Washington Department of Health explains problems with their page. doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents

Apparently there are way more difficulties apart from a bloated dataviz tool, although they specifically mention this problem: "We are also working to optimize the user experience for this data, including for those without a high-speed connection or those working from a mobile device."

So despite fancy graphs on DOH page kinda-sorta slowly working, the main problem is that data stopped being updated. Today on March 31st it's still showing data from March 28th. Before the dataviz change DOH updated the stats at least once a day, and sometimes even more often.


@isagalaev Gross, as a Tableau employee, I demand all non-performant dynamic Covid vizzes be built in Tableau.

To be fair, it did load after a while. Still, it would work way better if it were static data on the page, transformed into graphs with JS. But at this point I have to admit that I can perfectly well understand that it might have been the only way to deliver it quickly, rather than teach whatever system DOH runs on to consume generated data automatically.

Washington department of health used to have plain tables with numbers on their page: doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronav. They *worked*. It's hard to make a static table not work.

They just replaced them with something dynamic subtitled "Microsoft Power BI". I say "something" because it doesn't work, and I don't even know what it is.

Probably someone at Microsoft scored some contract though… Well, good for them.

@isagalaev In case you still haven't found a source you like:
Seattle Times has a free daily live feed.
Johns Hokpins has a dashboard of what has happened and for porjections there is this:


"A stateless password manager"

I'm not sure yet whether I think this is amazingly brilliant or just insanely silly... it could be either:


May be a silly question but where do you guys look up official data about the virus spread in WA?

Every restaurant, every public place is obsessively wiping everything with antibacterial wipes now. This stupid panic is getting on my nerves. It's just way beyond any reasonable hygiene. Thankfully my school district is resisting the panic and refuses to close schools.

"Back to the Future" writer Bob Gale says no to reboot: "You don't sell your kids into prostitution"

Finally, someone who has the courage not to ruin their legacy for a handful of dollars.

Asking for help here. Could anyone suggest a decent in Seattle area? My taxes are a bit unusual this year, so I don't trust myself to just use Turbotax. And my current (hopefully former) lawyer now wants me to pay $800, which I find… uhm… rather steep for the value I'm supposedly getting.

Any advice appreciated! Thanks!

I had a "dream" to visit the first Starbucks. Now I'm here and feel disappointed. It doesn't sell pastries and there's no place to sit. Which all makes sense, given it's size, but it looks like I took the words "it's just a Starbucks" a little too literally.

At the second lecture of Community Data Science Workshop at University of Washington. This time I "promoted" myself from a mentoring to running one of the sessions!

#cdsw #careerbuilding #goingplaces

At this point I'm pretty sure there's gonna be no school tomorrow. Parenting it is then :-)

Successfully escaped snow-bound Woodinville and got home in Sammamish. The traffic is stuck on Novelty Hill Rd off W Snoquolmie Valley Rd. Had to turn around and make a detour. It's slippery slush all over Snoqualmie valley.

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