What are Nova Scotians Like? Why, like Sidney and Maudie!

Whenever I’ve traveled outside of Canada, I find that Nova Scotia is still relatively unknown to the world. I have to tell people where Nova Scotia is after I tell them I’m from there, because the name is mostly meaningless to them. Then comes the assortment of scouting questions as to what it’s like there, what people do there, anyone famous they might know from there, what people are like there, and so on. On the matter of people, since I’m not a sufficient sample on my own, possibly because I’m Asian because Nova Scotians aren’t mostly Asian, from now on, I’ll tell them about Sidney, as in Crosby, and Maudie, as in (Maud) Lewis.

Sidney Crosby has been the greatest hockey player in the world for a decade or so now. Nova Scotians suddenly get a lot of credibility with the mention of Sidney. However, Maud, is still as quaint as the rest of us is to the rest of the world. If you don’t know Maud, I can’t say I blame you. I didn’t even know much about Maud, and her life, though I did know a bit about her art, and I’m from Nova Scotia.

But if you don’t know much about Maud, may I highly recommend this film that is still out in the US as I write this in early September 2017. You can see it via other means after this. SO beautiful and inspiring, though tragic in many ways, too.

 

And a fuller summary of Maud Lewis rather than just a movie trailer…

 

And an oldie but goodie…

 

A painting of hers that was recently found sold for more than $125K!

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100 Years of Nova Scotian Weather Online and Interactive… and Then Some

I just finished recreating a Tableau “viz” that is a series of online, interactive dashboards with weather information for eight places in Nova Scotia from the past 100 years (1917-2016):

  • Halifax
  • Liverpool
  • Yarmouth
  • Greenwood
  • Halifax Airport
  • Amherst
  • Antigonish
  • Sydney

They are on the Tableau Public site under my profile listing all my vizzes so far. Not many but the start of something good!

I also have dedicated weather vizzes for:

from reasonably good data sets that existed so I didn’t have to kill myself getting all the data from nearby weather stations and cobbling them all together! I had over 1600 files for those 8 places! Well, Halifax didn’t have a great data set but since so many Nova Scotians live in the area, including me, I didn’t want to leave them out.

CNN Projects Liberals Majority in Nova Scotian 2017 Election! (8:32 PM Tue Night)

It’s 8:32 pm Tuesday night, May 30th, as I write this, half an hour after polls closed in Nova Scotia for our provincial election today. Yet, the TV coverage has nothing worthy to report. I don’t know wassup with that Nova Scotia speed results reporting, so I called my contact at CNN, Anderson Scooper, to get a projection and, lo and behold, they had one!

CNN is projecting a Liberals majority in Nova Scotia!

Thanks, Mr. Scooper. I can get on with my life now. 🙂

Update
The Canadian and local stations made the same call at 12:57 AM Wednesday morning. Case and point, thank you very much. 😉