Anticipate, or savour?

In late November I started seeing Christmas decorations. I don’t mean in the stores–where they spring up immediately after Hallowe’en–but in people’s houses. Growing up, my family’s rule was that the tree couldn’t go up until my dad’s birthday in mid-December, and I’m surprised by how quaint that sounds today. Now that artificial trees are…

The ideal is enthusiastic diversity

Okay, now this is data visualization. Vi Hart @vihartvihart, goddess of things mathematical and quirky online, has teamed up with Nicky Case @ncasenmare to create what they call a playable post, The Parable of the Polygons, which dynamically models the cumulative impact of small biases to show what it will take to get to enthusiastic…

Camping in a four-bedroom house

When I sold my house last year, I was also in the midst of changing jobs. I couldn’t make a long-term decision about where to live, so I rented the home of someone who’s away for two years. A lot of the owner’s stuff is still in the house and a lot of my stuff…

Snooze

Dreams are undirected mash-ups of our thoughts and experiences, mash-ups that sometimes produce ideas worth exploring. But dreams are also fleeting, almost always forgotten after waking. Thomas Edison used to take naps sitting in a comfortable chair, with metal pie plates sitting on the floor on either side, while holding marbles in his hands. When…