[Chicago] I'm lonely presenter

Gang Huang doc.n.try at gmail.com
Mon Jan 6 20:23:26 CET 2014

That's awesome for the divvy work. I was actually trying to implement json
from divvy to look at path prediction for fun, which needs accurate
distance calculation, before my free time disappeared. I'll love to hear
how you are approaching it.
On Jan 5, 2014 5:48 PM, "Nick Bennett" <nick at goggl.es> wrote:

> I'd love for an excuse to get up and talk, but I just don't know what
> would be interesting to an audience. I'll just say a few of the things I've
> been fiddling with, someone speak up if any of this would be interesting to
> hear about for a few minutes.
> Recently I've been distracted from ChiPy by going to the Open Gov Hack
> Nights (http://opengovhacknight.org/) where I've been able to help Alex
> Soble with his Divvy Bikes-related Chrome extension Divvy Brags (
> https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/divvybrags/obpfmeilmeicjimgkpekfgmaoelbbfpf)
> by writing a Python script to get the pairwise distances between Divvy bike
> stations from the Google Maps API using "by the bike" distances. The first
> script I wrote actually used the MapQuest Open API:
> https://gist.github.com/tothebeat/7783079 I complicated that script into
> a little project to get pairwise distances from Google Maps or MapQuest
> using the distanceMatrix request correctly:
> https://github.com/tothebeat/pairwise-geo-distances
> I also dove into some Roadway Fatalities data, after seeing one too many
> of those "there have been 900 deaths on the highway this year" from the
> USHTA's FARS (enough initialisms?) which is available in DBF and SAS file
> formats. I used a DBF-reading Python module that is never going to be on
> the top 100 of Pypi downloads, and translated all roadway fatality data
> provided for the years 1975 to 2012 into CSV format. All if this is on
> Github and there's a little automatic page for it:
> http://tothebeat.github.io/fatal-car-crashes/
> I contributed to Open Gov Hack Night in a small way by fixing two bugs on
> the issues list of civic-json-worker (
> https://github.com/open-city/civic-json-worker), the project that hits
> the Github API and produces a JSON file that is then served up to power the
> Open Gov Hack Night's project listing page (
> http://opengovhacknight.org/projects.html). I never knew contributing to
> a project could be so simple. It was just a few lines of code in total,
> there was more work involved in forking and formatting my git commit
> message nicely and sending the pull request.
> I connected with a few other people at the hack night who wanted to try to
> take a stab at scraping one of the City of Chicago's department websites,
> namely their Business Solicitations search page (
> https://webapps1.cityofchicago.org/VCSearchWeb/org/cityofchicago/vcsearch/controller/solicitations/begin.do?agencyId=city).
> One person had no prior programming experience, and another was familiar
> but had not used Python extensively. We have a Github organization and repo
> that is quietly developing bitrot:
> https://github.com/bnjy-opengov/chi-solicitations-feed
> That's about as far into my project stash before I start to churn up real
> inanity.
> On Sun, Jan 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM, Brian Ray <brianhray at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I am not the only one getting up there thursday. Common folks, let's hear
>> some topics proposals. What ya'all workin on huh? If I can do it, so can
>> you ;)
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