S3E1: If Only Mark Twain Had D3

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Jan 15, 20161h 1m
S3E1: If Only Mark Twain Had D3
Jan 15 '161h 1m
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Welcome to Season 3, who are we now?, a discussion of Elijah and Jason’s visualizations of a timeline of wars of the United States, the D3.js Slack team, Jason's dissertation research, and superfund sites in Silicon Valley.

Show Notes

Our Town - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Our Town is a 1938 three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. It tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens.

Planet Money: Episode 647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant

  • Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you're not up to scratch, you're off the team. Is this the future of work?

The Talk Show With John Gruber by Daring Fireball / John Gruber on iTunes

  • The director’s commentary track for Daring Fireball.

IBM SPSS software

  • With SPSS predictive analytics software, you can predict with confidence what will happen next so that you can make smarter decisions, solve problems and improve outcomes.

Business intelligence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Business intelligence (BI) is often described as "the set of techniques and tools for the transformation of raw data into meaningful and useful information for business analysis purposes". The term "data surfacing" is also more often associated with BI functionality.

Principal component analysis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Principal component analysis (PCA) is a statistical procedure that uses an orthogonal transformation to convert a set of observations of possibly correlated variables into a set of values of linearly uncorrelated variables called principal components.

A timeline of wars of the United States by Elijah Meeks

  • For most of its nearly two and a half century history, the United States has been at war. Some of these wars, like the American Civil War, were terrible and bloody and well-remembered. Others, like the Powder River War, were small and mostly forgotten. One was the result of an individual military officer disregarding orders and invading Mexico to retrieve stolen cattle.

A timeline of wars of the United States by Jason Heppler

  • I'm not suggesting my view is better than Elijah's; his timeline is making a particular point, and I think makes that point well. The point of his visualiation remains: the United States fights wars, and lots of them. But this view tries to reveal the regions of the world the U.S. fought those conflicts. I also extended Elijah's original dataset, including covert operations run by the United States during the Cold War. The timeline above seeks to provide another view, by looking at the regions of the world where these conflicts were fought as a way to see where the United States engaged over time.


  • A layout for band-style timelines

List of wars involving the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • This is a list of armed conflicts involving the United States of America since its founding during the American Revolution.

Tiki-Toki, Beautiful web-based timeline software

  • Tiki-Toki is web-based software for creating beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.

Timeline JS3 - Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use.

  • TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet. Experts can use their JSON skills to create custom installations, while keeping TimelineJS's core functionality.


  • A pragmatic data model, D3 layout, and Python functions for representing complex and/or uncertain periods and events.

Mark Twain Memory-Builder

  • If you are lucky, in a dusty used book store or flea market, you may someday happen upon a copy of Mark Twain's Memory Builder, a history game developed by Samuel L. Clemens in the mid-1880s and debuted in 1892, an obscure treasure by one of America’s great writers, an old game of memory almost entirely forgotten today.

Monroe Doctrine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • The Monroe Doctrine was a U.S. foreign policy regarding domination of the American continent in 1823. It stated that further efforts by European nations to colonize land or interfere with states in North or South America would be viewed as acts of aggression, requiring U.S. intervention. At the same time, the doctrine noted that the United States would neither interfere with existing European colonies nor meddle in the internal concerns of European countries. The Doctrine was issued in 1823 at a time when nearly all Latin American colonies of Spain and Portugal had achieved or were at the point of gaining independence from the Portuguese and Spanish Empires. The United States, working in agreement with Great Britain, wanted to guarantee that no European power would move in.

Elijah Meeks on Twitter

  • "I created a #d3js slack team (http://t.co/xymBSCKjnM) for anyone who wants to talk D3.js. DM me with an email address if you want an invite." Join today!

Bay Area d3 User Group (San Francisco, CA) - Meetup

d3-js - Google Groups

Machines in the Valley: Growth, Conflict, and Environmental Politics in Silicon Valley by Jason A. Heppler

  • Machines in the Valley is a digital history project that serves as a companion to my dissertation. Between 1945 and 1990, the Santa Clara Valley experienced profound environmental change during an unprecedented wave of urban and industrial growth. With those changes came conflict over landscape change. Answering that question means extending historian Kenneth Jackson’s observation that “the space around us—the physical organization of neighborhoods, roads, yards, houses, and apartments—sets up living patterns that condition our behavior.” In Silicon Valley, the attitudes, ideas, and values that people impart on to nature—biological and idealized—reveals how ideas about nature played out in postindustrial American society. By examining the ways that people created place, the politics they engaged in to protect that place, and examining the physical changes to the landscape that resulted, my research argues for the importance of understanding how space creates politics. The story revolves around whose space Silicon Valley would become: A postindustrial trend-setter? A fertile and beautiful agricultural producer? A countryside paradise? A metropolitan leader?

Leaflet - a JavaScript library for interactive maps

  • Leaflet is the leading open-source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. Weighing just about 33 KB of JS, it has all the mapping features most developers ever need.

Hiroshima Cat Street View

My Neighbor Totoro - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film – which stars the voice actors Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, and Hitoshi Takagi – tells the story of the two young daughters (Satsuki and Mei) of a professor and their interactions with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan. The film won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize and the Mainichi Film Award and Kinema Junpo Award for Best Film in 1988. It also received the Special Award at the Blue Ribbon Awards in the same year.

Choropleth map - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • A choropleth map is a thematic map in which areas are shaded or patterned in proportion to the measurement of the statistical variable being displayed on the map, such as population density or per-capita income.

List of Superfund sites in California, Santa Clara County - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • This is a list of Superfund sites in California designated under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) environmental law. The CERCLA federal law of 1980 authorized the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create a list of polluted locations requiring a long-term response to clean up hazardous material contaminations.

Superfund Site Overview Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. (South San Jose Plant), Pacific Southwest, US EPA

  • The 22-acre Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. (Fairchild) facility (former South San Jose Plant or Site) is located west of Highway 101 about nine miles southeast of downtown San Jose near the intersection of Monterey Highway and Highway 85. The Site is located in a light industrial and commercial area. The plant was constructed between 1975 and 1977 and used for electronics and semiconductor fabrication from 1977 to 1983. Solvents containing volatile organic compounds were used at the Site.

Sunnyvale: EPA plans on testing indoor air quality for vapor intrusion - San Jose Mercury News

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a community meeting Dec. 10 to engage Sunnyvale community members in plans to test the indoor air quality in some of the schools and homes in the Duane and San Miguel avenues neighborhood.

Hetch Hetchy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Hetch Hetchy is the name of a valley, a reservoir and a water system in California in the United States. The glacial Hetch Hetchy Valley lies in the northwestern part of Yosemite National Park and is drained by the Tuolumne River. For thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans in the 1850s, the valley was inhabited by Native Americans who practiced subsistence hunting-gathering. During the late 19th century, the valley was renowned for its natural beauty – often compared to that of Yosemite Valley – but also targeted for the development of water supply for irrigation and municipal interests.

Thank you for listening –– @Elijah_Meeks, @jaheppler, @pfzenke.

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