1. Hmm, what if you tracked data for the price of things mentioned in the Twelve Days of Christmas song for a number of years and then made a visualization of it to help with the most important task of all (namely buying me a gift)?.
2. IBM“s predictions of 5 things that will change our lives in the next 5 years. Last year’s
and this year’s. Here’s one of the 5 that we (and many others) have been tinkering with and thinking about for a while, tivo for life.
3. If gamers ran the world is a deeper examination of the future world of complexity and how people raised in a world of gaming may be better suited to cope. I’m not sure if I agree that the next generation will be more adept than the last (there have always been games) but I could see how some of the things he talks about will have much more widespread acceptance than in the past if only because of the ubiquity of rich, connected, visual platforms. He also touches on the increasing complexity of the world, so, there is that. Yes, and the gaming industry is actually up while many other industries are down.
Related to that link up there? Craft Hacking.
Also I would be remiss if I didn’t point out our own contribution to the cause (something we did for Scion’s “Craft my Ride” competition.) Yes, it is a digital decal made on a sewing machine.
Ok, others are trying such things as well, with slightly better resolution or This week in flexible displays…
This week on the visualization front, a story about visualization in a major paper. Just barely touches on but completely ignores the value of visualization as a medium for collaboration rather than just a means of illustration. Tell me again when someone is going to write the paper on collaboration literacy?
Black and Decker is getting into the energy monitoring act. What else has to happen before you realize that this might be an area to invest?
Mona Lisa in 50 transparent polygons (or could we do this with ants?). Ok, I realize that that sounds mighty geeky but the gist of it is pretty interesting.
The history and mystery of the universe sounds good.