https://data.cityofchicago.org serves 914 distinct, publicly accessible data sets including Beach Water Quality, Rat Infestations, Employee names and salaries. Chicago is “dedicated to promoting access to government data and encouraging the development of creative tools to engage and serve Chicago’s diverse community”. They have a Github site, video tutorials and sample API code. It is an immense data store!
I like solar power. I’ve purchased over a dozen consumer solar panels from Brunton to PowerMonkey to Goal Zero in a search of a favorite. Goal Zero’s older Nomad7 (purchased at a nice discount from TheClymb) is the newest leader.
But this isn’t a review of the Goal Zero; others have written excellent solar panel reviews, notably The Wirecutter and OutdoorGearLab. What I want to know is how to get the best performance, how to use it most effectively, to characterize it. What conditions produce best charge? What charge is produced under average conditions?
If I’m entertaining even a few friends Murphy’s law always expresses itself as “If guests are counting on beer, the keg will run out”. Clearly more data (and more beer) is the solution to this problem: today we build a device to monitor the quantity of beer left in my Kegerator.
A couple years ago my truck was broken into: window smashed, stereo ripped out (joke’s on them, it was broken). It made me realize how often I stow thousands of dollars worth of climbing, biking or camping gear in the cab vulnerable to an opportunist thief or a curious bear attracted by an overlooked gel packet. I needed a better solution.