What's everybody's favorite Photoshop and Illustrator alternatives on Mac OS? Really want to get rid of Creative Cloud by end of the year…

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anyway now I can turn letters into lsystems and grow plantpersands

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If you happen to be in Berlin on Oct 22 (same time as Info+ and IEEE VIS) join us for the Data Stories Listener meetup! Here is the link to sign-up: eventbrite.com/e/data-stories-.

I’ll be teaching a dataviz course at an art school in winter. Am thinking about a good theme now.. what do you all think — should I make it about
- cultural analytics,
- crowdsensing or
- climate change?

Or something else?

Love the "delete and re-draft" feature here, btw.

If you are interested in data-driven storytelling, this book might be worth a look readcube.com/articles/10.1201/ (free for another week) — I worked on a pattern collection together with a few other folks, which is available at napa-cards.net

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For those in and around Berlin this October and planning to attend InfoPlusConf and/or IEEE VIS, be sure to check out the 1-day speaker lineup at VIS on Monday Oct 22: visinpractice.org.

The VIS early bird registration deadline is this Friday Sept 7: ieeevis.org/year/2018/info/reg

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A great way to break global warming down to the local impact: enter your hometown and the year you were born to get your own version of the story nytimes.com/interactive/2018/0

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“It was doing that for an hour before everyone panicked and got me and QA on the phone to fix it. I wrote a quick Python/Fabric script that SSH’d to as many cars as possible at a time to `rm` the file. I’ve got a few hundred stories like this.”

Tesla firmware horrors via @nelson – lgbt.io/@nelson/10060639869258

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Things I like about Mastodon 2:
It's an open system. In a practical sense - you can create mastodon apps on any platform, use the api, etc. No approval needed, no stupid token system. Like Twitter was originally before they locked it down to make sure their client was the most used client - not because it was the best one, but because they put a stranglehold on any other client using the api.

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Things I like about Mastodon 1:
Control over the timeline. It's just a chronological list of updates from people I follow. No weird marketing algorithms showing me "high quality" updates or hiding "low quality" ones. No "promoted" updates, no "in case you missed it". The ability to easily mute and block users, and easily filter on various criteria. Also no ads, although, to be honest, I'm not particularly against ads in an app or service that I'm not paying for, if done right.

Women's pockets are inferior. And The Pudding has data and graphics to prove it → pudding.cool/2018/08/pockets/ — So well done!

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Looking for weekend readings? Here are 5 texts that sum up my approach: truth-and-beauty.net/writing

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NEW POST: A compilation of the best data visualisation related stuff discovered during April 2018


Including these great works by @taylorbaldwin and @amycesal

Under the sun

There's one spot in the world right now,
where the sun is exactly overhead,
and it's this one:


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Heading home from , which was really, really good! Hard to identify a common theme or thread but a great summary of what’s going on right now.

My highlights: Shan Carter’s talk on sci comm / distill.pub, @maarten ‘s talk on xerographics, Aaron Williams on mapping segregation in the US.. lots of good for thought.

Also interesting that the big themes of the last years: storytelling and physical/analogue viz were not really discussed (or selected by the committee).

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