I'm no economist or epidemiologist but something doesn't add up here. If, on Friday 17th, 2020, your only outlet to the world was the S&P500, what would you think? Just another normal day in our decade-old bull run, just 15% off its record peak two months ago? The height of the index was around $3,386, and this Friday, we closed at $2,874.
I know, it's hard to concentrate these days with all the insane stuff going on. But, once it's over, and it will be over, you'll regret the time wasted. This applies to global pandemics as it does to normal living. And if I make this sound like a public announcement, it is, and it is directed just as much to myself as to you.
Who's stuck in meetings all day long and chronically strapped for time? Yes, the executive. If you know one, lack of time to think and space to create are usually top complaints. Unfortunately, this also applies to many others, from many walks of life, employed or not, and at all levels of the professional food chain.
This is my first global pandemic. Whether this is acerbated by overpopulation, pollution, climate change, I don't know… but I hope it's the last one I'll have to go through in my lifetime. What I do know, is we should all take some time to write down our thoughts, hopes, and observations in these extraordinary and, hopefully, rare times.
Join me for this free Udemy class where we will explore Population Pyramids using Python and finish by building a web application. You will be able to choose a country, a continent, even the whole world, and choose a year, it can the current one, a past one, or even peer into the future and it will build these automatically.
Let's share the wonderful joy of famous quotes to the world with a quoting machine web application that uses natural language sentiment to tailor the right quote for the user. The class will teach you how to take your Python ideas and extend them to the web into real Web Applications so the world can enjoy your work.
I love space, you love space, we all love space — oh, and I just created a free class about space on Udemy.com. It’s about tracking the International Space Station in real-time, working with Rest APIs, collecting location data, forecasting positions, and porting it all to the web.
I recently passed the 15,000 student mark on Udemy and that has put me in a reflective mood. Here is the crux of it, if you want to make a living on that platform, let me kill that dream right now… it ain’t gonna happen (exceptions listed below).
Let's talk about writing great content. As writers, it is something we obviously aspire to and determines whether or not we attract readers. I don't want to regurgitate anything from the enormous body of knowledge on this topic but instead, add a few nuggets on to the pile and hopefully help you better navigate today's sea of digital content.
A title is a front door to many things including books, movies, product listings, blog posts, YouTube videos, Twitter posts, etc. If it isn't great, it doesn't matter what's behind it, it will never be opened as your readers are long gone. All efforts to better understand this phenomenon are bound to have far-reaching benefits.
Here are 5 tips, to differentiate yourself from the herd and the best part, they aren't hard to learn. I'll start each tip with a question to test you and follow it up with a link, if I have one, to dive deeper into that topic.
Whatever you are creating, art, math, software, communication, it doesn't matter as long as you are stepping beyond your habitual sphere of knowledge and confort, guided only by your vision or your intuition. It is then, in my opinion, that you are inventing and inventing bravely.
CVAEs are the latest incarnation of unsupervised neural network anomaly detection tools offering some new and interesting abilities over plain AutoEncoders.
Even though I had a stellar CV, I was turned down for the position. I had, what I thought at the time, plenty of machine learning and modeling experience. I applied for a position in Holland - I was ready for something new and wanted to show my family the world.
They say the world is your oyster, but for the competitive multi-tasker, it can be a bushel of oysters. If you like multitasking, you're gonna love windfall-tasking!
The S&P 500 is the world's economic barometer. If I had to leave for a deserted island and could only take one market index, this would be the one.
Heck Yeah! And I'm not talking about a haphazard cause and effect, like butterflies starting hurricanes 20,000 kilometers away. I'm talking about making concerted efforts and affecting change. Something that I know you can do!
We can optimize our time and success by creating realistic and useful goals. And that's the mystery four-letter word in the title. A good goal should state what you want to achieve, in how much time, and its criteria for success, and, the flip of it, its criteria for failure. If your goal doesn't clearly state those four points, then motivation, productivity, and peak performance won't mean much.
Let's translate titles into quantitative units and compare them objectively to the gold standard of titles - the top Amazon best sellers and the most clapped articles on Medium.
A bad predictive model can do more than just lack accuracy, it will drain wallets and hurt people. So, here are some warning flags to watch out for, whether you're a buyer or seller, when navigating the unnecessarily mysterious and opaque data science marketplace.
This wouldn't be as interesting if GitHub didn't publish our commit comments to the world. Go to any GitHub repo, click on any file and then click on the "History" button to see for yourself. Feeling vulnerable and naked?
Transforming data into actionable intelligence can have a positive effect on may people around the world. I know you have those skills and you probably have a pet project or two you'd love to share with the world.
I'm talking about a particular type of entrepreneurship, the machine-learning-driven, web-application type. Once you get a taste, once you get an understanding of how easy it is to share data science to the world, you'll be hooked.
If you're on the fence about this career, now is a perfect time. The resources available today are so much better than five years ago and the importance of data science isn't in question anymore. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of all computer and information research scientists is expected to rise 19 percent by the year 2026.
The tech field, more than any other field, is one where people feel compelled and comfortable sharing what they have learned and what they're excited about. We all do it. But, once in a while, comes a ground-breaking class, not only for its timely topic but for its incredible delivery and ability to hold on to our attention till the end.
