Baker’s creepy cakes capture Instagram’s hearts

It all started when the 32-year-old photographer posted a collection of horror-flick-inspired desserts on Reddit, which was quickly picked up by other sites. She now has a whopping 105,000-plus followers and climbing—up from about 14,000 just two weeks ago.

Not bad for a self-taught photographer. Christine McConnell—who is trained and licensed to do hair and makeup—styles all the photos herself, right down to stitching all the garments, finding all the props at estate sales and thrift shops, and doing her own baking (also self-taught) for the food shots. Then, she snaps photos with a professional-grade camera before eventually uploading them onto the site.

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Creating SQL database `on the fly`

… One of the first result in Google was sqlfiddle [2] page. At first sight website looks very simple. And in reality – it is. On the left side you have to write DDL statements, and on the right side, you may use created schema by sending some queries. For now, service offers many different databases:

  • MySQL (a few versions)
  • Oracle
  • PostgreSQL (a few versions)
  • SQLite
  • MS SQL Server (a few versions)

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Business Intelligence 101: A Brief History

The best way to understand how today’s business intelligence solutions do this is to see how they have evolved. At the start, in the late 1980s, most businesses did run-the-business order entry, manufacturing resource planning (MRP) and accounting via in-house solutions that ran 9-to-5 or in “batch mode” at the end of the day and on weekends. To these were added, in the early 1990s, enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications that combined MRP, accounting, planning/budgeting and related (e.g., salesforce automation, or SFA) apps, and a data warehouse (or equivalent data marts) that ensured stable, companywide data that formed the basis of companywide reporting …

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A Redesigned Parking Sign So Simple That You’ll Never Get Towed

Like most urban drivers, Nikki Sylianteng was sick of getting tickets. During her time in Los Angeles, the now Brooklyn-based designer paid the city far more than she would’ve liked to. So she began thinking about how she might be able to solve this problem through design. She realized that with just a little more focus on usability, parking signs could actually be useful. “I’m not setting out to change the entire system,” she says. “It’s just something that I thought would help frustrated drivers.”

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This is the coolest iPhone photography you’ll see this week

Those of you who are in search of a creative boost might find inspiration in these photos by French photographer François Dourlen, who has been mixing movie characters with real life situation, resulting in what might very well be the most original photos you’ll see this week.

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RStudio presents Essential Tools for Data Science with R

The RStudio team recently rolled out new capabilities in RStudio, shiny, ggvis, dplyr, knitr, R Markdown, and packrat. The “Essential Tools for Data Science with R” free webinar series is the perfect place to learn more about the power of these R packages from the authors themselves.

Click to learn more and register for one or more webinar sessions.

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7 Steps for Learning Data Mining and Data Science

Here is another learning guide.

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