A bit more #introduction. Most data I've worked with resulted in plain vanilla tables and charts found in typical, dry, peer reviewed journals.
I'm now working with some complex data sets probably best handled with #python. From there, I hope to up my data viz game.
If my other interests toots wander too far astray from the instance's intent feel free to call me out!
So, learning mode on.
As a card-carrying #introvert this may be my longest toot.
Except for #reading here in no order are a few things that get my attention, of which I claim no expertise.
You can now freeze your credit for free in US.
Major U.S. insurance company to sell only health-tracker backed life insurance https://boingboing.net/2018/09/20/major-insurance-company-to-onl.html
Raccoons bust into Toronto woman’s home, stare her down while defiantly eating her bread https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/09/19/raccoons-bust-into-toronto-womans-home-stare-her-down-while-defiantly-eating-her-bread.html
Hey do y'all like...wildflowers? Show more
Sure you do! Here is a CARDINAL FLOWER, named (like the bird) for its resemblance to the red robes Catholic cardinals wear. It grows in moist soil pretty much all over North and Central America. Its nectar attracts hummingbirds in droves, along with butterflies with tongues long enough to reach in (and large bees who can bust through the side). It's pretty deer-resistant because it's a little toxic, but the one you find at the garden store is likely a hybrid.
hurricanes, SmallStories Show more
"Come quickly," my father shouted. "It's the eye!" My mother stood at the door, peering out into the darkness. I pushed my way past her and ran out to the rickety outdoor staircase where my father had lashed himself to experience the full fury of the hurricane. His coat dripped, his eyes were ecstatic. Together, we surveyed the damage the winds had wrought. As the wind picked up and mom pulled me back inside, he braced himself for the rest of the storm. #smallstories
The astronomer Mary Watson Whitney, known for work on variable stars and using photographic plates to make astronomical measurements, was born #OTD in 1847.
Whitney was one of Maria Mitchell’s first students, and succeeded her as director of Vassar's Observatory and chair of its astronomy department. She served for 22 years, during which time the department published over 100 papers in major journals. Near the end of her tenure there were 160 students enrolled in the program.
Americans are asleep, post pictures of Australian wildlife
This is the Spinifex hopping mouse, notomys Alexis. I once wrote a speculative evolution essay using them as my mass extinction survivor. They have the most concentrated urine of any animal on earth. They can survive without any water for a really really long time. They are also totally adorable.
Note: I did a DDG image search and was presented with quite a lot of porn. Fair warning.
twitter Show more
when I was posting like this on twitter, I def had some people following me & engaging with my stuff. however most of them are already in the science community/actively trying to be science communicators. while it's great to know others working towards the same goals, algorithms kept me away from the people who would like, but otherwise not see, my content. just wanted to say my goal is to bring science to ppl in an engaging/easy way and this platform is helping me genuinely do that.
Cleaning out the garage: magnetic memories https://vis.social/media/VaJk56JVd90i_3x3tnE
Cleaning out the garage: stay tuned for our next episode of Hoarders https://vis.social/media/BoEbZ8K4FK1Bw9eGp0s
Looking retirement in the face and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
A social space for anyone in data, visualization, creative coding, and related arts and research. Share your work, discuss, critique, and ask for help! Come one, come all:
→ creative coders
→ data scientists and visualizers
→ generative artists
→ visual researchers, curators, and critics
→ anyone else data- or visualization-adjacent
If you are curious about the world and creativity, you are welcome here. Learn more.