Category Archives: Nature

Indexical Visualization

Indexical Visualization is about visualizing something by looking at the actual thing.  Most of the time we take the event and turn it into numbers (data), then we take those numbers and create a visualization out of them. The idea … Continue reading

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Zodiacs and Earth’s Precession

You may have seen recent posts claiming that NASA published some new results on the zodiac signs. Some of the bigger internet publishers, like Distractify, have popularized the story. The story says there is a 13th sign we haven’t seen … Continue reading

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Pinpoint the moment when…

Graphs and data are always there for us, especially if we want to look back in time and find the exact moment that something changed. Today I’m presenting a bit of a poem of images about time series. Here’s the … Continue reading

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The Mathematics of Aliens

Do aliens exist? The evidence is varied across time and across the globe. But mathematicians who study aliens always impress me. These are individuals who firmly stand on the pillar of logical reasoning- mathematics, that is. And yet, they are … Continue reading

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Measuring Boston coastlines with increasingly tiny measuring sticks…

As I toured Boston this past week, I seemed to be drawn inexorably towards the Old State House.  Historically the Old State House was built at the center of civic activity. The Old State House “was prominently sited at the … Continue reading

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Why do Hipsters look alike?

It was a hot day as I stepped into the air conditioned mall. It is 1995 or maybe 1996; my mall has slightly opaque sky lights so you could still see the bright midsummer sunlight outside. I would have preferred darkness. I … Continue reading

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How Tap Dancing is like Climate Change

I’ve been describing my love of tap dancing. I told you about how Donald O’Connor is a bit of a idol to me. I also talked a little about how tap rhythms can be viewed a modular arithmetic. There is … Continue reading

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