Friday, May 7, 2010

Edward Tutfte's Books.

I don't think I can say anything about  Edward Tufte's books that hasn't already been said.   The reviews are glowing. The best way to get all four books is to take the one day seminar, Presenting Data and Information, they are included in the price.   Here are the usual amazon links:

If you take the course or read the books, let me know what your thoughts are.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Met Edware Tufte this evening

I was out this evening walking my dog headed to the dog run near Chelsea piers.   I had seen on previous walks that Edward Tufte was doing an art installation at the corner of 20th St. & 11th ave. (map)  (NYC's "west" Chelsea area is now packed with galleries.)   There's a sign on the door that says artist tours are available while they are doing the installation, and dogs are welcome.

Today, I stopped to check the sign to see if there was any update on when the exhibit would open.  He saw me opened the door and invited me (and Winston) in.

I had first found out about Edward Tufte's work, in particular his books and one day seminars from Marc Donner.  (If there is anyone I would call a mentor, it would be Marc, but that's another story.)  I attended the seminar I think in spring of '96 or '97 at best as I can recall.  (Marc and I were still at UBS, and it was still Union Bank of Switzerland, pre-Swiss Bank merger.)  Marc took the seminar with me.  It was at Caroline's Comedy Cub which is (or was) very close to Morgan Stanley's building where they put all of the IT people. (This building is often called "the black setback" due to it's design.)

The seminar was fascinating.  There was so much to think about and absorb, I'm sure I missed a significant portion of the content.  I've been meaning to take it again some time. I recommend the seminar to anyone who has an interest in presenting data or trying to see through what others are presenting.   The books are excellent but that's a topic in itself.

If you get to Chelsea stop by the gallery.

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(Hey this post is rambling enough, that it really qualifies as a blog entry)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dusting off this blogger account.

I'm dusting off this blogger account and considering posting some things. Some of the things I want to post should really go in a content management system or wiki, so they can be edited over time and always contain the most up to date and concise information..

I've developed a strong distaste for forums, forum threads, and the people who abuse them to the exclusion of all other types of on-line collaboration. The signal to noise ratio is very low, with all of the me-too posts and the wannabes who don't post original content but further pollute the thread by answering people's questions with "you should read the whole 237 page thread here before asking any questions." If half of that effort was put into maintaining an FAQ, or updating a wiki, we wouldn't have to fight about now, would we?

Ok, so this is turning into a blog style post. One of the reasons I'm considering posting some things to this or another blog is to get some things posted that I admit I'd probably never get around to organizing in a nice wiki someplace.

Is it still a wiki if only one person has edit privileges?

Of course, I think the ideal would be communities of mostly trusted people to be able to collaborate on the content. I've been meaning to try to start one for probably ten years now.

I'm going to post this now, especially because I want to test the ability to come back and edit later.  Ok, I've edited this.  I should see what that does to the RSS.