Those Wacky Cartographers

In 1988 the Proclaimers unleashed the song I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) on an unsuspecting pub song singing audience. It quite likely the created the first song in the world that if you were caught not singing along to the chorus, you would be ejected from the pub and publicly shunned until it was your round.

That song did get me to think about what it would be like walking 1000 miles (500, and then 500 more). That’s about the distance from here to Cape Town, which is an uncomfortable flight or a very dull, tiring drive. Walking it would be madness. For the Proclaimers, who presumably started in Leith, walking 500 miles in any one direction poses a logistical problem. Enter the cartographers. The first map exploring this problem would have been how I would have looked at it too:

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RAW: A Data Visualisation Application for Non Programmers


I created the above SVG using RAW which shows the steady decline in the popularity of M. Night Shyamalan’s filmography. It really was just a cut and paste of the data from the web, to excel and into RAW. RAW creates vector graphics (i.e. SVG) from spreadsheets (i.e. TSV). The app should have been called TSVG. I’ll make some calls.

It helps if you have used some of the graph types before to know how they work best with the source data. Maybe it will spur some people on to get to grips with D3 more.

Honey Pot Project


At three6five, we undertook a project to put run honey pot server on a local internet connection to see what the threat levels are. This a self guided presentation to take you through the results. This was my first real exploration of the D3 library. The actual presentation framework also uses D3 and something called Stack by Mike Bostock, one very clever dude!