Daily Archives: 13 Jan 2012

More Than a Straight Line This Time

When I last posted on my work with Ben Fry’s excellent book Visualizing Data, I posted all of two drawings, both of which were made with straight lines. Well, Chapter 3, “Mapping,” does a heck of a lot more than that. It took me two days to get through this chapter (as opposed to 1:48 — I timed it — for Chapter 2). It was working on an interactive map of the US. Anyhow, the gallery above contains the many version of the sketches I did while following along with the examples. The still photos do not demonstrate the interactive, changing nature of several of these sketches, I’ve embedded a YouTube video below:

In the meantime, I think I need to go back to Daniel Shiffman’s fabulous book Learning Processing to get up to speed on some of the intermediate stuff first.

Completed:

  • Visualizing Data, Ch. 3: Mapping (17 exercises)
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Finally Launchpad Makes Sense

So when Steve Jobs gave a preview of Lion (AKA Mac OS X 10.7) he talked all about how they were bringing features from the iPhone “back to the Mac.” One of these was the icon screen, which on the Mac is called Launchpad. All I can remember is that when I first installed Lion and looked at Launchpad, it was an irretrievable mess, so I tried to forget that it existed.

Then, I decided to do a total wipe of my hard drive and start all over. (This was motivated by the fact that sometimes my computer would get stuck and just hang on processes that shouldn’t have been a problem.) But this time I installed my apps very selectively and in order. I then cleaned up Launchpad as things came in. And now, it’s so lovely and wonderful that I just can’t stand it!

Also, I had to deal with my desire to categorize everything. In this case, I tried organizing the games (which I basically never play) in several ways, until finally I decided that they didn’t have to get categorized at all but could just have their own pages and be in alphabetical order. Ahhhhh….

Anyhow, I’m so happy with it I thought I’d post a few pictures.

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