Quoting Michael Zimmer: [Yesterday was] the start of Banned Books Week 2009, the 28th annual celebration of the freedom to choose what we read, as well as the freedom to select from a full array of possibilities. Hundreds of books are challenged in schools and libraries in the United States each year. Here’s a great…Read More Happy Banned Books Week!
Paul Nylander has some amazingly beautiful mathematical constructs which he’s ray-tracing. Via Aleks Jakulin.Read More The Art of Mathematics
Just Landed: Processing, Twitter, MetaCarta & Hidden Data: This got me thinking about the data that is hidden in various social network information streams – Facebook & Twitter updates in particular. People share a lot of information in their tweets – some of it shared intentionally, and some of it which could be uncovered with…Read More Just Landed in…
I got the opportunity a couple days ago to get a demo of Wolfram Alpha from Stephen Wolfram himself. It’s an impressive thing, and I can sympathize a bit with them on the overblown publicity. Wolfram said that they didn’t expect the press reaction, which I both empathize with and cast a raised eyebrow at.…Read More My Wolfram Alpha Demo
The Washington Technology Industry Association has released a very cool map of the Puget Sound Tech Universe. Here’s an excerpt:Read More Seattle Tech Universe
Our publisher sent me a copy of Raffael Marty‘s Applied Security Visualization. This book is absolutely worth getting if you’re designing information visualizations. The first and third chapters are a great short intro into how to construct information visualization, and by themselves are probably worth the price of the book. They’re useful far beyond security.…Read More Applied Security Visualization
His book, Applied Security Visualization, is now out: Last Tuesday when I arrived at BlackHat, I walked straight up to the book store. And there it was! I held it in my hands for the first time. I have to say, it was a really emotional moment. Seeing the product of 1.5 years of work…Read More Congratulations to Raffy!
I really like this picture from Jack Jones, “Communicating about risk – part 2:” Using frequency, we can account for events that occur many times within the defined timeframe as well as those that occur fewer than once in the timeframe (e.g., .01 times per year, or once in one hundred years). Of course, this…Read More Visualizing Risk
Is the recent wave of reporting on British data breaches similar to what we’ve been seeing in the US? A couple of things seem true: the US has way more reported breaches per capita, but both locations have seen greatly accelerated reporting. Here’s a plot of all US (Country = ‘US’) and British (Country =…Read More Reporting on Data Breaches: US and Great Britain
So the Boston Globe has this chart of who’s suing whom over failures in the “Big Dig:” (Click for a bigger version) What I find most fascinating is that it’s both pretty and pretty useless. Since just about everyone is suing everyone else, what would be perhaps more interesting is a representation of who’s not…Read More The Visual Display of Quantitative Lawsuits