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Some More Rally Result Chart SketchesTony Hirst

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 21:30:09 +0000

Some more sketches, developing / updating one of the charts I first played with last year (the stage chart and tinkering with something new. First the stage chart – I’ve started pondering a couple of things with this chart to try to get the information density up a bit. At a first attempt at updating […]

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More Tinkering With PyTraceryTony Hirst

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 12:43:37 +0000

Having started to look at using pytracery for data2text transforms with pandas dataframes, I’ve been pondering how to do computational things with it, such as counts, conditional tests, and loops. Here’s where I’m at – defining counters, a branch / conditional statement, and a conditional loop: Count example: Logical test: Loop test: I’m a bit […]

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Rally Stage Sector Charts, Overlaid On Stage Progress ChartsTony Hirst

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:20:02 +0000

One of the last rally charts I sketched last year was a dodged bar chart showing “sector” times within a stage for each driver, either as absolute times or rebased relative to a particular target driver. This represented an alternative to the “driver subseries” line charts e.g. as shown here. Re: the naming of driver […]

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Sketching – WRC Stage Progress ChartTony Hirst

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 23:25:55 +0000

Picking up on some sketches I started doing around WRC (World Rally Championship) results data last year, and after rewriting pretty much everything following an update to WRC’s website that means results data can now be accessed via JSON data feeds, here are some notes on a new chart type, which I’m calling a Stage […]

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Creepy or Creeping? Or Both?Tony Hirst

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:42:08 +0000

A few years ago, Ray Corrigan suggested to me that the “surveillance state” would most likely be manifest through the everyday mundane actions of petty bureaucrats and administrators, as well as the occasional bitter petty-Hitler having a bad day. Ray has a systems background, and systems theories were one of my early passions (I started […]

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Fragment – Reversing HistoryTony Hirst

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:46:21 +0000

A trick I learned from Brian Kelly – reverse history. Imagine, today: the dream of a technology driven institution providing a scaleable alternative to HE provision, open at the point of access and providing a lifelong learning opportunity to widen access to HE and make HE level learning available to those who need it for […]

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Enough for now…Tony Hirst

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:38:51 +0000

It seems that has disappeared from DNS, but I’ve no idea why; maybe s/thing to do with a recent upgrade on the host I use, or maybe something else. I don’t really know and I don’t really care. TBH, I’m burned out, and this is the last straw. Tech is too brittle – […]

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Everybody Should Code? Well, Educators Working in Online Learning in a “Digital First” Organisation Probably Should?Tony Hirst

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:49:59 +0000

Pondering Sheila’s thoughts on Why I Don’t Code?, and mulling over some materials we’re prepping as revisions to the database course… I see the update as an opportunity to try to develop the ed tech a bit, make it a bit more interactive, make it a bit “responsive” to students so they can try stuff […]

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To Do – Textualisation With Tracery and Database Reporting 2.0Tony Hirst

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 15:32:10 +0000

More of a just fragment of things to do, rather than a full post on anything I’ve done, because the blog thing is just increasingly hard to find the time or motivation for now; work sucks time and energy and makes everything just whatever… Anyway – years ago a post on data textualisation. Nothing’s changed, […]

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Tilted Axes and a Reminder About “Glanceability”Tony Hirst

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 09:58:25 +0000

Via the Flowing Data blog (Roger Federer career in rankings and wins) this pretty chart from an SRF story, 20 Jahre, 20 Titel. The rotated axes balance the chart and make the achievements of Connors, Federer and Lendl more “central” to the story. (SRF are a Swiss news organisation…) I quickly copied and rotated the […]

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