Another Summer Bummer?

A Look at NYC 311 Calls re Drankin'

Whatchya got in that cup? Man, whatchya got in that cup? Everyone likes a drink now and again. You can’t help it if others don’t always appreciate the difficult week, new promotion, recent break up, or birthday celebration of the moment that has brought on a little imbibing. Apparently, some people can be so bothered by this form of expressiveness that they feel the need to have someone step in. That is where a “friendly” 311 call comes in. With summer officially starting today I looked to last year’s numbers to see what we may expect to deal with. I was expecting far more calls and far more variety.... [Read More]

Why are there no brothers on the wall?

Forget the Images, Let's Own the Wall

I am a boxing fan, someone who appreciates beer, and a lover of books. I could not tell you why it has taken me such an inexcusably long time to do a piece on books. Maybe I’m just fashionably late, even to my own party. This comes as no surprise to myself or anyone who knows me. ‘Better late than never’ will be my next tattoo, if i ever get around to it. Be that as it may we are here now. An intuitive approach to analyzing books might deal with something text or natural language related but I am leaving that for another time. Instead I am going to do a simple feature analysis of certain titles. Two separate... [Read More]

Data Guide for the Beer Perplexed III

Part III - Beer Descriptors

How would you describe this? Data: BreweryDB / Vis Source: Mike Bostock Many who begin their beer adventures and step outside the “comfort” of the golden piss pushed by the global players, most especially the males amongst them, get carried away by IBU’s, as witnessed in part by the explosion and sustainability of IPA as a top category. For many the style is a gateway, a steady go-to, or just something to fall back on when inspiration flags (isn’t it for most of us when it is the only alternative style a venue will carry?). It is a fine style and one of the primary... [Read More]

Did you tap that?

NYE Weekend Kegs (2017)

What’s Popping? It’s not just champagne that’s bubbling up on New Year’s Eve. Craft beer has classed up the joint so much that beer ain’t just for breakfast anymore. With so many styles and producers to choose from you’ll undoubtedly be able to find a perfect pour to go with that midnight chime and kiss. Curious to get an idea how prevalent this possible phenomenon was, and by location, I looked around for a lighthearted way to find out. Enter social media, specifically Twitter. Though much to my dismay from previous work with Twitter data most accounts do not activate geocoding or provide location information.1... [Read More]

Experts? Pfff, ... a season long digression

We'll Put Their Name to the Test

Experts Know Things, Right? What we hope to discover in this season-long investigation into American football game predictions is which major outlet has the best brain trust. By major outlet we mean the networks that carry the games, CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC,1 and best, at least initially, will be determined by how well the respective crews, as a collective, do against game results. Game results should be self explanatory and in addition we will be looking at performance against the spread (using SportsLine), where applicable. What exactly “as a collective” means is simple enough to guess at but will be explained further below after introducing the prediction sources and explaining a bit about the... [Read More]

May I advise against the lady eating the clam chowder?

The Cleanliness of NYC Craft Beer Bar Kitchens

Much is asked of New Yorkers, from high rent, congestion, overstuffed subway cars, and extreme weather conditions, to crowded tourist traps, inconsiderate asses who stand in front of subway doors, and dealing with being attached to a country that is determined to repeatedly vote against its own interests. For this it is fair that we ask and receive some things in return. We ask these things as citizens, family members, customers and as members of various groups. When forking over that hard earned cash that’s made just a bit more discretionary by subjecting ourselves to living with perfect strangers it is right and fair that we receive in return something of value and quality. Perhaps a steal is too much... [Read More]