Scott Bateman

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Programming languages ranked by expressiveness

<b>Is it possible to rank programming languages by their efficiency, or expressiveness?</b> In other words, can you compare how simply you can express a …

A Graphic Biography of Darwin

<b>Charles Darwin</b> — father of evolution, decoder of human emotion, hopeless romantic, occasional grump — was born on February 12, 1809. From Smithsonian Books comes <b>Darwin: A Graphic Biography</b> (<i>public library</i>; <i>UK</i>) — a fine addition to outstanding graphic nonfiction, joining other famous graphic …

What Is HCI Research?

An undergrad recently sent me the following email: <i>"I was thinking today that I would like to learn more about what HCI research involves. Can you</i> …

The Science of What We Do (and Don’t) Know About Data Visualization

Visualization is easy, right? After all, it’s just some colorful shapes and a few text labels. But things are more complex than they seem, largely due to the the ways we see and digest charts, graphs, and other data-driven images. While scientifically-backed studies do exist, there are actually …

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Visualization as Process, Not Output

“Please make me a visualization.”<p>I get a lot of emails that say this or some variation of it. They tend to make me think of other requests that could be made in the same form, like:<p>“Please make me a roast beef sandwich.”<p>Or:<p>“Please make me a scale model of the Eiffel Tower.”<p>Roast beef sandwiches and …

An HTTP reverse proxy for realtime

Pushpin makes it easy to create HTTP long-polling, HTTP streaming, and WebSocket services using any web stack as the backend. It’s compatible with …

The Three Plants That Will Improve Your Home Air

Spring is here and the garden centers are open. It’s time to get some plants, especially for inside your home.<p>Indoor plants are really important. …

Top 10 Famous Con Men

A con man is a person who intentionally misleads another person, usually for personal financial gain. In recent history there have been a number of …

The Power of Visualization’s “Aha!” Moments

<i>Amanda Cox has been a graphics editor at the New York Times for eight years. Trained as a statistician, Cox develops visualizations across platforms, from simple print infographics to highly complex online interactive data tools. The Times is a visualization leader, but Cox believes the best is yet</i> …

Map: Travel safety by country

As summer rolls around here on this side of the planet, CBC News mapped countries to avoid in your travel plans, based on foreign travel advisories …