Installing matplotlib and pandas on Amazon EC2

I’m trying to add analytics to my first Twitter bot and to do that, I need to use the pandas and matplotlib packages in Python. Trying to install these on my Amazon EC2 instance revealed an unpleasant thing about the Amazon Linux package manager: it’s updated like the decor in my local bodega is updated, hardly ever. […]

A Quick Template for Integrating CartoDB into an Interactive Web Project

Yesterday, I got the chance to join the folks from CartoDB for their CartoCamp Edu, bringing together educators and web-mapping practitioners, including Chris Whong, to discuss how to use CartoDB in the classroom. As an educator who teaches CartoDB to mostly working professionals in the Certificate Program in GIS and Design at Pratt Institute, I’m always interested in new ways […]

The Art of Writing Automatic Tweets

I’m a coder, by which I mean, I like solving problems with code. The more elegant the code, the better. Being also trained in the humanities, I have a aesthetic sensibility, particularly around language. Having wanted to write a Twitter bot for a while, I finally took the time to deploy one (you can see it […]

My First Twitter Bot

Inspired by the legion of Twitter bots created by Allison Parish to disseminate all kinds of lovely linguistic mayhem, I decided to build my own bot. While I love what she’s put together (my personal favorites are The Ephemerides and Deep Question Bot), I knew that generating text algorithmically wouldn’t be my thing. I’d played with Citibike […]