While I didn't get any of the mentioned gadgets and products, it certainly was my top list of stuff I would have been glad to receive. I suppose it would take an equally possessed data friend to have thought to give me any of the cool things.
Well, there next year, and hopefully some more data centric stuff I can play with if any of my friends are reading this.
Beth's photo-essay on gift-giving was the closest thread I could find to capturing some of the spirit of the holiday, so I just would like to wish everyone on A2 a Merry Christmas, Happy Winter Solstice, Happy Holidays, and Best Wishes for the New Year.
I will probably reapeat that last wish somewhere around Jan. 1st, but I'm including it here anyway, just in case...
@Broadway I can related, method of choice is the 3*5 card, and not much is more satisfying than the feel of the pen driving into the cardboard like paper to cross off another task ( or bill ) , the ol' whiteboard just wouldn't do it for me either.
@Broadway I must have a terrible way of keeping notes. I rarely throw them out with everything listed marked complete. I think a whiteboard would force me to organize these lists a bit better so all tasks associated with a specific project live together rather than span across three sheets containing varied unrelated notes.
I like the idea of a recumbent bike desk but only for about 10 minutes. Having the ability to keep blood moving in my legs while sitting & working sounds excellent but it's a novel idea really... I would rather have an adjustable desk so I can stand or sit throughout the day with minimal adjustments. I really detest sitting for so many hours on end without moving.
LEADERS FROM THE BUSINESS AND IT COMMUNITIES DUEL OVER CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
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Visual Analytics: Who Carries the Onus? The Issue: Data visualization is an up-and-coming technology for businesses that want to deliver analytical results in a visual way, enabling analysts the ability to spot patterns more easily and business users to absorb the insight at a glance and better understand what questions to ask of the data. But does it make more sense to train everybody to handle the visualization mandate or bring on visualization expertise? Our experts are divided on the question. The Speakers: Hyoun Park, Principal Analyst, Nucleus Research; Jonathan Schwabish, US Economist & Data Visualizer
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