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Guided meditations that have a story

I love listening to audio guided meditations/visualizations, but I'm bored by the ones that just talk about how I'm sitting there feeling relaxed. I like ones that tell stories in which I meet wizards, board starships, etc. I'm having a hard time finding ones like that that are well-written and have good audio quality. (Also, no angels or Law of Attraction, pls.) Can anyone recommend some, preferably free? I listen to TheHonestGuys a lot but that's my only reference.
posted by mermaidcafe on Feb 24, 2016 - 1 answer

Help me visualize 'future' me.

My therapist and I have been working on improving my self-control, and replacing my bad habits with more constructive ones. She suggested a technique in which I imagine my future self as a personal friend of mine; when I engage in a self-destructive behavior, I would therefore be hurting my good friend. I've had some success with this method, but I'm still having a hard time employing this technique during moments of weakness as the idea is still so abstract for me. How else can I improve/expand upon my therapist's suggestion? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Jan 11, 2016 - 19 answers

Graphic design for scientific figures

I'm looking for examples of well-designed scientific figures. As a materials scientist I've encountered many horrendous figures that are difficult to understand and read. I've read about collaborations between graphic design and physical science departments, which yield much more attractive and informative figures, but these examples are few and far between. I'm hoping to apply principles from good graphic design and data visualization to my own work. Are there any resources or websites where I can learn more about this?
posted by Aanidaani on Dec 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Professional Development for Analytics and Data Visualization?

A new role at work is requiring me to have stronger analytics and data visualization skills. My boss has asked for a professional development wish list for next year, and I’m having trouble finding the right thing. [more inside]
posted by mjcon on Mar 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Be the "data guy" my current boss needs (and future bosses want)?

I'm in academia. Two related questions: 1) Can you recommend readings, forums, programs, and tools under the broad heading, "data analysis?" 2) And, what's the next job I should be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Sock on Jan 12, 2015 - 13 answers

It's the next turn on, uh, your side.

I have excellent spatial memory, but you'd never know it if you heard me speak. Is this as unusual as my husband thinks it is? [more inside]
posted by Ruki on Dec 26, 2014 - 18 answers

Tool for visualizing network activity over time

I'm looking for a tool to visualize activity in a network (e.g. people sending emails to each other or planes moving between airports). [more inside]
posted by snownoid on Nov 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Aggressors, Defenders and Will & Visualization. What is this?

I found a scrap of paper and I'm very curious about it. It looks like a syllabus or course notes, and it refers to aggressors, defenders, and using will and visualization. Full text inside. [more inside]
posted by peep on Nov 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Service or application to publicly visualize and analyze survey data?

I'm looking for a service or application that will make it easy for me to allow anyone to browse, analyze, and visualize the results of several large surveys (hundreds of questions, thousands of responses). Nothing overly complex – I'd just like people to be able to do some basic cross-tabulation and analysis of the survey responses. [more inside]
posted by muta on Jul 3, 2014 - 1 answer

How to display geographic data in an easy way?

Hi all, I have a side project in which I want to see the places I frequent on a yearly basis. I have gotten my hands on a beautiful data sheet that logs all my movements in the past year travel wise, and now I want to display that data on a map. [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Mar 12, 2014 - 9 answers

How to commemorate reaching 100 million page views?

Sometime this year, the web sites I'm responsible for should surpass 100 million page views per month. That seems like a milestone worth acknowledging! What are some fun ways my small development team could commemorate the occasion? [more inside]
posted by scottatdrake on Mar 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Visualizing events over time, geographically

I have a database that contains many thousands of time-stamped events each of which has a geographic location. What visualization projects could I use to explore this data? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Feb 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Topological Data Analysis, I think it's called?

Using a dataset I would like to perform the type of analysis shown here: How would I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Feb 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Occupation shifts over time

I'd like to visualize shifts in employment between occupations in the United States from the end of WWII to the present. Here is a (rather poor) example of the the sort of thing I have in mind. OES data seems like the obvious choice, but the BLS specifically cautions against using it. Is there better data available? I'm mostly interested in broad shifts due to technical change (i.e. the emergence of the software industry, the decline in manufacturing employment).
posted by wobdev on Feb 6, 2014 - 1 answer

How to display 300+ GPX cycling routes over a Google Maps base layer

GPX Visualization on Google Maps: I have 300+ GPX files of bike rides that I'd like to be able to link to somehow over a Google Maps base layer, visually approximating this. This is related to my previous AskMe about cycling every road in a town; I need to visualize what roads I have/haven't ridden, and link that progress to a blog. Would like it to be as low-weight as possible; the 300 (uncompressed) GPX files amount to 100+mb currently (route+track+waypoints) and is only getting larger -- vanilla GMaps doesn't play nice with that many files. Much more information inside... [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Dec 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Comprehensive, customizable wellness tracking and visualization

I need a holistic personal wellness tracking system and application. Details/requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon on Oct 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Size queen!

