Last night we celebrated Rounded Pi Day by rounding at the 10,000’s digit to get 3.1416 which nicely works with the date 3/14/16. This was great after Mega Pi Day worked out so perfectly last year. And this all built upon previous years’ celebrations. We ate a large quantity of pizza at Lombardi’s. and for the second… Continue reading →

This year we celebrated Mega Pi Day with the date (3/14/15) covering the first four digits of Pi. And of course, we unveiled the Pi Cake at 9:26 to get the next three digits. This year the cake came from Empire Cakes and was peanut butter flavored. We even had the bakery put as many… Continue reading →

So far this year I have logged many miles in the air and on the rails. In between trips to Minneapolis and Boston I spent about a month traveling through India and Southeast Asia, mainly to conduct R courses in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur for the likes of Intel, Micron, Celcom, Maxis, DBS and other… Continue reading →

The other night I attended a talk about the history of Brooklyn pizza at the Brooklyn Historical Society by Scott Wiener of Scott’s Pizza Tours. Toward the end, a woman stated she had a theory that pizza slice prices stay in rough lockstep with New York City subway fares. Of course, this is a well… Continue reading →

Fifteen Years of Data Science in NY at the 2024 New York R Conference Mapping Large Data at the 2023 R in Government and Public Sector Conference Model Shootout at the 2023 Data, Design, Development and Discovery Conference Building an R Package with LLMs at the 2023 New York R Conference Deploying R in a… Continue reading →

Continuing the annual tradition of Pi Cakes from Chrissie Cook we have gotten another Pi Cake! This year we let Drew Conway’s wife pick the flavors and she went with vanilla and red velvet (the blue color is to cause some cognitive dissonance). Looking forward to enjoying this tonight after some pizza. Previous cakes in… Continue reading →

Wes McKinney and I are hosting our first ever Open Statistical Programming meetup tomorrow night after taking over for Drew Conway. Please attend, have some pizza, enjoy the talk then come out for some beer. This meetup is about EDA, Visualization and Collaboration on the Web and will be presented by Carlos Scheidegger from AT&T Labs.… Continue reading →

This year’s Pi Cake courtesy of Chrissie Cook: Side View: And don’t forget this is Albert Einstein’s birthday was well. How are you celebrating this fantastic geek holiday? Like last year, the NYC Data Mafia will be out celebrating with (round) pizza. Related Posts Pi Cake 2018 Pi Cake 2017 First Bayesian Short Course Pi… Continue reading →

Taking a break from my normal exposition on stats, New York or pizza I’d like to espouse the wonders of baking soda and vinegar! My sink was clogged, not with anything specific, but just years worth of gunk. So after scraping out what I could with my hands and a wire hanger–and wanting to avoid… Continue reading →

Happy Pi Day everybody! I’ll be out celebrating with the rest of the NYC Data Mafia eating pizza and devouring the above Pi Cake, custom baked by Chrissie Cook. Today is also Albert Einstein’s birthday so there are plenty of reasons to have fun. The cake below was my first ever Pi Cake in what… Continue reading →