Ok, you’ll never guess what I came across today!  Or, well, if you’ve read the topic, you might…  I found an (apparently) owner-less Wacom tablet.  That probably doesn’t mean much to most people, but in my experience, you don’t just find Wacom tablets lying around gathering dust… unless they’re broken of course.

So, while I was cleaning up the desk next to mine for a rotation student, I discovered it just sitting there.  I’d never seen one without a fancy engineering template taped on top, so I assumed it was either broken or missing a piece or relegated to its dust gathering status for some equally horrific disfigurement.  I cheerfully set it aside, thinking I’d just plug it in later to see why it was discarded.

Well, much to my surprise, the thing works!   If you’ve never seen a Wacom tablet before, it’s the king of mice, the grand father of touch pads, the cats pijamas.  Holy cow are they cool.  I plugged it in and started doodling with it immediately in inkscape.  Seriously, that is a nice piece of hardware.

I have the feeling that, if no one claims it, I’ll be doing some serious doodling for all of my projects – and with my plans for doing visualization work, this could be the start of some really fun images.  While I’m still feeling pumped about it, I’ll challenge myself to post something drawn with it for next week…  in 7 days I should be able to do something neat, otherwise I am clearly unworthy of such a lucky find!

Periodic table of visualization

I’m not actually impressed with this, but I’m spending a lot of time thinking about visualization these days and came across this on twitter, so I thought I’d toss this out there:

A Periodic table of Visualization

I’m kinda disappointed in the end result, but the concept is neat.  (And yes, the chemist in me is screaming about the wedging of their figure into a the periodic table: the blocks mean nothing in this table! A gross misuse of the format!) Anyhow, it’s an interesting place to start in your quest for better visualization.