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One of the reasons it’s so difficult to raise children is the disconnect between their maturity and curiosity, often leading parents to ask their kids to do things and being questioned incessantly for their requests. Asking your child to put their seatbelt on can be the catalyst for a long debate about car safety and why it’s worthwhile to take such a simple step to protect yourself in a moving vehicle. …


Welcome to the Summer Series, a project where I share some thoughts about albums that have had a profound effect on me over the years. I am not starting this series in the Summer, nor do I plan on ending before the Autumn Equinox, but it’s warm out and the name is cool so it stays unless I think of something better. This writing is not meant to be critical, or at least not cynical, but effusive in it’s praise. My goal is to capture the beautiful, committed relationships we have to the music we hold so dear. I want…


This is the one of one 2021 Fode Mock Lock. That’s right folks, no need to even tune in tomorrow as these will be the picks. Let’s get down to it!

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevor Lawrence, Clemson QB

2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, BYU QB

The Jets should be thanking San Fran for keeping pick three so interesting, because this one should not be as clear-cut as it’s become. Wilson is a one-year wonder that wasn’t *that* wondrous in a bizarre season. He played behind an elite O-line, had good weapons, and faced very poor competition relative to the rest…


For this project, I leaned heavily on the sample solution after putting my original code out there. As one would expect for a fairly new data scientist, the minutiae has given me a hard time when it comes to graphing. Getting *a* graph is hard but knowing how to create *the* best graph for what you’re trying to express is really what will put me over the top. Once I get better with sizing, spacing, and understanding the quirks of how to brush up a visualization I’ll feel much better about my skillset.

Some conclusions from the data itself:

  • Zimbabwe…

TOP TEN

1. My Turn-Lil Baby

It’s a low bar to clear, but nobody had a better 2020 than QC kingpin Lil Baby. In his aptly named second record, My Turn is a capital-a Album with startlingly few skips and a bevy of bangers that cement Baby’s status as one of the best rappers on the planet. An incisive writer, the Atlanta native experiments more with flow and song structure than he ever has before, keeping his sharp tongue and outstanding ear for beats while doing as good a job as anyone at getting the most out of his feature…


The results of the 2020 American Presidential Election left many overjoyed, relieved, and vindicated. While some may wonder if 2016 was a fluke, the political consciousness of the U.S. undeniably awoke when Donald Trump was elected President, and with that awakening came a disturbing look at the politics of a nation. The ensuing four years were exhausting for his supporters and detractors alike, a daily deluge of unthinkable actions followed by an even more ridiculous discourse to defend or condemn his behavior. It was all incredibly stupid but also vital to the survival of the republic, and all of us…


I have a strong, core principle when it comes to rap music: white people should largely avoid publishing criticism of a genre that’s not theirs. I love rap, it’ll forever be the genre I check for first when I’m looking for new music, and I’ve long been enamored with the small miracles that can really only happen in a genre with such a low barrier to entry but high standard of quality. …


In October of last year, which was forty-four years ago, comedian Dave Chappelle was honored with The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the highest honor in comedy. For those of you that have been living under a rock, this award was well-deserved; Chappelle was a teenage prodigy who lived up to his potential and then some, bringing an intellect and energy to the stage from his youth that propelled him to the top of the comedy world before his thirtieth birthday. While his stand-up history is prolific, his crowning achievement is Chappelle’s Show, quite possibly the funniest…


In the most roundabout way possible, Kobe Bryant was the one who kicked off The Process, The Philadelphia 76ers long-view plan of tearing a professional basketball team down to the studs and building it back up to contender status. Kobe had a competitive streak that, along with his immense resources, gave him the impetus to seek alternative treatments for the everyday aches of playing a sport professionally for decades without rest. One of those treatments came from a seemingly effective but ultimately illegal knee procedure based around stem cell injection and other medical terms I’ve got no idea how to…


I think it’s healthy sometimes to just list off a number of things you’re scared of and do everything you can to wrangle those fears and get past them or channel them into something positive. Here goes:

  • Not being considered smart: This is a big one for me because it’s been the identity I’ve had and clung to since I was a kid, purposely learning big words and useless facts to regurgitate. It’s probably the reason I read and write and work with data and numbers as much as I do. I enjoy it, but there’s a sinister layer of…

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