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Stories about things at the seams, by Ian Fitzpatrick


  1. A Tool Called Pollitt

    This week, I posted the first release of a tool I've been calling Pollitt — a framework, really, for identifying trends and anomalies in small to medium record sets like customer or survey data. The release coincided with my workshop on low-fidelity data mining at Planning-ness 2014 in Portland, Oregon. The…


  2. Fidelity, Mining and Slides

    I'll be up with more in a few days on Pollitt — the framework that I've been working on for low-fidelity data mining and presented this morning at the Planning-ness conference in Portland, Oregon. If you're curious, the source code is up on Github, and most of what you need to…


  3. Instructions minified

    The last round of Isosceles decks featured a full page of instructions. For the latest edition, I not only evolved the card text, but pared the instructional copy down to a paragraph. I wonder what John will think about reference to Artefact as a platform upon which something new is…


  4. Replication, Mutation

    I've been spending a rather lazy Sunday afternoon putting together my next set of Isosceles decks to ship on Tuesday (Monday is a holiday here in the States). I'm afraid I'm a bit behind on delivery of this set, and so I settled in for a few hours of replication…


  5. In pursuit of dots

    I'm quite a fan of the Farnam Street newsletter that Shane Parrish compiles — the result of his voracious appetite for reading and new inputs. I highly recommend it if you're not already a subscriber. He had a particularly prescient piece this week on creativity and connectivity — and while I'm loathe…


  6. What are my passions?

    This is the eighth day of looking inward — part of twenty days of protracted introspection — though, technically the ninth, as I took yesterday off / life got away from me a bit. As always, I'm sharing this because I think the process is interesting, not because I suffer from a level…


  7. What are my inputs?

    On the seventh day of my twenty days of looking inward, I'm trying to get a strong handle on my inputs — where I find information, inspiration and context. As always, the dietary outcome of the process probably isn't terribly relevant to most of you, though perhaps you'll find some value…


  8. What are my principles?

    On this, the sixth of twenty days of looking inward, I'm attempting to codify the principles by which I work and tackle the world. As with each of these posts, I don't suffer the conceit that anyone else need care about the specific outcomes. Instead, I'm sharing this in the…


  9. Simplicity, Scale

    This from Nate Silver: The correlation between the simplicity of a sport’s rulebook and its global popularity is almost one to one. and this from Russell Davies: One thing from tonight's @undermanager talk at #Firestarters has lodged in my brain and is totally taking hold. pic.twitter…


  10. Where do I fall down?

    A quarter of the way through my twenty days of introspection, I'm tackling those things that cause me to fail. As with all of these posts, I'm doing this not as a confessional, but rather to try and work through some process for better getting to know myself. I'm publishing…