The Ideas Behind the Idea Bank

I am not an original thinker.

I borrow other people’s ideas, mix them with others’, change them to suit me, and improve on them… until I toss them out for a new idea.

That’s pretty much how my idea bank came to be.

What is an idea bank?

An idea bank is a repository for ideas.

  • I deposit ideas into the idea bank whenever I get them.
  • I withdraw ideas whenever I need them, such as when I need to write.

Those withdrawals are the substance of my blog posts. It’s a great way to ensure I always have a  topic in the pipeline, and so I won’t forget about something worth sharing. Right now even if I don’t come up with any new topic ideas, I should have enough blogging content to post twice weekly for the next year.

It’s also a great way to gather the little notes I have scattered all around the place in a desperate attempt to NOT forget an idea.

It is in no way original though.

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Microsoft DAT101x Data Science Orientation Review

At $25 (beta price), this orientation course is overpriced for what it offers.

Update: To follow my progress in this program, check the Microsoft Professional Program tag.


I’ve mentioned in my Getting Started with Data Science tips that I’m currently taking the Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science.

The program is still in beta, so:

1. Microsoft needs the feedback, and

2. Potential students would want to know if the program will be worth their time, money, and effort.

The program is pretty extensive, so I thought it best to break my reviews by course as I take them. This review is on the orientation course, DAT101x Data Science Orientation.

For context, I took the course around late September 2016, and got my certificate early October.


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Notes: You Suck at Excel with Joel Spolsky

One day I’m going to write about how Excel was (is?) my gateway tool to Data Science.

Today is not that day.

Today I’m going to rave about an Excel ‘tutorial’ video which not is not only useful, but also entertaining. It’s Joel Spolsky’s “You Suck at Excel.”

The video walks you through common Excel user “pains in the butt”, and how to NOT do them. I can’t believe I haven’t discovered this sooner.

If you have an hour to spare, please please PLEASE use it to watch this video. It will save you a lot of headache later.

Joel has made his notes available here, while mine can be found below.

Getting Started with Data Science, for the complete beginner

If you found this page, it means two things:

1. You are interested in data science, but aren’t sure where or how to begin.
2. My SEO skills are improving.

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If you found this page, it means two things:

  1. You are interested in data science, but aren’t sure where or how to begin.
  2. My SEO skills are improving.

I might be able to help with #1. I can tell you what I’ve done so far and of those, what worked. Maybe you’ll pick up a tip or two, and I will be able to do the post title justice.

#2… Let’s leave it at that.

You might be wondering what credentials I have to say I can help you out. I don’t have any. I’m a complete data science newb. But, why would I need credentials for wanting to help?

If you know less than I do, I can teach you.

If you know more than I do, you can teach me.

If you and I are on the same level, we can help each other learn.

That’s the idea behind this post.

I won’t go into defining what data science is (and its related terms, such as big data and data analytics). I will assume that your finding yourself here means you’ve already googled all that. What I will do is talk you through what I’ve tried so far that has worked for me, and maybe those would help you too.

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Hello, World!

Hello, World!

My name is Danna, and I’m a dork.

If you run that via Google you’ll prolly come across my tumblr. That’s me too.

So why another blog? I’m not quite sure myself.

Maybe because I know I used to love blogging, but stopped for a long time?

Maybe I’m hoping to rekindle that love?

Maybe tumblr is the long-term boyfriend that was just “good enough”, but isn’t THE ONE?

Maybe I should stop making relationship analogies.


I do know I have ideas, so maybe the Internet can help flesh them out.

I do know I want to write, so maybe I can practice with blogging.

I do know how useful blogs are for learning, so maybe someone can learn from what I write too.


I just know these few things, and maybe WordPress is the right place to put them.

And maybe, just maybe, I might fall in love with blogging again.