In some ways, “data visualization” is a terrible term. It seems to reduce the construction of good charts to a mechanical procedure. It evokes the tools and methodology required to create rather than the creation itself. It’s like calling Moby-Dick a “word sequentialization” or The Starry Night a “pigment distribution.” It also reflects an ongoing obsession in the dataviz … Continue reading Word Sequentialization
I've used Airbnb for personal and business travel. I've been a fan. Airbnb used to be the future, and it used to be cool. Recently, I had an experience with a corporate host that was not cool, and was not handled well by Airbnb. The host is called Air Concierge. They manage Airbnb properties in Southern … Continue reading Unfairbnb – avoid host “A.C.” in L.A.
Before moving to Denver 17 years ago from Silicon Valley, I used to spend hours every weekend at the Computer Literacy bookstore in San Jose. I was a student and this store embodied a world of possibilities. I'd thumb through, and often buy, books about what was then still unselfconsciously called AI; or books about … Continue reading Thanks for the memories, Softpro Books
Roomba roams around your space, apparently aimless, picking up old or new detritus from hard-to-reach places under the furniture. Often when I'm running, my brain roams around the space of my work, life, and relationships to bring back long-forgotten memories, things that fell off my todo list, or even brand new ideas (formed from bits … Continue reading Running is like Roomba for your brain
We've gone solar. The system covers 100% of our usage on average year-round. We're leasing it from Sunrun, which services 10 states. It was installed by REC Solar, whom I'd highly recommend. Excited to get off the coal train.
Apple sent out another round of emails today about iWeb and MobileMe shutting down on June 30th. That's slightly annoying, but good for Apple to recognize that this stuff is not core for them, and for communicating well about the approaching sunset. My sister has a site on iWeb for her portfolio of drawings. I … Continue reading iWeb to WordPress.com in 45 minutes
Who wrote this? ... with enough money ... I'll tell you what I would do. In the first place, I would change the general appearance of the site and make seven wide columns where we now have nine narrow ones. Then I would have the font spaced more, and these two changes would give the … Continue reading Tweaking the UI