data [dey-tuh, dat-uh, dah-tuh]

​information, ​especially ​facts or ​numbers, ​collected to be ​examined and ​considered and used to ​help decision-making, or ​information in an ​electronic ​form that can be ​stored and used by a ​computer.

Oh heeeeeell no. Me and data? That’s about as tragic a communion since two star crossed lovers hooked up in Verona. What sort of punk ass advice is that.

Besides, I don’t even know what data really is. Don’t even get me started on the spreadsheets. And everyone who does data looks a little like this, right?

Geek

But hey-ho, he’s got a cigarette and I guess they used to be ‘in’. Plus, big framed glasses 1,000 years before their time is hipster. Maybe I’ll give my old pal Google a call and see what’s up.

“Shalom Google, m’ old chum. I’ve heard on the grapevine that you know a little about data. What’s the scoop?”

Big Data and the History of Information Storage

“That was fun, and a pretty big buildup. What’s actually being done with data then?”

How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did

“Classic. But c’mon – I’m not doing this just to get a young girl grounded. Is it actually doing anything with any importance?”

This algorithm can predict a revolution

Ebola: Can big data analytics help contain its spread?

Google Earth Engine brings together the world’s satellite imagery

How big data is driving the sharing economy

The Refugee Project

“OMFG, data’s actually pretty awesome – but data scientists are still just a bunch of dweebs, right?!”

Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century

“Sold.”

Cheers

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