About this site

The tools under the hood, and answers to questions no one has actually asked.

What tools do you use to make this site?

This site is made using R Markdown (Allaire, Xie, et al. 2021)—specifically Distill for R Markdown (Allaire, Iannone, et al. 2021). The code resides in a GitHub repo, and is hosted on netlify.

What font is that?

The font-family I use (most of the time) is Concourse by Matthew Butterick. It’s neither free nor open source, but I think of it as a small price to pay for something I look at so often (and also because I turn to his free book, Practical Typography (Butterick 2020), on the regular).

What’s the difference between Posts and Notes?

Posts (i.e. the content you see by default when opening dataand.me) are just sort of typical “blog” posts. I write them at a time, publish them, and don’t typically go back and update them. If I’m doing it right, they should be helpful to other people.

I keep “living”-ish documents on things I’m learning in Notes. The primary audience for notes is me. They’re likely to change as I learn more, and, in all likelihood, aren’t all that helpful for other folks.

The ° character follows links to external websites (it’s the ::after pseudo-element for those links). I 100% copied its style from Matthew Butterick’s site, because I like that it’s somewhat subtle, but still gives you a heads up that you’re leaving my site if you click on the link.

How can I contact you?

If you have any questions, comments, corrections, or suggestions, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter.

Allaire, JJ, Rich Iannone, Alison Presmanes Hill, and Yihui Xie. 2021. Distill: ’R Markdown’ Format for Scientific and Technical Writing. https://pkgs.rstudio.com/distill.
Allaire, JJ, Yihui Xie, Jonathan McPherson, Javier Luraschi, Kevin Ushey, Aron Atkins, Hadley Wickham, Joe Cheng, Winston Chang, and Richard Iannone. 2021. Rmarkdown: Dynamic Documents for R. https://github.com/rstudio/rmarkdown.
Butterick, Matthew. 2020. Butterick’s Practical Typography. Second Edition. https://practicaltypography.com.



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