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Speaking

I like to give talks on a wide variety of subjects. If you'd like me to give a talk at your event, meetup, roast, or funeral, please get in touch!

Here are some talks I have given:

Technical

Fizz Buzz in Tensorflow

I've given this talk several times: at WrangleConf 2016, at PyData Chicago 2016, and at ODSC West 2016. The ODSC version was the best, but I don't think there's a video of it. Here are the slides though.

Fun with Trump Tweets

I gave this talk at the Twitter Developers Seattle meetup in late 2016, about two fun projects I did with Trump-related tweets. There's definitely not a video of this, but you can look at the slides.

The Joy of [Python 3.5-style] Type Hints

I pitched this to PyCon 2017, but it got rejected. So instead I used it as a last-minute fill in at a PyLadies Seattle meetup in January 2017. No video, but here are the slides.

How to Teach (and Learn) Data Science

I have given variations on this talk many times: at the Seattle DAML Meetup, at the CareerBuilder data science summit, and at Data Day Texas 2016. I don't think there's a video of it, but the slides are out there.

Learning Data Science Using Functional Python (aka Stupid Itertools Tricks)

This was originally supposed to be a variation on the previous talk, but it got away from me and turned into a crazy digression on lazy infinite sequences in Python. This is a pretty fun talk.

video slides / code

Image Posterization Using k-means Clustering (Workshop)

This was a hands-on workshop I ran for the Seattle PyLadies, wherein we implemented k-means clustering from scratch and used it to "posterize" images.

T-Shirts, Feminism, Parenting, and Data Science

A lightning talk for the "Seattle Data, Analytics, and Machine Learning" meetup. There's no video of it, but I wrote up a two part blog post (part 1 part 2)

F# for Startups

I gave the first version of this talk at the ".NET Startup" meetup group, then an improved version at the "Seattle F#" meetup group (slides)

Secrets of Fire Truck Society

What can we learn about the lives of fire trucks by studying their social networks? Given at the Ignite at Strata 2013.

(slides

I finally found the video of it, the reason I never could is because the description says the speaker is "Mick Thompson", but it's definitely me.

Non-Technical

Hitler Loved Patents

The case against intellectual property, given at BIL 2012 (low-quality cellphone video)

How to be Funny

Given at Ignite Seattle, marred by technical difficulties. (video) I gave a better (longer) version at BIL 2011, but there's no video for it.

Your Religion is False

Just what it sounds like, delivered at the BIL conference in 2009. (video)

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