I feel like I’ve been working really hard at making a beautiful visualization that is somehow connected to my research about La tumba. However, I don’t have much to show for it. Instead, I keep heading down a rhizomatic path that leads me far away from the productive path (with a destination) that I was once travelling. At times, this is a good thing. It’s kind of an exploratory adventure into the world of visualizations. There’s no end in sight and every article I read and picture I see, leads to another article and another picture. Basically though, I’m getting distracted. However, it’s what I like to call “productive distractions.” I’m not reading the latest gossip blog or checking my email (ok, perhaps, occasionally, that is what I am doing), but instead I’m checking out really interesting projects and discovering that this world of graphic representation is so much bigger than I first thought. To put it plainly: there are a lot of cool people out there, doing some really cool things with data.
Since I have alerted all of my friends about my recent research topics and goals, they have been sending me links to things they think I might find interesting (thanks, friends!). This is excellent, but it continues to add to my distracted reading list. Most recently, my good friend Nora was nice enough to send me a link to a book I will have to add to my Christmas in July list (I say 7/25 because I don’t know if I can wait until December).
Please enjoy reading the review of the book, and make sure to add an additional hour or so to browse the other posts.