Electronic Books & Printed Books: Conflict and Opportunity

April 14th, 2012 by John No comments »

I love books, just like Jeff Atwood, who compares electronic books with their age-old printed counterparts, concluding that

…unless the publishers are willing to treat eBooks with the same respect and care that they give to their printed books – and most importantly of all, adjust their pricing to reflect the brave new economy of bits, and not an antiquated economy of atoms – they’re destined to eventually suffer the same fate as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

via Coding Horror: Books: Bits vs. Atoms.

I’ve been repeatedly disappointed by the clear lack of attention paid to e-books’ layout and typography. Amazon has let me down repeatedly. O’Reilly is better, because they create both the print and electronic formats. Amazon doesn’t. Until Amazon gets it right, I’ll stick to my paper books, thank you very much.

Live Coding example with D3 and Mike Bostock’s chord diagram from gabrielflor.it

March 17th, 2012 by John No comments »

Bret Victor is a genius. His recent CUSEC 2012 talk, Inventing on Principle, is one of the best talks I’ve ever seen. If you watch only one talk this year, make sure it’s this one.

I was blown away by his ‘live coding’ idea, but couldn’t find any actual live examples, so I put together a quick demo using d3 and Ace. I 100% totally based it on Bret’s idea – down to the clever book styling. Imitation is the sincerest… etc etc.

The default code is Mike Bostock’s beautiful chord diagram, tweaked to fit the Twilight theme. And remember, click the pulsing red numbers and hold down the alt key!

via gabrielflor.it.

Venn of Greek Rhetoric | visualizing.org

March 16th, 2012 by John No comments »

Venn of Greek Rhetoric | visualizing.org

Venn of Greek Rhetoric | visualizing.org.