How many detectable alien civilizations are out there in our galaxy? In 1961, astronomer Frank Drake developed an equation to estimate the number. Now data journalist David McCandless, who gave the talk “The beauty of data visualization” at TEDGlobal 2010, has created an information graphic for the BBC calculating the Drake Equation -- with a twist. It’s interactive, and you can be as optimistic or skeptical as you like as you set the value of each variable in the equation.
You wanna know whats going on? what have i been sipping my feet, legs, torso, shoulders, and head in.. want to know why i have short attention spans!?
Well simply because, there are just too many things to do. All are important , all need the head. I wish sometimes that my hands had a brain of their own, my feet could also do with get a couple exclusively for themselves! or probably i had the luxury of having all 10 together … much like Ravana’s
I am sure he must be like the god of multi-tasking!
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The bright pink cover of this book attracted me, among its other peers of grays & white covers…so i went ahead and picked up hoping to find some interesting info-graphics, in the book. The initial couple of pages describe how the book is divided in terms of content & what order should you follow. Actually, of late i have seen many books spend considerable amount of pages describing to the user how to read the book. This can mean a couple of things:
a) a readers lack of patience
b) non-linear style of writing
c) each topic is complete in itself & independent from the other!
Anyways, following the same contents, i did an initial scan to find anything interesting to read, when i hit the words” Explaining the concept of VIP while interviewing a student”, this was also classified under “interviews”, among other topics like case studies, projects etc.
So, i quickly flipped to the IV part. The IV was written as if in verbatim between a “Student” (S), a “Designer” (D) and a “Thinker”(T). It begins with a student who mentions his desire to design an outdoor space for people who want to work from home. He has a rough image of what he wants to design, probably a capsule made of glass, that can be placed in the back door garden.
D & T question S as to deconstruct his thought process. They tell him to question the motive behind his brief- the core reason to which he is addressing. S is confused, he is pretty sure that he is clear about what he wants to do. So D & T ask him to chose any old product that was used by people to work on ( inside).
The S chooses a davenport : . & the start discussing the attributes of this furniture. The explore words like- pompous, orderly, used by someone of importance, used only to write letters, singular use, etc. Together they defined the characteristics of the product & the user.