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July 2011

Italian Lakes: 7 Torrents & taste (lack of)

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 31, 2011  ·  Great places

DSC_4561.jpg Another day partially frustrated by timing and sat nags (predictive text changed "navs" to "nags" and who am I to dispute the change. The goal was to visit some wine yards to the east of Lake Garda then take the ferry across to Limone thence to the waterfall at Riva and home. Due to various members of the party not returning until 0300 we were late getting off. The village listed in the guidebook for open wine makers was not in the Sat Nav so we set it for a town higher up the valley expecting to see it en route. Unfortunately the...

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Italian Lakes: 6 Castles, keys & villas

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 30, 2011  ·  Great places

DSC_4519.jpg I had to chaise people out of bed this morning as we had planned to get the 0950 ferry to Lazise, then ferry hop to Garda and Sirmioni getting back in the early evening. I went ahead to get the ferry tickets which turned out to be a mistake. Firstly I should have stayed there to get them out of the apartment, as it was I had to persuade the ferry not to leave while they after a lot of shouting were persuaded to move from a nonchalant stroll to a run. Secondly, I would then have brought the key. That night around 2000 when I asked who...

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Italian Lakes: 5 The heuristics of finding a place to eat

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 29, 2011  ·  Great places

DSC_4231.jpg After the emotion of the previous night and the the early morning return today was not likely to see any major activity. Unfortunately I have always, apart from a brief period at University, woken up at first light regardless of when I went to bed. It's probably guilt, coming from a family of farmers, vets and gamekeepers who generally worked dawn to dusk. Given that Huw is on the bed-sofa in the main social room of the house I ended up on the patio working on email before strolling into town to buy bread and croissant for breakfast....

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Italian Lakes: 4 Slaves, showers and savages

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 28, 2011  ·  Great places

IMG_0108.jpg It felt like we needed a thunderstorm today, but it didn't happen. Huw and I made it up the Funivia Strea-Mottarne which took us up in two stages to 1400m and a sense of how good the view could have been other than for haze and cloud. I'm convinced the cows on the top have bells purely for the purposes of providing tourists with a Heidi type environment but the flock of sheep and goats had more authenticity. An old friend, who I have not seen for decades had a theory about these stereotypical encounters. He was confined that the...

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Making wordles interesting

By Marc Maxson  ·  July 28, 2011  ·  Data visualisation

Tag clouds were a popular web visualization fad about 3 years ago. Wordle.net provides a really easy way for you to make and share your own. But rarely is seeing the most frequently-used words in a piece of text very instructive.

Today I figured out how to compare two wordles using python. The difference between two sets of information is far more useful than the information in either text alone. To illustrate, here is an analysis of two rape prevention programs in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Mrembo Program teaches pre-teen girls...

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