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Check out this killer concept for Hungarian banknotes created by a graphic design student for her MA degree project. Currency, copperplate etchings, uv lights, flora & fauna, and an abundance of passion.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/02/hungarian-banknote-concept-designed-by-barbara-bernat/
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I've been on the search for a good travel backpack for a long time and in the process I made a spreadsheet of all the different one-pack options. The criteria was that it must fit into RyanAir travel restrictions (i.e., very strict constraints). I thought others might benefit from it.

Some background: I pack very light. For two weeks of travel/hiking in Costa Rica I used a 22L backpack and a small messenger bag. 1.5 weeks of backpacking in Iceland fit into a 55L. Suit cases are the bane of my existence.

I settled on the eBags TLS Motherlode, and it is definitely a nice bag – especially for the price. But it is big. Big enough where RyanAir would probably give you hassle and it's not the  most agile in crowds (read: it is a giant box on your back). Instead I opted for the eBags eTech 2.0 Junior. Review pending. Minaal and Tom Bihn both make great backpacks, but they are way out of my price range. I have my eye on the Tortuga Air, but it sadly doesn't ship until January, which is too late for my travel plans.
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Very cool visualization of when two people start playing the same song on Spotify (in somewhat real-time?). Hooray map projections!
Serendipity. By Kyle McDonald in residence at Spotify. Every second, a few people hit "play" on the same track at the same time. The tracks shown here were recorded over one hour of one day.
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From the keynote it seems like Google took the way Hiroshi Ishii talks about his "radical atoms" work (http://tangible.media.mit.edu/project/radical-atoms/) verbatim and created an interface for flatland around those principles.
Google has just revealed a new design language for Android, Chrome OS, and the web. The new look — which was first previewed in a Google+ app update last month — includes splashes of color,...
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Bugs in graphics programming can be quite pretty.
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+Medium 's new iPhone app is fantastic. Beautiful, great interaction design, and filled with a lot of great writing. Medium started out originally as a web service, but their iPhone app is even better to read through. If you like reading essays/blogs, I'd highly recommend checking it out.
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For the folks in the VIS community: I've been frustrated by trying to navigate the VIS schedule in the past, so I decided to make an interactive schedule/proceedings browser for this year's conference. Hopefully it helps figuring out what talks you want to go to!

It's open sourced at https://github.com/connorgr/VIS-Browser
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The Innovators, Walter Isaacson's new book, tells the stories of the people who created modern computers. Women, who are now a minority in computer science, played an outsize role in that history.
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This past week marked the end of a two-week long vacation, a continuation of my goal to travel abroad every six months (the previous two were Costa Rica and Ghana). Here are a couple of my favorite shots.
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Awesome Connor !
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I can appreciate the debate about teaching programming at a young age, and I personally agree with one writer that programming languages should not satisfy foreign language requirements. But I think it is absurd to liken computational thinking as garbage for elementary education. Since when do we consider teaching logic and reasoning to children a waste of time?
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I think it could be useful, but I am highly suspicious of industry motives.

Also, does any one who knows how to program actually think a programming language fulfills the same role as a foreign language?
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A not-so-robust analysis leads to a pretty fun read, nonetheless. How do you think Kanye did compared to GZA compared to Shakespeare?
#music   #hiphop
Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare's vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28829 words, suggesting he knew over 100000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever (average people have a vocab of 5000 words). I decided to compare this data point against the most famous ...
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Last week a computer science PhD student at UC Berkeley committed suicide. A result from his fight with depression caused by unrealistic expectations that many graduate program cultures impose on PhD students. A result from a society that largely stigmatizes depression.

A friend and fellow-Phd Student wrote his opinion on the matter (below), which mirrors my thoughts on Stefanov's death. His death should be a talking point in PhD programs everywhere, yet I have barely seen reference to his passing on social media or in the news.

"But alas, work-life balance is often seen as an euphemism for slacking off, in an environment where we see colleagues routinely putting in 80-hour weeks. Grad school is not for the faint of heart."

I am in a department and have an advisor where I feel like I have had the luxury of having a work-life balance without forsaking research. Yet even in this environment I still find myself questioning whether or not working less than 12 hours every day is an ok thing to do.

#gradschool   #phd  
This is a good time to think about balance. A student in my department committed suicide two weeks ago, leaving behind a heartbreaking poem about hard work and isolation. (I did not know him.) The department's response was dismal: They're organizing a symposium to celebrate his life and "short ...
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Yeah; the poem was really tough to read.
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    Software Engineer Intern, 2012 - 2012
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    Teaching Assistant and Undergrad Research Assistant, 2010 - 2012
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HCI/Viz researcher, music enthusiast, design hobbyist.
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Hi there! I'm Computer Science PhD candidate at Brown University where I am focusing on interactive visualization. I graduated from Tufts with a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Religion (focus in Eastern Traditions) in 2012.

I enjoy playing, singing, and dancing traditional Ghanaian music, finding new music, and cooking. If you're curious as to what I'm listening to check out my last.fm account.
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  • Brown University
    Computer Science, 2012 - present
  • Tufts University
    Computer Science, 2008 - 2012
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