#30JobsIn30Days: Update

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Good morning world, DataGEEK here.

So much for #30JobsIn30Days. But the point isn’t to actually hit that number, right? It’s just self-motivation to get it done (#DoIshWeekend) and to get the job done, right?

Maybe. Maybe not. But that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Good progress today though, after a weekend off and a Monday that was too hectic to get anything done (by the way, did you know that DataGEEK and DesignGEEK are planning a wedding?), I was able to get two totally different applications out today, and already have another opportunity identified for tomorrow or Thursday. So hopefully we’ll keep this progress going, though with the weekend of the 4th looming, it’s probably going to hit a wall quickly.

Today’s applications were to evolve24, a St. Louis based analytics and research company, and Gainsight, a customer service company headquartered in California but with openings in St. Louis.

#3oJobsIn30Days progress (3 in 5 days):
6/24: Riot Games
6/28: evolve24
6/28: Gainsight

#30JobsIn30Days: The beginning

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Good morning world, DataGEEK here.

There’s nothing quite like a challenge to give us something to strive for, even if it’s relatively unattainable. You still have to be realistic, but even an unrealistic goal is worthwhile if progress is worth the effort.

Case in point: #30JobsIn30Days.  I wanted to start this a few weeks ago, but better late than never. I want to apply to 30 jobs in the next 30 days; or at least something close to that. Like I said, if just making progress is worthwhile in itself …

Today I started by applying to Riot Games, the makers of hugely popular League of Legends. Riot was also represented at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in March by RiotMagus, who I had the opportunity to speak with.

This is going to be a difficult goal anyway, but starting it on a Friday with a holiday weekend on the horizon probably isn’t the best idea! Maybe it will have to be #30JobsIn30Workdays? We’ll see!

#3oJobsIn30Days progress:
6/24: Riot Games

#DoIshWeekend: Day 2!

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Good afternoon for the second straight day! DataGEEK here.

Following on the heels of a relatively successful day yesterday, I thought I’d document what I’m up to today. It probably won’t be as productive as yesterday, or at least as monumental (getting a computer set up is such a simple thing, but what a difference it makes), but it’s still important to be productive. And I’m pretty happy about how the day started, so …

  1. Take recycling to the St Louis Recycling Extravaganza run by @stlouisearthday
  2. Finally take the business cards and contacts I collected during #SSAC16 and send thank yous and follow-ups
  3. More to come!


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Good afternoon (again), DataGEEK here!

With DesignGEEK out of town for the weekend, we both decided that this needed to be a weekend for me to hunker down and get stuff done. Inspired by Jacob Rosen’s tweet during #SSAC16, I decided to call this #DoIshWeekend.

Step 1? Set up my new(ish) Alienware X51 in our study. Last weekend, we both cleaned up the study, and we finally had room on our corner desk for the dual-monitor setup. But I wasn’t sure I had the right pieces to connect both to the PC, and still had the keyboard and mouse to hook up as well. Now? It’s all set up, and it is so nice to have a desktop again. Laptops and tablets are really nice for portability, but there’s just something extra productive about a desktop; at least for me.

What’s on tap the rest of the day? A few things, and I’ve still got some of the boring day-to-day adult stuff (bills), but if I can at least make this a more productive weekend than usual, that will be a win in a big way.

Anyway, here we go!

#DoIshWeekend rundown

  1. Set up computer, install antivirus
  2. Factory reset Nexus 7
  3. Access Dropbox again and get access to analytics data
  4. Install R, Rcmdr, and ggplot; play around with #rstats
  5. Install CS3 Master Collection

Okay, not quite as much done today as I wanted to get, but all things considered I have to be pretty happy with staying productive enough to get that much done.

Until next time, GEEK out!

#SSAC16 wrap-up

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Good afternoon!  DataGEEK here.

It’s been three weeks (or so my WordPress tells me, I can’t believe that it’s really been three weeks already) since my last post, which was in the middle of #SSAC16, the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Day Two of the conference was a blur, and very busy, so I never got a chance to write a recap of Day Two.

Day Two of #SSAC16 was more of the same of Day One, though I definitely felt less overwhelmed and more like I belonged at the conference. Meeting up with Bill Connelly of SBNation/Football Study Hall near the end of Day One made a big difference; Bill is one of my idols in sports analytics, and we’ve had a decent relationship on Twitter over the years, so meeting him in person went a long way toward making me comfortable.

Without further digression, some takeaways from #SSAC16 that I didn’t address in my Day One post: