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Alleviating AWS Athena Aggravation with Asynchronous Assistance

July 14, 2018
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I’ve blogged about how to use Amazon Athena with R before and if you are a regular Athena user, you’ve likely run into a situation where you prepare a dplyr chain, fire off a collect() and then wait. And, wait. And, wait. And, wait. Queries that take significant processing time or have large result sets... Continue reading →

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Visualizing macOS App Usage with a Little Help from osqueryr & mactheknife

July 6, 2018
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Visualizing macOS App Usage with a Little Help from osqueryr & mactheknife

Both my osqueryr and macthekinfe packages have had a few updates and I wanted to put together a fun example (it being Friday, and all) for what you can do with them. All my packages are now on GitHub and GitLab and I’ll be maintaining them on both so I can accommodate the comfort-level of... Continue reading →

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Freeing PDF Data to Account for the Unaccounted

July 2, 2018
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Freeing PDF Data to Account for the Unaccounted

I’ve mentioned @stiles before on the blog but for those new to my blatherings, Matt is a top-notch data journalist with the @latimes and currently stationed in South Korea. I can only imagine how much busier his life has gotten since that fateful, awful November 2016 Tuesday, but I’m truly glad his eyes, pen and... Continue reading →

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Build httr Functions Automagically from Manual Browser Requests with the middlechild Package

June 15, 2018
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You can catch a bit of the @rOpenSci 2018 Unconference experience at home w with this short-ish ‘splainer video on how to use the new middlechild package (https://github.com/ropenscilabs/middlechild) & mitmproxy to automagically create reusable httr verb functions from manual browser form interactions.

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Running RStudio (1.2) Background Jobs

June 9, 2018
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The forthcoming RStudio 1.2 release has a new “Jobs” feature for running and managing background R tasks. I did a series of threaded screencaps on Twitter but that doesn’t do the feature justice. So I threw together a quick ‘splainer on how to run and Python (despite RStudio not natively supporting Python) code in the... Continue reading →

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Making World Tile Grid-Grids

June 7, 2018
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Making World Tile Grid-Grids

A colleague asked if I would blog about how I crafted the grid of world tile grids in this post and I accepted the challenge. The technique isn’t too hard as it just builds on the initial work by Jon Schwabish and a handy file made by Maarten Lambrechts. The Premise For this particular use-case,... Continue reading →

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Hello, Dorling! (Creating Dorling Cartograms from R Spatial Objects + Introducing Prism Skeleton)

June 3, 2018
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Hello, Dorling! (Creating Dorling Cartograms from R Spatial Objects + Introducing Prism Skeleton)

NOTE: There is some iframed content in this post and you can bust out of it if you want to see the document in a full browser window. Also, apologies for some lingering GitHub links. I’m waiting for all the repos to import into to other services and haven’t had time to setup my own... Continue reading →

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OS Secrets Exposed: Extracting Extended File Attributes and Exploring Hidden Download URLs With The xattrs Package

May 30, 2018
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OS Secrets Exposed: Extracting Extended File Attributes and Exploring Hidden Download URLs With The xattrs Package

Most modern operating systems keep secrets from you in many ways. One of these ways is by associating extended file attributes with files. These attributes can serve useful purposes. For instance, macOS uses them to identify when files have passed through the Gatekeeper or to store the URLs of files that were downloaded via Safari... Continue reading →

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The Fix Is In: Finding infix functions inside contributed R package “utilities” files

May 29, 2018
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Regular readers will recall the “utility belt” post from back in April of this year. This is a follow-up to a request made asking for a list of all the % infix functions in those files. We’re going to: collect up all of the sources parse them find all the definitions of % infix functions... Continue reading →

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The Power of Standards and Consistency

May 26, 2018
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The Power of Standards and Consistency

I’m going to (eventually) write a full post on the package I’m mentioning in this one : osqueryr🔗. The TLDR on osqueryr is that it is an R DBI wrapper (that has just enough glue to also be plugged into dbplyr) for osquery🔗. The TLDR on osquery is that it “exposes an operating system as... Continue reading →

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