"There’s a meaty region south of syntax and north of mathematics that we don’t have a good name for, and that’s what we learn when we learn to program."
python app showing sun vs shade using openstreetmap and open elevation data
'The Bathymetric Atlas of the English Lake District' is a hand-made book measuring 120 x 120 cm, depicting the hidden contours of the principal lakes in the English Lake District at their various altitudes at a scale of 1:41250. Each lake appears and disapears gradually as the pages, matching the altitude, are turned.
“When you get your ordnance survey map you find contour after contour detailing the forms of the mountains but you find nothing detailling the depth of the lakes”.
Conceived and devised by Christian Barnes and commissioned by Locus+.
Watch a film about it here
"This is Not a Data Visualization"
But visualizations are not the data. The data is not the sum of the experience. We’ve been inappropriately using data visualizations as the basis for statements and conclusions. We’re leaving out rigorous statistical analysis, and appropriate qualifiers such as confidence intervals. It’s exciting that we’ve become more and more a society of pattern-seekers. But it’s important that we don’t become lazy and cavalier with what we do with those observations. We also have to remember our audience, and how the audience puts into context what they see.
“…ceramic bric-à-brac promoting RCA’s Electronic Data Processing division (active mid-1950s to 1971)” (via Name that late-’60s programming language or data representation format! - computerhistory retrocomputing mainframe | Ask MetaFilter)
the other dev quit a few weeks ago. i keep thinking “i miss the little guy.” he is a foot taller than me. when we spoke, one of us was almost always sitting down and so he is, clearly, shorter.
at a meeting full of people really super into metadata, we still managed to put one to sleep. i blame the altitude. because using the iso 19115 lineage and data series schemas to generate prov-o as rdf xml could not possibly be boring.
do not trust mountains.
it is very difficult to try to arrange collaborative research projects based on height preferences, your potential collaborators’ memory ranges or blood oxygen levels. as in, i am tired of neck strain from working only with people a foot taller than me. if you are going to work with people who do not track decisions from week to week and it’s a long-running technically complex project, run away. just run away.
i avoid tumblr when drinking to avoid embarrassment, usually metadata related (i am very boring, tumblr), but spell better when texting while drunk. there were a lot of late nights involving international travel tips, football recaps, homebrewing and persistent identifier conversations. also community building, why relying on vm images for software sustainability is itself not sustainable (just think about it for a minute) and why people who normally manage to avoid television in real life tend to get sucked into reality shows when in conference hotels (this year’s favorite: naked and afraid).
do not trust mountains. there is hail. and marmots.
but mountains have a variety of louseworts. it’s a toss-up sometimes. bistort.