Category Archives: Fun

Hottest stands at the RMW Whisky Fringe 2012

While I’m not sure if I’m going to re-run the Whisky Fringe Tasting Tracker from last year, I saw heatmap.js for the first time the other day and thought it’d be fun to make a Mansfield Traquair heatmap showing dram-sampling by stand. Here’s the result:

Heatmap of drams sampled during the 2012 RMW Whisky Fringe

The 675 samplings recorded by www.wf2012.co.uk over the 2012 Whisky Fringe

Not bad for a first attempt. That’s 675 samplings tracked by stand – of course, some stands had appreciably more drams to sample than others but there were definite hotspots. Given that we have opinion data too, we can also plot the hotspots of most-liked drams:

Positive opinions recorded at each stand during the 2012 Whisky Fringe

Positive opinions recorded at each stand during the 2012 Whisky Fringe – broadly similar but with some interesting detail

If I do run it again this year it’d be great to get heatmap.js combined with the above floorplan image and Pusher for some real-time updates…

Fun with sometimes.rb – in .NET…

Sometimes.rb is a fun set of helpers that give you the ability to express a degree of fuzziness in your Ruby logic. A couple of examples from the docs:

15.percent_of_the_time do
  puts "Howdy, Don't forget to register!"  # be annoying, but only 15% of the time
end
(4..10).times do
  pick_nose  # between 4 and 10 boogers made, it's unpredictable!
end

Given ten minutes and a small Aberlour I thought I’d have a bash at emulating some of it in .NET just for fun: