Deep Dives

COVID in India - A Perfect Storm?

Confounding Congregate Events and Strains of the Virus Straining Systems to the Breaking Point

Houston Haynes

12 minute read

From the early days of lock down last year I was just as worried for a possible COVID-20 and COVID-21 as the current COVID-19. And when reconnecting with friends and former co-workers, many of whom work in public health and study of infectious diseases, the collective sentiment was largely similar.…

Telematics with Two Lines of Code: Seeking Simplicity

Unpacking a vehicle telemetry solution from the code-side out

Houston Haynes

14 minute read

Any time I see someone mention “low code” I’m reflexively skeptical. Along those lines, the title of this article series is offered with a wink and a smile. There are many, many lines of code in this project - and fortunately for both you and me I did not have to create them all. But that’s partly…

Deploying my R blogdown Based Site - Part 1

Hacking a self-hosted build with PowerShell

Houston Haynes

9 minute read

I’ve long held (as in for decades) that a software engineer could only brandish the “full stack” moniker if they had experience with instrumenting automated deployment. Over the past few years “devops” has become all the rage, and I’m here for it. This is the first of three articles outlining how I…

COVID-19 Datapothecary

Processing observation level data for more reliable calculated metrics

Houston Haynes

9 minute read

There’s a running joke in machine learning circles that data wrangling is 10% skill and 90% anger management. While that’s funny because it’s true, in the case of health care data the consequences can be deadly serious. In California, problems with reporting likely and confirmed COVID-19 deaths in…

World Data Overview - Global Heat Maps

COVID-19 in Motion - Animated Time Series for cases, deaths and testing

Houston Haynes

8 minute read

When I started working with the Our World In Data COVID-19 data set I wanted to chart out a few things to get a feel for the data. I’ve done this work for quite a while and the first thing you often do is a form of reality check. In some cases I checked againtt other charts based on the same data…