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When Graphics Attack

Posted by Russell on September 21, 2006 at 8:14 p.m.
As the results from my big calculation roll in, I've been putting together some of the plots that will go into the paper. Some have turned out pretty good. Others have yielded some good results after a bit of work. Others.... well...

I'm not even going to bother describing what it is, and I have deliberately deleted the scales. It's damn near impossible to interpret anything from this monstrosity. I'm not even sure what to make of it, even though I am completely familiar with the data it came from, the scale, the significance of the different traces, and the plotting methodology. It is pure junk.

Worst of all, it is ugly junk. It looks like it belongs in the lobby of a dingy vintage 1977 office building. I'm still trying to work out a way to display this data that doesn't make your head explode.

I can't believe I thought this would be a good idea.

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