I am terrible at visualizing size differences, but was able to get around it by using Sizeasy.com (plugging in dimensions to generate images you could compare against each other). Unfortunately, the site is now dead. Are there any other sites that do the same thing, or are similar enough in nature?
posted by Sakura3210 on Sep 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Career Development Suggestions for making sense of and displaying data

I currently work for a growing company doing various social media marketing for small businesses. I have been finding that I receive a lot of satisfaction doing activities related to what I learned in library school. I enjoy collecting, organizing, and providing data and information for our internal staff and making things approachable. One weakness I see is that we are especially data rich and insight poor with social media. I would like to know if there are any recommended programs for data mining or statistical analysis? [more inside]
posted by andendau on Sep 8, 2013 - 6 answers

My #FOMO is acting up!

How can I gamify the tedious parts of my day? [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Jul 11, 2013 - 8 answers

7-Screen 'Giant Dashboard' Wanted for Office: How?

My office really wants to have tons of large displays up showing realtime statistics and metrics. Thanks to America, flat-screen TVs are cheap. And I've already written all of the visualizations. What computer should run these things? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jun 13, 2013 - 19 answers

Can you identify this unusual neurological (?) reading phenomenon?

It's when "words fall away to pictures" occasionally , perhapps particularly when reading the text of physical books, usually novels, of a large size. It doesn't happen with reading online or e-book readers or textbooks. It's as if the visual imagination (without deliberate activation) overrides what's actually been seen by the eyes, so that the story unfolding is actually being "watched" in the mind's eye in an immersive, vivid way where one becomes virtually unaware of the actual text print and the outside world (so it's not even like watching a movie in a cinema, where there is more consciousness of the real surroundings). This is not just getting immersed in reading - the strong, and not deliberately activated, visualization is crucial. Based on anecdotal evidence, what I'm describing (not from my personal experience) appears to be a rarer rather than a common experience. Anyone have ideas what this neurological (?) trait might be?
posted by zresearch on Apr 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Silent Science Videos To Entertain Teens?

Looking for videos to create a youtube playlist to entertain a group of science-minded teenagers for about 30 min that are largely visual. Sound is fine but the bulk shouldn't be someone talking to the class like an instructor - visualizations are best - ideally they should look really, really cool. Class is engineering focused, but chemistry, robotics, wobbly bridges, comp-sci, biology, are all welcome. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Mar 24, 2013 - 6 answers

What are the cutting edge data visualization tools out there right now?

I am handy with HTML, CSS and a little Javascript. I also have a lot of experience with Wordpress theme development. What is the best path for me to become an ace data visualizer on the web? [more inside]
posted by Rodrigo Lamaitre on Feb 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Crash course in freelancing please

Some freelance programming/design work (javascript data visualization) is about to drop into my lap through a friend who has heard me talking about how much I enjoy this stuff. I'm a student and have never done this professionally, but would love to in the future. Help me not look like a rookie and make this go smoothly and professionally. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jan 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Automata simulators?

What are the best automata (formal language theory) simulators? This is mainly for teaching purposes. I have used JFLAP in past iterations of the class in question, and my google searches suggest this is still the best option, but I was wondering if there is anything newer and better that I'm not finding. Details below. [more inside]
posted by advil on Jan 28, 2013 - 4 answers

Chart help needed: How to show proportion between two values?

What type of chart do I want to show that one number is several times as many as another? [more inside]
posted by Sock Ray Blue on Jan 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Where is the site that does neat code archaeology on git repos?

It's a visualization tool that analyses history of a code base to do some archaeology so you know who to talk to if you have questions about that section -- I swear I saw this somewhere recently, in the past week or so. I thought I bookmarked it because it was neat. I can't find it. What's the url? maybe it was some fancy git blame thing.
posted by bleary on Dec 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Visualize 6 Pages in 1 Slide?

How do I visualize the content of six pages on one PowerPoint slide? Graphical palpability preferred. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Oct 20, 2012 - 11 answers

How to categorize curve patterns?

