Choropleths

In this post I will simultaneously have Fun With Data and Fun With Maps. I will use public APIs to turn my Isle of Alameda into a “choropleth“, a map which displays areas that are colored or patterned in relation to data. To do this I will need to find boundaries within Alameda that I… Read More

Oracle Code – Recap

March 1, San Francisco, USA – August 30, Seoul, South Korea 183 days (exactly 6 months), 20 cities around the world thousands of speakers, OTN staff and local consultants hundreds of thousands of participants and coders That’s the Oracle Code 2017 tour, presenting current and upcoming technologies in packed sessions, providing Oracle cloud services lab… Read More

Welcome NAO

On a quiet Thursday morning, I went to our Gadget Lab at Oracle HQ and turned on the light. Inside the comfy egg shell chair sat an NAO robot, waiting for me. Welcome NAO, our latest team member! NAO is a little adorable humanoid robot created by SoftBank Robotics. It can talk, walk, and dance;… Read More

Fun With Maps

Maps are one of the oldest and most powerful forms of visualization. Lately I’ve been learning how to make my own maps using open source data and public APIs. I started by simply plotting locations on a world map. World maps in svg format are readily available on the web. Wikimedia Commons, for example, has… Read More

It’s Been 10 Years

Ten years ago, Paul posted a brief introduction to our team and our mission. He, Rich and I embarked on this journey in March 2007, soon to be joined by Anthony, and none of expected to be around as a team for more than 18 months max. But, here we are a decade later, having moved… Read More

Maker Faire 2017

Introduction Another Maker Faire has come and gone, the 12th one already.  Unlike last year, Oracle had a booth again at the Maker Faire, staffed by my colleagues and myself throughout the weekend, where we showed of some fun demos.  Here are some impressions, both from reactions in our booth and from the grounds. The… Read More

Who Likes Me?

In my previous entry, Fun with Facebook, I described how to pull data from Facebook’s Graph API Explorer, organize it using NodeBox, and turn it into representations of friends, posts, and the “likes” that connect them. Here is the final result: The above image is a snapshot of a high-resolution poster with many fine details.… Read More

Fun With Facebook

I am often surprised by which of my Facebook posts are the most liked and by who likes what. I wondered: are there any interesting patterns there? Could I visualize them? My next question (as always) was: could I get the data? Thanks to the rise of  the API economy I could. Companies have discovered… Read More

Oracle Code Behind the Scenes

The Oracle Code (@oracledevs) event series is going to 20 cities around the world, showcasing many Oracle Cloud Service offerings. The event at each city will have keynote sessions from various speakers, demo stations showing many of Oracle’s Cloud services, a code lounge for developers to check out some “hardware” linked and controlled through Oracle backend, and other partner booths.… Read More