Visualizing Gamebooks

January 30, 2010

Spotted on and GameSetWatch, links to some interesting visualizations of Choose Your Own Adventure and other gamebooks:

One of the interesting outcomes of these exercises, is that the books end up being debugged (see the Corrections section at Outspaced) and that at least one Easter Egg was found (see the end of Swinehart’s page).

Plotting Social Networks (Of Fictional Characters) Over Time

January 30, 2010

From the non-academic world, some infographics charting social network interactions over time. In this case, the source is the xkcd comic strip – and the social networks are Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings and three other films.

The orcs in the Lord of the Rings graphic are particularly reminiscent of Minard’s Napolean map.

FlowingData’s Best Visualizations Of 2009

January 30, 2010

The FlowingData site has recently posted their Best Visualizations Of 2009. Of particular interest is Ben Fry’s work with Charles Darwin’s text.

Graphing The Beatles

January 20, 2010

Spotted this week (on, an interesting project that is creating a bunch of infographics using data from The Beatles. I especially like the lyric self-reference graphic.

Crayon Color Timeline

January 18, 2010

Spotted on, a nice visualization of the timeline of Crayola colors from 1903 to 2010. (Unfortunately, the posting doesn’t tell who created the graphic or what software they used.)

Mapping The Oblique Strategies

May 23, 2009

While trying to find an Oblique Strategies widget for WordPress (hint: there isn’t one), I had occasion to revisit Gregory Taylor’s very useful website about the cards. While there, I noticed a feature of the website that I hadn’t noticed before.

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Game Developer Family Tree

February 16, 2009

A site called Check Your HUD has put together a family tree of game developers. What I like most about this is the attempt to show the relationships between the companies including: mergers, splits, name changes, and companies formed by former members of another company.

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Is there an updated Production Systems family tree?

November 5, 2008

Has anyone done an update to the productions system family tree on page 19 of the Klahr/Langely/Neches book Production System Models of Learning and Development? (You may be able to view page 19 using the Google Book Preview link on the MIT Press page.)

At this point, I have gathered data on some 50+ production system tools in an effort to create an updated diagram.

To be clear, this is not a duplicate of Rolando’s BRE Family Tree. I’m tackling a very specific area: OPS variants and progeny.

However, I don’t want to waste the effort if someone has done this work already. Perhaps someone in the academic community has already done this?