Basic data visualizaton

Simple data viz

Internet users by country in 2010

This is the first of five graphics in a series, State of the Internet 2010. All are hand-made graphics by Jose Duarte. He is exploring new and simple ways to represent information. With his handmade visualization tool-kit, he provides the technology to rapidly create any kind of graphics including

abstracts maps and diagrams, area graphs and charts, arrow diagrams, bar graphs, Venn diagrams, time line charts, bubble graphs, circle diagrams, proportional charts, organization charts, and really, whatever you want.

Do you want your own kit? Follow the link embedded above, and follow the instructions. It can be yours, free of charge, no-strings-attached. Just send an email to Jose Duarte as instructed in the text accompanying the “handmade visualization tool-kit” link.

Published in: on August 8, 2011 at 9:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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Good Code



xkcd: Good Code.

Published in: on January 7, 2011 at 6:19 am  Comments (2)  
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A recent e-mail from a concerned subscriber sent to The Los Angeles Times:

Subject: Massacre at the copy desk? Quote: Briefs subheads will roll.

What happened here?

L.A. Times Page A22 before correction via copydesk dot org

The Los Angeles Times, Page A22

Some readers in The Times’ East zone … were startled to see ‘dummy’ headlines in the National Briefing column on Page A22. About 55,000 papers were printed before the error was discovered. Readers feared that all the copy editors had been laid off… the best e-mail was from a reader who wondered about the top brief, which is about Elena Kagan:

The headline said, “Briefs subhed large.” “What is this saying? That Elena Kagan wears large briefs?”

There was an error in sourcing the page in question. What was supposed to be an editorial for the Want Ad’s section was linked instead to National News Briefings. The photo explains the situation most eloquently. And Gerri Beremdzen, who wrote this Cautionary Tale from the Copydesk, Straight from Page A22, completely describes the humor and embarrassment of the situation.

Published in: on November 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Systems Administration Lite

I am amused as I contemplate the mindset of whomever took one look at this on-site, turned around, and said “You don’t want to know what I just saw back there…” and promptly fled the server room or data center.

If you rush the System Admin you do so at your peril

Behind the Scenes

The image renders in a delightfully high level of detail, which I recommend to those who wish to experience it in its full glory! I have a very easily triggered sense of humor, I admit. Your patience is appreciated for the foreseeable future.

Thank you, Major Hayden! The Major is a nice young man who blogs as “Social Nerd” over on Posterous.

via And this is why you don’t rush a systems administrator. – The Social Nerd.

Published in: on October 17, 2010 at 2:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Fail Whale’s Second Job

Fail Whale’s Second Job
Originally uploaded by scott_hampson

More scalability angst. Or perhaps a manifestation of the difficult economic environment?

Published in: on October 8, 2010 at 7:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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