Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Find: email viz from Amy Martin at Cal Arts

Email viz from Amy Martin at Cal Arts, via lab member Alejandro Fonseca.

Benjamin Watson
Design Graphics Lab
Associate Professor
Dept. Computer Science
North Carolina State University
EBII 2280, 890 Oval Dr, Box 8206
Raleigh, NC 27695-8206
Phone: 919-513-0325
Fax: 919-515-7896
Lab: 919-513-0847

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Find: siggraph 2010 resource links

A nice collection of harder to find siggraph content from the rtr folks. 

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SIGGRAPH 2010 resource links

Naty and I (mostly Naty!) collected the links for most courses and a few talks given at SIGGRAPH 2010; see our page here. Enjoy! If you have links to any other courses and talks, please do send them on to me or post them as a comment.

Personally, I particularly liked the "Practical Morphological Anti-Aliasing on the GPU" talk. It's good to see the technique take around 3.5 ms on an NVIDIA 295 GTX, and the author's site has a lot of information (including code).

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Find: ars on trek and hci

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Remains of the Day: Netflix Is Your New Pay-Per-View [For What It's Worth]

Remains of the Day: Netflix Is Your New Pay-Per-ViewNetflix gets access to on-demand-style new releases, the iPad's eerily conceptual appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Google's internal privacy debate revealed, and more.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Find: baseball viz from nytimes

That is one good shop at da times

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Alex Rodriguez joins the 600 club

Alex Rodriguez home run chart

Alex Rodriguez became only the seventh player in MLB history to hit 600 home runs, at a younger age than any of the previous six by far. Amanda Cox and Kevin Quealy of The New York Times visualize home run counts for Rodriguez and other big hitters. It's similar to the graphic NYT designed when Barry Bonds passed Hank Aaron back in 2007, except with this new one, you can sort the home run lines by season or by age.

The above is a sort by age, and the highlighted blue line is Rodriguez' line. Clearly, he got to the 600 line before anyone else.

Sort by season and you'll notice a higher density of home run hitters as time goes on. In the 1900s you have Babe Ruth pretty much by himself, but fast forward to now, and it's a quite a bit more crowded. Of course, we don't know how many names require asterisks.

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Find: Wattenberg and viegas at google

That was fast. Wattenberg and viegas move IBM to flowing data to google. 

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That was fast!

It seems like just yesterday (or two blog posts ago) that we announced the beginning of Flowing Media.

But today we are bidding the company adieu. Google managed to snatch us away from Flowing Media with their amazing playground of data to be visualized. (The free food was only a secondary consideration, honest.)

It's been a wonderful, though short, ride at Flowing Media. We hope that our recent TimeFlow analytical timeline project will be a lasting contribution of the fleeting company.

Right now we're at orientation in Mountain View, becoming, as they say, more "googley." In the months to come we'll be starting a visualization group in Google's office in Cambridge, MA. We're very excited about the possibilities!

Stay tuned. :)

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Find: visual intro to HTML 5

Via lifehacker/focus

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Remains of the Day: Cell Phones Will Never Replace Credit Cards [For What It's Worth]

Remains of the Day: Cell Phones Will Never Replace Credit CardsKindle hits the UK, Android hits 200,000 activations per day, the merits of HTML5 explained in depth, the realities of "expensive" local/organic food, and Wired's down-to-earth explanation of why waving your cellphone won't soon replace swiping a card.

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Monday, August 02, 2010

Find: Thompson at wired - phone is whithering. Some good thoughts.

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Linkpost | 8.1.2010

Clive Thompson on the Death of the Phone Call – The voice call is a lesser form of communications than others available to us, Thompson says. He thinks the voice call "deserves to die". I kind of agree.

Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks – Three of his phones were taken, and he was later approached by FBI agents at the Defcon Hacking Conference.

Hacker shows how he can intercept cell phone calls with $1,500 device (video) – He claimed at Defcon that he can listen in on 80 percent of the world's phone calls.

Rival Smartphone Attenuation Videos Vanish From Apple's Website – All those videos showing other smartphones' "Death Grip" issues? Yeah, they're history . . . unless you visit the Canadian Apple site or Apple's YouTube channel.

Technologies Help Adult Children Monitor Aging Parents – Services now let you monitor a remarkable number of a senior's activities and vital signs.

Cookie Madness! – Jeff Jarvis says there's nothing new in the Wall Street Journal's series on Web privacy.

Ballmer (and Microsoft) still doesn't get the iPad – Steve Ballmer says Microsoft-based tablets will run Windows, but that's the whole problem: Windows, and the software the runs on it, isn't designed for touch. That's one big reason why Tablet PCs have failed so far.

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Find: Gartenberg says digital uis should stop mimicking analog. Agreed but how else to signal affordances?

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Entelligence: Let's get digital

Entelligence is a column by technology strategist and author Michael Gartenberg, a man whose desire for a delicious cup of coffee and a quality New York bagel is dwarfed only by his passion for tech. In these articles, he'll explore where our industry is and where it's going -- on both micro and macro levels -- with the unique wit and insight only he can provide.

One of the more recent trends in UI design has been the attempt to make the digital appear analog. It arguably started with the NeXT OS, which had photrealistic icons and used a clever gray scale techniques to give three dimensional depth to windows, scroll bars and other elements. Today, Apple's iPhone compass app looks like it might be more at home on an 18th century clipper ship, and the voice recorder app looks at home in a recording studio somewhere around 1950 -- tap on the "microphone" and the VU meter will react much as it would in real life. Google's added subtle 3D effects to Android's app scrolling. I haven't thought that much about this trend until I recently spent some time using Windows Phone 7.

It's perhaps a minor issue but one of the things I like about WP7 is that it's not a digital UI pretending to be analog. The user interface is flat. There are no photorealistic depictions of real world items, no shading, and no 3D effects. Everything is conveyed through the use of fonts, shapes and color. It's digital and it's proud. Overall, I like it, and the more I use it, the more I prefer it. Returning to a more digital approach means Microsoft was able to rethink the nature of applications and services and create the concept of hubs, where like functions meet similar functions without the need for separate applications. It takes some getting used to, but the more I use it, the more natural it feels.

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