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Let's look at Infographics: Coffe, Tea and Me

on Fri, 09/27/2013 - 21:15

It's been a while since my last post. I thought I'd start a series on Infographics, which I love and which are very popular these days.

The first one is called Genetically Wired (from, a well-known Infographics website).


I'm interested in several aspects of this infographic:
  • content
  • colors
  • chart integration
  • overall impression

Let's look at content first. I'm interested in the relative amount of caffeine in coffee vs. green tea, so was surprised to find how little caffeine is found in a cupt of tea vs. a cup of coffee. That drew me in, more than the introductory information. 


Google Health is dead, so what might take its place?

on Sat, 07/23/2011 - 08:59

Though I am obviously in the minority, I used Google Health to record immunizations (to be able to see when I would need another) and any other personal health data I had gathered. I did this because I have moved several times in my life, and each time I see a new doctor, I need to write my history again.

I recently added the supplements and OTC medications I take, and was pleased to see that Google Health noted a potential conflict between two of them. That gave me new information not spotted by a doctor.

BTW, I'm writing this in response to this article on the Health Care Blog.

Did you know that the IGF-USA Internet Governance Forum USA 2011 was held In DC this week?

on Thu, 07/21/2011 - 10:09

I spent most of Monday in the company of a group of people concerned about the future of the Internet, at the Internet Governance Forum USA 2011. This regional conference was held to consider several scenarios about the future of the Internet, in preparation for the international conference: IGF Kenya, September 27-30, 2011.

After an opening session, we adjourned to classrooms to consider the scenarios to help determine who should govern the Internet:

  • Youth Rising and Reigning
  • Regionalization of the Internet
  • Government Prevails

I participated in Government Prevails. It was a scary scenario,

You, too can edit Wikipedia!

on Sun, 06/26/2011 - 23:43

Have you ever read a Wikipedia page and wanted to add something relevant to it, or delete something incorrect?

Well, go ahead and do it! It's fun (most of the time), and feels wonderful to add something to the global knowledge resource that is Wikipedia.

I was lucky in my first edits. I wasn't trying to promote myself or a product, or defend a viewpoint. I had verifiable, concrete information that was left out and would improve the pages by its inclusion. 

The first was a page for a man I had worked with years earlier, Andrew Fleugelman, who was and still is considered a missing person,

Health 2.0 Developer Challenge: SeeDC

on Sat, 06/11/2011 - 17:02

The SeeDC Challenge

The challenge our team, SeeDC, undertook for today's Health 2.0 Developer Code-a-Thon was to develop tools for gathering, storing and visualizing the data from mobile HIV testing efforts undertaken by the Community Education Group (CEG) in Washington, DC, from late 2009 to late 2010.

Much of our time was devoted to refining the data and trying out a variety of visualizations until we were satisfied with their meaningfullness.

Our continuing goal is to develop tools to automate the process. Progress has been made on a web-based input form.

Learning about Google's Cloud Services for Big Data

on Wed, 05/25/2011 - 16:36

Cloud Services? Big Data? Google? What are we talking about?

Last evening, I finally put the pieces together... at a Google Tech Users Meetup where Patrick Chanzon, Google API evangelist spoke.

As you know, web companies, like Google, offer more and more services (sometimes known as applications) right in your browser. Think Search, Mail, Docs, Calendars, etc. In order to offer these applications to large audiences, large (edit: make that immense) data storage capability is needed.