More Facebook Visualizations in the Wild

I knew that drawing visualizations of your Facebook friends network was fun, but I didn’t know it could get you published! This Facebook network visualization was published in the Journal of Social Structure Visualization Symposium.  As the author states, this visualization has some nice features: The angle of each wing is proportionate to its share…

The User Experience of Public Restrooms and Websites

A couple days ago, I accidentally entered the women’s restroom at our local coffee shop.  The signage failure that led to this incident is a topic for another discussion.  But as soon as I walked into the ladies, something felt wrong.  Unconsciously, I noticed the lighting was really bright white.  I noticed it smelled kind of…

Why use NoSQL instead of mySQL?

I’ve been watching/reading all the hub-bub about NoSQL databases.  This is the part of the blog post where I briefly recap the NoSQL movement: schema-less, key/value stores, document stores, yadda yadda yadda. But you have Google too.  (Although this one is my current favorite). I’ve got a couple applications brewing, both for work and personally.…

django_slideshare: add presentations to your django site

I’ve released the code for django_slideshare, a Django app that makes it easy to embed Slideshare presentations into your Django project. In the Admin panel you create an instance of the Slideshare model…the only required attribute is the URL of a Slideshare presentation.  You may also set the presentation width and height, title, abstract, and…