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Category: Telecommunications Engineering

Google Trends : Concrete vs. Steel

I revisited an interesting (and free) tool on the internet called Google Trends.  It allows the user to “explore Google trending search topics.”  Since this is a construction-related blog, I decided to run explore the topics of “Concrete,” “Steel” and “Construction.”  After all, post-tensioning is a combination of high-strength steel and concrete. All graphs are based on a query run from January 2011 to January 2015 within the United States – Business & Industrial topics.  However, queries can be run starting…

The case of the “Page can’t be displayed” intermittent selenium test

IMVU relies heavily on unit testing with dependency injection for most of the testing of its website code written in PHP. Unit testing is great because it can be crafted in such a way that it will (hopefully) only test the things you’re interested in testing to verify the behavior of a particular component. This ideally makes unit tests both fast and reliable. However, it’s possible to write unit that all pass, but that fail to catch an incompatibility between…

Putting Radio On The Television

For election night 2014, we wanted to do something different. We guessed that the dedicated wonks — the ones who want to drill down into detailed data and maps — would probably go to sources like the New York Times or Washington Post. Rather than reproduce that work, what could NPR do that would be unique, and would serve a broader audience? To start, we had our organization’s thoughtful reporting and on-air coverage — a live event we could build something…

Three interesting code snippets from NPR’s Election Party

NPR’s Election Party app has a lot of moving parts. It displays live election results from the Associated Press, ingests posts from our Tumblr liveblog, bakes out visualizations of our data, and presents all of this in a slideshow that, on election night, was continuously changing through an admin. It even works as a Chromecast app. All of the code is open source and freely available to read and use, but it can be hard to make sense of all…

Work In Public! (Or, why you really should consider being NPR’s Knight-Mozilla fellow!)

Visual journalism experts. David Sweeney/NPR. It’s joy to work in public media. Folks here do amazing journalism, and are awesome to work with. Why? The non-commercial relationship between us and our audience. We’re not selling them anything. We do sell sponsorship, but have you heard an ad on NPR? They’re the nicest, dullest ads you’ve ever heard, and they aren’t our primary source of income. No, public media exists because, for more than 40 years, our audience has sent us…

How we work | NPR Visuals

Geballte Energie: James Brown, Februar 1973, Musikhalle Hamburg by Heinrich Klaffs We wrote this for the newsroom. It’s changed some since we first distributed it internally, and, like our other processes, will change much more as we learn by doing. Process must never be a burden, and never be static. If we’re doing it right, the way we work should feel lighter and easier every week. (I’ve edited/annotated it a tiny bit to make sense as a blog post, but…

Responsive Charts With D3 And Pym.js

Infographics are a challenge to present in a responsive website (or, really, any context where the container could be any width). Left: A chart designed for the website at desktop size, saved as a flat image.Right: The same image scaled down for mobile. Note that as the image has resized, the text inside it (axis labels and key) has scaled down as well, making it much harder to read. If you render your graphics in code — perhaps using something…

The Book Concierge: Bringing Together Two Teams, Nine Reporters, And Over 200 Books

This post is cross-posted with our friends at Source. We started the Book Concierge with the NPR Books team about four weeks back in early November. I worked alongside Danny Debelius, Jeremy Bowers and Chris Groskopf. The project centered on Books’ annual best books review, which is traditionally published in multiple lists in categories like “10 Books To Help You Recover From A Tense 2012.” But this presentation was limiting; Books wanted to take a break from lists. We needed…

Network Diagrams Are Hard – Features

Features: NPR’s Alyson Hurt on the challenges of making good network diagrams They seem like a natural solution to showing the interconnectedness of related things, but too often network diagrams look more like abstract string art—some discernible clusters here and there, but few obvious takeaways beyond “yes, this is a complicated thing.” To me, the better network diagrams offset that sense of overwhelming complexity with 1) legibility—elements (or at least clusters) and their labels are clear, and the connections easy to follow—and…

ChBE UGrads @ GaTech: Another way to communicate…

We are always trying to determine what methods of communication are the most effective–which is why the BLOG was started!  However, there are some types of information that may not be as well suited to the blog as others.  So, the Student Advisory Board decided to give something else a try!  We have set up a CHBE Interactive website through T-Square–and you should be able to access it…https://t-square.gatech.edu/portal/site/ba0d038e-c8a6-404e-9fd7-42e7a12304c7/page/d3cb11fc-97d2-46eb-a762-1b293d2f033b You all use T-Square, right?  So, while you’re there, check out the…