Author: Matt Sandy

Illinois R12-2420

Nearly forgot to post this. Has anyone else had an encounter with the motorist driving Illinois plates R12 2420? They were in Minneapolis the other day and as I was heading onto the street they took a right turn and laid on their horn. I asked him if he was just trying to let me know he was there and there was a hilarious exchange.

Me: Were you just letting me know you were there?
Me: …and you were driving in the middle of the road, like an asshole.

Some other words were said and then he left with this line, “I am not MN nice”.

Turns out he wasn’t even Minnesotan. I got a picture of his plates that really seemed to concern him.

Michael Schmidt Interview with Trump

This is just a quick post, but this was too funny not to post.

Frankly there is absolutely no collusion…Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion. There is no collusion…I think it’s been proven that there is no collusion…I can only tell you that there is absolutely no collusion…There’s been no collusion…There was no collusion. None whatsoever…everybody knows that there was no collusion. I saw Dianne Feinstein the other day on television saying there is no collusion [note: not true]…The Republicans, in terms of the House committees, they come out, they’re so angry because there is no collusion…there was collusion on behalf of the Democrats. There was collusion with the Russians and the Democrats. A lot of collusion…There was tremendous collusion on behalf of the Russians and the Democrats. There was no collusion with respect to my campaign…But there is tremendous collusion with the Russians and with the Democratic Party…I watched Alan Dershowitz the other day, he said, No. 1, there is no collusion, No. 2, collusion is not a crime, but even if it was a crime, there was no collusion. And he said that very strongly. He said there was no collusion…There is no collusion, and even if there was, it’s not a crime. But there’s no collusion…when you look at all of the tremendous, ah, real problems [Democrats] had, not made-up problems like Russian collusion.

If you are wondering what I am getting at, the word “collusion” is used very often. How often you may ask?

If you want the code, I have posted it as a gist.

Chicago Murder Rate and Leaflet for R

Recently got hooked on Leaflet for R which is an amazing library that allows for interactive Javascript maps to be generated within R. Still have a bit to explore, but the way it handles layering on a map is really nice. I plan on writing a few UI extensions as well, since there is some interactivity I would love to add (sliders without server calls being the biggest).

Chicago Murder Rate by Year
Chicago Murder Rate by Year

Everyone was talking about the Chicago crime rates, so I figured I would give the dataset a go, and came up with the above animation. Each frame was a subset of the murder rates for that frame’s year. Years go from 2001 – 2016, and I will open up the code once I improve the UI.

Politics vs The_Donald Subreddit Domain Linkage

Ran this through Google’s Big Query on the two largest political subreddits on The two queries were

SELECT domain,count(*) as Count FROM [fh-bigquery:reddit_posts.2017_01] WHERE subreddit = "politics" GROUP BY domain ORDER BY Count DESC
SELECT domain,count(*) as Count FROM [fh-bigquery:reddit_posts.2017_01] WHERE subreddit = "The_Donald" GROUP BY domain ORDER BY Count DESC

Make your own conclusions, but the results are pretty telling for the diversity of posts and their content.

Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona #1

This was taken on my trip down to Arizona this winter. My family and I drove up and watched the climate change over just a few miles. The saguaro disappeared and were replaced by long grasses, and eventually pine trees.

Minneapolis to Duluth

This was taken on a bicycle trip Sara and I took from Minneapolis to Duluth (and back) over the course of five days starting August 19th. We saw some great sites, got some great photos, and most importantly saw a giant rubber duck.