Graphic Science

Tips and Tutorials about Figures and Printed Media
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My facebook feed advertisements have recently been taken over by ads for electric surfboards. Boy, they look like a lot of fun, and they only cost $199!

I immediately saw that this was “too good to be true” and looked into what the scam was. I was seeing ads for the same surfboard from at least 3 different companies including, Yaever, 2sBest, Bingodone, Fansunit, and Gifteduct. All three have terrible reviews around the web. Apparently, the jist of the scam is quite simple: They charge your credit card and never send you anything, or if they do send you something, it’s nothing at all like you ordered.

I made a spreadsheet of these websites and review links.

These Fraudsters are ripping off the eFoil Lift, which can be legitimately purchased here. The real product is $12,000 and they include a helpful safety video. When you compare the bogus website’s images to the real manufacture, you can even see how they photoshoped out the ‘wing’ logo.

It's a real shame this sort of crime goes on with apparently little consequences for the international fraudsters. I hope this post can help potential victims from falling for this scam.

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Write your Valentine a secret message on the hidden inside of a hexaflexagon.

The Template
Kissing Bunnies Hexaflexagon

Here is a great video from Mathematician, Vi Hart, showing what hexaflexagons are, how much fun they are to fold and play with!
I made a valentine's day template with kissing bunnies and lotus flowers.  One side is left blank for you to write your special message.  Click Here to Download my Rabbit Kissing Template.

How to Assemble
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I was recently asked to read a scientific paper (Survival and Movement of Rehabilitated White-Tailed Deer Fawns in Connecticut by Scott Williams and Michael Gregonis, 2015) that is actively being used to make policy decisions across the country regarding the rehabilitation of orphaned deer. I found that this paper is being unjustly applied to very different situations than those researched in the paper. I have written a detailed review/critique of the paper, here.

Nursing Deer
K8Baldwin by K8Baldwin @ in Laser Cutting
Tonight I am presenting at the Sector67 Monthly Meeting a little project I made this summer to hold my phone properly aligned on it's wireless charger.  Here is a link to my presentation.

Kate's Laser-Cut Charging Cradle
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Brennan Nardi wrote an article about Sector67 in this month's Madison Magazine, and mentioned how I helped her daughter with a school project. Thank you Brennan!

K8Baldwin by K8Baldwin @ in Laser Cutting
Once again, Brian Vesperman and I partnered to make awards for an Isthmus event, The Beer and Cheese Fest. We were given access to the lovely artwork of Tommy Washbush, which we used to make laser engraved wood and acrylic wall plaques for Best Beer, Best Cheese, and Best Booth awards.

We used Chicago Screws and laser cut washers to off-set the acrylic from the wood.

On the back, we gave credit to the illustrator (Tommy Washbush), and our makerspace, Sector67.
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My friend, Brian Vesperman, and I were asked to make a 3D-printed trophy for the cask ale winner at the 2016 OktoBEERfest in Madison.

Kate and Brian

We were asked to incorporate a firkin, (a small steel cask) into the design.
The Trophy

At the event, Brian and I manned a tent where we demonstrated 3D printing.
Sector67 tent at OktoBEERfest
The Trophy and my Husband, Jeremy

I designed the firkin and wine stem in OpenSCAD, and Brian designed the hops handles in MeshMixer.
Partial Design

The parts of the Trophy

Using the logo from the event, I designed an acrylic label to go on the firkin.  A spot for the label was embedded in to the firkin design.  Brian used a rub-on paint to blacken the engraved letters.

Brian printed the trophy parts on a Lulzbot TAZ 4.  We painted them with metallic paints, including brass paint to which we applied a patina.

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This week I will be presenting at the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Data Visualization workshop in Madison.
I will be presenting on:

--Preparing Conceptual Models
--Makeovers of figures submitted by attendees
--Crash Course in Adobe Illustator

For information about downloading Adobe Illustator CS2, see this previous blog entry.

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Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic has made a great mini-lecture available online about how thoughtful use of color can make graphs easier to understand and interpret.
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I prefer Adobe products for my image editing, but a lot of the scientists I talk to want to use Power Point.  This slide deck by Mary Williams explains how to take advantage of the tools in Power Point to make better images.

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