Statistics filter: How can I categorize time series curves into pattern categories? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Oct 11, 2012 - 2 answers

It's hard to Google infographics

I'm looking for an infographic (?) about how lucky it is to have been born in the developed world. I remember a format similar to "If you are also literate, then you are already in the top x% of the world," with various characteristics substituted in for "literate." [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on May 27, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I stop WinAmp from displaying the song title in the Visualizations window?

How do I stop WinAmp from displaying the song title in the Visualizations window?
posted by Trurl on May 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Got to Find a Peace of Mind

I'm having trouble searching for this on Google. But, I'd like to know more about the inner workings of the mind. I'm looking for scholarly articles or anecdotes that discuss how people's minds work. I'm primarily looking for details about how vivid images are in people's minds and how close thoughts feel in someone's head. [more inside]
posted by livinglearning on Apr 5, 2012 - 6 answers

visualize this

How would one visualize 3 parametars on the same graph? I have to visualize my sleeping schedule (time + day) + alternations of my body temperature during the day on the same graph. How could it be done?
posted by leigh1 on Mar 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Envisioning a syllabus on the Display of Quantitative Information

I am planning on teaching a course on data visualization to some Ph.D. students in the social sciences, and could use some ideas about designing the syllabus. If you have taken or taught such a course, I would especially value your input, but I would also love to hear from any among you who have experience doing data visualization. [more inside]
posted by rapidadverbssuck on Feb 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Looking for metaphorical images to divert attention during childbirth

Please suggest, preferably with specific links, images that are metaphors for birth to be used for focusing on and creating visualizations during labor. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Feb 7, 2012 - 29 answers

Suggestion for information designers to train?

Any recommendations for information designers or visualizers to do trainings for the large research company for which I work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 - 1 answer

How can easily I turn this CSV data into something more visual?

I'm looking for some free software that will help me turn the CSV export from the Android time tracking app Gleeo into some simple visualizations (multicoloured horizontal bars?) without a huge amount of work. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Jan 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Can you exercise your imagination to move very fast? and is there a paper on that, sort of?

Can people visualize themselves moving faster than they are physically capable of moving? [more inside]
posted by bleary on Dec 30, 2011 - 15 answers

Compelling or interesting uses of municipal open data

What are the most compelling or interesting uses of municipal open data? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Nov 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Looking for online tools for making nice data visualizations.

Are there online resources that will let an amateur make slick, professional infographics, graphs, charts or images+text? Or communities of designers that do quick, topical visualization challenges? Further details inside. [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal on Nov 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Nice visuals from software project

I'm looking for a way to generate something aesthetically pleasing from a somewhat successful software project I'm involved in, with an eye to giving it as a gift to the project manager. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Seeking understanding and tools I need to design a homepage that is a dynamic bar chart.

This weekend I'm setting up a website for an academic event. I'd like the homepage of the site to have large, clickable progress bars that display the number of posts for each of the subpages (News & Announcements, Blog, Events, etc.). As more posts are added to each of the subpages (posts would likely be sorted and displayed by category and tag), its respective progress bar takes up more screen real estate and the tally count listed on/near it increases. Basically, I want the homepage to look like a giant, dynamic bar chart. Is there a freeware (or cheap) template, widget or piece of code that allows me to do this? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Sep 15, 2011 - 7 answers

How to untie a trefoil knot?

Mathematics/Topology: how to untie a trefoil knot in four dimensions? [more inside]
posted by knz on Aug 30, 2011 - 10 answers

Dusting Off the Ol' Slide Rule

What are the best math instructional sites, resources and (especially) tools for graphing and math visualization these days? [more inside]
posted by richyoung on Aug 24, 2011 - 10 answers

What are some 3D puzzles?

What are some activities that exercise visual or structural type thinking? Something to do with science, technology, or 3-dimensions preferred. I'm looking for puzzles, hobbies, or other activities that might be performed through an actual job that I'm just not aware of. As examples, auto-mechanics classes and memorizing anatomy books immediately comes to mind.
posted by Giggilituffin on Aug 4, 2011 - 9 answers


Winamp Style music visualization for Intel OSX? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jul 27, 2011 - 3 answers

I want to see music

Is there any relatively agreed-upon audio visualization standard, or are all visualizations of audio just interpretations of the sounds? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Jul 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Please help me improve this graph!

What are accepted ways for visualizing this example dataset for a journal or other "professional" endpoint? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jun 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Treemaps that can use an image for each node.

Any treemap / other visualization software that can use a named image file to represent each node? [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi on Apr 26, 2011 - 1 answer

Software for beautiful, interactive data visualization

Do you have recommendations for good data visualization software for the Hans Rosling fan? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Apr 5, 2011 - 6 answers

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