D3js Divvy Chord

 

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Check out this new chord graph I made in D3 javascript. It is made for Divvy Bikes in Chicago’s Data Challenge. The data visualization uses the d3 javascript library to show the trips in between the two neighborhoods seen.
Use your mouse to hover over the name of the neighborhood outeredge. This will highlight all the activity or trips that are travelling in between these two neighborhoods.
These two areas will have one line in between them the size of the line will show the amount transferred. The end of each line will show the amount of people by width.
The neighborhood with the greater number of people will also determine the color of the line. The colors of the lines themselves were determined by region.
The South Side is shown by the aqua blue. The West Side is shown by the royal blue. The Downtown region is shown by the black. The North Side is shown by the Carolina blue.
The Far North Side is a lighter Royal blue. Most of the bikes coming and going are associated Downtown. Click on the photo or the link here Divvy Chord.

Google Lego Calendar…Yes

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Legos are now more than just death traps to step on and destroy your foot.  lego meme pain

They are now here to make your life and office life easier to manage. The London design firm Vitamins has made our lives and Google calendars more synced online and offline. The office has a calendar with Lego people representing all of the employees at Vitamins. Then, there are different colored blocks for each of the different projects that the agency is working on. The blocks are then put on the calendar to show when people should be meeting and working on what. The person who puts up the schedule of blocks then takes a photo of the board and sends it to a designated email address.

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Then, software developed by Vitamins makes the schedule online by processing the picture and the colors of the blocks.   Everyone in the company updates the schedule. The calendar is due to be out later in the year. This truly brings the simplicity of actually making a schedule and having universal access to the all of the meetings and projects that need to get done.

Check out the video here.

Check out the original article here.

 

References

Vanhemert, K. 2013. Watch: This Brilliant Lego Calendar Syncs With Google | Wired Design | Wired.com. [online] Available at: http://www.wired.com/design/2013/10/a-brilliant-wall-mounted-lego-planner-that-syncs-with-google-calendar/ [Accessed: 8 Oct 2013].

 

Manly Bag (It’s not a purse if you call it a satchel or it contains candy)

Men have put down having bags since people started breaking out man purses. However, there is a structure to deciding what bag to have in order to have your storage while remaining a standing of a “cool kid”.

There are many brands out there, but certain styles work for different people.

I break it down into three categories. Backpack. Biker(bicycle not Harley)/sporty. Classic/Messanger.

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Now this! This is the classic! The bag that we have had since the beginning of school to hold crayons and snacks and massive text books. These bags while ranging in price and ranging in size do have a major downside. They do not look as professional as they should. It gives you a student look that may not reflect your attitude towards your job. However, it is very comfortable.

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Biker/Sporty

This category includes brands such as Timbuk2, Patagonia, and Dakine. I myself have this bag for commuting to school and work. It makes for an easy transition to getting of the train or getting out of a car. These bags do come in various sizes, but most of them are very roomy with room for laptops, tablets, notebooks, and lunches. The downside to these bags is the price and the design. The price is a little high in the range of $79-$125+. The design is a single strap, but does have comfort when resting on the chest. imgres

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The classic bag or messenger includes brands from Coach to Ogio. These bags range in price from a cheap $20 bag to a $400 Jack Spade bag. The bag is relatively small, but does have a great look to improve your look if you want to be professional and put together.

 

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Now, choose wisely my friends.

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Google Chromecast (from hw assignment)

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Google is bringing a new way for people to view television. Most people have started to migrate away from the traditional way of television by getting rid of cable or dish. Most people rely on online services and other online formats to view entertainment.

Through this knowledge of their audience, Google has produced a gadget to solve the problem of viewing online formats on a small screen or with lengthy cables. This gadget is called Google Chromecast. It is pictured above. It is an HDMI port converter that connects to WIFI. The connector then hooks up to the Google Chrome browser on laptops, tablets, and even smartphones. This device can solve the problems of not being able to view certain videos on a big enough screen or in a format that is group friendly.

This presents a new opportunity to marketers. By purchasing online ads on various online formats, the dollar of online marketing has stretched even further. On the bigger format, more people will start to exclusively watch videos and content on their television that normally would only be seen on their online device.

Through this opportunity, it will make it easier for marketers to be universally in touch with users. The device will also help promote the “semantic web”. This is beneficial to marketers because it gives a continuous stream of data that locks on to a specific user. This will help data analysis be more precise and less of a guessing game.

For more information the link below is the homepage for Google Chromecast:

http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromecast/#netflix

Source:

Google chromecast. (n.d.). Retrieved from          http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromecast/

Twenty-something

I hate being called a “twenty-something” because it seems as though people are assuming and labeling you as a person who belongs to a generation of dumb people who have smartphones and text rather than call. It also comes off as there is nothing original about the generation, but by calling us a bunch of idiots is not the way to start.

First, the people who call us this made us. And by that statement, I mean people who biologically made us and just raised us in any setting such as home, school, or just life in general. Second, how would you feel if I called you an obsolete generation because it seems as though that is where you are heading if we cannot collaborate in a common space. It just really hurts to be pegged in a position from the beginning to be told that you are not as smart as we were at your age, but you want me to tell you how your phone, Twitter, or the TV works.

This is my response to this article in Forbes as a person that is being described.

Point one: “Time is not a limitless commodity”

This is understood and could be more understood if the people who are mentoring or raising us in this world would let us know that it is okay to fail and ok to start from the bottom and work up. So the way we understand the world is based on who we aspire to be. The reason our generation loves quotes is because we don’t know how to analyze the world any other way because there is no good example to follow. Once we understand that we are not the bosses and teachers we had, then we can become ourselves.

