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@bthall @olivia slightly late to the party here, apologies... I saw those slides too (courtesy of hspter@twitter), and found them fascinating.

However, I'm not really a notebook user, so as an R user I gotta ask - is there a big win over something like a Shiny Gadget/webapp that can be packaged up, shared, and run in RStudio? Seems like that gets the interactivity without some of the headaches... But maybe I'm missing the point?

@gwmngilfen @olivia I'm not familiar with the R and shiny tech to say yes or no. But at one point I researched which language supported easily runnable interactive elements and the Python and notebooks route seemed much better than R and Shiny, which seemed to still require running things somehow or hosting the notebooks on a server. lets any user access a notebook with interactive elements and interact there, or a user can download that same notebook and run the exact same code on their machine just by opening it. My impression is that with Shiny, as you said, it requires additional steps to run the thing if you opt to download it and run it yourself - a burden that I felt was too significant for my target audience, the barely tech literate or patient.

visualization hot take: animated plots tend to hide most of the data. either follow follow tufte’s “above all else, just show the data” or give the audience control over what data is shown with an interactive plot

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We've just launched the /#Separados website v2 featuring the work of volunteer scholars responding to the ICE-led border crisis of 2018. "Follow the Money", exposes the financial world of criminalizing free movement.

What are the & communities in this place like? ☺️

I am exhausted by some of the so-called open people in my field being hostile to my ideas — although the people who work with software are way more positive thankfully!

I feel really strongly about how science needs to dump closed source and bad programming habits, like Matlab. Often this blog post gets exposure that's positive but now it's being treated a bit negatively.

What do you all think?

Unsurprisingly, there's a neat linear relationship between users and toots per instance on this plot of my upcoming book "why log scales are neat yo":

@esther I made it match my website "to prove" I have taste and HTML/CSS and LaTeX skills. 😂

"LaVAN: Localized and Visible Adversarial Noise"

Neat paper by, Daniel Zoran, and (credit to for mentioning it in tweet thread). It feels like there should be a general purpose approach for dealing with such things.

@esther yeah I have a "central" one on my website that I of course adapt for each occasion.

@saturno thanks for telling me about fork awesome though too! I wish they had some "about" information so I could understand what is going on there, why it was forked, who did it, etc. I'm interested.

@olivia There's the Mastodon logo, like in your link, but if you want the Scholar Social tusks crest, click on preferences in the web interface, then right-click the crest above "Back to Mastodon" and save that image

If you need it in monochrome, I can email that to you

(I maaaay have made a monochrome version to print on some business cards hahaha)

@socrates oh wow! I see! It's a vector! I'm going to leave it as the vanilla mastodon logo, but thank you for explaining this to me. Very neat. 😍

@olivia LOL wow these slides are good and even insightful for a newbie like me. 😅 I love that notebooks can involve interactive elements for newbies to play around with the code I've setup for them, but as the slides mention, this requires making sure that one cell doesn't depend upon the execution of some other cell, leading to confusing results if/when they're executed out of sequence [or the assumed sequence].

@saturno Voila! I did it with font-awesome (not the fork you linked to) — does it matter?

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