Painting a picture with data isn’t simple

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The series of 21 paired maps offers a great year-by-year comparison, but I also wanted to see how the data from the entire time series matches up. I created interpolation maps using ArcGIS to view spatial trends on a map. I used a method called kriging to fill in the empty areas where I did […]

From the Southern Ocean to My Spreadsheet

The Palmer Antarctica Long Term Ecological Research (PAL LTER) cruises are crazy busy! The study area is organized into lines of sampling stations every 100 nautical miles down the Western Antarctic Peninsula. No matter the day or time when the ARSV Laurence M. Gould reaches the next station, it is time to collect data. I […]

How I Learned to Love ‘the Bomb’

This post is a condensed version of a larger analysis of the utopian impulse centered upon the ludic object in DeLillo’s Underworld. The logic of ludic narratives is always a logic of climaxes. Nested within a basketball game (or, indeed, a basketball video-game) are scores of mini-buzzers, for shot clocks and quarter clocks and the […]