown and data can be visually encoded. What this post is NOT about Circos is not the most user-friendly visualization tool on earth. For those

A Model Blog for Research Digest

I came across a blog that can be a model of what I am envisioning for my small blog. It’s called BPS Research Digest. Although it is a authoritative blog published by the British Psychological Society and my blog is just by me, I would like to use this space to review the paper I

Admitted to Ph.D. Candidacy

Today I became a Ph.D. candidate! I presented the dissertation proposal last Friday and today. I have spent about a month for this proposal. Scheduling was one of the toughest things to do, and that’s why I proposed twice. (One should not do it twice.) Overall, this official milestone of my Ph.D. study has prepared

Plan for CV page

After finishing the dissertation proposal defense, I will start working on my academic website. The design requirements I am considering are: Ease of update: I want to keep my CV up-to-date in Markdown format and convert it into a part of web page as well as pdf. I am not sure if I will have