Archive for the ‘visuals (slide)’ Category

My daughter recently bought a copy of Archie’s Pals’n’Gals Double Digest (#124), and lo and behold the first story is about the kids from Riverdale thinking up things to reduce carbon emissions for a school contest. Anyway, the gradient from how Betty carries herself and how Veronica looks at things is intriguing, and I thought it could make an interesting slide down the road.


Just so you know (Spoiler alert!), Jughead comes up with the winning entry by suggesting fridges with see through doors. Awesome!
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mickeyh2oRecently used this graphic at a student conference opening, and it was met with a surprisingly good reaction. Weird, how no matter how hard you look at this, you can’t get past the Disney influence.

kitamurawaterAs of 2007, residents of Vancouver, on average used 295 litres of water per day (Per capita water consumption number is 542 litres per day factoring in non-residential water use).


The contrast is pretty striking.

In India, there are guidelines that have been put into place that have suggested a minimum of about 150 litres per day is needed (see here) via the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation(CPHEEO) within India’s Ministry of Urban Development.

When you happen to look at 2007 stats for Mumbai, you get a figure of about 191 litres per day per capita (which presumably also includes a heavy load from non-residential use), but there are some major cities such as Bhopai (right in the middle of India and a city with over 1.5 million residents), where the daily consumption is calculated at 72 litres per day per capita (again, this would include non-residential). To put this in perspective, this is equivalent to just over 3 conventional toilet flushes (~67 litres).

Just in case you like to visualize what these volumes all mean, here’s an image of two fridges: one designed with a freezer/fridge compartment to hold 300L and the other to hold 70L.


rottenislandIsn’t this picture great?

This is from a book called Rotten Island, which was written and drawn by William Steig (best known for his books, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, as well as Shrek). Anyway, Rotten Island chronicles a place that begs:
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I doodle a bit, and sometimes, it has this Breakfast of Champions look to it – which to be frank is deliberate, since I think it’s a great visual style, especially for the purpose of teaching.

Anyway, since, I’m playing around with my relatively new flickr account (mainly set up so that I can start to organize my slides properly on my popperfont site), here’s a video of a few goofy slides that highlights a variety of biological “modifications” that can occur. Full narrative below the fold by the way.

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typhoonlagoonspinThis cracks me up every time, and will be sure to somehow make an appearance in my talks on science literacy. I’m thinking this would make a great graphic to segue into discussions on the public perceptions of technologies, etc.

Anyway, summer is upon us, and so the good old blow-up pool is making an appearance in our backyard. But look at the pic, and note the huge; difference between what you see on the box, and what you get in real life.

Below is a proper graphic of the actual box the product came in (still available on sites like amazon, by the way). I guess they can get away with this because on the box, it did say something to the effect of “Product may not be as appears on image.” Do you know of any other similar examples of product spin?
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biologicalhierarchyThis slide is used to get across the fact that when viewing biological systems, you can definitely see a lot of commonality in how things happen to be.

Here, we can highlight a hierarchy of how organisms are organized, from the whole organism, to particular tissues (like an organ), to the single cell, to the organelles (like nuclei and mitochondria) within cells, to the molecular structures that form the building blocks of life (like proteins, sugars, fats, DNA), and finally to the individual atoms themselves. Implicit with the view of this organization is the realization that when you get towards the simpler side of the hierarchy, we’re all (and this is the all in terms of everything in the living world) basically made of the same stuff. This means there is remarkable crossover in the scientific knowledge obtained, regardless of the organism you choose to study.

This is huge in terms of how the life sciences work. It means that you can do a lot of work on things that are just easier to work with (say studying a bacteria versus studying a 2nd year university student) and still get a lot of useful information.