I learned this morning at that Wikimedia Commons are testing a SPARQL endpoint:

tinyurl.com/ye2gxouk

Operational Images inkdroid.org/2021/10/27/operat Oliver Gaycken invited me to come talk about Documenting the Now with his Visualizing Knowledge: From Data to Images class. The course focuses on the history of visualization:

Visualizations do not show us things that are evident—visualizations make things evident. Visualizations, in other words, reveal something about the world that would not have been obvious without the work they do.

Instead of trotting out some of the

Operational Images inkdroid.org/2021/10/27/operat Oliver Gaycken invited me to come talk about Documenting the Now with his Visualizing Knowledge: From Data to Images class. The course focuses on the history of visualization:

Visualizations do not show us things that are evident—visualizations make things evident. Visualizations, in other words, reveal something about the world that would not have been obvious without the work they do.

Instead of trotting out some of the

I've often found myself wondering why the "See More" link has proliferated so widely on the web for displaying more of a paragraph.

Maybe sometimes it allows some pages to be more compact, but watching the network pane while I clicked on one in LinkedIn showed that they use it to track your engagement with a particular piece of content.

I guess a lot of them work that way?

TIL about Gravitational Microlensing while reading about some astronomers at my uni who found a planet orbiting a dead star:

today.umd.edu/new-discovery-ma

More details at:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravitat

My random oblique strategy for the day as I search for work:

I actually laughed at this one, which probably means I'm super lame.

My 9 year old drew this picture of a butterfly and a turtle. For some reason I especially like the unfilled circles, like life is a work in progress.

My advisor gave me this little list of questions for research when I started working with him, and I've kept it pinned up in my office space ever since. It's surprisingly relevant, even outside academic research.

Government Labels inkdroid.org/2021/09/16/gov/ In the lead up to the 2020 US Presidential Election Twitter implemented new labels for government officials, organizations and state-affiliated media accounts. This was a follow on from their previous ban on state-backed political advertising in 2019.
By their own description Twitter apply these labels to:

Accounts of key government officials, including foreign ministers, institutional entities, ambassadors, official spokespeople, and key

Zinnias are such easy flowers to grow in our yard, and they have so many colors and shapes.

Whenever I see them I'm reminded of my favorite US historian, Howard Zinn.

I spent the morning with github.com/edsu/etudier collecting some data out of Google Scholar to help with a literature review. Kinda amazed it still works. Here are some pics from Gephi:

I feel like I've been living under a rock.This afternoon I went to a talk that some people at covidstates.org put on about vaccine disinfo. Of those they surveyed who believed in one or more disinfo stories the most were on Newsmax...which is a huge right media outlet I didn't even know existed.

Opinions inkdroid.org/2021/08/06/opinio I’ve never really been a huge fan of the Basecamp Philosophy of software development–especially since the no-politics fiasco. Calling it a philosophy is probably doing it a lot more credit than it deserves, as it largely seems to be thinly veiled marketing. But I’ll admit to having liked one idea that they promulgated since the early days of Ruby on Rails days: that software should be opinionated.

The hero narrative of the individual softw

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