My Encouragement to Udacity Data Analyst Graduates

You’ve got the technical chops b/c you got your degree! Now, if you play well with others and can work well within the structure of teams, then I’d apply for every friggin’ data analyst position you can find. The best bet, based on my experience, is to get face time with a real, live, breathing person to showcase who you are. Virtual is really tough (but doable!) it’s just that you are competing with the entire planet vs. a few local candidates.

And keep working on personal projects that showcase your skills which will allow you to impress interviewers. Talking about my Udacity projects, especially an industry-tailored project, gave me a lot in common to talk about to interviewers. It sets up common ground to talk at the same level playing field. It shows potential hiring managers that you’ve tackled projects on your own in their field of interest. In my case, it was a healthcare-related data cleaning and visualization project. – Peter Bakke

How to calculate the percentage of remaining election ballots that your candidate needs to win in order to catch up

I’m a math nerd and a political nerd, so I came up with the following equation tonight for other nerds. Regardless of who you want to win the presidency, this equation will tell you how to calculate the percentage of remaining ballots that your candidate needs to win in order to catch up to the other cat. Anything more than that percentage, and your candidate wins! 🙂
0.5 * (Ballots Remaining – Deficit) + Deficit
                     Ballots Remaining
You just need to know the number of remaining ballots to be counted and the deficit.
For example:
As of tonight, Thursday, 11/5/2020, in Arizona, Trump is behind Biden by about 47,000 votes with about 204,000 ballots remaining.
For simplicity, let’s just get rid of the thousands (000’s). The calculation will be the same.
   0.5 (204-47) + 47
= ——————–
       78.5 + 47
= ——————–
= 0.615
So, Trump needs to win 61.5% of the remaining ballots to pull even. More than that, and he wins.
Conversely, Biden needs to win more than 38.5% of the remaining ballots to win (1.0 – .615 = 0.385)
Math class is over. Drink a beer. Or a beverage of your choice.

Google: We Know Who You Are and We Saw What You Did. This is just Creepy.

Well, I let Google watch over me, and they send an email every month reminding me how creepy it all is. Perhaps I should stop.

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Once upon a time, I may have been a pig farmer. And there is nothing wrong with that.

You know, whenever you hear about someone claiming that they are reincarnated from a previous life, the following seems to be true: they once were a prince, princess, queen or king. Or maybe a duke, duchess, earl, shaman. Whatever.

I am proud to announce right here and now that I, if I am indeed reincarnated, was probably a pig farmer in a previous life somewhere in medieval Germany.

Hey, bacon had to come from somewhere.

Now top that, you grandees.