The Sixth Month is over already? For real??
I've had a bit of a breakthrough in the last four weeks. I wrote a Source post, gave a solo talk to a 200+ person audience, and finally made something cool – so I'm feeling pretty productive and gaining some confidence when it comes to sharing the stuff I've been working on.
I've also been applying for a handful of things – grants, hack events, etc. – because I've started to realize that this fellowship isn't going to last forever (sadness) and I need to make the most of the remaining four months and figure out what to do after it's over.
I think grad school is up next for me, but that leaves a six-month gap that I need to fill with either freelance work or possibly a grant-funded project. We'll see. If anyone knows of some short-term opportunities, please let me know!
In the meantime, here's what I've been up to in the last month:
Portland Code Convening
I was invited to speak at the first-annual NEJS Conf, which was held in Omaha on Aug. 7. The conference was much larger than I expected when I initially submitted my session proposal – turns out it was a single-track event with more than 200 attendees and some first-rate keynotes including Ethan Marcotte (AKA the guy who single-handedly started the responsive web design movement). I may have been a little intimidated.
It was also the first time I had ever been invited to a "speakers dinner" – and this one happened to involve a limousine and steaks. Totally unnecessary. Still pretty awesome.
The event itself was great; everything went off without a hitch. It was held at the Omaha Zoo, so during breaks between speakers they brought in animals, including this adorable little guy named Garbanzo.
I was not in the best headspace before giving my talk, but it turned out OK. I walked through these slides and then gave a demo of my mass shootings piece...which really took down the mood (whoops) but was impressively effective at eliciting an emotional response from the audience. I was excited about that.
Afterwards, Ethan said some really nice things and totally made my day.
...I'm only a little star-struck. Ha.
It was also really awesome talking to a bunch of folks about the Knight-Mozilla fellowship after the event. I hope some of them were conviced to apply!
In Progress: Animated Data Sonification
I am really happy with how this project is turning out. It's a totally custom visualiztion. It's minimal. It's emotive. It works well. And it gave me a reason to experiment with three things that had been on my bucket list for awhile:
I still need to clean up the code and make some usability enhancements. I'd also love to make a mobile-specific (vertical) layout.
Erin Kissane asked me to write a Source post on it – so be on the lookout for that!
Presentation: Animation Basics with Snap.svg
Check out the Slides.
In Progress: Data Viz for All & DVfA Components
Massively cool stuff coming up:
- Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires Media Party 2015: I'll be presenting on SVG animation and DVfA.
- Fellows Hack Week: Working from Argentina!