I announced it's birth two months ago, now am publishing its obit.
Don't get me wrong, I love Python and Jupyter notebooks - heck, got about 10 sessions open on my Mac right now - but it's like that ugly face only a mother could love. We're so used to it that we use it to share our analysis with others only to be surprised by lackluster feedback.
If you're second, third, or worse, you've lost a lot of ground in an already impossible game. The first mover has established itself as the problem-solving brand and walks away with the narrative, cost advantage, price setting, customers, and even all the free advertisement for being novel. If your unique value proposition isn't unique anymore, what's the point? Time to embrace the MVP Light Stack today!
Once you have your great MVP up and running what should you do next? Are you looking for extra ideas to get exposure? How can you get your web product into the hands of the public? Beyond your family and beyond your friends? How can you get objective eyeballs for feedback and for product marketing? Well, here are three powerful sites where you can do just that.
This has to be one of the best self-inducing motivational techniques I know of. I have a fear of being humiliated, proven wrong or wasting people's time when making presentations. Whether I was traumatized on stage as a kid or because I have impostor syndrome, when I am in the spotlight, I want it to be great.
Let's talk about our current tech revolution and women's involvement in it. These are troubling times, on multiple fronts. Not new news but disturbing nevertheless. Something we need to remind ourselves on a regular basis especially for those in the tech industry and tech leadership.
"Fake it till you make it" is that piece of advice we dole out to those who worry about a new job or big challenge. It's given it to those that have impostor syndrome. It's given to those who are starting a new task that feels beyond their capabilities. And we can use this same advice on ourselves.
The state of flow is dangerously seductive. You can't chemically induce it, trick yourself into it, or jump up and down to will it - it shows up when it feels like it, unannounced.
To me, its a vindication that I've made it this far and a great feeling that I managed to buy myself another 30 days.
"...Average Jane spends nearly an hour a day on Facebook, every single day... [yet] people spend just 1 minute each day on Twitter!" If we believe these stats (which would make me a super-outlier), 1 minute is not much to work with to build a community.
Writing a story on Twitter isn’t easy. But what if we layered a series of tweets, one leading into the next, to build a much bigger story. Imagine the possibilities - the ability to share much larger stories, to engage with the community by lengthening or shortening the story based on likes or even changing the narrative based on feedback. Wouldn’t that be fun?
If you hang around bloggers long enough, you will hear about the many books that resulted, or were heavily influenced by blogging.
Are you blogging, publishing, or managing a web site? Then make sure you are keeping Google indexes up-to-date! We always complain that they know too much about us, but this is one of those edge cases where we want them to know even more!
I’m one of those that can’t write if not inspired. My productivity varies but my desire to have all my tweets reach the whole world, or at least my followers, doesn’t.
Though long in coming, the writing of this piece has been on the wall for a while. My interests are consistent but my track record on delivering things is not. So, here is my entrepreneurial contract between me and myself.
This is the type of post that Solo and Weekend Entrepreneurs love to write. We desperately want to get there and if airing things out in the public keeps us honest, accountable, and maybe even benefit from unsolicited feedback, we'll be all over it.
I've spent time in every imaginable workspace. I've worked in private offices, high & low-cut cubicles and bullpens. I've used cardboard boxes as desks and played musical chairs at too many co-working spaces. Yet, it is through this smorgasbord of office ergonomics that I noticed what I later dubbed as the 'Surrogate Supervisor Effect'. What seemed like a random jolt out of procrastination was actually triggered by an external event. I can now conjure it up at will. This is especially handy for the remote or self-employed worker.
As Twitter users, we've all retweeted but how many of us have stopped and pondered the process? According to Omnicore, we send some 500 million Tweets a day and according to Sysomos, 19% of those are retweets.
Instagram bots are everywhere. They scurry around liking posts, scraping and vomiting back content, following and unfollowing unsuspecting people, and so on. They are annoying as hell, bring nothing constructive to the table, and, on the whole, diminish the Internet experience. But for those who take the time to observe this phenomenon a little more closely, especially how humans interact with them, the lessons can be rich, at scale, and highly transferable to real accounts.
I am talking about finding top-rated, online material that closely resembles yours and comparing the keywords, tags, and meta-data.
Give me a little latitude as I set up this thought-experiment. Imagine that your ship is sinking. Your house is burning. Your life support is running out. However you put it, this is your last day to get your shit together, your crap done, to be profitable, to pass on whatever you are building on to somebody else — somebody, mind you, that you care about!
I've been making online classes for a couple of years now. It's been a fun and challenging adventure that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys teaching and creating audio-visual material. Oh, and there's the money thing too. Nothing remotely compared to the top 10 instructors of 2015 but I've had a few 4-digit months.
This is something us content creators should always be thinking about, and if you don't, you're definitely leaving money on the table. Let's start with what I did right before delving into my numerous missteps
This post isn’t directed towards office cogs hiding behind big corporations, or those selling crappy garbage through clickbait. This is for those that care that their reputation is online and on-the-line, those developing an honest personal brand, those looking to build a community of friends with intersecting interests.
The idea of being a tech entrepreneur is great but taking that leap can be intimidating. What if there was a way of doing it without "leaping"? Here is a gentle way of launching side projects with minimal risk and at your pace.