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Daniel Murray
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The Tableau Fringe Festival starts in a few minutes!

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Interesting. This one will require some time to ponder.
Einstein, tea leaves, and meandering rivers Why do reavers meander and tea leaves gather at the center when we stir? Any relation? Einstein Wikipedia page (atm) has no words "river" or "meander" in the main body. And "Not many people are aware that the renowned physicist wrote an early piece on the cause of meandering. ... discussion ... is casual, but characteristically insightful."

Einstein: "I begin with a little experiment which anybody can easily repeat. Imagine a flat-bottomed cup full of tea. At the bottom there are some tea leaves, which stay there because they are rather heavier than the liquid they have displaced. If the liquid is made to rotate by a spoon, the leaves will soon collect in the center of the bottom of the cup. The explanation of the phenomenon is as follows..." - read more at the sources ;-)

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http://blog.patternbank.com/the-alluvial-valley-of-the-lower-mississippi-river-harold-fisk
http://hinderedsettling.com/2014/03
http://socalgis.org/2014/03/12/time-lapse-of-a-river-changing-course

Theory
http://ponce.sdsu.edu/legacy_tales_einstein_on_meanders.html
http://ponce.sdsu.edu/milestone_einstein.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meander
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxbow_lake
http://people.ucalgary.ca/~kmuldrew/river.html
http://hydrotopics.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/how-and-why-rivers-meander
http://zsylvester.blogspot.com/2010/11/einstein-tea-leaves-meandering-rivers.html

  #sciences #river #meander #Einstein #tea #Coriolis  
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My roadtrip to Facebook (talk and judging VizCup 2), and DePaul Univerity (Talk for the Chicago TUG).

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For Will Jones...
Using data to design better slot machines? That's what we call a win!

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Matt, Brian, and Anthony.
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This week in Chicago
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