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Next point: “You’re talented, but talent is overrated”

I would like accept some of the blame for this because the digital native generation often does misfire its talent somewhere, but we are not solely to blame. It goes back to the people we are surrounded by. The people who raised us were very soft or removed because they do not understand that you have to help mold this talent. However, we have to figure it out ourselves. I know that talent is overrated if you can’t use it, but we can’t just go from tweeting for ourselves to a company without the help of someone.

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I move on to: “We’re more productive in the morning”

I agree with this point. We are more productive, and people should wake up to get something done to feel like the did something.

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Second to last I want to comment on: “Social media is not a career”

Social media will be a career in 5 years. It is not going anywhere, but it is like the generation who raised us to tell us to get the return on investment faster because the platform is real time. It takes a while for people to figure out the voice they want, and it must become a person. It will be there in 5 years because people will still use it and still communicate to brands and people on it.

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Last thing I want to discuss is two points: “pick up the phone” and “be the first in and last to leave”

We do pick up the phone and call. I called a journalist today, and the response I got was “I kind of don’t have time to talk, you should just email me…” This man was forty years old. I am sorry, but you cannot have it both ways. If you are going to tell me to not call, then why do I keep trying as more people shift to just text and no voice.  However, I do feel strongly about talking to people face to face if you can. This makes the person feel better and feel like they know you and not just your resume.

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The job I work at currently. I show up at seven to catch up on things or just to start things early because I need to and plan out my day, and I usually stay until about 6 or 7pm. I think that the effort is there.

I do have those opinions about the twenty year olds that I know. I know for a fact that the majority of people out there fit the articles description, but I think that it is unfair to peg all of the generation as dumb. This type of environment has happened before in previous generations, but it is a greater leap leading to greater changes. I don’t know this for a fact, but I heard a man say once that the digital native generation will evolve from the previous eras because the “twenty somethings” have had to adapt and so they will know how. It may be true, or it may not, but nevertheless please don’t bite the hand that fixes your iPhone when “the app just disappeared”.

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Windows Surface Tablet
This is the Surface with the touch keyboard.

I recently traveled out of Cleveland Hopkins Airport a week or so ago. In the airport, there was a Windows pop up shop. I looked at the shop for a couple of minutes right next to my gate and I said, “What the heck, I have an hour to kill.”

I went over and started playing with the new Windows Surface tablet. A sales rep came up to me and started showing me how the tablet worked and all of the specs on the tablet.

The tablet comes in a 32 GB and a 64 GB types and comes with your choice of keyboard. There are two different keyboards. One is soft and flexible and comparable to the cover for the iPads. This cover has touch capabilities to just touch the top of the keys and it will type for you. The other keyboard is called the type cover which has actual keys and is a hard cover. These both go over the tablet while not in use.  The tablet itself also has a kickstand for the screen to stand up.

I was overall impressed with not only the Surface, but the connectivity that Windows now has to all of their devices.  The Xbox music and the types of programs that you can run on this tablet is truly amazing. You can run Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. I really like the design of this device as well.

The rise in new devices to challenge Apple is truly amazing. People are pushing the envelope because they have to. This device as well as the new Android devices are truly amazing with all the useful and awesome technology that is included in the device.

The sales rep also included that there is a new surface coming out later in January. It is called the Windows Surface Pro. This tablet will have more storage as well as an i5 core processor. This will enhance the speed and use of the device.

 Buy the Surface.

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New Windows Surface Reviewed

Windows Surface Tablet

This is the Surface with the touch keyboard.

I recently traveled out of Cleveland Hopkins Airport a week or so ago. In the airport, there was a Windows pop up shop. I looked at the shop for a couple of minutes right next to my gate and I said, “What the heck, I have an hour to kill.”

I went over and started playing with the new Windows Surface tablet. A sales rep came up to me and started showing me how the tablet worked and all of the specs on the tablet.

The tablet comes in a 32 GB and a 64 GB types and comes with your choice of keyboard. There are two different keyboards. One is soft and flexible and comparable to the cover for the iPads. This cover has touch capabilities to just touch the top of the keys and it will type for you. The other keyboard is called the type cover which has actual keys and is a hard cover. These both go over the tablet while not in use.  The tablet itself also has a kickstand for the screen to stand up.

I was overall impressed with not only the Surface, but the connectivity that Windows now has to all of their devices.  The Xbox music and the types of programs that you can run on this tablet is truly amazing. You can run Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. I really like the design of this device as well.

The rise in new devices to challenge Apple is truly amazing. People are pushing the envelope because they have to. This device as well as the new Android devices are truly amazing with all the useful and awesome technology that is included in the device.

The sales rep also included that there is a new surface coming out later in January. It is called the Windows Surface Pro. This tablet will have more storage as well as an i5 core processor. This will enhance the speed and use of the device.

 Buy the Surface.

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Manly Pinterest: Gentlemint

The popular photo sharing social media site that leads to links known as Pinterest has been active for around 2 years now has a huge audience. However as of March 2012, 90% of the audience is women users. (Mashable article)

The content is full of ideal weddings, food recipes, and so many other different topics that span the entire internet.

However, most of the posts that span Pinterest are for women including the shoes and women’s fashion. It is clearly not a place for men to partake in talking about those kinds of topics.

But behold a new hope for men: Gentlemint.

Although Gentlemint is still in its beta stage where you need to request an invite to access the site, it is packed full of things for men.

There are whiskey types, car help, woodworking, clothes for real men, awesome gadgets, and many more manly things.

While the structure is similar to Pinterest being a photo sharing site, it does not carry the stigma of being solely for women. It is exclusive by invite only and provides a source of sharing to a niche market of men that like manly things.

Here is a side by side assessment of the two sites.