Web

Homework 6

comparative weather

For my final homework I designed a web page in which you can visually compare the values of 5 weather variables in different cities–avg temperature, min temperature, max temperature, humidity and wind speed–pulling down data from Open Weather Map. I think it is an interesting idea and hope to keep working on web data visualization. My original idea was to build a web page that could tell us how accurate weather predictions are–collaborating with someone from another class.  Unfortunately, since there was only one week for building the web page and we were working on our Pcomp finals with different time schedules, we decided to split up and I decided to built a simpler web page on my own. For me, the most challenging part of the web page was the design itself.  I feel that I have a basic comprehension of how to use simple data bases and to pull down API data into a web page, but lack basic knowledge on how to make appealing interfaces. I also believe that the main flaw of my final project, is that it isn’t interactive at all–only allowing the user to add new cities to the data base–which is pretty boring. In short, for my next web projects, I would like to delve into interactivity, interface design and specially into thinking more about interesting concepts for generating more ambitious and creative projects. I would also like to learn about integrating other programs with web design, specifically JavaScript which I look forward to start learning on these vacations.

Homework 5

weather

http://www.alejandropuentes.co/hmwrk5/weather.php

Ideas for final project

Idea 1 – Combining php and processing to control my ICM final project remotely. This would allow me to submit the project to the Winter Show by adding more interactivity to my sketch.

Idea 2 – Organize my portfolio in a database.  Using what we’ve learned in class to organize my online portfolio in an interface completely designed by me.  This idea seems tempting, but it would require a lot of dedication to designing the interface.  I would make the decision after next class.

Idea 3 – Using different APIs to provide useful and personalized information.  My third idea is to create a personalized web page containing information that is particularly valuable for me. Something like a centralized navigation panel for internet, containing information, links, updates, etc., from different web pages. eg. Facebook, Twitter, NYU, weather, etc.  I don’t know how viable this idea is, and would like to discuss a little about in class.

Homework 4

For this week assignment,  I wanted to continue with the colorcalculator, using the data base to store user selected colors.  Unfortunately, the code is not working. I am also submitting the homework dbase, which I did for practicing the concepts seen in last class and which is entirely based on the code seen from that class.

dbase

http://www.alejandropuentes.co/hmwrk4/dbase.php

colorcal4a

http://www.alejandropuentes.co/hmwrk4/colorcal4a.php

Homework 3

http://www.alejandropuentes.co/hmwrk1/colorcal2.php

colorcal2

Homework 2

http://www.alejandropuentes.co/hmwrk1/bdaycal.php

The Knowledge Web

http://k-web.org/

The Knowledge web is a beautiful idea for making a non-linear narration of human knowledge using the internet as a tool. James Burke attempted to organize such an ambitious website inspired in his Connections TV series. Even though de Knowledge Web project didn’t succeed, I believe that it is an idea that we have yet to see.

Homework 1

http://www.alejandropuentes.co/hmwrk1/daffodils.html

Response to
As We May Think by Vannevar Bush

As head of the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development during World War II, Bush was one of the most important voices in science of his time. It is wonderful to witness his innovative thoughts and visionary perspectives for science and scientists in post-war US. His mind was completely set on developing technologies for pacific times that would extent both human mental capabilities and communications. Acknowledging that we were producing information “far beyond our ability to make use of the record,” and thus, losing significant attainments “in the mass of the inconsequential,” Bush shows himself as a futurist, deeply conscious of human capabilities and innovation. What really struck me about the article, is how evident is his influence in today’s technology. The memex, as a precursor of the internet with his idea of having “ready made” information “with a mesh of associative trails running through them, ready to be dropped into the memex and there amplified,” allowing users to search for analogous cases, is astonishing. We are living in the world he thought in 1945 in which his “new forms of encyclopedias” have become a reality. We are living in a world that owes much to his lead and vision for pointing towards the technology that we enjoy today.

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