It takes seven months for a restaurant to get approved for street seating in New York City and there are a lot of regulations they must follow but it still feels like an anything goes free-for-all of restaurateurs taking back the streets in the best way possible.

The speed at which New York turned its car congested streets into quaint outdoor cafes is astounding and nearly 100 streets in the city now allow cafes and restaurants to spill their seating out past the sidewalk and into the streets, in some cases closing the roads down to vehicles all together. Here a a few of my favorites, please get in touch with pictures of your own and I’ll be happy to add them to the collection. Thanks, and happy dining! is an open source model and trading application that produces buy and sell signals based on social media activity and sentiment.

It certainly seems that online forums can have a certain premonition about price movements. As chatter of a given asset increases, often so does the price. This is the hunch I wanted to validates and if correct, profit from with this project. I hope some parts of if not the whole project will be useful to others and it is hosted on GitHub and PythonAnywhere. Please get in touch with any questions or advice.

Using a large amount of data scraped hourly from Reddit along with historic price data a model is built to try and predict positive or negative…

A tutorial for those with some experience in Python for data science students and real estate agents who are looking to gain insight about home prices in your area.

It can take real estate agents a lifetime of experience to get a feel for what homes will sell and for how much. A lot of the time a less experienced seller or buyer may miss something obvious to an old pro.

With this exercise I will try and tease out from 79 explanatory variables that describe every aspect of residential home, which few are the most important to focus on in predicting a final sale price of a home.

If you don’t have a home air filter, your lungs are the filter.


Air pollution has become the world’s single biggest environmental health risk, linked to around 7 million deaths in 2012 according to a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report. The new data further reveals a stronger link between, indoor and outdoor air pollution exposure and cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes and ischemic heart disease, as well as between air pollution and cancer. The role of air pollution in the development of respiratory diseases, including acute respiratory infections and chronic pulmonary diseases, is well known. …

Born January 1st, 1984 I’m an early millennial. As such, I have been using social media sites obsessively since I was a kid, I’ve even been wildly unsuccessful at building a few myself.

Newsweek - OK Boomer

I’m not proud of the fact that for the last 10 years I’ve used Frindster, MySpace, then Digg, Facebook, moved to Reddit and now Hacker News on a daily basis. Choosing to get my dopamine fix by watching imaginary internet points increase in fits and starts rather than the typical human-to-human way.

I’ve been saying for a decade that this year is the year Desktop Linux will take over and yes, I again believe 2021 will be that year.

But why?

There are tons of, “Best Google Alternativeslists out there with sometimes dozens of alternatives for each offering but with this article I aim to give you the single best option for a non-Google Linux based workflow. I’ve obsessively tried hundreds of apps and will keep this list up to date so you can be assured you are getting the best non-Google products for an optimized experience on Linux. …

How Peter Gustafson Defragmented the World

by Kyle Benzle

Chapter 1

The Machine Stops

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We all want to make more money but with so many currencies available someone can be “making money” in one currency while “losing money” if denominated in another. The global economy is confusing and adding hundreds of new “alternative digital currencies” into the mix has not helped.

In trading, many times I have wanted to see something like, how well my Ethereum (ETH) are doing in terms of Monero (XMR), or how many XRM can I get for my Bitcoin (BTC)? …

We are in a golden age of data visualizations AND data! There is so much information available but it takes time and effort to make sense of it. In my opinion, where it is applicable mapping can be the best way to “see” data. Here is one way to make a 3D map in R using rayshader to give height to a simple scatter plot overlayed on a png of the background map. This is an adaption of this great tutorial from Carrie Lo which can be found here. Reach out on Twitter with any improvements or thoughts, thanks.

Lots of libraries


The era of the U.S. dollar’s “exorbitant privilege” as the world’s primary reserve currency is coming to an end. Then French Finance Minister Valery Giscard d’Estaing coined that phrase in the 1960s largely out of frustration, bemoaning a U.S. that drew freely on the rest of the world to support its over-extended standard of living. For almost 60 years, the world complained but did nothing about it. Those days are over.

Already stressed by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, U.S. living standards are about to be squeezed as never before. At the same time, the world is having serious…

Kyle Benzle

I am a plant biologist with an MS from OSU and broad experience in data science, cell biology, genetics, genomics, and plant breeding.

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