Monthly Archives July 2009

Infochimps receives a donation from SmartBear

Smart Bear Software is an Austin-based company whose founder, Jason Cohen, is one of our favorite people.  Jason grew Smart Bear from the ground up, and he has helped the Infochimps team in the past with practical advice.  Jason blogs about marketing and small business at http://blog.asmartbear.com/ and he is well worth reading.  

The Infochimps rely on agile methods for the building of Infochimps.org, a process which can benefit from a code review tool.  Smart Bear’s product, Code Collaborator, is a well-known online peer code review tool that simplifies and expedites code reviews, helping teams produce higher-quality, tested and done code more efficiently.

Smart Bear’s latest promotion offered 5 seats of one of their code review tools for $5.  As a part of this promotion, they selected a start-up company to receive the funds collected from the promotion.  Infochimps won!  Smart Bear has graciously donated $2220 to Infochimps to help our mission of increasing the world’s access to data.  We appreciate their acknowledgment of our work and we know we can put the funds to good use.

To see how we reacted to the news, check out the video below:

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Open a banana like a Monkey does

Open a Banana like a Monkey – most human primates do it wrong!

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To go with open banana here is open banana data:

It's Hot, Damn Hot. So Hot I saw a Chimp in Orange Robes Burst into Flames.

It’s been ridiculously hot ridiculously early this year in Austin. A friend passed along this link to a visualization of 100+ degree days over the last 10 years. The author couldn’t find data extending back farther than 2000, but luckily I knew where to look.

I pulled the NCDC weather for Austin from 1948-present (see infochimps.org link for details) and got my Tufte on.

This temperature cycle is hotter than but comparable to the 1950-1965 era. I’ve got no idea if it’s global warming or the peak of a cycle. The fundamental conclusion — that this year so far, 2000 and 2008 were damn hot — stands up well.

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Congrats Retrosheet – another decade of rich Baseball data online

Congrats to Retrosheet, who now have full major-league baseball box scores from 1920-1930 online! (This is in addition to full box score coverage for 1953-2008, and broad coverage of box scores and play-by-play data from 1871-2008). As Nate Silver has said, “Baseball is the perfect dataset”, and we would not have this astonishingly rich and detailed dataset if not for the dedicated crowdsource efforts of the Retrosheet team.

Infochimps metadata entries for these datasets: