Counting Days in Canada: Using ggmap to track time spent in Canada

TL;DR I used my timeline from Google Maps along with the ggmap package to count the number of days I have spent in Canada in the last 4 years in order to facilitate my Canadian citizenship application. ⚠️ Disclaimer: n00b: This is the first time I have dabbled with wrangling map data in R (outside of R-Ladies workshops). I am not a geocoder and this is no way relates to what I do for research (aside from wrangling data).

Workshop materials for R-Ladies #LdnOnt: Figuring out figures in R

I gave an intro workshop on ggplot (“Figuring out Figures in R”) for our R-Ladies #LdnOnt crew at the end of October. Those materials are online now in various forms: The slides themselves Github repo containing the source code to the slides, the data, and an .R script including some of the code we played around with Google Drive folder containing everything you can find at our GitHub (trying to be cross-platform friendly, here!

Ongoing curated list of useful resources for writing articles/theses in RMarkdown

Implementing my Twitter dashboard (i.e., finally getting to check off my more wistful to-do's)

As seems to be habit now, this post turned out a lot longer than I meant for it to. Quick links: Check out Joseph Stachelek’s helpful tutorial to implement this yourself (trust me, despite the upcoming wall of text, I made very, very few actual changes to his original implementation, so you should just go straight there for the how-to) Check out my (now defunct) finished project here Saving tweets for later: Hacky at best When I come across a tweet containing information I would like future-me to take note of, I have a rather inelegant set of strategies for making sure it stays accessible (god forbid I merely rely on remembering; if it’s not down on an externally stored list somewhere outside my brain, it will never see the light of day again):

My Twitter dashboard

Generate Word Clouds in R from Conference Tweets

It’s been just about a week since the Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Conference. Clinical researchers in speech-pathology and audiology from all across Canada came to take part in three days of talks, poster presentations, product demos, and planning meetings. Because the conference is so large, there tend to be several overlapping sessions at once. There’s pretty much something there for everyone, but there’s also a good chance that you’ll be torn between attending two sessions that overlap and have to choose one.