What is Data Science?

Since Luther announced that it will offer a new major in Data Science starting next fall, I’ve been answering a lot of questions. What is data science? What does one do with a data science major? What does a data scientist do? Why study data science at Luther? These ...

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The Bucket Dive

The Bucket Dive

According to our dive logs it's been 13 years since we did our last dive. So, when we decided to make a last minute trip to the Caribbean for Spring Break this year we decided that one of our activities should be a refresher dive to ...

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No Easy Solutions

If you were king how would you end poverty? Not an easy question to answer, even if you were king with a magic wand its not an easy problem to solve. Neverthless it was a question that one of our intrepid students put to a Stanford professor one day. This ...

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Entrepreneurship and the Common Good

There are no homeless people in Decorah. The streets are safe, the children of our community all get a good education from the public schools. For the most part, those that want to continue their education after high school are able to do that, making use of the Iowa tuition ...

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Organizing your Runestone Course

With the latest release of the Runestone Tools for this Fall I added a feature that will allow you to edit the table of contents file for your course. This lets you do two really nice things:

  1. You can move chapters around and/or remove sections that you are not ...
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Talk Python to me

Date Tags Python

This interview with Michael Kennedy was really fun to record, and a nice overview of some of the work I have been doing over the past few years. The podcast is well worth subscribing and listening to as he talks to a lot of interesting people about good Python packages ...

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Day 178

We have been away from the USA for 178 days. With the rulings of the supreme court back home this week, it is easy to feel like we are returning to a country that is better off today than it was six months ago. We still have plenty of problems ...

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Summary of Azamara Cruise

For future reference I like to record the itinerary and favorite stops from a cruise. So here goes.

Azamara Journey June 12 - 23, 2015

  • Venice, Italy
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • At sea
  • Crete, Greece
  • Santorini -- hike Fira to Oia
  • Mykonos -- morning trip to Delos
  • Patmos
  • Kusadasi (Ephesus) Turkey
  • Lemnos (replaced Lesvos due ...
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Cooking in Istanbul

Since we had done all the usual tourist things during our previous visit to Istanbul we decided to try another popular thing to do this time around. A cooking class. Other than the kebabs we enjoyed during our previous visit we really didn't get to learn that much about ...

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Evening Concert in Ephesus

The cat, of all things, stole the show. Earlier in the day we had learned about the cats of Ephesus. Apparently the archeological team working on the excavation of the ancient city published a book, but it was about the cats rather than about substantial archeological issues.

So, it was ...

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