Calendar plot shiny app and dynamic UI

Calendar plot shiny app using dynamic UI.

In my previous post, I created a calendar planner plot using ggplot2. I wanted to take it further and create a shiny app for it. This was more of a shiny learning exercise rather than a purpose-driven app. Specifically, creating dynamic user inputs and retrieving data from these inputs.

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Calendar plot with ggplot2

Creating an availability calendar plot using ggplot2 in R.

So, someone asked me about my summer time availability at work. I realized that my availability was a bit complex and perhaps it was easier to sent a figure/diagram rather than explaining it in 200 words. That’s where I thought of the idea of creating an availability calendar using ggplot2. The idea is to show basically three categories: available, not available and a limited period (where I am not available in person, but can read emails).

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Customising ggplot2

Customising a ggplot2 plot using the theme function.

In this post, we are going to explore how to adjust various ggplot plot elements. What can be adjusted, what they are called and how they can be adjusted.

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Mini terrariums

Mini terrariums in glass bowls.

As a little holiday project, I got to working on mini terrariums. I had a few different ideas that didn’t all work together. So I ended up making three different variants. For one, I have some leafy plants and an animal prop. For the second one, I have moss and an toadstools. And finally cactus/dry succulents. I wanted a tiny sign post prop for the cacti but didn’t manage to get one. I bought the ~10cm glass balls from eBay, and the props from toy stores. The glass balls were filled with a small amount of charcoal followed by soil. The exposed soil on the top is covered with a thin layer of fine gravel. in hindsight, these glass were too small to work well. Also finding suitable plants of the right size can be tricky. Propagating cacti can be a bit of a pain.

Snowy Landscapes

A short winter getaway and snow landscape photography.

I had a few days off and took the opportunity to go on a short getaway to snowy winter wonderland. The snow in Uppsala and most of Stockholm and southern Sweden is rubbish. To find some, good quality snow, one needs to drive 5 hours west to Norway. Regions north of Mora and places such as Sälen and Stöten seem to have a decent quality snow. I stayed at an STF hostel called Sälens Vandrarhem, close to Stöten. Nice, cozy place and the owner is a fun dude. At this time of the year, the hostel is literally empty and it was all mine. I drove a bit into Norway to the little town of Ljørdalen. The town centre is basically 2 houses, one of which is a supermarket and the other is a church. The snow in Norway is much nicer. Heavier and more consistent. The landscape is absolutely amazing.I also saw a whole herd of Moose wandering about. Unfortunately, they got away before I could get my camera. This place is excellent for winter photography.