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New R script: Plot Nike+ runs

June 5th, 2009

I’ve been playing around with R and Nike+ and thought I’d put the two together, so I wrote a little R script that pulls your public data from the Nike+ website and plot out the graphs. It’s a little rough around the edges (see below for a list of enhancements/fixes), but it generates plots. I like SlowGeek, but found their smoothing function a bit too “smooth” — it was shaving 1/2 mph from my run speeds. I wasn’t happy with that 😉 Read more to get the source code, below.

Sample: Sample

For an example of what it might look like, you can see my plots.

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User Interface Patterns

May 26th, 2009

Since first reading the Gang-of-four’s book, I have thought patterns were a great idea. Now that I’m getting into design and data visualization more, I’m intrigued by the possibility of merging interface design with software patterns. Makes sense, don’t you think?

So, when I found, I thought “yes! here’s the merging of the two disciplines/approaches. Great. Now if I can just merge these patterns with Tufte-based principles and OVID-based development, I should be able to come up with a potent app in any environment.

Poly9 Globe: JavaScript-driven 3D globe app

May 26th, 2009

Found a JavaScript-driven Flash-based globe application for simple GIS apps, called Poly9 Globe: the lightest, most compatible 3D globe on the web. They have full API documentation, too. Pretty slick, if your requirements are simple.