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jhilden

@jhilden@vis.social

Information designer from Helsinki. Co-founder of Koponen+Hildén
Co-author of the Data visualization handbook / Tieto näkyväksi (Finnish edition)
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Minor joys:
Working with some Poecile montanus (willow tit) data and consistently using the Finnish common name hömötiainen, but without the umlauts for data handling reasons… reading file homotiainen_atlas3_4.csv (literally Homo tit) 🏳️‍🌈

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Finnish landslide for Left, second-largest party in EU elections.

Also some small joy to be had in the fact that notorious climate change delayist Eija-Riitta Korhola didn't get elected.
#EUelections2024

https://mas.to/@nordicnews/112588059170658663

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Do physical backups, kids:
Got my computer working again after Dropbox messed it up, by restoring from a Time Machine backup. Wouldn’t have lost any files since they were in Dropbox, but restoring the computer would have been so much harder. Luckily I had a recent backup; wasn’t always the case.

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Saturday fun: computer decided to not work. Dropbox is filling up all the disk space and i have generally no idea what’s going on. Trying to restore from backup.

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Turkish sometimes gives Finnish a run for the money with regards to umlauts:
”Using your product”:
TR: Ürününüzü Kullanma
#language

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I think the capybara is a good example of an animal that has become massively more famous thanks to social media & video sharing.

I knew capybaras existed as a kid, but I was a weird nerd.

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Having read about this I cannot help thinking that this falling apart is an intentional behaviour of the plant (Crassula ovata). When it gets too moist, it decides to break into pieces, then the pieces will grow into new plants…

Now potted 7 new ones, will see if they survive. https://vis.social/@jhilden/112565625135095683

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New factoid. F1 cars are ridiculously un-aerodynamic (some sleek modern production EV:s get a Cd of 0.22):

"Interestingly, modern F1cars are reported to have Cd values of about 0.85 with corresponding CdA[m2] values near 1.2.1. These values are approximately triple of those for the modern road car, and only a bit higher then typical bus."

https://www.formula1-dictionary.net/drag.html

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Unfair / biology:
Me and my partner at the same time in the allotment garden, both wearing T-shirt and shorts.
I get tens of bites on my legs from mosquitoes, gnats and midges, that itch for days. She gets one tiny little red spot.

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Very odd InDesign/PDF bug:

Font rendering incorrectly in an interactive PDF, but only in Chrome.

Previous PDFs exported from the same file render correctly. Only obvious difference is that the faulty file is PDF version 1.7. and the other 1.5.

You can’t choose the PDF version in Interactive PDF export. However, this was fixed simply by re-saving the PDF in Acrobat (no need to change version). So something tiny is broken in InDesign’s 1.7 pipeline and not in Acrobat’s.

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@frankrolf as of yet unpublished client work, but let’s see if I can create a clean demo…

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@frankrolf this becomes stranger – tried to make a new file, no issue. Tried to make a new file from the affected file (deleted all but one page), also no issue! Nor when making single-page exports of the affected InDesign document.

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It is funny how Gary Larson went from a niche cartoon that you would find on mostly biology people’s noticeboards to widely popular meme fodder. He was in the 2020s back in the 1990s? Or the nerds took over? Or… both?

Maybe specifically a false memory, but I think I asked dad to explain Cow Tools. Some other Larson cartoons for sure.

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@aleksi I don't have any of the books, but I vividly recall several panels from the books my father had. I think my brother got a few of them, unsure why I have none! Larson’s overall quality is imo really pretty surprising for a gag cartoonist.

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@aleksi or was there like less good ones that were dropped from the collections? Weirdly enough it was actually a syndicalized strip from 1980 to 1995 but I think it rose in popularity after that.

”Unlike Charles Schulz, who resented the name Peanuts imposed by his publisher, Larson had no such qualms, saying, "They could have called it Revenge of the Zucchini People, for all I cared." ”

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@aleksi I'm pretty sure his science dept fame rose post syndicalization. Must have been faxed a lot, those cartoons…

jhilden,
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@aleksi Both look very familiar!

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@aleksi Something slightly Jan Lööf-ish as well! The somewhat doll-like nature of all the characters.

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@aleksi This stuff is afaik not very known outside of Scandinavia. Fantagraphics should do a ”best of Jan Lööf” book for the Anglosphere.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33856034-skrot-nisse

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I was afraid that there were a lot less swifts than last year, but seems their arrival is staggered. Now in the beginning of June it seems like there’s about as many as last year. Their population is still down. Presumably they became a companion species to humans in the Middle Ages and spread widely in Europe, but changes in buildings is one cause of the current decline, possibly along with insect loss. https://vis.social/@jhilden/112469252884233799

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Observation on visual culture, sparked by re-reading Lem’s Solaris:
The novel is full of vivid and disturbing imagery relating to the ocean (which both films alas mostly sideline), yet there seems to be very little visual art online inspired by it, apart from the movie posters and book covers.

I’m arguing that most of what could be termed ”fan art” is heavily reliant on some pre-existing iconic imagery. This also directly feeds into AI art. No Solaris storyboard by H.R. Giger, no fan art.

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This is what you get with a Solaris image search

jhilden,
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@airwhale Several pages down (Oracle Solaris)

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Bizarre:
"On 10 May 1931, the Schienenzeppelin exceeded a speed of 200 km/h (120 mph) for the first time. Afterwards, it was exhibited to the general public throughout Germany. On 21 June 1931, it set a new world railway speed record of 230.2 km/h on the Berlin–Hamburg line between Karstädt and Dergenthin, which was not surpassed by any other rail vehicle until 1954. The railcar still holds the land speed record for a petrol powered rail vehicle."
#trains
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schienenzeppelin

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