Data Visualisation by @priceonomics.
Hm. For one bedroom.
Infogr.am Ambassador Eva Constantaras helps Kenyan journalists explain lag in development in data driven way
For four days, 14 journalists from North Rift Kenya came together for a data journalism workshop led by Internews data journalism trainers Eva Constantaras and Dorothy Otieno. They investigated how to produce more in-depth stories on health and education topics through data journalism.
We were happy to contribute free Infogr.am Pro accounts to participants who went on to produce their own data visualisations following the training. The distance from Kenya’s open data community in Nairobi makes it challenging for journalists from rural areas to produce data stories after such workshops because of access to data, trainers and editors, who provide the training, mentoring and support needed to produce data journalism.
Here are some of the outcomes:
you could flip this one upside down, too.
Websites listed are just a bunch of sites I find useful, helpful, and entertaining. Hover over the link for a short description.
Writing: ILYS / Written Kitten / Inkle Writer / One Word / Hatch’s Plot Bank / 911 Writer’s Block / Prompt Generator / Tip of My Tongue / Character Chart / Universal Etymology Dictionary / Acronym Finder / Word Frequency Counter / Polish My Writing
Music: Chordify / Key Chords / Trntbl / Singing Horses / Cmd / Drinkify / Wub Machine / Stereomood / Every Noise At Once / Jukebox Time Machine / Party Cloud / Muszc / Midomi / The Infinite Jukebox / Unhear It / Musicovery
Others: Realtime World Statistics / Similar Sites / Pointless Sites / The Useless Web / Read Any Book / Time To Sleep? / Pizzarithmetic / Shady URL / Future Me / Shut Up And Take My Money / Instructables / Taste Kid
How common is your birthday: when do women tend to give birth ?
Source: UCanDoEat (reddit)
Ok here is a compilation of all the software and useful tools I’ve come across whilst writing. Some of them I’ve reviewed on here already, more coming soon.
Got an idea? Well get planning! Here’s some useful outlining, brainstorming and mind- mapping software:
- Tree Sheets
- Visual Understanding Environment (VUE)
- Oak Outliner
- Work Flowy
- The Outliner of Giants
Just want to get writing? You want a word processor:
- Google Docs
- Microsoft Word
- My Writing Spot
- Open Office
Making notes? Here you go:
Timelines giving you a headache? Try these:
Now perhaps you want to organise those notes. Got a lot of research? Character sheets? Images? Well here’s some tools to keep all that together:
Are you easily distracted? The following tools will keep you on track:
Even more productivity tools to help keep you focussed on your task:
- Cold Turkey
- Productivity Owl
- Simple Blocker
- Strict Workflow
- Time Doctor
- Waste No Time
- Website Blocker
So you’ve got something down? Need to edit?
All done? Perhaps you’d like some e-publishing tools:
- Mobipocket Creator
I’m feeling generous, have some more cool stuff:
Enjoy! I may update the list as I find more, or I’ll make a second list.
Wellesley College’s Twitter (@wellesley) friends.
Friendship network of the Wellesley College Twitter account’s friends. Each node represents a Twitter account (labeled by account name, rather than screen name), and an edge between two nodes indicates that they are friends on Twitter.
There are four automatically detected communities, differentiated by color in the graph (purple, orange, green and blue). Although nodes are grouped into these communities based on their connections in the network, the groups contain related accounts: the purple group is made up of official college accounts and professors from Wellesley, the two green and orange groups contain celebrity and news accounts (the green predominantly local and the orange national), and the blue group other colleges and education related accounts.
(To Westboro Baptist Church)
"If you really believe in standing up to those threatening the Christian way of life," Hills said on his UK television program "The Last Leg," "how about putting your money where your mouth is, taking a direct flight to Iraq and picketing the people threatening to behead Christians if they don’t convert?"
Hills then took his suggestion a step further by making a generous offer. “I will personally pay for every member of the Westboro Baptist Church to fly to Iraq right now. I’ll even fly you first class and pay the carbon offset.”
They better not pay for tickets up front. WBC has a long history of announcing many more of their homophobic protests than they actually show up at. They’re extraordinarily skilled at trolling the media: every time they announce they’ll picket a funeral, the get press coverage, even though they show up less than 30% of the time.
Is free and open source 3D modeling software library in Java for computational design in architecture, product design, interaction design and more. iGeo is designed to provide functionality of code-based 3D modeling, practicality of use in computational design practice and extensibility to cooperate with other data processing components and real-time input/output interaction interfaces to other various media in Java.
m.e.driscoll: data utopian: data visualization is a halfway house
To understand is to perceive patterns. Via the excellent @datavis people.
Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper
I forgot my notebook & bought a spare at CVS today. In a meeting, I turned it over, and noting the Made in China designation, I remembered a poem I learned from the author years ago, about the people in the factories making paper pads & notebooks:
Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper
At sixteen, I worked after high school hours
at a printing plant
that manufactured legal pads:
stacked seven feet high
as I slipped cardboard
between the pages,
then brushed red glue
up and down the stack.
No gloves: fingertips required
for the perfection of paper,
smoothing the exact rectangle.
Sluggish by 9 PM, the hands
would slide along suddenly sharp paper,
and gather slits thinner than the crevices
of the skin, hidden.
The glue would sting,
till both palms burned
at the punch clock.
Ten years later, in law school,
I knew that every legal pad
was glued with the sting of hidden cuts,
that every open law book
was a pair of hands
upturned and burning.
from City of Coughing and Dead Radiators, 1993
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, NY
Copyright 1993 by Martín Espada.
All rights reserved.