What I watched
- Everest. Tense man-v-nature film with gorgeous visuals. 3/5.
- The August 2017 solar eclipse is a huge deal.
- The 116 images NASA wants aliens to see. When our species fades away, these “golden records” will be the only human artifacts that remain. It’s interesting to see what the Voyager team decided were the most important things extraterrestrial life should learn about us.
What I’m reading
- Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. I found this book on Farnam Street and recognized the author from her popular podcast, On Being. Thought-provoking book filled with timeless wisdom. Krista Tippet is a master of words.
What I’m listening to
- I Miss You by Katuchat
- Wngs by Knxwledge
- Dunkirk’s soundtrack (even though I haven’t watched the movie yet)
- Game Ova by tobi lou
- Thru by Vallis Alps
- In Motion (feat. Japanese Wallpaper) by Allday
What I’m thinking about
- False dualities. From the book I’m reading, Becoming Wise:
Many features of national public life are also better suited to adolescence than to adulthood. We don’t do things adults learn to do, like calm ourselves, and become less narcissistic. Much of politics and media sends us in the opposite, infantilizing direction. We reduce great questions of meaning and morality to “issues” and simplify them to two sides, allowing pundits and partisans to frame them in irreconcilable extremes. But most of us don’t see the world this way, and it’s not the way the world actually works. I’m not sure there’s such a thing as the cultural “center,” or that it’s very interesting if it exists. But left of center and right of center, in the expansive middle and heart of our life together, most of us have some questions left alongside our answers, some curiosity alongside our convictions.
- Gradients in Nature.
- Superformula can be used to describe complex shapes and curves in nature. Here’s an interactive visualization.
What I made
My time at NXP has come to an end, and school starts next week! I’m using the time I have left to read and work on mini projects.
- WIP: A visualization of the top countries with tertiary education. I found an interesting dataset on oecd.org and thought I would visualize it. D3.js forever.
- A super simple regex query tool. I needed a quick way to check regex so I hacked together a tiny tool to do it.