‘Science’ is just one of the 5 things that caught my eyes and ears this past week that I wanted to share with you.


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Sometimes things just come together in my feed. First I saw this cartoon from Gaping Void …

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and then I read this article from Vice.

For 18- to 29-year-olds, real wages are down and living expenses are up, but fresh batches of transplants keep coming here anyway.

Art replicating society – or the other way round?

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From time to time people ask me what I mean about Tumblr being my curation / aggregation space (see above menu). The fact is I use a really cool little service called IF (used to be IFTTT – If This – Then That) … that essentially allows me to connect actions on different networks to create flows.

This is how it works in my world … and always thinking about how to add in more … unfortunately Pinterest has a walled garden approach – so no APIs to use for the guys at IF – but as I find new services that I CAN use  – I work out a way to include in the flow.

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It all starts at Feedly – which is my RSS feed aggregator  – i might tweet directly from there – more passing interest – than looking for curation. If it is interesting – I safe for later – which automatically drops it into my Instapaper account.

Then – whether I am in Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo or Instapaper – as I post / like into that network – it gets dropped into my Tumblr feed – which auto tweets accordingly. Also – if I am in Tumblr and I like stuff – it auto posts a Tweet aswell.

Meanwhile, any tweet with a link is captured for posterity into my Delicious Account.

Notice – I don’t auto route this blog – or my linkedIN feeds – and of course – you KNOW I am not on Facebook 🙂

 

Managing complex change

I posted this to twitter and linkedIN yesterday – it seemed to resonate.

Another version – with supporting article is here. Which includes a better image, but not better clarity .. IMHO. There are other examples where the word ‘Resistance’ is replaced with ‘Gradual Change’. I think ‘Resistance’ is the right word. I need to find the RIGHT diagram – which I think is still the top one.

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Those of you that track this blog will know that I occasionally post pieces that are flagged – ‘three legs of a stool’. This happened to catch my eye today – which for me captures the challenge – isolation. The ‘three legs of a stool’ concept work great – but as you layer and layer and layer – well – them you get into the complexity – and arguably lose sight of the essence.

Venice Biennale 2013

amandacox“There’s a strand of the ‘data viz’ world that argues that everything could be a bar chart. That’s possibly true but also possibly a world without joy.”

—Amanda Cox, 2013

There’s a great interview with Amanda Cox from The New York Times on visualization, some of the skills required, and where the field is headed. I like the tidbit on design below.

Meanwhile read the whole article here.

Design and typography do matter. It’s about hierarchy of information and how people perceive information. Done properly, that clean up work really matters. On the other hand, it’s easy to believe that it matters more than it does. If you make a fantastically interesting chart and some poor design decisions, the data will still come through. If you make a bad chart with a beautiful design, what have you done, really?

The day before yesterday I wrote about giving credit to places you find things well – I found this one here, who in turn credited this person.

See – this is the problem. How far down the turtles do you go ? After all – none of those links take you here – who is the guy that actually created this to begin with – and actually won a BAFTA for it in 2011. And of course by embedding it – then you are missing out on all the extra information you could learn about it – if you were to go here.

It’s hard isn’t it ?