When you're travelling abroad, have you ever wondered how different a country is to where your from, and in what ways? I do all the time. What's the income level here, the life expectancy there, and so on. You can get an idea for what a challenges a country faces and what they are doing better or worse at than wherever you are used to. There's an excellent (and once again, pretty nerdy) tool for visualising this data, called Gapminder World.
It's also a really slick example of visualisation at work. Anyway, check it out. There's a browser version that works just great, but the desktop version has more functionality. You can visualise all sorts of interesting stuff, like the health and wealth of nations over time, the age of marriage against child birth, HIV prevalence, and so on.
I'll write something inspiring and more readable here... when I get around to it. In the meantime:
I'm a research engineer who's interested in tinkering with stuff, travelling, playing and listening to music, science, languages, (very) amateur photography (isn't everyone these days?), good food and cooking, art (usually the street variety), etc.. Basically, anything that catches my attention. You could sum it up by saying: I like learning stuff.
I've recently returned to working in research after taking a year out to travel around Asia on a truly amazing adventure. Understandably, that's why most of the posts are related to travel. Now that I'm back to 'normal' life, I hope to use this blog to spread the word about any useful or interesting things that I come across. If you think you have something that I might like, please email me .
Some links about me that might be useful:
A brief work-related bio.
The research group where I work: The Center for the Built Environment at University of California Berkeley