American Walker in Britain Part 3

Planning an Itinerary You have decided on where you are going to walk. Next you have to work out a detailed itinerary. For any trail covered by a Trailblazer book, it should contain a page that shows suggested itineraries for a relaxed, medium, or fast pace and for B&B’s, hostels or bunkhouses, and for camping. That produces a total of nine itineraries. I’m assuming you are walking from B&B to B&B (rather than camping or a tour where some transport is provided). [Read More]

American Walker in Britain Part 2

Choosing a Path Obviously choosing a path is a matter of personal taste. In the first post I included some links where you could find ideas on where to walk. I’ll lay out some concrete possibilities here, just to get you started. Don’t take this as a prescriptive list. Would you prefer walking on the coast or in the hills? If a multi-day route along beautiful seacoast appeals to you then the obvious possibilities are the South West Coast Path in Devon and Cornwall or the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in Wales. [Read More]

An American Walking in Britain

Since retiring in 2011, I have been on a binge of walking in the UK. I will try to offer some tips based on lessons I have learned. I doubt this would be of any use to someone raised in the UK. Much of what I would say here would be obvious or second nature. But lots of things weren’t obvious to me as an American and therefore a foreigner unfamiliar with the British countryside. [Read More]

An Implementation of Narcissism in R

Revised 05/16/2019 with later data. This post is more an example of narcissism, but implementation has a nice technical ring to it. Narcissism hasn’t been part of my every-day vocabulary, although it has been in the news recently. Lately we have been seeing discussions about narcissistic personality disorder, but that is not what I am talking about here. At least I hope not, because I’m talking about me. [Read More]

Portfolio of Projects

[revised April 13, 2019] One motivation for creating this blog was to display a portfolio of projects that I have worked on in the last year or so. I’ll list projects here. The plan is that eventually I will add pages that elaborate each project. I hope that publishing my projects on this site will nudge me to be a bit more systematic as I execute projects. The Diary of Samuel Pepys Each morning I read an entry from The Diary of Samuel Pepys at a wonderful site created by Phil Gyford. [Read More]

How I Set Up This Site

I attended the blogdown session at the RStudio conference in Florida. I am enjoying the enthusiasm and energy around R and RStudio. It reminds me of the early days of personal computers at the end of the 70’s and the beginning of the 80’s. Perhaps I am experiencing a second childhood. Anyway, all the Cool Kids are doing web pages on GitHub so I want to do it too. [Read More]

Using the Flickr API from R

There used to be an Rflickr package, but it no longer seems to work. It was last updated in 2011. I had a lot of trouble googling information on how to access Flickr from R. This example really got me started. It is doing very different things that what I wanted to do, so it may be more useful than what I am laying out here, depending on your goal. [Read More]
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Technical Note--Shiny Souvenir Map of Walks

I have used RStudio’s Shiny to create a map page where I can display GPS traces and photos from walks I have done during the last five years. The map is based on an example provided by Maarten Hermans in a blog post that he published last year. The map uses R htmlwidgets that provide access to the Javascript tool Leaflet. The trick is that I don’t have to know very much about either htmlwidgets or Leaflet to make this work. [Read More]