Data visualization

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Fusion – Realtime cost of leaving a Supreme Court seat vacant

I made a realtime graphic showing the number of days since President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court versus how much salary Congress has collected since then. The graphic updates every second.

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Fusion – Millenial Train

I animated a train route across America for a Fusion article about a cross-country rail trip taken by 18- to 34-year-olds who volunteer on projects at cities along the way. I used D3.js and plain Javascript to draw the rail route as the reader scrolls through the article.

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Datavizz

Datavizz is where I make and post data visualizations in my spare time. Mainly D3-powered, I’ve made charts and graphs about subjects like data journalism or the gender pay gap in America.

RichBlocksPoorBlocks.com maps data on average wealth, rent and other demographics in every neighborhood in America

Rich Blocks Poor Blocks

RichBlocksPoorBlocks.com shows income, rent and other demographic data for every neighborhood in America.

I built this mobile-friendly site from scratch with PHP, HTML, CSS and Javascript. I made the maps with Google Fusion Tables and Google Maps Javascript API. Data comes from the U.S. Census.

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Palm Beach Post – Palm Beach County property values map 2014

An interactive map showing property values in Palm Beach County, and how they changed from 2013 to 2014. I helped clean data for this map, which won a Sunshine State Award from the Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.


Web scraping

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Metacritic videogames scanner

This web scraper gets information on critic and gamer reviews from video game review aggregator Metacritic.com. A shell script splits the script into many different instances, each of which targets a different video game system. The script pauses occasionally so it does not overload Metacritic’s servers.

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Florida political finance webcrawler

Webcrawlers that scan millions of campaign donation records for state-level races and put the info in a MySQL database.

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Lyrics webcrawlers

Three web scrapers I wrote for German marketing firm Trendgroup GmbH. The scripts downoaded almost a million lyrics from Lyrics.com, Lyrics.net and Lyrics Wikia.

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Palm Beach County (Fla.) political finance web scraper

These Ruby webcrawlers get thousands of political donation/expense records from the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections website and putting the data in a MySQL database.

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Flippa.com just-sold web crawler

Ruby-powered web scraper that scans thousands of auction records from web domain-flipping site Flippa.com. The script puts the data in a MySQL database.

Source: http://ginosblog.com/2010/08/15/raving-101/

EcstasyData.org web scraper

Crawls through thousands of drug test results from EcstasyData.org and puts the info in a SQLite database. For each pill, the script finds info on what substances were found and how much of it was found.


Writing

Boynton Beach, Fla. resident Byron Harris was accused of ramming his car into a cop in October 2014 and leading police on a high speed chase. Harris said that after the chase, officers beat and Tasered him. (Source: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office)

Man accused of hitting Boynton officer with car says cops beat him

I obtained unredacted police reports detailing how Boynton Beach (Fla.) officers in August 2014 went on a 100-mph chase to apprehend Byron Harris, accsued by his passengers and police of crashing into an officer. Once police caught up with Harris, they punched, kicked and Tasered him and his passengers.

Chaz Stevens talks with reporters after setting up his Festivus pole made out of beer cans at the Florida Capitol building in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Stevens placed the pole across from a Nativity scene. Since Florida considers the Statehouse rotunda to be a public forum, people can use the space to express themselves or protest, as long as they first apply with a state agency. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington)

Satanic invocation could be coming to Lake Worth commission meeting

Preston Smith led an atheist invocation at a Lake Worth (Fla.) city commission meeting, and four commissioners walked out on him. Afterwards, another atheist named Chaz Stevens said he wanted to do a Satanic prayer to show that invocations are ridiculous.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay. Source: Madeline Gray/Palm Beach Post.

McKinlay’s $387,478 appears to set commission fund-raising record

I scraped all donations to 2014 Palm Beach County Commission candidate Melissa McKinlay. My analysis showed McKinlay raised a record amount of money for a county commission race.

A big chunk came from one of the world’s biggest sugar companies, a local billionaire family, a trash-hauling company, lawyers and developers wanting to build on restricted farmland.

Poll worker error disenfranchises voters in close Lake Worth (Fla.) election

Poll worker error disenfranchises 14 Lake Worth voters

Lake Worth (Fla.) had a close election in August 2014 to decide on raising taxes to fix most its roads. It failed by 25 votes. Fourteen provisional votes got rejected because poll workers messed up their paperwork.

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Lake Worth panhandling ban would be unconstitutional, says ACLU lawyer

Lake Worth (Fla.) passed a big panhandling ban covering busy parts of the city. But the ban unconstitutionally banned constitutionally-protected speech, ACLU lawyer James Green said.