flight patterns

A fascinating short experimental film, showing the flight patterns of insects through long exposure photography. An interesting way to visualize activity.

August 23, 2010 · 1 min

the twitter effect

Rereading Alan's post on his blog hiatus, where he takes a month off of posting on his blog to comment elsewhere, I was struck (as always) by the patterns in activity he described. I decided to take a closer peek at the activity on my own blog - I've been thinking a lot about discourse analysis lately, so it's at least partially non-navel-gazing. Here's the graph for the first few years of life for my blog....

February 26, 2010 · 1 min

WPMU Post and Comment Growth

The group of WPMU rockstars at UBC's OLT just whipped up a fantastic new plugin for administrators of a WPMU site to get a feel for the growth of the community. It generates a graph to display growth in numbers of blog posts and comments over time, and uses the Google Data Visualization API to let you interactively define data ranges to be graphed. Here's the growth of UCalgaryBlogs.ca graphed for the last 2 semesters:...

March 31, 2009 · 1 min

wpmu activity reports using the blog_activity plugin

Jim Groom linked to a post by Patrick Murray-John with an interesting summary of the activity on UMWBlogs.org - and I was curious about what activity patterns are on UCalgaryBlogs.ca - so I fired up Sequel Pro and dug around in the raw data stored by the blog_activity plugin in the wp_post_activity and wp_comment_activity tables. The tables include aggregate and anonymous activity data for the last month. There is a relatively new Reports plugin that could do much of this in an automated way, but it only supports generating activity reports for individual users or blogs, not aggregate reports....

March 23, 2009 · 2 min