While reading Twitter, social network analysis and data jouralism by Alessandro Zonin, one of many articles I found this morning during my first visit to LinkedIn‘s Data Journalism group,
I clicked a link to an obscure book (Who Shall Survive? by Jacob Levy Moreno) cited by the author. I am so grateful for the age in which we live where not only can I instantly go to the 84-year-old primary source without leaving my seat but then send my very own free copy to multiple devices with which I can read it anytime, anywhere.
I love archive.org (home to the WayBack Machine, among literally–and I mean literally in the literal sense–millions of other things).
Stop #1 again
A couple charts in Zonin’s article inspired a couple ideas for my Spotify app but I didn’t know the name of the chart type I wanted to use so I
Googled “types of charts” and, after opening a few results in other tabs,
Stop #2 again
I returned to archive.org and searched for “charts” wondering if there were other really old cool books related to data visualization.
One of the results was Charts On Ciphered Codes by William F. Friedman which is interesting to me in and of itself because I love Edgar Allan Poe who was one of the greatest cryptographers in history but also interesting because the book is in the William F. Friedman NSA Collection. So I clicked it
and saw it is also in the nationalsecurityarchive which, of course, I clicked. Here’s that collection of collections:
The National Security Internet Archive (NSIA) above includes, among a giant pile of candy like the Friedman NSA Collection, the NSA Archive.
That Dept. of Army Technical Manual and a Field Manual that appeared a little further down both reminded me of my best friend from high school and college who collected lots of books that probably creeped most people out. He was not only one of those people with shelves of true-crime novels about serial killers but he also had books he could only find at gun shows like the infamous How to Kill from Paladin Press and an innocence-shattering Department of Defense book on … the title either called it “advanced” or “enhanced” interrogation. He bought this and I saw it in the early 90s, 10-15 years before such a term entered the mainstream vernacular.
So I googled that. First, I searched for “DOD advanced interrogation handbook”. What I find most interesting about these are URLs … I am also so grateful to live in a country were our government is this transparent and the rest of us are free enough to question and criticize our government.
The results often included “enhanced” so I then started searching for “enhanced interrogation” — that auto-populated as “enhanced interrogation techniques pdf” so I used that.
I opened many of them in other tabs but think I’ll just close those and get back to thinking about things less dark on this Wednesday like … today is my wife’s birthday and my daughter is baking a cake.
Well, I closed all of them except for this one …