November 13, 2009

Graphic Info.

Trillions from MAYAnMAYA on Vimeo.

As part of that stuff I get paid to do, I think about the visual presentation of information every day. This week I ran into a couple amazing examples of information graphics. One is the video above from Maya Research. I really appreciate the clean, simple way that they explain the complex topic of trillions. Their other videos are worth a watch too.


The second example caught my attention because it is a topic I’ve thought a lot about, the web trends for Nicholas Feltron had a project to graph the growth of over the lifespan of the web site. You can see his graphic and read more here. I like the depth and scope of this project and his overall approach to handling a large volume of data. The Feltron blog also contains a collection of other fun info. graphics. (Thanks SB).

December 30, 2008

On the right

I’ve recently made some updates to my right side bar, and especially for those (most) of my readers who read this blog via rss, I wanted to mention what’s over there. My side bar is now a collection of my favorite on-line social groups.

– Lens: My latest photos can be found on Flickr.
– Paper: I’m new to Goodreads. I used to maintain my own reading library list, but for a variety of reasons I decided to move to a network. Goodreads is great and I’m looking forward to adding more books.
– Yarn: Ravelry is the place to be for yarn arts. It’s a member’s only site, so I’ve included a photo (via Flickr) of my latest yarn project.
– Pixel: Book marking gone social, that’s Such a handy service because I can add bookmarks no matter where I am including my iphone.

May 19, 2008


Amazing stop-action animation on a scale I have not seen before. I had to share this one.

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo
November 14, 2006

The mighty web

Tonight SB was digging through some boxes, trying to throw more stuff away. He held up these old computer disks, proclaiming, “Do you know what these are?” Ta da! “Netscape 1.1 install discs.” Oh those were the times of wonder, when every new browser version meant something. Netscape changed my life.

I can’t say that any of the following links are life changing, but they did make me stop and remember that this here web thing is pretty awesome.

Netvibes – I read about it in Wired and thought I’d give this web 2.0 thing another chance. I love this thing, it has made life so much easier. On one page I can have all my blog feeds, my e-mail and even my local weather report and some flickr photo eye candy.

Julia Sweeney – I found her blog through Evany at Extended Cake Mix. Julia’s entries make me ponder those big questions about God and mortality and life, things I used to devote a lot more time to considering.

Amazon Associate – Inspired by Leah’s post today on becoming an Amazon Associate, I went and signed-up. Now if any reader clicks on a link to amazon from one of my book reviews and then buys something I will make up to 8.5% on each sale. I figure between my fiance and my mom I can make around $3/year. Private island ownership here I come.

Your own Pollock – Sent to me by my sister, this fun little site lets you drag your mouse around, creating your own modern masterpiece, no drawing skills needed.

March 19, 2006

Heads-up Display

At my last job I slowly increased the amount of screens on my desk, starting with the usual one, adding a second screen to that same computer to double the desktop space and then adding a laptop, for a third display. People would come into my office and wonder at how I could look at so much input. It seemed easy.

At my new job I’ve doubled my previous work screen number to six. I use the screens to gather and monitor all the information I need and to have enough “space” to spread out my work. The monitors are fed from a mac, a pc and two televisions. When I step back I wonder how I can handle so much information and yet, sometimes I wish I had more.

work desk

Last night I listened to a Wired podcast about HUDs (Heads-up Displays), which are used in action games to show the status of characters and events on the screen. They are little floating boxes that report things like health, ammo and location.

A HUD experience is exactly what my work space is trying to be, “Webmaster: The Game”. In the game version there would be additional screens displaying things like hunger level, tiredness, productivity and income and the ability to reconfigure all the screens at will. The problem with this game idea is that it lacks the fun factors of action and fantasy. There are no elves or the ability to fly and thankfully no shoot-outs. I don’t think “Ultimate Webmaster Adventure 3” will ever find a market.

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