Matthias Shapiro

I need fewer hobbies

  • The last few months I've indulged in a deep dive in my own genetic data, provided to me by 23AndMe. Starting from basically no knowledge about biology or genetics, I've learned a huge amount about my genome and about genetics in general.

  • A visualization of the Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) books and which characters drive the story.

  • OK, Cory Doctorow, let's see if this works. I've recently written a chapter on storytelling and information visualization for O'Reilly media to publish in the book Beautiful Visualization. And you can read it for free.

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Tutorial: Alexa Skills in C# – The Code

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In the last piece, I walked through setting up an AWS account and putting together the policies needed to deploy your code

Tutorial: Alexa Skills in C# – Setup

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The Amazon Echo is amazing and you should have one. Or at least an Amazon Dot, which offers the voice interface of the Echo

Hearthstone Buyer’s Guide – Classic Cards

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This is a guide for anyone who is wondering how best to spend their dust in the Hearthstone with the classic cards. Buying

Hearthstone Buyer’s Guide–Mean Streets of Gadgetzan

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This is a guide for anyone who is wondering how best to spend their dust in the Hearthstone expansion “Mean Streets of

HoloLens Import of SketchUp Models

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Building HoloLens apps is more fun when you have models. I mean… spheres and cubes have their place, but it’s decidedly

Unity Checklist for HoloLens Developers

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Whenever you start a HoloLens project from scratch in Unity, you’ll need to do a couple things to get everything in place

The Business Case for Bots (Using Microsoft Bot Framework)

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I've spent the last month or so playing with the Microsoft Bot Framework & I'm excited and fascinated with the potential

Grid System Guide PNGs

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If you've wandered through the design world for any length of time, you've run into the grid system. It's a system of design

2015 Recap: What I Did (I Think)

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2015 has been a hell of a year. My New Year's Resolution for 2015 was, whatever I worked on, I had to keep pushing

How To Drink Water and Respect Your Users

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I'll never not find this funny... I usually use this cartoon with a caption about how we as product developers look at our