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Below is a provisional collection of links for sites, books, and projects related to timelines or data visualization, or that have in some other way influenced the shape and focus of today's workshop.

The Long Now Foundation

Radiolab's "Speed" Episode

The Pitch Drop Experiment (mentioned in Radiolab's "Speed" Episode

Philip Agre's "Welcome to the Always-On World"

Freeze Frame installation (Muybridge and Marey)

Alberto Cairo's The Functional Art

Amy Cavender's ProfHacker entry, "Easy Timelines with Timeline JS"

Nathan Yau's Visualize This and Flowing Data (blog)

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Selected quotations from the Smith, Myers, and Rosenberg and Grafton PDFs:

Rosenberg and Grafton, "Time in Print," from Cartographies of Time.

"Our idea of time is so wrapped up with the line that taking them apart seems virtually impossible" (13).
"The key problem in chronographics, it turned out, was not how to design more complex visual schemes--the approach of many would-be innovators in the seventeenth century--but, rather, how to simplify, how to create a visual scheme to clearly communicate the uniformity, directionality, and irreversibility of historical time" (19).
"The visual simplicity of Minard's diagram is paradigmatic--as is the numbing pathos of its articulation across the space of the Russian winter. At the same time, through color, angle, and shape, Minard's chart marks the centrality of the idea of reversal in the thinking and telling of history" (23).

Smith, "Time and Qualitative Time," from Rhetoric and Kairos.

"By contrast, the term kairos points to a qualitative character of time, to the special position an event or action occupies in a series, to a season when something appropriately happens that cannot happen just at “any time,” but only at that time, to a time that marks an opportunity which may not recur. The question especially relevant to kairos is "When?" "At what time?" Hence, kairos, or the "right time," as the term is often translated, involves ordinality or the conception of a special temporal position, such that what happens or might happen at "that time" and its significance are wholly dependent on an ordinal place in the sequences and intersections of events" (47).
"Too much attention to the singularity of the temporal occasion can have the effect of obscuring enduring principles and truths" (56).

Myers, "Metanoia and the Transformation of Opportunity," from Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 41.1.

"Kairos and metanoia, most simply stated, represent opportunity and regret. But when metanoia is brought out of the conceptual shadows, "opportunity" and "regret" begin to expand rapidly" (2).
"Although the elements of repentance, regret, reflection, and transformation are always present in the concept of metanoia to some degree, the experience can range in scale from the transformation of the soul to the rephrasing of a statement. Metanoia means afterthought (from meta meaning "after" or "beyond" and nous meaning "mind"), one that is fueled by feelings of repentance or regret" (7).
"Metanoia relies on kairos in that metanoia cannot be established unless a choice has been made or an action taken" (10).
"Kairos and metanoia, when approached as a learning process, create a vast realm of opportunity/inopportunity in which moments seized or missed can lead to transformations of mind and heart" (12).

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If Time Allows

With regard to the broader frame of "Interrogating Big Data" and if time allows, let's take a look at another project that uses Google Motion Charts to interact with a sample of word frequencies from College Composition and Communication. I think of this as an animated index, and it operates in a chronographic frame similar to Timeline JS. To access the installation along with framing slides from a recent conference presentation, visit http://tagline.derekmueller.net/cccc/2020-00.html.

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Serialized greyhound striding

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Derek Mueller
Asst. Professor of Written Communication
Eastern Michigan University

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