First Try with Anki Cozmo Robot’s SDK

Last night, I had my first look into the Anki Cozmo robot’s SDK that uses Python. It was a little nerdy to install and set up, but the videos were well put together. Now, the real fun begins!

My strategy for learning these programs is to alter them in some way, to be creative but also to get some hands on coding done, and maybe to do some independent things rather than just following instructions without having to think much. It’s one thing to repeat words and phrases to learn a language. It’s another to make your own, or at least tweak, the words and phrases you got taught. I learn much better the latter way.

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Advice to “Improve” the NHL Website’s PARTIAL Sharing of Reference Data

The NHL website has lots of info on it, including records of the archival kind, not the kind you break. I was just looking through their draft data when I realized some were missing. Apparently, exactly 10.0% were missing, like 1092 players of 10932 players up to 2016! They are also randomly spaced out, so far as I can tell, including a number one overall player.

I’d tell you who that was except it’s more devious than this! They must track IP address of access because it’s the same missing list on any browser from one computer, but not another at a different location! So this missing player I’m talking about (Marc-Andre Fleury who was #1 in 2003, on my home machine), was on at another location I accessed the lists!

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My New Anime/Manga Characters Birthday Interactive Dashboard

One of the more popular posts on my site is a list of 1850+ anime and manga characters’ birthdays. However, it is a static list. You just read through it and remember what you can if you want to analyze it beyond looking up information for reference or curiosity.

Today, I just turned that list into an interactive dashboard (building off a database) where you can SEE the information in so many more ways! It shows distributions by months, days, groups of characters in series, etc. It also makes it easier for people to see what I’m missing, and also have wrong, to help me improve it! I’m sure I can crack 2000 characters one day soon… and cover for the 5 days during the year without a character birthday when some have over 30 characters sharing birthdays!

Unfortunately, I had to put it on another blogging platform, as I will have to with all my Tableau Public “viz” creations because WordPress doesn’t allow for JavaScript. I understand why they do it, but it’s a limitation I can’t work with in blogging about these creations directly. I hope you’ll have a look and see it, maybe even give suggestions for improvements!

Of course, with this set, I can now create something similar for any large set of birthdays for any group with something in common. I’m seeking superhero birthday sets, for example, but I can do famous athletes, actors & actresses, or anything you can think of with birthdays… or even death days!

Know of some such data sets? Please let me know in a comment! Thank you!