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Monday
Jan252016

2016 and Beyond

2016

So how is 2016 shaping up so far. On the project front, it's moving in the right direction. I've picked up the Star Trek Seating Chart data and begun the final verification. Yes, that's correct. I am scrubbing through all 80 episodes once more time. People can't believe that I've gone through some of them that many times but it's necessary in order to verify the information.

Star Trek Seating Chart

I've also shifted over to the Illustrator version first. Designing vector pieces is my stronger mode than coding. That's probably due to the 25 years I've been at that side of things. Had I been coding for 25 years I imagine the interactive piece would be done first. But it's best to play to your strengths to get the baseline down. And when it's through, I'll return to finish the d3 version.

Faux Scripts

The second project going in tandem is the construction of a new faux script. No details are forthcoming yet as I don't want to reveal too much too soon. I do have a deadline for completion of the test piece, May 22nd. That's when I'll begin revealing what it's all about.

Job Search

Winter is possibly the worst time for a job search. The end of the year is not when people are looking to hire new writers/designers. And the first of the year seems to be when people are trying to figure out where they need to be headed. In short, not much is going on. I assume things will begin to gear up shortly.

Friday
Dec042015

Life Can Be A Harsh Mistress

When it rains, it pours.

As of the end of November, my position (as well as the company) is gone. What I thought was going to be a full-time position got side-tracked when I was informed the parent company was shutting us down by the end of the year. That meant a mad scrabble to get stuff done and out of the way. It also meant I would be out of a job in the approach to the holidays. Never a good thing.

It also meant I wasn't doing much in the way of external projects or posting on this blog.

I've finally settled back into being unemployed and looking for a new position. I've also decided it was time to get back to my private projects and begin posting again.

Thursday
Sep102015

Life, And Other Inconsequential Things

Time to play catch-up. Many things have happened since my last post. Not the least is the announcement that the company I am working for will be shutting its doors by the years end. It affects the regular employees more than it does me but it's still not great news. So off I go again into the land of the recruiters.

Star Trek

The Star Trek Tropes project is moving along well. I am cleaning up my previous code and making it more efficient plus adding new functionality to the the graph. I finally solved the mouse click to turn one category of dots opaque for better viewing. Now it's onto developing methods to color the dots instead of using hard-coded domains and ranges. Sometimes the solution eludes me and I rely on the hard coded solution till I solve it.

Wizard World

I'm attending the Wizard World convention this coming weekend. What better place to go and search out potential collaborators for future Pop Culture Data Visualizations. Specifically there is a WhedonVerse panel which I sure I can location some Buffy fans to show the work I did with the Body Count.

Movie Franchises

As always, when time is at a premium, projects get pushed to the back-burner. Once again the movie franchise project gets no love. But at least I've determined its final format. The display will be a scatter-plot with circles plotting the various rankings from movie web sites such as Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB. I want to include a minimum of three rankings, more if possible.

I'm curious to see how various franchises did over the course of their life spans and what the reactions of people and critics were. For instance, Rotten Tomatoes tracks both it's critics rating and an audience rating. Many times they are quite different. I hope to get back to that one soon.

Friday
Jul312015

Star Trek Spiral

Work has begun on the Star Trek graph. It's the Buffy Spoke and Wheel which will institute many changes. Creating external css and js files, neutralizing the function names, and pulling data json files. All things I knew needed done but were of secondary importance to getting the graph to display properly.

All necessary improvements as I intend to use this structure for future graphs of TV shows.

It's all about reusability.

Thursday
Jul302015

Replacement Feet

This week the last of the little rubber feet came off my laptop stand. The computer now slides easily on the table. Makes it difficult to type a coherent sentence. So I began checking into replacement feet.

I was at Best Buy and inquired into replacement feet. They had none on stock. They asked what stand I had but I couldn't remember the exact model so they couldn't do anything. Then I was told that there might not be any parts to order even if I did have the model. This trip was a waste of time and very discouraging.

Back at home I looked up how to make replacement feet. The video most whacked out was one was using a low temperature hot-glue gun to build up glue into replacement feet. That sounded like it had a 50/50 chance of working.

Then I came across a video that suggested going to the hardware store and purchasing little rubber or felt pads. They come in all sizes and they're really cheap. Home Depot is nearby so off I went.

An hour later I am able to type on the computer without it slipping around with each keystroke. Much happier working conditions now.