29 January 2017
Note: I plan to migrate this blog to a different service in the next week. If all goes to plan it should be seamless, but it is computer/internet related so fingers crossed.
Honeymoon In North Korea Frontier
Why Ikea's flatpack refugee shelter won design of the year The Guardian
María Eugenia Vidal and the “Other” Buenos Aires Americas Quarterly
The Economist Really Doesn’t Understand Toronto Transit Torontoist
15 January 2017
In 1967, change in Canada could no longer be stopped The Globe and Mail
Hill for the Data Scientist: an xkcd Story
No More Odebrechts: Three Steps to Reduce Graft in Latin America Americas Quarterly
08 January 2017
Nearly in Ruins: The Church Where Sages Dreamed of a Modern Brazil The New York Times
Justin Trudeau’s vacation with the Aga Khan proves the details matter National Post
^ This is really important. Influence comes in all forms and perception of conflicts of interest is as important as actual conflicts of interest.
Jagger's Theorem Econometrics Beat
03 January 2017
I have kept track of all the times I used transit since 2014. This only includes transit on the TTC, which is most of all my transit use. In 2016, I took 161 rides. These are counted in the way the TTC would charge for rides, so when I have a day pass a “ride” is counted whenever I would need to tap my Presto card or deposit a token. (If only they would have two-hour transfers, and I would use it much more often.) I have used fewer and fewer tokens as the year progressed and Presto readers appeared on more vehicles and at all the subway stations.
ddply(data16, "media", summarise, TotRides = sum(rides), TotCost = sum(cost))
## media TotRides TotCost
## 1 Day Pass 6 12.00
## 2 Day Pass (Shared) 65 94.38
## 3 Free 2 0.00
## 4 Presto 64 176.80
## 5 Presto + token (2) 14 40.40
## 6 Token 10 26.10
My rides were paid for using: Day Passes (71), Tokens (17), Presto (71), and other (2). The Day Pass rides were generally quite cheap because the passes were used on weekends and shared with Heather.
Unsurprisingly, I used the TTC most on Saturdays when Day Passes can be shared. I walk to/from work every day so only use the TTC when I have to go somewhere outside my acceptable walking distance. I am not sure what acceptable walking distance is as it changes depending on the day/weather/time.
Total rides each month do not tell me much except that I was out a lot in April, and used transit more as the year progressed.
Year over year
Splitting my day of week out by month for the past three years shows that variation in my transit use.
## Joining by: DOW, month, years
annual_summary <- data_tot %>%
summarise(Annual_Cost = sum(cost),
Annual_Rides = sum(rides),
Cost_Per_Ride = round(Annual_Cost / Annual_Rides, 2))
names(annual_summary) = "Year"
## # A tibble: 3 × 4
## Year Annual_Cost Annual_Rides Cost_Per_Ride
## <fctr> <dbl> <int> <dbl>
## 1 2014 379.70 206 1.84
## 2 2015 369.30 175 2.11
## 3 2016 349.68 161 2.17
So you can see over the past three years, I have been using the TTC a bit less each year. The average cost per trip is creeping upward, and is above the TTC’s average cost per fare of $2.00.
30 December 2016
2016: Year in Review
It seems that 2016 is about to come to a close and, as one does, I look back at many of those things that happened. The biggest thing I did was selling my car, which is still my largest single purchase. It was great to see it drive away with the new owner, who was really happy to have found something in good condition for a price he could pay. I was happy to no longer have to pay for the parking spot, upkeep and insurance for a car I used about once a month.
I did more travel than usual this year. For pleasure, Heather and I went to a resort in Mexico, to Nova Scotia/Cape Breton and to Montreal, and for work I went to Panama twice, to Manchester, UK twice and to Montreal once. Our travel to Mexico and Nova Scotia was related to weddings of our friends. However, in Nova Scotia, we drove all the way to the other end to spend a couple days in Cape Breton, which was great.
I baked some things:
- cheddar bacon biscuits,
- ham and cheese buns,
- milk bread, and
- rye bread/spelt-rye bread.
I read a bunch of good books (see my goodreads page)
I contributed to the Open Street Map through Missing Maps tasks, HOT tasks and random additions to Brazil. See where I have been mapping and zoom in to see the areas in more detail.
My favorite photos that I took:
Landing in Panama
Landing in London
Bench lighting in Manchester