The French Connection

I recall an anecdote about a long suffering French foreign language teacher. The teacher had requested a short essay on ‘what is la francophonie’. I’m sure she expected essays expounding the virtues of liberté, égalité, fraternité. Imagine her consternation when one of her students wrote: ‘La Francophonie est le croissant et la baguette.’ (I swear, it wasn’t me!) Yes, there are many things in life that you can call … Continue reading The French Connection

Python for the Data Geek – Intro

Why Python? My very first serious encounter with data was during my 6-month internship at the (doomed) telecoms company Motorola. My task: developing a database to store the electric current signature of mobile phones during startup, and building a protocol to synchronise data between offices. Tools of the trade: National Instruments’ LabView and MS Access 2000. A shared network drive? Nope; that did not exist. SQL … Continue reading Python for the Data Geek – Intro