The structure of standup

BAD IMPRESSIONS
US House PSCI Social Media Ads
Last Thursday, Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee released 8.8 gigabytes of information about Facebook ads paid for by Russians attempting to interfere in American politics. The data has since been converted to a CSV, so you can explore it for yourself. - data.world

WORK THE CROWD
The Structure of Standup Comedy
Unlike most stand-up, Ali Wong’s Baby Cobra adds up into something bigger. She’s telling not just 100 individual jokes, but a story that is deliberately arranged, much like a comedy film or a TV series. - The Pudding

TESTING MY PATIENCE
How 2 M.T.A. Decisions Pushed the Subway Into Crisis
For years, overcrowding was incorrectly blamed for being the root cause of delays on the NYC subway, but ridership actually stayed mostly flat from 2013 to 2018. This simulation of a line of subway trains moving as minutes pass illustrates how these slowdowns led to the current crisis. - The New York Times

FOOT IN THE DOOR
Reporting is a Gateway Drug Some advice on how to use reporting as a means to create strong stakeholder relationships in your organization. - Locally Optimistic

HURRY UP
Seven Strategies for Optimizing Numerical Code
Python provides a powerful platform for working with data, but often the most straightforward data analysis can be painfully slow. When used effectively, though, Python can be as fast as compiled languages like C. - Jake VanderPlas

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