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Month: November 2016

Hops, Holidays and Heat Maps

Hops, Holidays and Heat Maps

In the Larson house, beer is practically a fifth sibling. There’s not a family event that goes by, where we don’t sip brews, discuss the best brands and argue over who has the most discerning taste. Of course there is the omnipresent sense of competition in this household with three obnoxious brothers and one very tolerant sister. Over the years, we’ve created families of our own and grown our roots within NJ, NY, MD and DE. There has been a long standing debate as…

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Get OUT There: Small Business Saturday

Get OUT There: Small Business Saturday

This time last year, we were elbow deep in Black Friday discounts and happy hunting customers. We were exhausted and full of turkey, but invigorated by the buzz of the holiday kickoff weekend for our little slice of the small biz world. We had trimmed the tree, wrapped empty boxes in red and green, pulled the giant creepy santa from the basement and trimmed the windows with glowing lights. We had pre-tied hundreds of glittering bows for packages, opened up…

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Whiteboard Data Viz: Delaware Baby Names

Whiteboard Data Viz: Delaware Baby Names

OpenDataDE published the open data portal a few months ago. If you are not familiar with the Open Data movement in Delaware, check out this story from Technicly.DE. There are a ton of amazing data sets for open data advocates to focus in on. We decided to pull a set just for fun. With two kids of our own & former owners of a baby boutique, our minds naturally lean towards kids…and coffee. So we went with a data set all…

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Local Candidate Engagement on Twitter: Election 2016

Local Candidate Engagement on Twitter: Election 2016

I lay there trying to keep my eyes shut, but my brain had completely woken up. The idea that Social Media was changing elections nationally and how it was impacting the state election kept running through my brain. I already had the code written to extract and analyze Twitter data. I dissected #netDE tweets a few months ago. At the moment, I was interested in how the Twitter community was interacting with the Delaware state election. I got out of bed, and went to our…

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Analyzing the Twitter Activity of DE Candidates: Election 2016

Analyzing the Twitter Activity of DE Candidates: Election 2016

His husky early morning voice pierced the crisp, silent air. I tried to ignore his alert presence and deep thinking sigh by pulling the sheets up to my ears and rolling to the edge of the bed. No such luck. He was wide eyed and deep in thought, and we both knew it. “Are you going for a run?” I asked. He replied, “Nope. it’s 4AM.” WHAT?! This is about the time I donkey kicked him to the floor and…

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